About the Kansas Volunteer Commission

The mission of the Kansas Volunteer Commission (KVC) is to empower all Kansans to meet community needs through service. The Commission's primary role is to provide resources and leadership to support local initiatives that tackle community needs. As the state service commission, the KVC directs effective national service programs, leads disability inclusion initiatives, and volunteer management training opportunities.
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Congratulations to all AmeriCorps programs that will be awarded funding for the 2017-2018 year! 

 

Below are the programs that were awared AmeriCorps State funding: 

  • Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence  

  • Harvesters -- The Community Food Network

  • Kansas City Kansas Public Schools

  • Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism

  • Rosedale Development Association

  • United Way of Douglas County

 

Below are the AmeriCorps Planning Grant programs that were awared funding:

  • Topeka Habitat for Humanity

  • Wichita State University – Community Engagement Institute

 

 

 

About the Kansas Volunteer Commission:
The mission of the Kansas Volunteer Commission is to empower all Kansans to address community needs through service.

Housed at the Kansas State Department of Education, the Commission is proud to support the State Board of Education’s vision to ensure civic engagement is part of the student experience. The Commissioners serving on the Kansas Volunteer Commission are appointed by the Governor of Kansas. If you are interested in serving on the Commission, please contact Executive Director Jessica Noble at 785-296-3163.

The staff of the Kansas Volunteer Commission are guided by the Governor-appointed Commissioners in managing a portfolio of impactful programming, as well as providing leadership and training to the field of service and volunteerism in Kansas.

2015 Program Snapshots:

AmeriCorps Kansas
The Commission manages a portfolio of seven AmeriCorps State programs addressing critical needs in the areas of education, health, environment, economic opportunity, disaster and capacity building. In the 2014-2015 program year, more than 1600 volunteers were recruited by roughly 125 AmeriCorps members serving across Kansas.

Volunteer Generation Fund
The Commission also manages four Volunteer Generation Fund grantees as part of the Kansas Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Mentoring Initiative. In 2015, the Initiative recruited over 111 STEM Mentors who served 613 youth.

Kansas Mentors
The Kansas Mentors program provides leadership and support to over 150 mentoring organizations in Kansas. Visit the Kansas Mentors website to learn more: http://kansasmentors.org/

 

 

The KVC is looking for champions of service to join its ranks of state commissioners. The commissioners are responsible for developing and communicating a statewide vision and ethic of service in Kansas.  Commissioners serve for a three-year term and commit to six bimonthly meetings held throughout the state.

Below are the current vacancies. Interested parties can contact Jessica Noble at jnoble@ksde.org.

 

Current Commissioner Vacancies:

  • An individual with experience in the educational, training and developmental needs of youth, particularly disadvantaged youth

  • An individual with experience in promoting the involvement of older adults in service and volunteerism

  • A representative of local labor organizations in the state

  • An individual between the ages of 18 and 25 who is a participant or supervisor in a program 

  • Public member 

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