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Volunteer Generation Fund

The Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) is a new opportunity created by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.  The purpose of the VGF is to increase the number of people who serve in meaningful roles as volunteers dedicated to addressing important needs in communities across Kansas.  More specifically, VGF will support efforts that expand the capacity of volunteer-connector organizations to recruit, manage, support and retain individuals to serve in high quality volunteer assignments.

The Kansas Volunteer Commission is honored to be one of the first recipients of a Volunteer Generation Fund grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service.  The VGF will allow KVC to make funding available for the creation of new, or the expansion of existing, volunteer-connector organizations.  By building the capacity of these organizations, we are helping to empower all Kansans to meet community needs through volunteer service.

2012 VGF in Kansas

2011 VGF in Kansas report(PDF)

In 2012, KVC awarded over $135,000 in grant awards to 8 volunteer-connector organizations throughout Kansas:

Ford County RSVP
Ford County

HandsOn Kansas State
Geary, Riley and Pottawatomie Counties

Ottawa Volunteer Center/ECKAN
Franklin and Ottawa Counties

United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center
Douglas County

The Volunteer Connection
Saline, Dichinson, Clay and Cloud Counties

Southwestern College
Cowley County

RSVP of the Flint Hills, Inc.
Manhattan and Riley Counties

YouthFriends Kansas
project serving Ellis, Reno, Lyon and Ulysses Counties

These organizations recruited, assigned, referred and managed volunteers to serve various needs in their communities. From packaging and handing out food at food banks, to engaging youth in service-learning projects, to community-wide clean-up events, these volunteer-connectors played a critical role in their communities.

Collectively, these eight organizations leveraged 9,096 volunteers, an increase of almost 4,000 volunteers compared to 2011, who served 87,976 hours of service worth almost $2 million.

2012 VGF in Kansas Overview


One-Time vs. Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities


A Comparison of 2011 and 2012 VGF Overviews


Click here to see the 2013 Kansas Volunteer Generation Fund Grantees

Click here to be redirected to the Corporation for National and Community Service website





How monetary value was calculated:
The value of the volunteer time for 2011 was $21.79 as calculated by the Independent Sector.
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