Did you know that the Corporation for National and Community Service has a website that allows you to see the ranking of each state in volunteerism? Based on this data, the state of Kansas is ranked 8th out of the 50 states and Washington D.C. for the percent of state residents who volunteer. Kansas has an average annual volunteer rate of 35.9%.
A new website, VolunteerKansas.org launched in September 2009 to help more Kansas residents connect with volunteer opportunities. The vision of Volunteer Kansas is to move Kansas from number eight to number one in volunteerism. To realize this vision, they will need to add more than 100,000 volunteers in the next five years. The organization’s mission is to connect potential volunteers to organizations that need help in order to work toward that mission.
Volunteer Kansas, is a 501c3 organization based in Wichita, Kansas and has an extensive and diverse network of individual, corporate and non-profit contacts, making it uniquely suited to take on the visionary goal of making Kansas the number-one state in volunteerism.
VolunteerKansas.org began because many people in the community expressed an interest in volunteerism but did not know how to connect to organizations in need.
Individuals can search for volunteer opportunities on the site by date, type of organization, length of commitment and location. The website also features volunteer opportunities from their partner organizations. All organizations are reviewed, so volunteers can be confident that they are working with reputable organizations.
The site also hosts a searchable exchange where members can post their needs – such as help with yard work or hauling away junk – and their haves – such as an extra couch or some spare time. This feature allows members to connect directly to make a difference.
Organizations can apply to be a partner organization with Volunteer Kansas which allows them to organize and promote their volunteer opportunities through the website. Organizations are also able to request microgrants…small monetary grants that offer a bit of assistance to those in need.
How can you help?
- If you live in Kansas, register for free on the website to find volunteer opportunities. Opportunities are ever-changing and include things like setting up for events, selling items, providing clean-up, babysitting, office work, teaching, caring for animals and more.
- Take a look at the Exchange to see if you have anything to offer to someone who needs it.
- Anyone can offer assistance through the Microgrant program by searching for opportunities and making a secure donation on the site.
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