Volunteer Kansas has awarded $5,500 to 11 organizations in the state to help encourage their ongoing efforts to rely on volunteers, the group announced Tuesday.
Each organization was selected to receive $500 for a seed grant based on a project it carried out during 2013. Eight of the 11 are in the Wichita area.
All of the organizations had to incorporate at least 20 volunteers for their projects, said Nola Brown, executive director for Volunteer Kansas. This is the second year for the grants.
Organization winners and their projects: Friends of the Historic Fresh Air Baby Camp (Wichita), windows workday; Over the Rainbow Community Garden (Osawatomie), shed building; Volunteer Connection (Salina), fall fix-up home maintenance and repairs; Rainbows United (Wichita), Kids’ Cove outdoor classroom reinvigoration; ICT SOS (Wichita), block party for OZ Drop-in Center for homeless youth; Off Road Rage Adventures (Maize), adventure race; GracePoint Church (Wichita), school classroom supply drive; ProSolve (Wichita), school supply drive for Africa; Pioneer Bluffs (Matfield Green), chicken coop restoration; Heritage College (Wichita), health fair; Treehouse (Wichita), Labor Day 5-kilometer run/walk.
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Volunteer Kansas is a statewide nonprofit that encourages volunteering. People can register to volunteer by going to its website at volunteerkansas.org.