Give Back Kansas Challenge

Kansas employers are invited to register for the third annual Give Back Kansas Challenge and encourage their employees to participate in community volunteering. The eight-week Challenge runs from April 17 through June 9, 2023, with registration at closing on April 1st.

The Give Back Kansas Challenge is an opportunity for employees who volunteer regularly to receive recognition by tracking and reporting their hours. Employees, who are new to volunteerism, will be encouraged to try something different that could help them develop additional skills or enthusiasm for their work or community.

“The Challenge will be a fun and exciting way for participants to learn more about charities in their communities and help them out by giving of their time and abilities,” said Nola Brown, executive director of Volunteer Kansas, which is partnering with the Kansas Volunteer Commission to promote the Challenge to Kansans.

There is no cost to participate, and the Challenge is open to any employer in Kansas (for profit, nonprofit, education systems and government). Employers register in advance to participate, and volunteer hours are reported through an online portal by the employers’ self-designated point of contact.

Based on the number of entries received and company size, employers will be divided into three categories (large, medium, and small). Winners of the Challenge will be selected by determining the average number of volunteer hours per employer completed during the challenge period. Employers achieving the highest average in each size category will be part of a check presentation ceremony where Volunteer Kansas will make a $1,000 donation on their behalf to the charity of their choice.

“Research shows that employer-supported volunteering can result in improved employee engagement, organizational commitment, job satisfaction, and retention,” said Dr. Jessica Dorsey, executive director of the Kansas Volunteer Commission. “We look forward to seeing the many positive ways that participating organizations are affected during the Give Back Kansas Challenge.”