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Released: Jan. 31, 2017

Community projects supported by Volunteers Impact PRIDE grant program
Five communities to receive Masonic VIP Funding for specific projects.

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – “Work and live to serve others, to leave the world a little better than you found it and garner for yourself as much peace of mind as you can. This is happiness.” – David Sarnoff, American radio and television pioneer

In that spirit, the Kansas PRIDE program has announced the winners of its 2017 Volunteers Impact PRIDE (VIP) Grant Program.

     •   Almena for playground replacement
     •   Grinnell for roof repairs
     •   Lincoln for sidewalks and improvements
     •   Norton for community signage
     •   Russell for walking trail and wellness

Supported by the Kansas Masons, the Volunteers Impact Pride grant program was developed by Kansas PRIDE, Inc. to provide incentives to communities for projects with the goal of enhancing the quality of life in Kansas PRIDE communities.

The VIP program is designed to help communities help themselves through sweat equity and volunteerism at the local level. It provides a grant for a single activity, which can be part of a larger community plan, considering the measurable impact of the project on the community. Kansas PRIDE communities can request up to $15,000 in matching funds for qualifying community improvement projects.  

“The new partnership with the Kansas Masons is a landmark in the history of the Kansas PRIDE Program,” said Jaime Menon, Kansas PRIDE program coordinator. “It is through the philanthropic works of Kansas Masons that our program is now able to provide this new (VIP) funding opportunity. Over 220 Masonic Lodges throughout Kansas are excited to partner with local PRIDE organizations, to combine their local resources of mind and manpower to make a difference across Kansas, together.”

The Kansas PRIDE program is a partnership of K-State Research and Extension, the Kansas Department of Commerce, and Kansas PRIDE, Inc. Through the program, communities identify what they want to preserve, create or improve for the future. Volunteers form a local PRIDE organization that works with K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Department of Commerce to accomplish its goals.

More information about Kansas PRIDE and how Kansas communities can be involved is available on its website http://kansasprideprogram.k-state.edu/, on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KansasPRIDE or by calling 785-532-5840.


K‑State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well‑being of Kansans.  Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K‑State campus in Manhattan.

Story by:
Madison Blevins
K-State Research and Extension

For more information:
Jaime Menon – Kansas PRIDE Program - jmenon@ksu.edu or 785-532-5840