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Released: May 5, 2017

Community partner volunteers honored by Kansas PRIDE program
Individuals and organizations receive awards

Pride Community VolunteersMANHATTAN, Kan. – We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. - Winston Churchill, Former British Prime Minister

That is the thinking behind many a volunteer effort in communities across Kansas. For their efforts in improving their communities, several volunteers have been honored with Community Partner awards, given by the Kansas PRIDE program, a partnership of K-State Research and Extension, the Kansas Department of Commerce, Kansas PRIDE, Inc. and The Kansas Masons.

“Kansas PRIDE Inc. is honored to highlight the phenomenal works of community volunteers who strive to make their community a better place to work and live,” said Jaime Menon, K-State Research and Extension program coordinator for the PRIDE program.

Kansas PRIDE Community Partners Awards went to six individuals and two organizations.

  • Alton PRIDE – Carolyn Williams
  • Delia PRIDE – Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation (PBPN)
  • Humboldt PRIDE – Vada Aikins
  • Lenora PRIDE – Kevin Heikes
  • Linn Valley PRIDE – Debi Doering
  • Lucas PRIDE – Adam Baker
  • Natoma PRIDE- Dawn Philieger
  • Perry PRIDE- City of Perry

“Kansas PRIDE is a volunteer-led organization. These awards allow an opportunity to highlight the hard work the volunteers provide for their communities and the state,” Menon said. “Each community has its own unique structure, culture, and assets, and Kansas PRIDE volunteers work to bring out the best in their communities and promote what they have to offer. Through the work of these volunteers, Kansas communities continue to thrive and be a great place to live and raise a family.”

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will sign a proclamation designating May 21-27 as this year’s Week of PRIDE.

More information about Kansas PRIDE is available at www.Kansasprideprogram.ksu.edu or by calling 785-532-5840 or email PRIDE@ksu.edu.


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 - 785-532-5840 or PRIDE@ksu.edu