Overland Park native recognized for outstanding service in nationwide Celebrating People in Action initiative

By Alexis | Co-Editor

HandsOn Kansas State announces the four winners of the ninth annual Celebrating People in Action community service awards. Outstanding Student Volunteer is Emily Campbell, graduate student in Sociology at Kansas State University (Overland Park). Outstanding Student Organization is Wildcat Buddies. Outstanding Youth Volunteer is Mira Bhandari, a fifth grader at Bergmann Elementary school (Manhattan). Outstanding Community Group is Construction Craft Laborer Trade: Flint Hills Job Corps.

All winners are chosen based on their demonstration of exemplary leadership in service and commitment to addressing a need in the K-State and Manhattan community. Each winner was recognized at the Celebrating Service and Leadership ceremony on April 21 and received a $250 check to donate to the nonprofit organization of their choice, provided by Community 1st National Bank. Outstanding Student Volunteer, Emily Campbell, donated to Manhattan Young Life, Outstanding Community Organization, Construction Craft Laborer Trade: Job Corps, to Frank V. Bergman Elementary School, Outstanding Student Group, Wildcat Buddies to Big Lakes Developmental Center, Inc. and Outstanding Youth Volunteer, Mira Bhandari, to the non-profit she founded, Engineers4Cancer.

HandsOn Kansas State hosted the ninth annual Celebrating People in Action community service awards to kick off National Volunteer Week, April 21 through April 27. National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 as signature week of volunteer recognition celebrated across the country, and draws the support of the government and President. Many local nonprofit organizations do not have the resources or funding to be able to thank their volunteers, so the Community Service Awards are an opportunity for these nonprofits to show their appreciation to those who help them.

HandsOn Kansas State is extremely grateful and appreciative for all of the volunteers that donate their time and efforts. Local nonprofits often depend on the skills and dedication of these individuals. However, the Manhattan community is always in need of more volunteers. HandsOn Kansas State creates opportunities for people to volunteer, learn, and lead in their communities. Those interested in volunteering may email www.handson.ksu.edu or call (785)532-3670 to learn of volunteer opportunities in Manhattan.

Financial contributions for the Celebrating People in Action community service awards are provided by Community 1st National Bank. For more information regarding Celebrating People in Action or HandsOn Kansas State, please contact Ross Allen.

HandsOn Kansas State is a student-run volunteer center and a program of the School of Leadership Studies. HandsOn promotes civic learning and leadership by engaging campus and community in meaningful volunteer and service opportunities.


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