WICHITA/TOPEKA — Kansas employers are invited to register for the second annual Give Back Kansas Challenge, now through March 30, and encourage their employees to participate in community volunteering during the eight-week competition that runs April 6 through May 31.

The Give Back Kansas Challenge is an opportunity for employees who volunteer to receive recognition by tracking and reporting their hours, as well as for employees who may be first time volunteers to try something new that could help them develop additional skills or enthusiasm for their work.

“The challenge will be a fun and exciting way for employers and employees to learn more about organizations in their communities and help out by giving of their time,” Nola Brown said, executive director of Volunteer Kansas, which partners with the Kansas Volunteer Commission to bring the Challenge to Kansas.

There is no cost to participate, and the challenge is open to any employer in Kansas (for profit, nonprofit and government). Employers register in advance at bit.ly/givebackks to participate, and volunteer hours are reported through an online portal by the employer’s self-designated point of contact.

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

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

Complete information and resources on how to participate and find volunteer opportunities are available at bit.ly/givebackks or by contacting Jessica Noble at jnoble@ksde.org or (785) 296-3163.

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