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Annually we thank campus and community volunteers with a volunteer recognition event!  The Celebrating People in Action volunteer recognition takes place during National Volunteer Week, an event centered around inspiring, recognizing, and encouraging people to seek out ways to engage in their communities.  National Volunteer Week is a nation-wide initiative, sponsored by the HandsOn Network and supported by the United States President and the government.   

Every spring, HandsOn Kansas State partners with Community First National Bank to take nominations and select four outstanding individuals and groups in the Manhattan community who are devoted to service. The categories of recognition are Outstanding Student Volunteer, Outstanding Student Group, Outstanding Youth Volunteer, and Outstanding Community Group. The recipients give their time and talents to address critical needs in Manhattan and are deserving of recognition for their leadership. Celebrating People in Action awards are presented each spring at Celebrating Service and Leadership, hosted by the Staley School of Leadership Studies. As part of their award, each recipient receives a $250 check to donate to a nonprofit organization of their choice.

Celebrating People in Action 2017

HandsOn Kansas State received a record number of nominations during the 2017 year! Thank you to the campus and community for creating such a qualified pool of applicants, and please know that these winners are exemplary and well-deserving.


Outstanding Student Volunteer


Outstanding Student Organization

Erin Hildreth 


Associated General Contractors Student Chapter


Outstanding Community Group


Outstanding Service Champion

City of Manhattan Parks and Rec Department

City of Manhattan Codes and Services


Debbie Nuss 

If you would like to nominate an individual or group for an award please contact HandsOn Kansas State:

HandsOn Kansas State
257 Leadership Studies Building
Manhattan, KS 66506
(785) 532- 3670

Check out the previous award recipients.

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