Originally created by the Kansas State Student Governing Association, HandsOn was born as the Manhattan Volunteer Action Center. Now a program of the Mary Lynn and Warren Staley School of Leadership Studies, HandsOn Kansas State also resides as a national affiliate of the Points of Light Foundation in conjunction with the HandsOn Network. The Points of Light Foundation claims the spot as the world's largest organization dedicated to active service. Points of Light's effectiveness lie in its unique ability to mobilize millions of people worldwide through a people-centered philosophy and focused programs.
The HandsOn Network is one of "four innovative and dynamic enterprises of the Points of Light, which 'helps put people at the center of transforming their communities" (www.pointsoflight.org). This international nonprofit organization connects volunteer action centers in more than 250 communities. As an affiliate of the HandsOn Network, K-State aspires to inspire, equip, and mobilize people to meaningful action locally.
HandsOn also relies heavily on our local partnerships. Over the years, some of those distinguished names have included: Harvester's of Topeka, United Way of Riley County, the Manhattan Arts Center, Manhattan MLK Jr. Memorial Committee, and the K-State Greek system, to name but a few.