The Dylan Meier Get Busy Livin’ (GBL) Foundation has been awarding funds for projects aimed at youth volunteerism as part of the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas (CFSEK) Grant Program since 2016. Forty-two grant awards, up to $500 each and totaling over $22,000, have been awarded for youth volunteerism projects to Southeast Kansas nonprofits.
These projects keep Dylan’s spirit of adventure, fitness, curiosity, generosity, and a daily zest for life experiences alive and thriving. The GBL Foundation “is determined to break down the boundaries that keep people from living life to the fullest, whether those boundaries be social, economic or imaginary.”
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2022 GBL Grant Recipients
This year, the GBL Foundation awarded $2,500 in grant funds to six nonprofit organizations across Southeast Kansas. Nonprofits and their youth-volunteer projects receiving funding in 2022 include:
- Parsons Recreation Commission will partner with the Parsons Police Department for Cops & Cards, a six-month program that lets kids earn baseball cards by volunteering in the community.
- Special Olympics Kansas will purchase T-shirts for youth volunteers at its local competitions.
- Boy Scouts of America – Ozark Trails Council will work with three Girard-based scouting units to collect shelf-stable food items for the Girard Community Food Pantry.
- DBLO Association will partner with the Cherokee County 4-H Club Sewing Group to create Dream Pillows, standard pillowcases, and tied fleece blankets for distribution to children served by DBLO Association. (Read more about this project on the DBLO Association’s Facebook page!)
- Fostering Connections: will host youth volunteers at an event for youth aged 14 to 18 years old who are in foster care or at high risk of removal.
- Cherry Street Youth Center, Inc.: middle-school children will bake and deliver cupcakes to local civil servants.
In addition to the youth volunteer grant projects, the GBL Foundation shows its dedication to the community and the GBL mission through an annual event to honor Dylan’s life and spirit, scholarship opportunities to graduating seniors, sponsors volunteer-abroad experiences, and annually recognizes a PHS Dragon and a KPREPS Player of the Year award.
Congratulations to our grantees!
The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas is pleased to be the host agency for the Get Busy Livin’ Foundation Fund and is proud to assist them in the granting of awards on an annual basis.
CFSEK along with the Get Busy Livin’ Foundation would like to congratulate the 2022 grant recipients.
For more information on the GBL Foundation visit our GBL page.
If you have an interest in establishing a grantmaking fund, please contact CFSEK.
Last updated August 3, 2022