Rural, suburban, and urban communities throughout Kansas face many challenges. When citizens are encouraged to combine their experiences and skills to work together, everyone in the community benefits.
What We Are Doing
- Living and working in every county, K-State Research and Extension staff engage community groups and share expertise from the three K-State campuses.
- Helping communities of all sizes maintain necessary services, such as grocery stores, that hire locally and generate local sales tax.
- Working directly with farmers, ranchers, and families to develop better financial management practices.
- Improved communities through the Kansas PRIDE program, which reported 419 collaborative partnerships and 56,723 adult and youth volunteer hours worth $1.15 million.
- Trained Master Gardeners who donated more than 79,000 hours of service, a value of $1.6 million.
- Provided financial information through agmanager.info to 104,983 visitors per month.
- Partnered with state agencies to develop a Rural Grocery Tool Kit with resources for existing grocery stores and communities wanting to establish a new store.