Dylan Meier Get Busy Livin' Foundation Youth Volunteerism Grants

The Dylan Meier Get Busy Livin’Foundation (GBL)  sponsors youth volunteerism activities through a granting process. The desire to serve others has always been ingrained in the GBL philosophy. Unbeknownst to Dylan, he began volunteering early in his life through sports and various activities; first as a Pittsburg Purple Dragon, then as a Kansas State Wildcat, a Dresden Monarch, and a Milan Rhino teaching leadership, hard work and camaraderie to all those he came in contact with. 

Later he combined  his volunteering efforts with his love for adventure and travel by making his way across New Zealand working on organic farms (see the Captain Keith sailing story), as a painter, and as a waiter in an organic café, always seizing the moment and soaking up the beauty the fiords and the people of New Zealand had to offer.  With that same enthusiasm, the GBL proudly announced two new programs in 2016, including the youth-volunteerism grant.

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Get Busy Livin' 2020 Grant Recipients

  • Cherry Street Youth Center will be cleaning and caring for animals at the local animal shelther.
  • Fostering Connections will host a Foster Parent Retreat Night where parents and children will share a meal and parents will receive a traning class while children enjoy a play and art night.
  • Homer Cole Community Center will launch "FaceTime the Grandkids" during regular meetings held at the center using an iPad Pro and assistance from teen volunteers.
  • Labette County Fair Board/Boy Scouts Troop # 10: Boy Scouts Troop #10 will gather trash and garbage for the five nights of the Labette County Fair.
  • Oswego Jr.-Sr. High School students will host a community cleanup for businesses and residents in the community. The grant will help with needed supplies.
  • Parsons Recreation Commission: Winway and Marvel Park ball fields will be updated and ready for summer play withs upplies purchased from the grant and the help of youth who participate in their programming.
  • SEK Humane Society will provide materials for volunteers at Volunteer Training Days available to all 16 or older.
  • Special Olympics Kansas: SEK Regional Bowling youth volunteers will receive a volunteer T-shirt, and volunteers and athletes will receive a meal at the bowling event.
  • Thrive Allen County: Humboldt High School RESIST Chapter members and other recruited volunteers will conduct a cigarette-butt-pickup day for Humboldt's tobacco-free parks. Gloves, containers, and lunch will be provided to all volunteers through the grant funds.

Get Busy Livin’ 2019 Grant Recipients

  • Boy Scouts/Labette County Fair - Trash pick up by the Boy Scouts for the 5 nights of the Labette County Fair.
  • Pitt Chapel Church of God - ‘Easter Changed Everything’ door to door Easter basket delivery by the Pitt Chapel youth group.
  • Erie High School Leadership - Coordinates and sponsors a southeast Kansas region Special Olympics track and field event.
  • Fostering Connections - Kids Night Out will provide a fun experience at The Cheer Pitt and Frontenac Swimming Pool for foster and adoptive children.
  • Northeast Arma 8th Grade - will create a book box for the City of Arma.
  • Northeast Arma 4th Grade - will have a penny war to collect money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
  • Special Olympics - Southeast Kansas Track and Field Day to support peer mentors.
  • SEK Humane Society - will create a Jr. Humane Society resulting in enrichment activities for the SEK Humane Society animals and education for the youth volunteers.
  • Wildcat Extension Foundation – will make and donate cage comforters for the SEK Humane Society through the Kids Care Sewing Camp.
  • Wildcat Extension Foundation – will offer a Leadership Day to youth across the SEK Wildcat District to learn leadership, citizenship and volunteerism.