Karl Kandt currently serves part-time as manager of farming and ranch operations at K Ranch, LLC, in central Kansas. When Karl Eric Kandt is not overseeing activity on the ranch, he contributes time and money to a number of local charities, including the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Riley County (Kansas).
Led by executive director and north central regional director Jennifer Wilkins, the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Riley County has been serving local children for over a century. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Riley County presently assists about 2,600 pairs of mentors and mentees, yet there are still more than 50,000 local children in need who could benefit from a Big Brother Big Sister relationship.
One event the group regularly holds to raise awareness for its cause is the Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser, which brings together public groups and local businesses for a friendly competition while serving as a call to action. Over the years, Bowl for Kids’ Sake has served as the organization’s largest gathering of potential mentors and volunteers, as well as an effective source of charitable donations that allows the organization to fund operations.
A philanthropist and community volunteer, Karl Eric Kandt supports a variety of community events and organizations. A regular donor to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Riley County, Karl Kandt.
Located in Manhattan, Kansas, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Riley County hosts social service programs to enrich the lives of children. Statistics show that a kid paired with a big brother or big sister volunteer, also referred to as a Big, is less likely to consume alcohol, use drugs, and skip school. Bigs have an option to volunteer in a community or school-based program.
Through its community-based program, children are matched with adults, couples, or families. The Big and child spend time together up to four times a month for approximately three hours a week. From visiting the park to enjoying a meal, the pair engages in various activities to develop a strong relationship bond. To volunteer in the community program, adults must be 18 years old and possess a valid driver’s license.
The school-based program takes place during the day and at the child’s school. Bigs commit up to a full hour each week to building camaraderie with their child by participating in a range of activities, including helping with homework assignments and playing basketball. The school program allows individuals who are a minimum of 15 years of age and a high school sophomore to participate.
A longtime resident of Kansas, Karl Kandt is involved with several organizations throughout the state. Currently, Karl Eric Kandt serves as a member of Solar Kiwanis in Manhattan, Kansas, and also serves as the chair and a board member of the Manhattan High School Alumni Association.
Designed to recognize alumni who have achieved success beyond their time at Manhattan High School (MHS), the MHS Wall of Fame honors four individuals each year. The minimum requirements to become a Wall of Fame inductee include distinguished service and accomplishment in any field after graduation, and recognition of this service or accomplishment at the state or national level. Once selected by the Wall of Fame committee, inductees are honored on a plaque that is permanently displayed on the walls of MHS, and they are publicly recognized at an MHS event.
Representing nearly 100 members in 33 states, the MHS Alumni Association maintains its commitment to serve as a conduit between MHS and its alumni by coordinating and informing them of special events. Beyond the Wall of Fame, the MHS Alumni Association has refurbished a mosaic in the school gymnasium and established the school’s Alumni Center & Museum.
Though much of his career was spent at Kansas State University (KSU) as an assistant director of career and employment services, Karl Eric Kandt is currently focused on running Kandt Family Farming and Ranching. During his time at KSU, Karl Kandt belonged to the Kansas Association of Colleges and Employers (KACE). Kandt was chair of KACE’s Special Projects Committee from 2009 to 2010.
A nonprofit professional organization, KACE seeks to connect Kansas-based employers with career services personnel in neighboring colleges and universities. KACE was established to encourage graduates to stay in their communities and promote understanding between college staff, students, and local employers.
Each year, KACE sponsors the Summer Drive-In Workshop. This event gives employers and college staff the opportunity to learn from one another and from a variety of guest speakers. The 2013 keynote speaker is Grace Kutney, who will talk about integrating Twitter into marketing and outreach structures. In addition to a roundtable discussion, the workshop will also feature a Q&A session to address the questions “what skills are interns and new hires lacking?” and “how can career service professionals close the gap?”