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PBS Kansas thrives because of volunteers like you! Everything we do, from award-winning programming to community events, is made possible through the support of PBS Kansas volunteers. There are many ways you can help PBS Kansas fulfill its mission, including answering the phone during pledge nights, helping with administrative tasks, facilitating activities in the children’s center, and working behind the scenes with the production team. 

To register as a volunteer, please fill out this form and e-mail it to Laura Taylor at Questions? Call 316.838.3090.

Irene Crews Volunteer of the Year Award

“We have always wanted the very best programming for our children. We have always wanted the best programming for ourselves…We have never really left our original premise—the best!”  Irene Crews

Irene Crews (1918-2012) became a volunteer at KPTS even before the station signed on the air for the first time in 1970. She was a staunch advocate of the station and worked tirelessly to keep it afloat during some of its leanest years. 

Each year, one of the PBS Kansas volunteers is chosen to receive the Irene Crews Volunteer Award for their service to the station.

She even went door-to-door on Main Street of her small town, collecting donations in a tin can to meet the payroll. Her tin cup is now a treasured part of the PBS Kansas Museum. 

Irene Crews Volunteer of the Year Winners

Katie King (2021 Winner)

“I love volunteering at PBS Kansas because what we do makes an impact on my community!” 
Katie King, 2021 Volunteer of the Year

Katie King has been volunteering with PBS Kansas since February of 2021. Although she is a native Wichitan, she moved around the country while pursuing a career in banking. She returned to Kansas in 2013 and met her husband two weeks later. They now have a five-year-old son who loves PBS Kids Club. Katie works on administrative projects and is known for her attention to detail. 

Thank you for all your hard work, Katie!

Previous Winners

Kevin Jones, 2020

Marti Smith, 2008

The Mac Family, 2007

Mary and H.R. “Curley” Clough, 2006

Michael Stonecyper, 2005

Harley Anderson, Mary 
and H.R. “Curley” Clough, 2004

Jean Chappell, 2003

Dave Seaton, 2002

Red Ervin, 2001

Crunchy T, 2000

Irene Crews, 1999

Volunteers at Work