PITTSBURG — Wesley House Executive Director Marcee Binder was recently appointed by Governor Laura Kelly as a board member of the Kansas Volunteer Commission.

The commission prepares a national service plan for the state, ensures outreach to diverse community-based agencies, and administers certain grant programs, a press release from the governor’s office said.

Since March, Kelly has made appointments to various boards, councils and committees while also coordinating emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"My administration has been working diligently over the past month to ensure Kansans have the information and resources they need in order to stay safe during these trying times," Kelly said in the release.

This announcement includes 44 appointments across 19 different boards made by the governor in recent weeks.

"I am committed to keeping government working for all Kansans, and that includes continuing the essential appointments process," Kelly said in the release. "These appointments have been made with the same level of scrutiny and certainty as always, and I have no doubt these individuals will be great additions to their respective boards and help keep our state running as it should."

Binder has experience as a volunteer, along with her role at Wesley House which utilizes volunteers.

"Volunteering can be such a tremendous aspect in the community," she said, adding that the commission focuses on "ways to better that and help people get involved."

Without volunteers, Binder said, many organizations would not be able to do the work they do.

"Michelle Obama said that volunteering is a way of paying rent for living on the Earth and I truly believe that," Binder said. "I believe we all have something to offer in some capacity in which we live in. By helping those most vulnerable, all aspects of the community will grow.

"It’s a huge honor to be recognized as having the skills and talent and gifts that the governor is looking for."