WKCF generates funds through relief drive

The COVID-19 Relief Drive hosted on Tuesday by Western Kansas Community Foundation, together with the Finnup Foundation and the Finney County United Way, generated over $23,000 in online donations. All of the donations will benefit area nonprofits that are delivering critical services to individuals and families in need, or are themselves struggling to continue operations.

“The Relief Drive benefits the nonprofits in two ways” Stacie Hahn, WKCF’s program and marketing director said. “First, the campaign raises awareness for the work of our local nonprofits. We want to utilize the power of collective giving so they can continue their vital programs through the COVID-19 crisis. The second goal is to grow the Urgent Needs Fund, a fund established through the WKCF with the purpose of providing Urgent Needs Grants to support nonprofits during times of crisis and when affected by disaster.”

Donations to the Fund can be made online at wkcf.org. Yard signs with “We’ve Got This” are still available to those donors who give $15 and up. “The yard signs show our resolution that we’ll make it together in our communities”, says Deb Oyler of Finney County United Way. “It’s a great way to connect especially in times of social distancing.”

Urgent Needs Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis to organizations that deliver critical services now through December, 2020, or while funding lasts.  Critical services include, but are not limited to: Food distribution, shelter, (mental and physical) healthcare, education, and economic assistance. Grants between $500 and $5,000 could support gaps not covered by state or federal relief funding.  Agencies may apply as many times as necessary but funding will not exceed $5,000 in total, per organization through December 31. Applications can be submitted online at wkcf.org.

For more information about the Nonprofit Relief Drive, the Urgent Needs Fund or how to order yard signs, please visit the WKCF website at www.wkcf.org, or call the office at 620-271-9484.