United Way continues to provide COVID-19 relief


Special to the News-Ledger


United Way of McPherson County continues to help McPherson County residents through its Community Response and Recovery Fund. United Way has helped 54 families so far with rent, utility and medication payments totaling $23,206.70. McPherson County residents may qualify if they’ve lost their job or work hours due to COVID-19. Applications continue to be received at www.unitedwaymcpherson.org.

“This financial relief is not simply a hand-out, but a hand-up,” Chair of United Way’s Community Impact Committee Lara Vanderhoof said. “We are able to invest and strengthen individuals’ and families’ lives by paying a bill while instilling hope in these difficult times.”

The Kansas Health Foundation, CHS Inc. and its employees, Williams Energy, and several individual donors have contributed to United Way’s Response and Recovery Fund.

Meanwhile, United Way of McPherson County has issued grants to seven local nonprofits as part of its Partner Agency Relief Fund. The fund was created to help United Way affiliated agencies with additional funding due to the pandemic. 

“Many agencies have not been able to continue their annual fundraising activities that bring in essential funds to assist their clients,” United Way Board Chair Chad Hitt said. “Being able to offer support in times like these is what we are here for.”

The following grants were issued:

  • CASA—A Voice for Children, $2,000
  • GraceMed, $1,500
  • Heart to Heart Child Advocacy Center, $1,200
  • McPherson Housing Coalition, $3,000
  • Meals on Wheels, $5,000
  • STEPMC, $2,500
  • Trinity United Methodist Church Summer Food Service Program – Lindsborg & Marquette, $1,000

Grand total of United Way of McPherson County Partner Agency Relief Fund grants: $16,200