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CORONAVIRUS: United Way of the Flint Hills outlines response efforts to COVID-19 pandemic Featured

By September 16, 2020 283
CORONAVIRUS: United Way of the Flint Hills outlines response efforts to COVID-19 pandemic United Way of the Flint Hills Courtesy Image

With the United Way fundraising campaign now in full swing, the organization has detailed its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The response has included several operational and policy adjustments to give the most assistance possible to the United Way's numerous community partners. Director Mickey Edwards spoke with KVOE News and explained one of those changes included lifting certain restrictions on funding for its community partners. Edwards says these adjustments do not give their partners "free reign" with funds but simply allows them to reposition said funds to address their most pressing immediate needs.


Edwards also stated that while the organization's annual campaign traditionally runs from August to March, that does not mean their work in the local community is limited to that same time frame. Edwards says the organization is always available to lend assistance especially in times of great difficulty such as the ongoing pandemic.

Speaking of which, Edwards says the need for their services has noticeably increased since the onset of coronavirus six months ago.


For more information visit or call 620-342-7564. A copy of the organization's recent press release is available below. 

                                                                                                                                            OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19

As we transition into Campaign Season, we want to let you know that our work does not stop outside of August to March, especially during difficult times like the COVID-19 pandemic. We have worked hard along with our community to help make sure our community comes out of this stronger than before by raising funds for relief efforts and supporting our community partners. Below are some of the ways we have been helping our community.

*lifted funding restrictions for Community Partners to allow them to meet their biggest funding need and/or create new services in response to COVID-19;
*created a COVID-19 resources page on our website;
*helped individuals looking for resources with 2-1-1;
*educated community on FamilyWize as a resource for individuals to receive much-needed discounts on prescription medications;
*remained committed to fully funding our existing Community Partner grants through 2020, ensuring that current grantees will have the funds needed to continue their services to clients and respond to increased community need;
*participated with Mobilizing Literacy in a family meal and book giveaway to support summer reading while also assisting families with food assistance;
*distributed over 1,2000 masks to our Community Partners for their use with clients and staff members;
*continued to collaborate with key community partners to work on issues related to health and well-being, including Healthier Lyon County, Mobilizing Literacy, Family Resource Council, and more;
*led efforts with Emporia Main Street, KVOE, and the Emporia Community Foundation to create the Greater Emporia Area Disaster Relief Fund, which has raised $200,000 to provide small grants to nonprofits and businesses impacted by COVID-19;
*provided 7,852 books to children, helping families have the tools they need to encourage a love of reading and help prepare children for kindergarten when they are at home during COVID-19.

We will continue to work hard to support our community and fight for the education, health, and financial stability of our neighbors through the pandemic and beyond. Help us to respond, recover, reimagine, and build. You can join the fight by donating to the United Way here or through your workplace campaign.

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