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COVID-19 pandemic: Agencies get relief funding from United Way

Vicky O. Misa
United Way of Pottawatomie County recently awarded four partner agencies COVID-19 relief funding.

The funding was used specifically to address the increased demand for services the partner agencies have faced in recent months, United Way Executive Director Lindsay Dyer said.

“We are facing unprecedented challenges and our partner agencies have seen an increased need in our community,” she said. “We’re thankful we were able to award these grants and help our partner agencies fulfill their missions.”

The funding came from donations that United Way received for disaster response, she said.

The four partner agencies that received grants were Community Market of Pottawatomie County, Legacy Parenting, Mission Shawnee and Salvation Army.

Community Market used the funds to purchase boxes to help with food distribution, Dyer said.

“Thank you to United Way of Pottawatomie County for all they’re doing in response to the COVID crisis,” Community Market of Pottawatomie County Executive Director Daniel Mathews said. “The COVID-19 grants have made an incredible difference in our ability to sustain and maintain the level of service for those in need in our community.”

Mission Shawnee used the funds to purchase home learning kits for children, Dyer said.

“We are so grateful to United Way for allowing us to be able to provide more children with At Home Learning Kits during this challenging time,” Ryan Brooks, Mission Shawnee executive director, said. “United Way’s disaster relief funds made a huge difference in helping us equip parents and children with the necessary educational resources to continue learning at home.”

Dyer said Legacy Parenting used the funds to purchase diapers and formula for clients, and the Salvation Army used the funds to purchase self-stable food items and to-go containers for meals.

United Way established a COVID-19 Response Fund dedicated to increasing resilience among the community's most vulnerable individuals and families. “This fund supports partner agencies of United Way of Pottawatomie County,” she said. “It is used to address the needs of those individuals who are experiencing COVID-19 related hardship primarily due to temporary unemployment, lost income or unexpected expenses related and due to COVID-19.”

For those seeking and able to give, funds will be used to help the community during this difficult time, Dyer said.

To donate, visit unitedwaypottco.org/donate/.