The United Way of Franklin County’s executive board of directors recently approved and signed the first part of the newest community grant awards with a focus on mentoring. The board was thrilled to see our Community Partners evaluate how coming alongside their clients in a mentoring relationship that guides them to better health, education, and income stability could truly impact our community in the most meaningful way possible. Executive Director Leigh Hanson was able to hand deliver most of the awards and was able to witness the joyful reception of these awards and see first-hand how this money in our county will be used for direct services for our family, friends, and neighbors in need. Congratulations to Hope House, LifeCare Center, Ottawa Recreation Commission Foundation, East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging, CASA (4th Judicial District), Ottawa Community Arts Council, and Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation. Congratulations to these Community Partners that are pouring themselves into volunteer mentoring in our community.
These community grants are a direct result of mostly local donations to the United Way of Franklin County! As we campaign and fundraise throughout this year, we hope to give these organizations a bonus at the end of the year due to their good work and your generosity! Consider a gift of any amount. If every adult in Franklin County gave just $7 per person, per year, all 18 of our Community Partners could have enough funding to care for more than 40% of our population with direct services! As always, all donations to the United Way can be designated to one of our Community Partners of your choice, and we will honor that designation.