United Way of Franklin County has received a Donation from Aetna Better Health of Kansas in the amount of $500.00 to Support COVID-19 Hunger Relief Initiative.  

Ottawa, Kansas – The United Way of Franklin County announced today it has received a $500.00 donation from Aetna Better Health of Kansas as part of the Medicaid organization’s efforts to address food insecurity and other community needs in response to the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The United Way will use the funds to organize food distributions and continue to provide 211 call assistance to our community in need.

“We have a longstanding partnership with the United Way and are pleased to provide this assistance during such a critical time,” said David Livingston, CEO, Aetna Better Health of Kansas. “These funds will allow for additional food supplies to be secured and distributed to those most in need across our great state.”

“Aetna Better Health is happy to offer our support during this crisis,” said Chris Beurman, Director, Community Development, Aetna Better Health of Kansas. “We applaud the continued efforts of the United Way to fight food insecurity in our state; especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic.”

About Aetna Better Health® of Kansas

Aetna Better Health of Kansas is a subsidiary of Aetna Medicaid Administrators LLC (Aetna Medicaid), a CVS Health Company. Since 2019, Aetna Better Health of Kansas has served the state’s most vulnerable members. Aetna Better Health of Kansas is bolstered by Aetna Medicaid’s 30 years of experience managing the care of the most medically vulnerable, using innovative approaches and a local presence in each market to achieve both successful health care results and effective cost outcomes. Aetna Medicaid has particular expertise serving high-need Medicaid members, including those who are dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare. Currently, Aetna Medicaid owns and/or administers Medicaid managed health care plans under the names of Aetna Better Health and other affiliate names. Together, these plans serve approximately 2.4 million people in 16 states, including Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Texas. For more information, see www.aetnabetterhealth.com.

New Food Distribution through KVC and the USDA

KVC, the fostering and adoption agency, has received a grant from the USDA to distribute 960 boxes of free food. KVC has asked the United Way to help distribute these boxes to the Franklin County community and other nonprofit agencies. Each week, the United Way and its volunteers will unload boxes of food to share with the community. If you are in need, we encourage you to come to the Don Woodward Center and line up in your car along Poplar Street. The first distribution will take place on Tuesday, June 2nd at 8:00 A.M., at the Don Woodward center and at the same time as ECKAN. This first event will be done walk-through style. The subsequent food distributions will be done each Monday at 9:00 A.M.; they will be conducted in the line-of-cars fashion. When the distribution begins at 9:00, volunteers will simply place a box of food in each car as the line progresses. If you know someone who is in need, please make them aware of this opportunity. This distribution will continue as long as the USDA grant has funding, which could be until the end of the year. Please be flexible as we strive to make this event fair for everyone.

If you would like to volunteer to help unload the food from the truck and into cars, we encourage you to respond to the need on the Richard Jackson Volunteer Center website at this link. Volunteers will need to be able to lift at least 50 lbs.

Friday First Responder and Healthcare Worker Lunches Initiative

Our organization’s school lunch program went so well, many more volunteers and businesses have stepped forward to continue supporting our community during this pandemic.  After taking leftover student lunches to first responders and healthcare workers, several businesses asked if they could sponsor a Friday to continue giving lunches to those in our community serving on the front lines!  Thank you so much to Croucher Title for sponsoring our very first “Friday First Responder and Healthcare Worker Lunches” initiative!  United Way volunteers along with some volunteers from Croucher Title will be assembling 250-300 lunches on this last Friday of April.  KOFO Radio, Modern Woodmen, and ATC Truck Covers are sponsoring future Friday First Responder and Healthcare Worker Lunches throughout the month of May!  We may add other days besides Friday if we get more businesses!  I love our community!

Organizing Lunches for 1200+ Students in Franklin County

We have been extremely busy with our COVID-19 response in our community!  Along with a barrage of the 211 calls we handle, which relieves our emergency responders from the heavy burden of calls, USD 290 requested we organize grab-n-go sack lunches for students on days the school was not originally planning to be in session, which meant they had no food service available.  With over 50% of our students on free or reduced lunch, that meant we were helping to make sure our community’s youth could eat on those days.  So far, we have organized two days of this while leveraging over sixty different volunteers on the two days!  Thanks to our community churches and businesses, we were able to not only provide those lunches, but to donate left over lunches to first responders, hospital staff, seniors, and disabled all over our county!  Big shout out to:  Ottawa Chiropractic, Rantoul Record Breakers 4-H club, Life Mission Church, Grace Community Fellowship Church, Faith Lutheran Church, Ottawa Community Church, Hope Anthem Church, and United Way board members who jumped in, donated food supplies and money, and volunteered!  YOU ALL ROCK!  THANK YOU!!

New Staff!

Meet Carrie Black, otherwise known as Leigh’s Right Hand!  Carrie is the United Way of Franklin County’s new Administrative Assistant.  Carrie’s beautiful smiling face is a welcome to our organization and everyone who comes in contact with us!  She works parttime for us, but you will see her volunteering her time at many events and activities all around Franklin County!  We are thankful for Carrie and the upbeat charisma she brings to our community!

Carrie

IQ Throw Down: Call to Sponsor!

Our IQ Throw Down is coming to Ottawa Municipal Auditorium on Saturday, April 18 at 7:00 pm!  Bring your friends, bring your coworkers, and sign up to be a team of three in our live, quiz bowl style game show!  Challenge a rival group or business and we’ll put you in a March Madness style bracket against them!  Call 785-418-2015 or email united.way.of.franklin.co@gmail.com for more information!  Sponsor our event for your company’s logo on hundreds of event brackets, flyers, newspaper and radio ads!  Call or email today!Screenshot 2020-02-12 at 4.39.03 PM (1)

Kick-off the 2020 United Way Campaign with us!

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When:   September 27, 2019 from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Where:  Bank Midwest- 434 S. Main St. Ottawa, KS 66067

What: United Way and the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce are excited to invite you to the 2020 Campaign Kick-off Event…

About: GIVE THE CAMPAIGN A MORNING JOLT!!! What do you usually spend on your morning coffee? We challenge you to donate that amount to United Way during this fun event celebrating the good work United Way and its Member Agencies do in our community! 

Thank you to our Kick-off Event sponsors:

Bank Midwest

Mug Shot Hometown Coffee & Bake Shop

The Ottawa Chamber of Commerce

Porter-Spears & Bundy Insurance

Dengel & Son Mortuary – Crematory