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If you donate to the United Way of Franklin County, what types of services would you provide to Franklin County residents?

  • AMERICAN RED CROSS:  The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of natural disasters and fires,  and teaches lifesaving skills like CPR to Franklin County Residents.  Your donation could provide lodging, groceries, and sets of clothing for those in need. Note: They served 94 Franklin County residents in 2014.
  • BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS: Provides one-to-one mentors to children and youth referred into the program for numerous reasons and challenges. Note: They served 102 Anderson/Franklin County youth in 2014.
  • CASA:  Court Appointed Special Advocates work within the District Court to help the judge determine facts in cases involving children, serving as an advocate for the child in court, and becoming a “watchdog” for the child after a court case. Your money could help to build and distribute more “My stuff” bags for children taken from their homes. These sturdy duffle bags contain basic necessities like shampoo, a toothbrush, toothpaste, a blankets, a stuffed animal, and many age appropriate activities, games and toys for the child. Note: They served 60 Franklin County youth in 2014.
  • CHILDREN’S MERCY:  This hospital in Johnson County and Kansas City is the region’s only pediatric medical center. In Franklin County alone, uncompensated medical aid to children exceeds $1 million annually. Note:They served 3,024 Franklin County residents in 2014.
  • COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS: Provides after school care and in-school site coordinators to USD 290 youth. Note: They served 2,503 Franklin County youth in 2014.
  • ECKAN: Provides food backpacks to food insecure youth who would not have food over the weekend and to those attending the ORC Summer Camp Program. Note: They served 300 Franklin County youth in 2014.
  • ELIZEBETH LAYTON CENTER:  Provides a 24 hour suicide hotline for Franklin County Residents as well as crises mental health training for officials like police, fire fighters and medical officials. Note: They served 299 Franklin County residents in 2014.
  • HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: Affordable housing, home weatherization and exterior home repairs to those in need. Note: They served 60 Franklin County residents in 2014.
  • HOPE HOUSE:  Hope House welcomes people in need with food, clothing and emergency financial assistance. The organization also offers budgeting assistance, nutrition, education & fellowship activities. Your donation could purchase groceries and help hope house meet medical needs for patrons. Note: They provided 3,386 services to Franklin County families in 2014.
  • LIFECARE CENTER FOR WOMEN:  LifeCare offers new mothers help with counseling, goal planning, parenting classes, adoption information, and classes on childbirth and prenatal development. Abstinence education is stressed. Note: They served 2,110 Franklin County residents in 2014.
  • MID-AMERICA NUTRITION PROGRAM (MEALS ON WHEELS): Mid-America Nutrition Program (Meals on Wheels) provides hot meals and additional food to elderly citizens who wish to remain in their homes. Note: They served 45,036 meals to Franklin County residents in 2014.
  • MIDLAND CARE HOSPICE:  Committed to providing physical, spiritual and emotional care to terminally ill patients and families, Midland Hospice Care includes an Ottawa-based team of nurses, social workers, chaplains, home health aides, volunteers and bereavement for families and children. Your donation could provide clients with needed medications and medical equipment. Note: They served 1051 Franklin County residents in 2014.
  • TINY-K EARLY INTERVENTION:  The Ottawa/Wellsville Infant/Toddler program serves families with children up to age 3 who have special developmental needs. Assistance is provided in a family-oriented setting. Note:They served 69 Franklin County Residents in 2014.
  • OTTAWA COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL’S OTTAWA YOUTH ARTIST ALLIANCE PROGRAM: This free after-school art program provides a safe space for kids to enjoy structured art programming.  The program is currently available one night a week and is open to 4th graders through high school students.  Note: They served 60 Franklin County youth in 2014.
  • OTTAWA RECREATION FOUNDATION’S SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM:  A summer after-school program available to all area youth between the ages of 5 and 12, the summer camp provides daily mentors and structured programming to youth from June-July and is administered by the Ottawa Recreation Commission. The summer camp program is offered in partnership with the ECKAN Lunch Bunch program. Note: They served 367 Franklin County youth in 2014.
  • UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY:  Serving Kansans in Franklin County and throughout the state, United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas provides services for disabled persons ranging from special equipment to special housing opportunities, all designed to improve their quality of life. Note: They served 12 Franklin County residents in 2014.
  • WILLOW DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CENTER:  Formerly known as Women’s Transitional Care Services, the Willow provides services to men, women and their children who are fleeing domestic violence. Counseling, safe shelter and a 24-hour crisis line are available.  Your donation could help Willow purchase more bottles of children’s shampoo or body wash, diapers, gas cards, and help survivors pay back bills. Note: They served 52 Franklin County adult residents in 2014.

A donation of any amount helps provide these services and many, many other vital services through the other member agencies!  Thank you for your support!

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