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Community Impact (General Fund)

Your gift will be applied to projects of most need throughout our work in Basic Needs, Early Education On Grade Achievement, and Financial Stability. Your support of the Community Impact Fund allows for flexibility in responding to some of our community’s greatest challenges.

Total Raised:
$9,464

A Roof Over Your Head

Rent and utilities assistance remains one of the most in-demand services among our nonprofit partners. In recent years, any available aid is gone the first week of the month.

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed an even greater burden on an already strained system. And demand will only increase as emergency restrictions prohibiting evictions and foreclosures are lifted. Many families, also experiencing hardship such as job loss, are now left to wonder how they can afford a place to live.

Goal: $2,000
*Match Dollars Available*
Total Raised:
$300/$2,000

$2,000 supports rent and utilities for four families living in an apartment in our community at a time when they need it most.

Prescription Assistance for Seniors

The rising cost of prescription medication, in addition to financial hardships brought on by a tough economy and a fixed income can leave seniors in a difficult place. No one should have to be forced to choose between paying their utility bill or paying for health-preserving prescriptions.

Goal: $1,500
*Match Dollars Available*
Total Raised:
$325/$1,500

$1,500 provides six individuals with access to prescription medications.

Speaking Up for the Voiceless

Children who are victims of domestic violence suffer unspeakable trauma. The job of our community partners is to ensure that children only need to share the story of their abuse one time. Once the initial story has been captured, our partners then work with law enforcement to ensure the story is preserved in a way that is admissible in court. They also begin the important work of connecting the child and their family to services in the community to begin the healing process. Through their advocacy, these agencies ensure every child has a voice.

Goal: $600
*Match Dollars Available*
Total Raised:
$275/$600

$600 provides advocates for six children who have been affected by domestic violence.

Bringing More Than a Meal

Delivering meals to seniors living alone or with limited mobility is important. But those deliveries provide more than just food. They provide a chance for a senior to connect with another individual. They provide a critical safety check for those living on their own. They also provide monthly education and enrichment activities to help seniors’ minds stay sharp.

Food insecurity in our community has skyrocketed since the start of the pandemic- leaving many seeking food assistance for the first time

Goal: $500
*Match Dollars Available*
Total Raised:
$115/$500

$500 provides 133 seniors in our community with a prepared meal, safety visit, and monthly education opportunity.

Celebrating 10 Years of Changing the Odds for Kids in Pine Ridge!

Celebrating it's 10th year of operation, Pine Ridge Prep Preschool provides children in the Pine Ridge public housing neighborhood with access to a high-quality preschool education they otherwise would not be able to receive. Studies show that children who start school behind tend to stay behind. Children receive two years of preschool through Pine Ridge Prep, and typically start the program around 20% kindergarten readiness. Upon completion of the program, children regularly test at 80% kindergarten readiness.

Help us celebrate 10 years of this valuable partnership, and ensure it is around for another 10 years!

Goal: $10,000
Total Raised:
$1,625/$10,000

$10,000 provides two weeks of instruction for all 51 kids attending Pine Ridge Prep.

Parents are the Child's First Teacher

Babies don’t come with a user’s manual, especially when it comes to understanding how they learn and grow. Home visitation providers help parents understand their child’s development–physically, emotionally and academically. They offer support, guidance and resources to help children and their parents.

Goal: $1,500
Total Raised:
$0/$1,500

$1,500 provides three months of home visitation services for one family in our community.

Empowering Childcare Providers

Access to high-quality childcare in our community is impossible without providers who have the tools and knowledge to be successful. Your dollars support professional development opportunities and business coaching for early childhood providers throughout our community. This professional support ensures that childcare providers are effective and using the latest tools and resources to prepare children for kindergarten.

Goal: $1,000
Total Raised:
$100/$1,000

$1,000 provides 25 hours of coaching and professional support for childcare professionals to improve business and classroom quality, giving children better chances of reaching their full potential.

Keeping Kids on Track

Research tells us that a child’s chances of persisting to graduation begin to drop if they are not on-grade in reading by third grade, and math by sixth grade. Time spent in the classroom is not enough for many students to succeed in these core subjects. Out-of-school learning opportunities with high-quality tutoring can make all the difference.

Goal: $2,000
Total Raised:
$0/$2,000

$2,000 provides tutoring support for an entire year for two students.

School Is More Than Learning

The recent challenge of COVID-19 has shown us that school is more than just school for some students. It also is a safe place, a place to get a warm meal, a place to be told you matter, and a place to be valued.

School-based coordinators identify and work with students whose success in school may be hindered by factors outside the classroom. These coordinators connect families to resources from food and clothing to family and academic support.

Goal: $1,500
Total Raised:
$210/$1,500

$1,500 provides one month of school and family support for 19 students.

You Don't Have to Do It Alone

Recent research shows that an increasingly high number of Americans are just one paycheck away from a financial emergency. For many, this became all too real in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Furloughs, layoffs, and other job disruptions left many wondering how they would be able to move forward financially.

One-to-one financial mentors give individuals and families the resources and tools they need to turn their finances around. With their mentor’s guidance, individuals learn how to pay down debt, establish savings, repair credit, and other valuable skills to take charge of their future.

Goal: $2,000
*Match Dollars Available*
Total Raised:
$700/$2,000

$2,000 supports a long-term mentor-mentee relationship for an entire year.

A Fresh Start in Life

For homeless residents in our community, obtaining a stable job can be a game-changer.

Through an intense 12-week program, unsheltered individuals have the chance to learn the basics of applying for a job (resume building, interview skills, etc), and then put those new skills to the test through an internship with the goal of obtaining full-time employment at the end of their experience.

Through a network of community partnerships, participants often find full time employment that allows them to support their family and start down the road to financial independence.

Goal: $2,000
Total Raised:
$50/$2,000

$2,000 provides four adults with access to job training and placement in long-term employment.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Every Shawnee County child, birth to age five can enroll in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, for free!

Enrolled children receive one free book every month resulting in a library of up to 60 books by the time they start kindergarten. Access to age-appropriate reading materials is the most critical indicator for early childhood success.

Goal: $2,500
Total Raised:
$150/$2,500

$2,500 provides five years of books for fifteen children in our community.

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