Apr 19, 2020 8:57 PM

SAUW receives donation from KS Gas, awards more grants

Posted Apr 19, 2020 8:57 PM

The Salina Area United Way (SAUW) has received a matching donation commitment from Kansas Gas Service for its COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Kansas Gas Service will be matching dollar for dollar any funds raised for the SAUW COVID-19 Relief Fund up to $5,000.

"Kansas Gas Service is committed to making our communities better places to live," said Kara Titus, community relations manager for Kansas Gas Service. “We’re grateful for the work of Salina Area United Way, and we're proud to play a role in helping our neighbors who are facing unprecedented challenges associated with this pandemic. We hope our match will encourage others to give as they can."

The SAUW at this time has awarded all funds raised through the SAUW COVID-19 Relief Fund, however it is still accepting applications for funds and will review on a first-come first-served basis to award any additional funds raised.

Additionally, SAUW is still accepting donations for the SAUW COVID-19 Relief Fund to continue to support the needs in the community.

"The Salina community has shown its support during this difficult and uncertain time. Without their support we would not have already raised almost $70,000 for our 501(c)(3) non-profits," said Claire Mullen, SAUW executive director. "We will continue to raise funds through the month of April with the hopes to award additional funds to organizations continuing to help those in need in our community affected by COVID-19."

The Salina Area United Way has awarded the following grants through the SAUW COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Salina Health Education Foundation -- $3,000 to assist patients with emergency food vouchers and medications.

First United Methodist Church (Salina) -- $1,500 to assist individuals with rent, utilities, gasoline vouchers and CityGo passes.

St Francis Ministries (Salina) -- $1,000 to provide food to children whose foster/kinship parents are working full-time providing essential services and not able to transport to schools, not able to walk to schools, or who are self-quarantined and cannot risk exposing others to receive free meals already provided by schools.

Saline County Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol and Rescue Squad (Salina) -- $2,000 to purchase PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) so that services such as picking up prescriptions and groceries for individuals can be provided to our community.

The Salvation Army (Salina) -- $5,000 to provide individuals assistance with food, rent, utilities, hygiene, cleaning products, etc.

Salina Child Care Association -- $2,500 to provide food to children at their facility that cannot be reimbursed through the food program.

Ashby House (Salina) -- $5,000 to provide food, essential items, and medication/co-pay assistance to individuals and families participating in their transitional housing program and are not able to work due to the stay-at-home order.

CKF (Salina) -- $3,500 to purchase equipment to provide patients with telehealth services.

Central Kansas Mental Health (Salina) -- $3,500 to purchase equipment to provide patients with telehealth services.

Donations can still be made to the SAUW COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund in three easy ways:

Online at www.unitedwaysalina.org/sauw-covid-19

Text “TOGETHERUNITED” at 41444

Mail a check to Salina Area United Way, 210 E Walnut #100, Salina, KS 67401. Please include “Relief Fund” in the memo.

To download a grant application, visit the SAUW website at https://www.unitedwaysalina.org/covid-19, include a copy of your non-profit status, and return a copy to [email protected]. Your application will be reviewed within two business days. The maximum grant awarded to applicants will not exceed $5,000.

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UPDATE: SHESC's minimum order of KN95 masks now only 100

UPDATE: The Smoky Hill Education Service Center (SHESC) has announced that the minimum number of protective KN95 masks that can be ordered through the center has been lowered to 100.

Image of masks courtesy SHESC

The Smoky Hill Education Service Center (SHESC) has a coronavirus-related deal for tax-exempt organizations.

SHESC, in partnership with School Specialty, has a limited supply of KN95 respirator masks available for educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and city and county governments while supplies last!

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend N95 respirator masks as an effective preventative measure against the transmission of COVID-19. Currently in the United States, however, unprecedented demand has led to a critical shortage of the masks. On April 3, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an Emergency Use Authorization for KN95 masks -- the approval standard used in China with equivalent performance to N95 respirator masks, SHESC noted in a news release. The authorization allows the import and use of KN95 masks during the COVID-19 situation.

According to SHESC, tax-exempt organizations can download the fillable pdf form below and send it to [email protected] to place their mask orders.

Download a Form-Fillable KN95 Mask Order Form as a PDF