Mar 24, 2020 7:51 PM

VOAD available for assistance

Posted Mar 24, 2020 7:51 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Reno County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) is activating a disaster relief protocol in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

VOAD may offer unmet needs assistance to those who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Any resident who feels they would qualify for assistance needs to simply call 2-1-1, which operates 24/7, and let them know they live in Reno County and are requesting assistance. This assistance is underway and VOAD will accept applications for assistance through June 30, 2020.

The Reno County VOAD could use donations of diapers, baby wipes, baby formula, Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial soap, Lysol spray and toilet paper to assist those in need. Please drop these donations at Interfaith Housing Community Services warehouse at 1326 E. Ave. A or The Salvation Army at 700 S. Walnut between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

If you would like to make a monetary donation to help with unmet needs — such as rent, utilities, food or prescription drug costs for individuals who have been impacted by this crisis — you can donate in care of Rally Reno County unmet needs fund by calling 2-1-1, donate on the Reno County VOAD Facebook page, send your donation to United Way of Reno County at P.O. Box 2230, Hutchinson, KS 67504, or drop off a donation at the United Way office at 924 N. Main in Hutchinson.

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Mar 24, 2020 7:51 PM
Harvey County closes facilities, funds relief efforts

NEWTON, Kan. — The Harvey County Commission announced at its March 24 meeting that it will direct financial aid to two local organizations to begin to address community needs related to COVID-19.

“We won’t know the full effects of COVID-19 on our communities for a long time, but we know we need to provide relief now, not later,” said Harvey County Commission Chair Randy Hague.

The Commission committed $25,000 to the Newton Ministerial Alliance, which oversees the Harvest of Love food pantry. This funding will go toward acquiring food, baby care and other sustenance products to distribute to those in need throughout the county.

Commissioners provided another $50,000 to the Central Kansas Community Foundation for a community relief fund. The CKCF will allocate funding to charitable organizations in Harvey County that are anticipated to see an increase in demand for services.

The County will use general fund reserves to contribute to the organizations.

The Commission also announced it will temporarily close County facilities to the public beginning March 25, a move to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19.

There has not been a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Harvey County. However, the Commission made the decision in a proactive effort.

“Public health starts at the local level,” said Harvey County Administrator Anthony Swartzendruber. “We can still provide essential services, including emergency response, while also doing our part to limit potential exposures for our staff and in the community.”

County staff will continue to report to their job sites. They will be available to help residents with requests by phone, email or online. Some staff will rotate shifts. Essential operations such as health, emergency communications and the sheriff’s office will remain fully staffed.

The County will detail specific changes to department operations later in the week.