May 20, 2020 8:11 PM

Rally Reno hands out fourth round of grants

Posted May 20, 2020 8:11 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Rally Reno Campaign handed out another $14,300 to five nonprofit agencies through the Hutchinson Community Foundation.

The money comes from a $110,000 pool funded by donors of the United Way of Reno County and the Hutchinson Community Foundation. The grants are aimed at expanding local nonprofits’ capacities to continue providing services during the COVID-19 crisis. The fund is now depleted. Donors who would like to help make more grant dollars available should contact Hutchinson Community Foundation President and CEO Aubrey Abbott Patterson or United Way of Reno County Executive Director Lisa Gleason.

A panel of community leaders awarded the following grants:

Park Place Christian Church-Bread & Cup Ministry — $3,000: Funds will be used to feed individuals who have been impacted by coronavirus and others normally served by this ministry. Cleaning supplies and paper products for carryout meals necessary during this time will also be purchased.

Children’s Emergency Shelter Home — $2,300: Funds will be used to continue to pay staff to be on-call during this difficult and unpredictable time.

Et Cetera Shop & Ten Thousand Villages — $2,000: This grant will be used toward adaptations necessary to allow Et Cetera Shop to continue accepting donations and making sales during the COVID-19 crisis. Possible expenditures include media manager wages and/or purchase of a laptop and/or donation bin.

St. Vincent de Paul — $5,000: All grant funds will be used to assist community members in need as they struggle to afford enough food and to pay rent and utilities after the current grace period expires.

The Salvation Army — $2,000: Additional funds toward The Salvation Army's partially-funded initial request will help with staff salaries and utilities during a time of lost revenue, allowing the organization to continue serving community members with immediate needs.

“Reno County nonprofits have experienced lost revenue plus increased needs for the clients they serve — a big hit to the bottom line,” Patterson said. “We anticipate that the need for emergency grants to fill the gap will continue for many months and we will need further support from our very generous community.”

Patterson may be reached at [email protected] or 620-200-0175. Gleason may be reached at [email protected] or 620-669-9329.

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Quest Center changes its name and mission

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Reno County Entrepreneurship Task Force and the Quest Center board of directors, announced Tuesday that the Quest Center is expanding its purpose and changing its name to StartUp Hutch.

The decision to find a new name and purpose began last year when the Reno County Entrepreneurship Task Force provided recommendations to the community. Task Force members and the Quest Center board of directors saw an opportunity to evolve the Quest Center to become the home of an “entrepreneur navigator” and the hub connecting entrepreneurs.

In addition to fostering an entrepreneur community through online and in-person activities, StartUp Hutch will help entrepreneurs navigate the business start-up process. It will continue to provide services such as loan assistance, business plan review, and succession planning.

For more information and entrepreneurship resources, visit StartUpHutch.com.