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Evergy Community Response Fund at WCF invests $100,000 in local COVID-19 recovery and racial equity work

September 15, 2020

In reaction to current global events, the Evergy Community Response Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation (WCF) is awarding 10 Wichita nonprofits $10,000 each to support efforts that close gaps in services created by COVID-19 or promote solutions to racial injustice. The funding is in addition to the nearly $247,000 awarded in June through the Evergy Community Investment Fund at WCF.

“At a time in our lives when there is much uncertainty, it’s refreshing to have WCF fundholders like Evergy modify their philanthropic plans to meet immediate needs,” said Shelly Prichard, WCF president and CEO.

The grant opportunity was designed for nonprofits serving zip codes 67208, 67214 and/or 67219. Applications were scored by the Evergy Community Investment Advisory Board, consisting of 11 individuals who live, work and/or serve in Wichita’s District 1.

"We are so incredibly grateful for this generous grant from Evergy,” said Angela Perez, executive director of Urban League of Kansas. “This is the first year that Urban League of Kansas serves as a voter registration and polling site for the Wichita community. This grant will allow us to reach many of our neighbors and help them make their voices heard in the election this year."

The 10 grants of $10,000 each will support the following projects:

  • Art That Touches Your HeartAssist with community and family-building efforts to address racial injustice, inequality and marginalization.
  • Black Alliance (fiscally sponsored by CORE) | Create COVID-19 walkable testing opportunities and education about access to health care within the community.
  • Create Campaign | Continue exterior home and property improvements through the Prosper Community Contractor Collective.
  • HealthCore Clinic | Purchase medical devices to support positive health outcomes within the patient population.
  • McAdams Academy | Support for current programming working to disrupt the “school to prison pipeline” and reduce recidivism.
  • Newman University | Expand Newman’s Ignite program to address disproportionate racial achievement gaps in 67208, 67214 and 67219.
  • Power CDCInstall a modern, state-of-the-art smart building lighting system in the Historic Dunbar Theatre.
  • The Kansas African American Museum | Fund programming designed to promote solutions and address racial injustice.
  • Urban League of Kansas | Inform citizens that the organization will serve as a polling site during this year’s election.
  • WSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion (fiscally sponsored by CORE) | Produce local civil rights history programming to students that reside in 67208, 67214, 67219.

“These 10 organizations are providing vital programs to northeast Wichita as the community and nation work to address the pandemic and racial injustice,” said Jeff Beasley, Evergy vice president, customer operations. “Evergy is grateful to be able to support their work.”

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