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Wichita Wagonmasters grant record-setting $28,000 through Wichita Community Foundation

February 11, 2019

Wichita, Kan. – The Wichita Wagonmasters will award 29 local nonprofits grants up to $1,000 each from the Wichita Wagonmasters Good Life Grants Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation (WCF). 

Administered by WCF, the Good Life Grants Fund focuses on benefiting the quality of life for people in the Wichita area. The fund serves a wide range of projects, enabling more people to enjoy the good life and to promote the idea Wichita is a great place to live, work and play.

“The money comes from local sponsors and money raised at our annual Downtown Chili Cook-off, and we always proudly declare that it is going to help local charities,” said Wagonmasters’ Philanthropy Chairman Ron McEwen. “But, most importantly, our mission is to 'Promote the Good Life in Wichita,' and that's what this money is intended to do."

The 2019 grants will fund a wide array of projects:

  • The Arc of Sedgwick County - $1,000 to allow four financially-disadvantaged youth to attend Youth Education and Summer Socialization (YESS) during summer 2019
  • Assistance League of Wichita – $1,000 to purchase teddy bears, sketchbooks sets and tote bags to be distributed to child victims of violence
  • Bread of Life Distribution Center – $1,000 to provide food for those in need
  • Camp Hope-Heartland – $1,000 to provide activities and meals for the week for 100 campers
  • Central Plains Health Care Partnership/Project Access – $1,000 to provide essential services for low-income, medically uninsured patients
  • Children First: CEO Kansas – $1,000 to purchase 40 pairs of shoes for low-income students
  • Episcopal Social Services – $1,000 to purchase food for low-income individuals
  • Family Promise of Greater Wichita – $500 for transportation expenses for homeless children and their parents
  • Freedom Hooves Therapeutic Riding Center – $1,000 to purchase a laptop and desktop computer for Freedom Hooves staff
  • Fundamental Learning Center – $993 to purchase equipment for Rolph Literacy Academy students during P.E. class and recess
  • Good Shepherd Episcopal Church – $750 to purchase detergent and pay for laundromat usage
  • GraceMed Health Clinic – $1,000 for the purchase of a pediatric exam table
  • Independent Living Resource Center – $1,000 for the Greater Expectations program for high functioning autistic individuals ages 15 to 32
  • Inter-Faith Ministries – $1,000 for 100 blankets for the Warming Souls Winter Shelter
  • Kansas Children’s Service League – $1,000 to fund childcare slots
  • Kansas Society for Children with Challenges – $1,000 to purchase medical equipment
  • Laughing Feet Performers – $1,000 to support performances and its special needs individuals
  • Medical Services Bureau – $1,000 to provide eye exams for low-income persons seeking employment
  • Museum of World Treasures – $1,000 to provide scholarships to help Title I students visit the museum
  • Novus Orsa Ministries – $1,000 to purchase eight mattresses and a deep freezer for homeless young adults
  • Passageways – $1,000 to purchase a dining table
  • Raise My Head Foundation – $925 for a freezer refrigerator
  • Real Men Real Heroes – $1,000 to assist with the mentoring program
  • Ronald McDonald House of Charities – $1,000 for the Adopt-A-Room initiative
  • Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church – $1,000 to purchase food for the Brown Bag Lunch Program
  • Union Rescue Mission – $1,000 to purchase shoes and socks
  • Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center – $1,000 to support survivors of sexual violence
  • Wichita Family Crisis Center – $750 for a new deep freezer
  • Wichita’s Littlest Heroes – $1,000 to purchase 40 memberships to the Sedgwick County Zoo and Exploration Place

Grantees will be formally honored at a presentation on April 18 at LaVela.

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