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United Way of Ellis County Partners Through Strategic Doing

Monday, August 20th, 2018

The United Way of Ellis County has received a $6,980 grant from Heartland Community Foundation to fund the digitization and distribution of the Ellis County Community Resource Directory. This endeavor was initiated through the Social Services Group of the Strategic Doing process. This group is a collaborative effort of various social service entities in Ellis County who identified the need to have access to and provide access to community resources.

The Heartland Community Foundation grant will be used to develop an app for first responders, social and human service entities and individuals to be able to have contact information for referral of services. The United Way of Ellis County will be overseeing completion of the project.

“KANSASWORKS Hays staff are excited about the new Ellis county Community Resource Directory app. Having this directory available in an app form will allow our staff and customers to have access to the most current information on housing, transportation and other community resources when they need it most,” said Abigail Crandall, regional operations manager for KANSASWORKS.

“All people in our community, no matter their background or social status, can come to points of need, seeking resources they aren’t familiar with – whether childcare, relationship help, counseling services, food assistance, or more,” said Pam Greenleaf, individual community volunteer. “I care about these social needs being met in our community. It is easy to assume more resources are needed in certain areas, but the first step in adequately meeting needs is to be effectively using the resources and services in Ellis County and promote collaboration among our county’s social services and support area agencies and programs in reaching the people they have a heart to serve.”

Heartland Community Foundation builds stronger communities and improves the quality of life for all residents of our region. Each year, the foundation distributes hundreds of thousands of dollars through grants and scholarships, helping thousands of donors achieve their philanthropic goals and many nonprofits carry on their good work. The Heartland Community Foundation is an affiliate foundation the Greater Salina Community Foundation which is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit public charity.

The United Way of Ellis County is accepting donations for their current campaign to assist nonprofit service agencies. For more information on how you can support their community efforts, please visit or call 785-628-8281.