McPherson County United Way sets record

Chad Frey

The McPherson County United Way set a record this year — smashing campaign goals in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. 

The McPherson County United Way set a record this year — smashing campaign goals in the middle of a worldwide pandemic.

The recently completed campaign raised $310,166.68 — funds that will be used to fund 17 nonprofits in the area along with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library effort and a community response fund. . 

“I am completely humbled by the generosity of our community. This has not been an easy time for many due to the pandemic," said United Way Campaign Co-Chair Chad Hitt. "For our community members and local businesses to rise up and not only contribute to the Community Response and Recovery Fund to help those in need due to COVID, but to then put together the single highest campaign since the start of our McPherson County United Way, is absolutely amazing. We as a campaign committee and members of the United Way board are so thankful and appreciative of our strong community.”

Programs funded by the McPherson County United Way include GraceMed, the Lindsborg Summer Lunch Program, Meals on Wheels, McPherson County Crime Stoppers, CASA: A Voice for Children, Heart to Heart Child Advocacy Center, StepMc, SafeHope, Child Care Aware of Kansas, McPherson Family YMCA, McPherson Special Olympics, Cerebral Paulsey Research Foundation, McPherson County Council on Aging and the McPherson Housing Coalition. 

United Way also operates the Community Response and Recovery Fund, providing assistance to people affected economically by the pandemic, as well as Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library which mails free age-appropriate books to 775 preschool children throughout McPherson County each month through age five.

As result of the record setting campaign, March 15 was been declared “United Way Celebration Day” by the McPherson City Commission and McPherson County Commission.

Proclamations were signed by City of McPherson Mayor Tom Brown and County Commission Chairman Keith Becker recognizing a record-setting campaign by United Way of McPherson County.