The city of Independence’s Palmer Senior Center and multi-faceted groups like the Salvation Army are among 72 non-profit organizations that will receive funding as the Kansas City Regional COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund announced its second list of grant recipients Monday.
More than $3.2 million will be distributed to various organizations around the metro area with this round of grants. In the first round of grants, announced April 13, 56 organizations received $2.6 million.
The Palmer Center will receive $2,629 as reimbursement for home-delivered meals to high-risk seniors and people with disabilities. The Palmer Center has been closed since mid-March as part of public health precautions, while the city continues to deliver meals, the Mid-America Regional Council has been providing them.
The Salvation Army is now among three groups to have received $200,000 from the Response and Recovery Fund. While the money is for the church across the metro area, that figure represents about 10 percent of the annual budget at the Salvation Army’s Independence site, Major Brian Burkett said last year. The Independence site operates the only family homeless shelter in Eastern Jackson County and offers food pantry assistance.
Kansas City Regional COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund was formed last month by several organizations to help especially vulnerable communities affected by the pandemic. Leading groups include: Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, United Way of Greater of Kansas City, LISC Greater Kansas City (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) and MARC. Organizers said in late March they set an initial goal to raise $10 million, and thus far they have raised more than $16.1 million. More than $2 million came from OneKC Day of Giving, a one-day drive hosted by Kansas City broadcasters.
Also among the recipients in the second round of grants:
• Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City ($75,000), for on-site meals and food delivery at its six club sites.
• Comprehensive Mental Health ($50,000), which serves Eastern Jackson County.
• Foster Adopt Connect ($50,000), which is based in Independence and provides emergency assistance and in-home behavioral assistance to foster families and older foster youth and alumni.
• Hope House ($50,000), which provides housing and support for individuals and families affected by domestic violence.
• Mother’s Refuge ($50,000), which provides shelter and assistance to homeless young mothers and their babies.
• YMCA of Greater Kansas City ($200,000), to provide childcare for health-care workers, first responders, grocery store employees and other essential service workers.
MARC spokesperson Amy Strange said organizers have started plans for a third round of grants, and organizers plan to distribute a new round of grants every couple weeks until all donated funds have been invested.
Among the recipients in the first round of grants:
• Community Services League ($75,000), which has 10 food handout sites around Eastern Jackson County, provides case management and housing services and partners with other organizations for personal hygiene kits and prescription assistance. CSL’s food demand has multiplied several times over during the pandemic.
• Fairmount Community Center in northwest Independence ($17,500), which assists homebound seniors, children and families in northwest Independence.
• Harvesters – Community Food Network ($200,000).
• Hillcrest Ministries ($20,000), which provides housing for at-risk families in Jackson and Clay counties in Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas.
• Lee’s Summit Social Services ($20,000), which provides food, utility and rent assistance for those in need in Lee’s Summit, Greenwood, Lone Jack, and Lake Lotawana.