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Grant awarded to fund emergency service programs in Wyandotte County

Wyandotte County has been awarded $77,754 in federal funds under the National Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) through the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist the homeless and near homeless in 2017. Funding for Phase 34 EFSP funding has been announced and applications are now being accepted.

EFSP consists of representatives from The Salvation Army; American Red Cross; United Jewish Communities; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; and United Way Worldwide.

The national board is distributing funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high need areas around the country. Locally, the distribution of funding is administered by United Way of Wyandotte County for agencies that have programs providing food pantries, food kitchens, food vouchers, rent and mortgage assistance, and shelter.

Agencies may receive an application by contacting Todd Jordan at the United Way of Wyandotte County at or 913-371-3674 ext. 1322. Applications are due by 12 p.m. July 5.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive Federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply. Agencies applying must have, or be willing to obtain, electronic fund transfer capabilities. After the applications are received, a committee representing community members and local agencies will determine which agencies will be eligible to receive funding.

Agencies receiving funds from the program in 2016 were Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Cross-Lines Community Outreach, Economic Opportunity Foundation, Friends of Yates, Metro Lutheran Ministry, Mt. Carmel Community Outreach, Salvation Army, and United Way of Wyandotte County.


KCK Street Blues Festival planned Saturday

The Kansas City, Kansas, Street Blues Festival is planned from 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at 3924 N. 49th Drive, Kansas City, Kansas.

The Street Blues Festival will feature performers “King” Bill Carter, C.J. Walker, Bobby Carson, Bob and Diana Suckiel, Danny Cox, Jack Wilson, Karla and Too Bad Jim, and Lemuel Sheppard.

Bill Carter is being honored as this year’s “king” of the festival in a “living heritage tribute.”

Those attending may bring coolers, lawn chairs and blankets. There is a small amphitheater on the property. There will be a stage on top of the hill and and a stage in the amphitheater bowl.

The festival benefits Kansas City musicians and the children’s charities of Widow’s Sons No. 17 Masonic Lodge Past Masters of KCK.

The location is at Lavender’s Circle L Ranch, about a mile north of Leavenworth Road, at the bluffs near the Missouri River.

There is a $10 donation per person.

The blues festival started in 2000, and this is the second year at this location.

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KCK student named to honor roll at McPherson College

Whitney Murray of Kansas City, Kansas, was named to the honor roll for the spring semester at McPherson College, McPherson, Kansas.

Students on the honor roll are attending full-time and have a grade point average of 3.55 or higher during the term.

McPherson College is a four-year liberal arts college offering bachelor’s and pre-professional programs. It is affiliated with the Church of the Brethren.