CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE: HOW YOU CAN HELP

We know you want to help. That's why we want you to know the best way to help. Finney County is rallying together to respond to those impacted by coronavirus (also known as COVID-19). We know you want to help. That’s why we want you to know the best ways to help.

 

Here are five things you can do to fight in the face of COVID-19:

  1. Donate to the Finney County COVID-19 Fund. Your gift supports community resources that serve struggling families in Finney County. Workers are losing wages and tips due to event cancellations and business closures. As food pantries and other community resources are inundated, donations to the Finney County COVID-19 Fund help ensure these vital relief services stay open and accessible. Click here to donate online. You can also mail a check to Finney County United Way, P.O. Box 1268, Garden City, KS 67846. Please write "Covid-19 Fund" on the memo line.

  2. Direct people to the Coronavirus Hotline-620-272-3600. We are working on the front lines of the pandemic. Expert specialists provide real-time information on social services and other resources to those in need. If you know someone who is struggling or just looking for a source of reliable information, tell them to call 620-272-3600 to get the help they need.

  3. Spare something for the food pantries. As stores run out of bulk food and toilet paper, food pantries are struggling to fill their shelves, even as more people are coming in for help. Consider donating what you can spare, especially non-perishable food and toiletry items. You can call Finney County United Way at 620-275-1425 to find out what our local food pantries need most and where to drop off donations. 

  4. Call your friends and family. Loneliness is as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Even during isolation, modern technology allows us to stay connected. Checking in on friends and family is more than polite right now, it’s essential. And don’t forget elderly neighbors or others living alone.

  5. Take care of your mental health. If you’re stuck at home, keep busy with hobbies, try out arts and crafts, pick up an old musical instrument, organize family game nights, and step outside for fresh air and exercise. You can’t take care of others unless you take care of yourself.

Even in these uncertain times, no one is powerless to make a difference. Small acts, taken together across the country, can change the course of the pandemic, bolster those facing economic challenges, and protect the most vulnerable. 


LOOKING FOR HELP? WANT TO VOLUNTEER? QUESTIONS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS?

If you are needing help, want to volunteer or have general questions regarding the Coronavirus, call the Coronavirus hotline at 620-272-3600. Finney County United Way is working with local and state agencies to have accurate, current information.


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