Gov. Sebelius asks United Ways of Kansas to coordinate relief fund in response to the June 11th tornadoes
* Kansas tornado relief fund is focused on long-term recovery needs in Chapman, Manhattan and surrounding areas
WICHITA, Kan., June 17, 2008 -- United Ways of Kansas announced that they have accepted Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' request to administer a tornado disaster fund. The United Way Tornado Relief Fund will serve as a central collection point for anyone wishing to make a monetary contribution to help victims of the June 11th tornadoes in Chapman, Manhattan and surrounding areas of Kansas.
"I appreciate our local United Way organizations' willingness to coordinate fundraising efforts that are crucial to the recovery of those in communities impacted by our most recent tornadoes," said Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. "Their efforts are greatly appreciated and will help Kansans know any funds they give will be handled appropriately and will truly help those intended."
"The Governor has asked United Ways of Kansas to establish this fund to coordinate fund-raising efforts," said Patrick J. Hanrahan, president of United Way of the Plains. "We invite all individuals and groups wishing to help in long-term recovery efforts to contribute to this fund."
A disaster such as this requires the services of many organizations-especially for on-going assistance in the future. This United Way fund will provide a vehicle for that help. Types of services supported could include: counseling, housing, vouchers for rent or utility assistance, or other services.
The fund will be administered by United Way of the Plains with no administration charge; 100 percent of each gift will go to disaster recovery assistance. Donors should make checks payable to United Way Tornado Relief, and mail to United Way of the Plains, 245 N. Water, Wichita, KS 67202.
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