Community Emergency Fund receives large donation
Energy efficiency program also discussed at meeting
A group of Baldwin City residents met last Thursday to discuss ways to help community members in need of assistance during the approaching winter.
The groups at the meeting were the Community Emergency Fund, Baldwin Energy Efficiency Program and East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation. Baldwin City Administrator Jeff Dingman was also present at the meeting.
The approximately dozen individuals talked about several topics, but they also made a donation. Dave Hill, Bill Harmon and the BEEP presented a check for $1,950 to the emergency fund.
“We decided to raise funds for the Community Emergency Fund,” said Harmon, BEEP committee member. “Right now, we have $1,950 pledged, and we are hoping to have more than $2,000.”
In addition, the Baldwin City Recreation Commission and Baldwin State Bank each gave checks of $1,000 to the CEF. George McCrary, BCRC president, presented the check to the CEF board of directors.
“This is another example of how Steve Friend has been such an asset to our community,” George McCrary said. “He called me one day and said he wanted to raise money for the emergency fund. He said he wanted to buy 100 Chiefs tickets for the community. For every one that we sell, we give $10 back. That $1,000 is just another way of how he supports our community. I’m excited to be working with Steve. This check put the ‘wow’ effect on things.”
The CEF board of directors graciously accepted the donations.
“We love the support of the community, and we are thankful for all of the money,” Amy Wintermantel said. “We’d like to thank everyone.”
In 2009, the CEF distributed $24,000 to the Baldwin community in food vouchers, utility assistance, medical assistance and other ways. The volunteer group is now seeking donations as it is low on funds for the year. Those wanting to contribute may drop off checks at the Baldwin State Bank or join the community and church fundraising opportunities.
The other half of last week’s meeting had BEEP and ECKAN talking about ways to make local houses and businesses more energy efficient. Alex Thompson of ECKAN talked to the group about the Weatherization Assistance Program, which is an income-based grant program funded by the state of Kansas. It is at no cost to anyone who rents or owns a home and qualifies under the program income guidelines.
Services may include cleaning or tuning up furnaces, sealing leaks in heating systems, repairing broken glass in windows, sealing holes in outside walls or ceilings for insulation and insulating attic areas or exterior walls. For more information and applications visit Baldwin City Hall at 803 High Street or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thompson said the average savings was around $1,100 per family. BEEP has also assisted those who many qualify based on income. For information on BEEP, visit www.baldwincityedc.com. BEEP is a subcommittee of the Baldwin City Economic Development Corporation.