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Services Keep Rolling with New Resource Bus

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas was among the five nonprofit organizations awarded a State Giving Grant from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation during a celebratory “Day of Giving.” The agency received $40,770 to replace one of its two Mobile Resource Buses, which was beyond repair.

“At Walmart, we understand the importance of championing community organizations in any way we can,” said Annmarie Browning, Walmart Vice President and Regional General Manager. “Through our partnerships with these five nonprofit organizations, we are able to support programs that address the important issue of hunger relief
and assist Kansans in need across the state.” Midwest Bus Sales owner, Don Kincaid, stepped up to help Catholic Charities purchase an affordable bus based on the generous grant funding. The interior of the new Mobile Resource Bus will be altered, allowing for greater storage and distribution of food,
including fresh vegetables. There will also be a larger area for a clothing closet featuring gently used children and adult wear.

“The new bus, with its spacious, more efficient design, will help us serve more people in outlying communities where emergency assistance is in great demand, but not easily accessible,” says Denise Ogilvie, Vice President, Outreach and Grants Management.

In addition to food and clothing, a case manager is on board each Mobile Resource Bus providing services such as budget coaching, employment counseling, referrals or help filling out paperwork for other existing programs. Some direct financial assistance is available to help with rent, utility and medication costs. Last fiscal year, Catholic Charities provided emergency assistance to families living in rural communities through its Mobile Resource Bus 4,403 times. Of those receiving services, 43 percent were children.

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