Nearly dozen youth programs in Harvey County receive grant funds

NEWTON – Central Kansas Community Foundation announced its 2018 Kids FUNd grantees, which are funded from proceeds from the L. Marie Haun Charitable Fund for Children.

The Foundation hosted an award ceremony July 31 at Norm’s Coffee Bar, Newton.

The fund has been supporting local projects and programs serving kids since 2005. Originally supported by the Sand Creek Station Pro/Am Golf Tournament, the Haun Charitable Fund took over in 2012 as a means of continuing the provision of making grants to kid serving charities.

The current fund, created in 2013, has awarded more $227,000 to organizations who have interest in children’s behavioral research, child welfare, teaching parent skills, and/or strengthening families.

This year $30,500 was given to 11 organizations providing programs and projects that support area children and families. Organizations that received funding included:

• Kansas Children’s Service League: “Period of PURPLE Crying Shaken Baby/Abusive Head”

• Harvey County DV/SA Task Force Inc.: “Building Better Lives for Children and Youth”

• Prairie View Inc.: “Mental Health Awareness, Intervention & Prevention Presentations & Consultation”

• Sunlight Children's Advocacy and Rights Foundation: “Sunshine Children's Home”

• Rainbows United Inc.: “Strengthening Parenting of Children with Special Needs

• Mirror Inc.: Youth as Resources”

• Offender Victim Ministries: “Caring Dads Curriculum Development”

• Special Families: “Lending Library Parenting Project”

• Wichita Fellowship Club Inc.: “101 Club Fundays for Kids”

• Partners In Education Foundation Inc.: “Please Pay Attention”

• Communities in Schools: “CIS of Mid-America Program at El Dorado Middle School”

“I know that Marie would be very satisfied with the selection of the projects that are supported this year for area children,” stated Wynona Haun, Newton, sister-in-law to the late L. Marie Haun. Wynona has served on the grants review committee the past five years.

“This year there were 34 applications asking for $133,000 in support. There is so much need in our local communities for our children, it is hard to determine what projects/programs to support because they are all worthy causes to support.”

Workforce Solutions Workshop: Employee Recruitment and Candidate Pipeline

Does your business need more employees, or ways to develop existing staff?

Business owners and human resource leaders are invited to attend a complimentary forum from 4 to 6 p.m., Aug. 22 at the Wichita State University Marcus Welcome Center, 4205 E. 21st St. North that will provide solutions to employee recruitment, candidate pipeline planning, and the 'on-boarding' of new employees.

The forum will feature four break-out sessions covering the topics:

• Services to Build and Sustain Your Candidate Pipeline, presented by Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas;

• How to Identify and Retain Quality Employees, presented by Mid-America Manufacturing and Technology Center (MAMTC);

• Collaborating for Success and Respecting Your Business, presented by Kansas Department of Children and Families;

• On-Boarding and Managing Millennials, presented by Dr. Donald Hackett of Wichita State University.

Light refreshments will be served

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Hutchinson Tractor Supply celebrating pets with series of August events

Tractor Supply Company in Hutchinson is dedicating the entire month of August to showing its appreciation for animals with several events, including a pet supply drive, adoption event and an online competition to award shelter grants.

The retailer has already launched its month-long pet supply drive, now through the end of August.

Customers are invited to show their support for the Hutchinson animal shelter community by dropping off new sealed food, toys, cleaning supplies and other essential pet accessories such as beds, scratching posts, leashes and bowls to be donated to local rescues and shelters.

Also, the store will host a pet adoption event Aug. 25. Local animal organizations interested in participating are encouraged to sign up online at or by contacting the Hutchinson Tractor Supply. Registration closes Aug. 22.

“Whether you have a dog, cat, horse, pig or goat, we hope families will bring their leashed, friendly pets to the store to show how special their animals are and help us find homes for the local adoptable animals that deserve a family too,” stated Mary Lawley, vice president of store administration at Tractor Supply Company in a news release.

Tractor Supply is also shining a spotlight on animal organizations through the return of its popular “Rescue Your Rescue” contest. The retailer will donate a total of $25,000 in grants to 10 animal nonprofits that deserve a boost. Customers are encouraged to nominate their favorite shelters now through Wednesday at

The store will also feature a sale on premium pet and animal products and brands Aug. 22 through 26.

“Out Here With Animals” events are open to the public and leashed friendly animals. Contact the Hutchinson Tractor Supply store for more details.

For expert advice on raising pets and other animals, visit and follow Tractor Supply on Facebook and Instagram. To receive deals and rewards on pet and livestock products, sign up for the Tractor Supply Neighbor’s Club at