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A Message from Our Grant Recipients

May 19, 2021

Reaching out to a couple of a grant recipients to hear more about their programs and how the funds received from KDO have impacted their organization.

Contact Ministries, Director of Services Tonya Sloter - $15,000 for medical prescription assistance and eye glass assistance to seniors.

Helping Hands of Springfield, Executive Director Erica Smith - $4,000 for health and medical items and/or resources for senior clients at Helping Hands.

Land of Lincoln Honor Flight, Board Member Steve Wheeler - $10,000 to offset costs for Sangamon County veterans to fly to Washington, D.C. to visit the national memorials dedicated to their service to our country. KDO approved a portion of the grant monies to be re-purposed to support "Flightless Honor Flight" experiences for veterans in 2020.

Sangamon County Community Resources, Energy Programs Coordinator Kelly Comerford - $12,000 for utility assistance to senior clients who do not qualify for LIHEAP benefits.

Simmons Cancer Institute, Executive Director Dr. Aziz Khan - $4,671 for in-home FIT Testing Kits for colorectal cancer and postage.

The Joy of Movement, Executive Director Eve Fischberg - $2,880 to support adapted group dance classes for seniors with Parkinson's Disease and their care partners.

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“We assisted one particular client who is a single female in her late 60s with her utilities. She had some unexpected health issues, which resulted in unexpected medical bill. Being on a fixed income making sure that her all of her bills were paid on time was becoming a challenge. Thankfully through the assistance of KDO we were able to pay her CWLP bill so she didn’t get disconnected. Her appreciation was so great that she was moved to tears and later mailed us a thank you card. So many of our senior clients are like this individual in that they are living on a fixed income, their dollar isn’t going as far, they face unexpected bills, but don’t have the money to fall back on.”

Catholic Charities

Patrick McConnell, Area Director

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