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Kearney County assistance programs

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With many people struggling in the weak economy, emergency food, rent/mortgage, and heating assistance will be available through a program that is providing $20,000 in emergency relief money. The funds are destined for Kearney area recipients, and will help them make it through short term hardship.

The Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska will be administering the grant funds that will be used to provide emergency rent/mortgage assistance. The funds that are being used for food assistance will be disbursed through the Salvation Army. And for those who need additional food, such as perishable food vouchers, the food pantry at the Kearney Jubilee Center will oversee that aspect of the program.

The Kearney Area Community Foundation will partner with the Peter Kiewit Foundation to distribute the $20,000 in emergency relief to the agencies mentioned above. This is the second year in a row the Kearney and Kiewit foundations have partnered on the distribution. Even when the grants and funds have been used up, people can still contact the Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska to learn about other resources that may be available to them.

The executive director of the Kiewit Foundation, has stated that her foundation is pleased to extend funds through “this helping hand” to fellow Nebraskans who are facing a hardship and who are in need during these difficult economic times.

In addition, the Kearney Area Community Foundation has identified the charities and recipient agencies mentioned above, and they will work directly with these charities and program directors to meet emergency food and energy assistance needs for individuals and families who are living in the Kearney area. Find other ways to save and in effect earn free money.

Contact the Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska at (308) 865-5675 to learn more or to apply for help. In addition, the community action agency has several other programs and services for people who need help.





By Jon McNamara

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