After a year of fund raising, including the popular We Care telethon and the latest Wrap-Up auction, We Care officials presented checks to six area nonprofits today.
The nonprofits – Kokomo Rescue Mission, Salvation Army, Goodfellows, Mental Health America, Bona Vista, and Kokomo Urban Outreach – received a combined $415,000, while the remaining $2,120 went to the Hope trust fund, putting it at $5,253,426.
Receiving $105,000 each were Kokomo Rescue Mission, Salvation Army, and Goodfellows, while $10,000 went to Mental Health America, $85,000 to Bona Vista, and $5,000 to Kokomo Urban Outreach.
Mental Health America Director Jill McKibben thanked We Care for the donation, which supports the organization’s annual Gift Lift program.
“I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to We Care, to all of the volunteers. If you’re not aware, we’re a very small office. It’s just myself and one other part-time employee, and this year we’re able to serve 450 members of our community that are living with mental illness or developmental disability. So if it weren’t for volunteers and We Care, this would not happen,” McKibben said.
Brianna Boles, president of Bona Vista, also expressed gratitude for the $85,000 donation. The funds, she said, go to help support the 1,400 individuals Bona Vista serves.
Receiving funds for the second year was Kokomo Urban Outreach. The nonprofit’s director, Jeff Newton, said the funds will go a long way in helping the community’s youth.
“We work with 250 children every week all year long, so they come through our building every week. This is a gift that’s going to go on for a whole year, and we’re teaching young men and women how to be respective, responsible, reliable, and ready from the ages of 3 years old to 18,” Newton said.
In total, $417,120 was raised this year through We Care.