To the editor:

So many in our community are asking how they can help during this difficult and uncertain time. With the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for services continues to grow. I’m getting calls from families that have never asked for help before. Both mother and father of a family of four, for example, have been working for years, and they are finding themselves out of work with zero income for the first time in their lives. Some of them will not get their jobs back.

“We need to quickly provide funds to agencies that help those in crisis. These are extraordinary times with more people unemployed and/or ill, and needing our assistance. This is a tangible, reliable way to help your neighbors while not risking infection for you or them,” said Larry Martin, United Way chairman.

So I ask, will you give a helping hand to those in our community that are now in need?

Thank you and may God bless you and keep you safe.

To donate, visit

To designate to the COVID-19 fund or one of our local agencies, type that info into the “designate an organization or project” line at the bottom of the form. Or mail a check to Leavenworth County United Way, PO Box 21, Leavenworth, KS, 66048.

If you need assistance, the Leavenworth County United Way is part of the Kansas City area 2-1-1 referral service. Simply dial “2-1-1” or go online at for referrals on where to go for basic needs, prescription assistance or rent/utility assistance.

Nancy Bauder is the executive director of the Leavenworth County United Way.