By TIM HORAN
Education programs about President Dwight D. Eisenhower for schools in Kansas and nationwide got a big boost today. The Herington Hospital will also get to upgrade its CT scanner.
Both were made possible by The Kansas Department of Commerce Community Service Program (CSP).
Twenty-eight nonprofit organizations will share $4.13 million in tax credits under the CSP. Since 1994, CSP has helped nonprofit organizations undertake major capital fund-raising drives for various projects.
Two of those are in Dickinson County: The Eisenhower Foundation and the Herington Memorial Hospital.
“The nonprofit groups that are receiving CSP tax credits are doing valuable work in our state,” Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George said. “They provide critical services for the citizens and communities that rely upon their endeavors. It’s terrific that we’re able to support these organizations’ efforts to better the quality of life in Kansas.”
The Eisenhower Foundation will channel the $125,000 into its educational program said Stephen McLean, executive director of the Foundation.
“We need to keep that program funded,” he said. “This will help us through the next year and a half.
We’ve been working on this for some time and it’s a K through 12 education program. We are developing onsite and online education programs.”
He said those programs can be about World War II or the Eisenhower presidency.
“There are lessons to be learned from historical events that took place,” he said.
An example of one of the courses that is being developed is on the Women’s Army Corps???, the WACs.
“Oveta Hobby became a very close friend of President Eisenhower and she headed up the WACs during World War II,” he said. “She became the first woman cabinet secretary.”
The programs are aimed at particular age groups, he said.
“We’ll market these programs to all of the Kansas school districts and invite them to come for an onsite visit. That’s the ideal,” McLean said. “It can be very difficult to do that because of costs and making time within their schedules. For those that do not come, we are putting in an online version of this which has the course material for the students. It has the teacher’s materials. It also lines up the Core Curriculum standards for the state of Kansas.
“We are making sure that when we develop one of these courses that we show them exactly where it fits into their Core Curriculum. Our hope is that they will use these programs for that piece of educational contact about Eisenhower, about being President and World War II.”
Herington Municipal Hospital will receive $150,000 to replace an obsolete CT scanner unit and will use the tax credits to purchase a new scanner.
Projects eligible for tax credit awards include community service, crime prevention and health care. Tax credit awards are distributed through a competitive application process. Based on the scope and cost of the proposed project, applicants may request up to $250,000 in tax credits. Applicant organizations in rural areas (less than 15,000 population) are eligible for a 70 percent credit. Applicant organizations in non-rural areas are eligible for a 50 percent credit.
The following organizations will receive tax credits:
Shepherd of the Plains Foundation, Cimarron, $ 235,000
Shepherd of the Plains will use the tax credit to help construct a new 28 bed nursing home in Cimarron. The new home will replace the foundation’s existing 45 year old building.
SAFEHOME Inc., Overland Park, $225,000
SAFEHOME provides shelter and counseling services to abused women and children. The organization will utilize the grant to expand its facility to meet the needs of those it serves.
Mennonite Friendship Communities Inc., Hutchinson, $ 175,000
Mennonite Friendship Communities will use the tax credit to replace an obsolete generator. Acquiring the new generator is crucial for continuity of the organization’s services.
Arrowhead West Inc., Dodge City, $225,000
Arrowhead West is building an assisted-living facility and units in Pratt due to increased demand. The tax credits will help fund the construction of this facility.
St. Catherine Hospital Development Foundation, Garden City, $195,000
St. Catherine Hospital has growing demand for its services. It will use the tax credit to help implement key improvements to emergency services and facilities at the hospital.
Wheatlands Health Care Center, Kingman, $175,000
Wheatlands Health Care Center will use the tax credits to help fund construction of a new shelter for the safety of elderly residents. The shelter will also be used to provide space for programming.
The Brown Grand Opera House Inc., Concordia, $100,000
The Brown Grand Theatre will use the tax credits to update key safety infrastructure in the historic theater. Active for 106 years, the theater has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1973.
Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas, Wichita, $90,000
The Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas, which provides services for youth, families and adults, requires improvements for its heavily trafficked facility. The organization will use the tax credits to help implement these improvements.
Lakemary Center Endowment Association, Paola, $185,000
Lakemary Center provides services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Lakemary will construct a new building to serve as a school for developmentally disabled children. The tax credits will help facilitate the construction of the building.
Wichita Children’s Home, Wichita, $205,000
Wichita Children’s Home provides care and counseling to at-risk, abused and neglected children. The tax credits will help the organization construct a new emergency care center, housing units and multi-purpose center.
Argentine Neighborhood Development Association, Kansas City, $200,000
The Argentine Neighborhood Development Association will use the tax credit to help facilitate the location of a grocery store in a low-income urban food desert.
Morris County Hospital Foundation, Council Grove, $140,000
The Morris County Hospital will use the tax credit to help purchase an MRI unit for the hospital to replace its infrequent mobile service.
Sunlight Children’s Advocacy and Rights Foundation, El Dorado, $195,000
Sunlight Children’s Advocacy and Rights Foundation is building a home for at-risk youth. The organization, which serves abused and neglected children, is using the tax credit to help build this facility.
Kingman Community Theatre Association, Kingman, $150,000
Kingman Theatre will use the tax credits to renovate a community theater and upgrade equipment. Operating since 1920, Kingman Theatre’s renovations will enable the historic theater to continue to show first-run films.
Jewell County Hospital, Mankato, $130,000
Jewell County Hospital is in the process of building a rural health clinic in Jewell County to fill a gap in necessary services. The tax credit will be used to support the construction of this clinic.
Stafford County Economic Development Inc., St. John, $150,000
Stafford County Economic Development is working to help the area handle a housing shortage. It will use the tax credit to implement an innovative non-profit housing development in the community.
Kansas Masonic Home, Wichita, $175,000
The Kansas Masonic Home will renovate a historic building and nursing home, using the tax credits to help with the project.
McPherson Museum and Arts Foundation, McPherson, $135,000
The McPherson Museum and Arts Foundation will use the tax credits to renovate its building for greater accessibility and exhibit space and to install educational programming.
Interfaith Housing Services Inc., Hutchinson, $80,000
Interfaith Housing Services must install a new roof on its facility as a portion of the facility is inaccessible due to its condition. The tax credits will be used to install the roof.
Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, Wichita, $80,000
The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum will use the tax credits for renovation and expansion of its “learning labs” space and exhibits for youth.
YMCA of Southwest Kansas, Dodge City, $145,000
The YMCA of Southwest Kansas will use the tax credits to support its renovation of the Dodge City YMCA and expansion of the facility for after-school programs.
Minneola District Hospital, Minneola, $150,000
The Minneola District Hospital will use the tax credits to help renovate its emergency room. Growing demand and need for improved accessibility for emergency room services have made the renovation necessary.
Moundridge Manor, Moundridge, $160,000
Moundridge Manor is currently renovating dining facilities to focus on person-oriented care. The tax credits will support this renovation to improve quality of life for residents.
Kiowa District Hospital, Kiowa, $110,000
The Kiowa District Hospital will use the tax credits to upgrade key equipment required for use in its new facility.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Kansas, Topeka, $20,000
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Kansas is renovating its Topeka facility. The tax credits will support this renovation, which will increase the organization’s efficiency.
Greeley-Wallace County Healthcare Foundation, Sharon Springs, $25,000
The Greeley-Wallace County Healthcare Foundation will purchase and install communications equipment with these tax credits. The equipment will be used in medical facilities spread across two counties.