March news & updates
Campaign Goal - $140,000 Current - $98,636
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Nichole Mader - Director
Jeff Underhill - Campaign Chair
Nichole Mader - Director
March is here. Graduation plans are starting to be made, spring break is right around the corner, and life seems to be busier than ever.
The office is buzzing with taxes, Allocations, and more. I have had several people ask what Allocations are, and so I thought this would be a great time to explain it.
One of the ways that United Way JCGC gives back to the community, is through partner support. A portion of the funding that we raise each year, goes to our partner agencies. This is done through our Allocation Process with our volunteers. Starting in January, we recruit community volunteers who then help us guide our funding in a manner that best fits the needs of the community. You see, we feel that the donors and community members should have a voice in how our funding is utilized. After all, it is their donations that make us possible. Our partner agencies submit applications and then our panel volunteers review the applications and have the opportunity to interview the agencies. This allows our volunteers to learn more about our partners and our community. Funding suggestions are made and presented to the board. This is how funding is approved for our partner agencies. It is a very important process, and we cannot operate without it.
As we are wrapping up the Allocation process for 2023, I would like to thank each of our volunteers who gave their time and voice to this important program. I value each and every one of you.
Nichole Mader
Executive Director
Our Partners
Our Pantry is able to operate and serve our neighbors because of our loyal volunteers and the tremendous support we receive from around the community. Thank you to the Ladies Reading Club, St. Xavier’s School, The Democratic Party, Boy Scout Troop 60, and the 8th Judicial Community Corrections for stocking the shelves at the Geary County Food Pantry.
In 2022 GCFP provided food for 3,156 children and their families.
TEFAP Commodities will be in April.
We had 344 volunteer hours in February! GCFP would like to thank all of our volunteers and supporters.

We have a new website
Kansas Legal Services is hosting an Expungement Clinic in Geary County. This program is in collaboration with the local Geary County Bar, Geary County Courthouse, and the Geary County Attorney's Office.  This program allows individuals with certain convictions on their record, to have them legally expunged so that they can obtain employment, find safe housing, and provide better living for themselves and their family.
Pawnee had a successful Pancakes for Pawnee event in Manhattan. This is their annual fundraiser that benefits Pawnee Mental Health. This was their 5th year, and the funding goes to provide mental health services for those who cannot afford them. They raised over $20,000!
The Pawnee marketing group has been busy and created free printable poster that support mental health. Feel free to check them out HERE.
May is Mental Health Month and Pawnee will have new t-shirts available. Be sure to check them out.
The Teen Center is held the first Friday of each month in Manhattan. It is just $2 and open to all teens.
Follow Pawnee on social media!
Instagram @pawneemhs
Past Newsletters – Read past Pawnee newsletters at

The Special Olympics Ks Regional basketball tournament at JC HS on Feb 25 went very well. The athletes had a good time, except for the sadness when they lost. The Community really pitched in with volunteers & support. Our athletes had a lot of family support. Our snack bar was very successful thanks to Smithfield and Ms. Kilpatrick's sorority.
We are now getting ready for the State Special Olympics Basketball tournament in Manhattan on March 17 & 18. 
Then we will take a few weeks off & get ready for the track & field season. 
Coach John Hagerty
Join CASA for the month of April, for Walk For A Child. Enjoy some great spring weather, and help be an advocate for a child.
On May 6th, get your engines revving for the Cruise 4 CASA motorcycle run! Enjoy some wind therapy, and help a child in need.
Volunteer Advocate training is coming up on March 28th. Contact CASA for more information.
Girl Scouts are wrapping up the cookies season. But don't be sad, you can still hurry up and get a box or 10 of their amazing cookies. Due to cold weather, they are extending their cookie booths until March 12th. So be sure to stop and see them.
Here is an easy way to find a booth near you! COOKIES

Girl Scout week starts March 12th, and each troop will be celebrating in their own way.

Be sure to be on the lookout for their annual Powderpuff Derby, which will be held on March 26th.
The Crisis Center’s Junction City office is moving next week! We will still be in the same building, we are just moving upstairs to an office suite with more accessibility and space. 
Our Executive Director spoke to the Ladies Reading Club in Junction City last week. Everyone was so welcoming and we continue to be amazed by all of the wonderful community service happening in Junction City and Geary County! 
We will soon be hiring for our Junction City office. Job postings are posted on our website –
We are also wanting to increase participation in our support groups in Junction City.
If you know anyone who may benefit, please refer to them us. We can be reached 24/7 on our toll-free number 1-800-727-2785.
Did you know that they offer 4 week training sessions for Middle School Weights for just $40? Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30PM to 7:30PM.
Group Swim Lessons are $40. They are 4 week sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30PM - 6:30pm. They offer lessons for children 3 - 11 years of age.
Homeschool PE is a great way to network and let your homeschoolers burn off some energy. Homeschool PE is on Wednesdays. Kindergarten - 3rd grade is 10am-10:45am. 4th - 6th is 11am-11:45am.
Lifeguard classes start in February - $230
  • Includes CPR mask
  • $50 non-refundable deposit
  • 15 years of age or older
Re-Certification classes - $120
  • $50 non-refundable deposit
  • Pre-registration