Covid 19 Response

United Way COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

United Way of Ellis County's top goal is to ensure the Health, Education, and Financial Stability of people in Ellis County.  During this unprecedented time the call for help is greater than ever.  For this reason, a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund has been established to help local non-profits keep up with the demands of those in need.  The United Way of Ellis County has pledged to match donations up to $2,500.  100% of the donation received will go towards the prevention, education, or mitigation of the economic fallout of COVID-19.  You can donate by clicking on the DONATE button above or mail a check (with COVID-19 in the memo) to United Way of Ellis County, P.O. Box 367, Hays, KS  67601.


Click Here to access the COVID-19 Mini-grant application for funding.


COVID-19 Mini-grant Recipients

American Red Cross

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas

Downtown Hays Development Coroporation

Early Childhood Connections

First Call For Help


Parents and Children Together

Salavation Army



Thank you to the following donors

Heartland Community Foundation

Nex-Tech Wireless

Lee Madden

Timothy & Linda Wright

Lyn & Janis Lee

James & Sara Stansbury

Elizabeth Michaelis

Rebecca Claycamp


Linda Feldstein

Mike & Donna Cooper

Cynthia Elliott

Dawn Berry

Shirley Gaston




United Way is positioned with staff expertise, volunteers and a network of agency service providers to help with a rapid response. Our preparations are designed to bring support to those who will potentially be directly or indirectly affected by the outbreak.

Response efforts are targeting:

  • Promoting our 2-1-1 Information and Referral Center as a communications resource on updates about the virus as well as non-emergency information
  • Increasing the food supply and services to low-income individuals and families 
  • Work with area school superintendents on any plans they might have to provide supplemental meals to school children
  • Identify low-income families with workers whose hours were cut and are at risk of a financial emergency

We invite you to reach out if you need help or want to give help. If you are aware of organizations assisting those impacted by the virus, please nofity us as we will be providing resource information via social media for those in need. Go to our Facebook or Twitter page for more upcoming information on Covid-19.