The Sunlight Children’s Rights and Advocacy Foundation received two grants recently, one to help them in their efforts to build the Sunshine Children’s Home in Butler County, as well as one for general operations of SCARF.
They received a check from ONEOK for $25,000, allowing them to name one of the bedrooms.
This money will go toward the capital campaign currently underway for the children’s home.
“This donation from ONEOK has really helped us,” said Susan Koslowsky, SCARF vice chair and chair of the campaign leadership committee.
They are still in the silent phase of raising money, but expect to begin the public fundraising soon.
“We’re doing very well and it’s donations like this that will help us reach our goal,” Koslowsky said.
They need to raise $2.5 million for the building, operations and to set up an annual fund.
The children’s home is to be constructed on three acres of land donated by Hope Community Church of Andover. This home would keep area children from being taken to the Wichita Children’s Home when they are removed from their homes. Not only will it benefit the youth, but also decrease expenses and time for transportation by law enforcement.
In 2011, approximately 135 children of Butler County were interviewed at the Sunlight Child Advocacy Center for abuse or neglect.
They also received $5,640 from the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Wichita, one of 16 grants given out to area organizations, to help with the operations of SCARF.
“We are honored to be selected amongst so many deserving organizations to receive this grant,” said Suzi Thien, SCARF executive director.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities Wichita, which provides and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children, also extends grants to non-profit organizations in Kansas that make an immediate, positive impact on children in several areas including social services.
Awarded grants come from a combination of fund raising efforts through area McDonald’s restaurants and matching grant funds from Ronald McDonald House Charities corporate office. The funds will be used to help serve more than 130 children that receive services from SCARF annually.