Five organizations received donations Wednesday evening at the Civic Center in El Dorado:

The El Dorado Community Foundation donated $500 to the United Methodist Church for its efforts with Thrive! Butler, spearheaded by Valencia Scrbiner. Thrive! attempts to get people out of poverty through relationships and hosts focus groups for them.

The El Dorado Community Foundation donated $1,000 to the Butler County Homeless Initiative, an organization that works to provide shelter for the homeless, particularly during the winter with its Community Cold Weather Shelter. The funds will help the organization’s operational costs as well as functionality, such as providing hotel vouchers.

The El Dorado Community Foundation donated $600 to the K-State Research and Extension office, which works to provide food safety with real facts, recommend healthy eating habits, and improve community vitality (water, food, etc.).

The El Dorado Community Foundation donated a $1,000 check to Rainbows United, particularly for its Bright Beginnings Infants/Toddlers Services. Susan Harsh also spoke on the specialized products that Rainbows tries to obtain to help young children with disabilities, such as bottles that allow babies to eat when it otherwise might be difficult.

The El Dorado Community Foundation donated $500 to Leadership Butler for its role in its marketing and outreach program. Leadership Butler leads a county-wide developmental group for kids, and there will be an adult group next spring, as well. They encourage people to step up and be a voice in their community.