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Red Cross receives $18k grant from Kansas Health Foundation

American Red Cross Offers Babysitter's Training
Babysitting training not only teaches our youth to respond to emergencies with first aid, rescue breathing, and choking, but helps encourage good decisions and how to start a babysitting business.

Topeka, KS, Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - The American Red Cross Kansas Capital Area Chapter has been awarded an $18,823.50 grant through the Kansas Health Foundation’s Recognition Grants program. This funding will help support Red Cross Babysitting Training for Military Youth.

“We cannot sufficiently express our gratitude for this donation,” said Bev Morlan, Regional Chapter Executive, Kansas Red Cross. “Babysitting training not only teaches our youth to respond to emergencies with first aid, rescue breathing, and choking, but helps encourage good decisions and how to start a babysitting business.”

Through this project, the American Red Cross will offer scholarships for babysitting training to 175 youth living at or near Ft. Riley Army Base. Through the generous support of the Kansas Health Foundation, military youth will have access to lifesaving training that will provide CPR and first aid certification and instruction on how to build a babysitting business.

Recognition Grants expand the Kansas Health Foundation’s support to a broad range of health-related organizations throughout the state. The program is targeted for organizations and agencies proposing meaningful and charitable projects or initiatives that fit within the Foundation's mission of improving the health of all Kansans. In addition to supporting projects, the Foundation also seeks to support initiatives that focus on promoting policy, systems and environmental transformations that support health.

“Each year we are amazed at the incredible projects being done by organizations across Kansas,” said Steve Coen, president and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation. “This grant program allows us to support these innovative and impactful community initiatives and recognize the groups and individuals making them a reality.”

This spring, the Kansas Health Foundation provided approximately $1.2 million through this program to help organizations accomplish 66 different projects intended to improve the health and wellness of Kansans. Using a competitive application process, the Foundation allocates up to $2 million each year for the Recognition Grants program. Application deadlines for the two cycles are March 15 and Sept. 15 each year. Any tax-exempt, nonprofit organization using the money for charitable purposes and proposing a project meeting the Foundation’s mission to improve the health of all Kansans is eligible.

For more information about this project or to learn how you can make a donation or volunteer, please visit or call 785-234-0568.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About the Kansas Health Foundation

The Kansas Health Foundation is a private philanthropy based in Wichita, but statewide in its focus. Its mission is to improve the health of all Kansans. To achieve this, the Foundation promotes health and wellness in schools, neighborhoods and workplaces. Grows leaders in Kansas communities. Inspires decision makers. Acts as a voice for healthy public policy. And starts and fosters community philanthropy that will see its mission thrive for generations. Together with grantees and partners, the foundation's goals include making Kansas the healthiest, most productive, most livable state in the nation. To learn more, please visit; follow us on Twitter @KansasHealthOrg; or visit