GENOA – When the Genoa-Kingston High School football team found themselves with a small surplus of money after a successful fundraiser, they knew just what to do with it.
The team decided to donate the extra $250 back to the community that had been a driving force in their fundraising efforts.
“We feel like we were pretty privileged that our community helped us so well,” said Travis Frederick, head coach of the Genoa-Kingston football team.
Frederick and his team presented a check to the Genoa-Kingston United Way on Monday, knowing the organization would use the money to help the community as a whole, he said.
Marcy Billington of the Genoa-Kingston United Way was thrilled these young men would think of her organization.
“We’re just really proud that they saw United Way as an agency to support,” she said.
United Way was not only a recipient Monday, as the group presented more than $16,000 in checks to four nonprofit organizations in the Genoa-Kingston area and its surrounding communities.
The Genoa-Kingston Rescue Squad, the Voluntary Action Center, the Genoa-Kingston Food Pantry and Hope Haven were among more than 20 organizations the Genoa-Kingston United Way funded this year, Billington said.
Richard Graff of the Rescue Squad said his team will use the $5,286 from the United Way to purchase a RAD-57, a pulsometer that measures how much carbon monoxide is in the blood stream. With the press of a button, rescuers will know the level of carbon monoxide in the blood of a fire victim and how serious the situation is, he said.
Hope Haven will use their $4,000 donation to help with building and operating costs to keep the homeless shelter up and running, said Angelina Shaulis, the organization’s transitional housing coordinator.
The Voluntary Action Center received $4,000 they will use to support their Meals on Wheels and MedVAC programs, said associate director Ellen Rogers.
Gene Bradford of the Genoa-Kingston Food Pantry said their organization serves anywhere between 50 to 120 families a month. The pantry will use their $3,500 donation to continue to provide emergency food assistance.
Billington said she hopes Monday’s check presentations give the community a better idea of what the Genoa-Kingston United Way does.
“We’re hoping that folks see their money being presented to these organizations and see that this is the heart of the United Way,” she said.