project leader
Candi D
221 West First Street
(Cheyenne County Kansas)
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the project

We are working to build resilience and bring community wellbeing to Cheyenne County by supporting the schools to be better able to meet the emotional, social, and behavioral needs of the students, so they can learn better.  Our goal is to bring trauma awareness to our community through education, support, and awareness.  As the number of childhood trauma's increase, there is a corresponding rise in addiction, learning issues, suicide, smoking, chronic disease, poverty and early death.  The schools are struggling with teaching the kids as there are so many social factors that the kids are dealing with that they aren't free to learn.  Thus we want to wrap around the schools and community in order to provide supportive and caring adult relationships, which is the proven way to overcome and heal these traumas.

the steps

1.  Purchase curriculum desired by the teachers to help the kids with emotional struggles.  

2.  Support youth programming which addresses social isolation and provides opportunities for caring adults to wrap around the kids, to buffer the traumatic events they are or have experienced.

3.  Work with Wichita State University this summer to transition the clinic and county health to trauma aware processes and policies to support mental wellness in our clinic settings.

why we're doing it

All agencies in the community are reporting increased social needs and struggles (mental health, learning issues, addiction, risk of suicide, isolation, poverty).  By bringing awareness and intervening earlier we can help heal the hurt hearts and brains to diminish the potential lifelong impacts that we do not have the capacity to help in Cheyenne County.


Disbursed Budget:


TOTAL RAISED = $20,447.00
ioby Platform Fee $35.00
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $313.41

Original Budget:

If we raise $2,500 and receive a $10,000 grant from Cheyenne County Hansen Community Fund, it will be matched up to $10,000 (total of $22,500).

Proposed purchases: $5,000 for St. Francis and Cheylin for curriculum purchases ($10,000 total)

                                    $6,000 for youth programming and support (SWITCH, youth group, school equipment, teacher support, etc)

                                    $1,500 for trauma recovery yoga classes by Meredith Ernzen, LMFT

                                    $2,000 to assist with community, and healthcare staff education and changing of processes to be trauma aware

                                    and more

ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $620
TOTAL TO RAISE = $20,655


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  • Cheyenne County Food Bank
  • Knodel Funeral Home and Nola Burrus
  • Midwest Energy Intern donation
  • Farm Bureau Financial Services "Fund to End Hunger in Kansas
  • In memory of Aimee Northrup
  • Cheyenne County Kansas Community Foundation, food bank
  • Multiple Community Donors
  • NexGen Community Grant
  • Midwest Energy Community Grant
  • Darlene L.
  • Anonymous
  • Lynette Nolan
  • Anonymous
  • Robert and Marian Ochsner
  • Mr. and Mrs. Reyelts
  • Anonymous Donor 1989
  • Sunflower Foundation SDOH grant
  • Cheyenne County Hansen Community Fund