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HOST RELIEF PROGRAM

HOST (Helping Others Support Topeka) is a small business emergency resource fund that was developed by private sector leaders, led by Scott Hunsicker. Individual donations have been raised with the intent of purchasing products or services from Shawnee County businesses. These resources will be distributed to those workers displaced, temporarily or permanently, as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.  GO Topeka will compliment this effort by establishing $1 Million dollars in new small business grants.  If you are a business that would like to receive gift cards for your displaced workers, or receive a HOST Small Business grant, you can apply below.

This program is meant to connect large scale donors to support impacted businesses. If you would like to join the effort contact us HERE>>

Anyone can support local by making personal purchases and seeking out friends and family in the community who have been displaced as a result of this crisis. You can donate directly to the cause by purchasing a Topeka Strong T-shirt, all proceeds will be donated directly to small businesses and displaced workers. Get T-shirt HERE>> 

HOST PROGRAM, Helping Others Support Topeka. (See the press release HERE>>)

JEDO Approves 1M In Grants. (See the press release HERE>>)

Alma Creamery
Capital City Oil
Capitol Federal
Capitol Strategies
Creative One
Ed Eller Kansas Commercial
Edward Jones Associates of Shawnee County
Federal Home Loan Bank
Gary Woodland
Mark and Lisa Heitz
Innovative Design Group
Kansas City Life
Kansas Financial Resources
The Nellis Family
Gary and Carol Hunsicker
Eric and Maggie Hunsicker
Jared and Lisa Anderson
Jeff Martin

Kansas Secured Title
Magellan Financial
Market Synergy
MCP Build
McElroy's
Mark and Sandy Ruelle
Schendel Lawn and Landscape
Security Benefit Group
Silver Lake Bank
Lance Sparks Trust
Vision Bank
Vaerus Aviation
Mike and Gina Miller
David and Danielle Byers
Mark and Aron Krueger
Eaton Roofing
Evergy
Kevin and Nancy Alexander
TBS Electronics

FAQ

HOST is a small business emergency resource fund that was developed by private sector leaders.  Individual donations have been raised with the intent of purchasing products or services from Shawnee County businesses.  These resources will be distributed to those workers displaced, temporarily or permanently, as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

A group of private sector leaders, lead by Scott Hunsicker, have raised $300,000 since Saturday morning.  Additional commitments are still being secured.  We invite the community to participate in this effort.

Interested in donating? Contact us HERE>>

This program is meant to connect large scale donors to support impacted businesses.  At this point, we are not pursuing individual small scale donations.  We applaud that effort and encourage anyone interested in that to make personal purchases and seek out friends and family in the community who have been displaced as a result of this crisis.

 
Yes, donations will go through the Greater Topeka Partnership Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit.

Shawnee County Businesses who have laid-off workers are invited to reach out to us and indicate the number of those who have been unemployed. We will work with those businesses to distribute the appropriate resources.

Individuals who have been temporarily or permanently displaced from work in Shawnee County after 3/6, as a result of the COVID-19 crisis will be eligible to receive this benefit.

This resource is directly being established to provide relief to those who were impacted by the current crisis.  Those who were previously unemployed will not be eligible at this time.

  1. How much will an individual person be eligible to receive?
    That amount will be decided once we determine final donations.
  1. GO Topeka is inspired by this outpouring of support from Shawnee County residents.  GO Topeka has asked the JEDO board to call an emergency meeting to offer a matching challenge.  We will match up to $1 MILLION dollars in small business support to complement this effort.
  2. We are issuing a call to action for Shawnee County businesses and residents to support the private sector's effort to provide $1 MILLION in immediate support.
  3. A committee has been established to review Public Sector interest.  Unlike the Private Sector component of HOST, GO Topeka dollars will require additional review and have a separate purpose.  Private sector dollars are designated for rapid pass-through in the form of products and services to displaced Shawnee County residents.  GO Topeka matching dollars will be designated for direct support to Shawnee County Businesses and may take the form of grants at this time
  4. It is important to note, that GO Topeka dollars are designed to be long term and methodical.  Private dollars are intended for short term immediate economic stimulus and support.
  5.  

Businesses selected for privately funded gift card purchases will be determined by the HOST Relief Committee.  Donors may indicate a preference.  The committee will assess potential partners and make determinations.  The committee is dedicated to ensuring businesses from across Shawnee County are represented.

HOST Relief Small Business Grants are a separate publicly funded program. Businesses will be invited to apply online.  GO Topeka will establish a committee to screen applications for dispersal of funds.

Yes, businesses that are not able to operate immediately, but can prove their intentions to reopen once additional traffic resumes will be eligible to participate.

We are studying what is available or being developed at the State and National level to better understand how to complement those resources.

HOST RELIEF PROGRAM

HOST (Helping Others Support Topeka) is a small business emergency resource fund that was developed by private sector leaders, led by Scott Hunsicker. Individual donations have been raised with the intent of purchasing products or services from Shawnee County businesses. These resources will be distributed to those workers displaced, temporarily or permanently, as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.  GO Topeka will compliment this effort by establishing $1 Million dollars in new small business grants.  If you are a business that would like to receive gift cards for your displaced workers, or receive a HOST Small Business grant, you can apply below.

This program is meant to connect large scale donors to support impacted businesses. If you would like to join the effort contact us HERE>>

Anyone can support local by making personal purchases and seeking out friends and family in the community who have been displaced as a result of this crisis.

HOST PROGRAM, Helping Others Support Topeka. (See the press release HERE>>)

JEDO Approves 1M In Grants. (See the press release HERE>>)

Alma Creamery
Capital City Oil
Capitol Federal
Capitol Strategies
Creative One
Ed Eller Kansas Commercial
Edward Jones Associates of Shawnee County
Federal Home Loan Bank
Gary Woodland
Mark and Lisa Heitz
Innovative Design Group
Kansas City Life
Kansas Financial Resources
The Nellis Family
Gary and Carol Hunsicker
Eric and Maggie Hunsicker
Jared and Lisa Anderson
Jeff Martin

Kansas Secured Title
Magellan Financial
Market Synergy
MCP Build
McElroy's
Mark and Sandy Ruelle
Schendel Lawn and Landscape
Security Benefit Group
Silver Lake Bank
Lance Sparks Trust
Vision Bank
Vaerus Aviation
Mike and Gina Miller
David and Danielle Byers
Mark and Aron Krueger
Eaton Roofing
Evergy
Kevin and Nancy Alexander
TBS Electronics

FAQ

HOST is a small business emergency resource fund that was developed by private sector leaders.  Individual donations have been raised with the intent of purchasing products or services from Shawnee County businesses.  These resources will be distributed to those workers displaced, temporarily or permanently, as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

A group of private sector leaders, lead by Scott Hunsicker, have raised $300,000 since Saturday morning.  Additional commitments are still being secured.  We invite the community to participate in this effort.

Interested in donating? Contact us HERE>>

This program is meant to connect large scale donors to support impacted businesses.  At this point, we are not pursuing individual small scale donations.  We applaud that effort and encourage anyone interested in that to make personal purchases and seek out friends and family in the community who have been displaced as a result of this crisis.

 
Yes, donations will go through the Greater Topeka Partnership Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit.

Once the funding and donations have been received we will be working with the Kansas Department of Labor to identify those who have been displaced through COVID-19 and working through existing agencies to distribute.  Shawnee County Businesses who have laid-off workers are also invited to reach out to us and indicate the number of those who have been unemployed.  They can do so at SupportTopeka.com/HOST.  We will work with those businesses to distribute the appropriate resources.

Individuals who have been temporarily or permanently displaced from work in Shawnee County after 3/6, as a result of the COVID-19 crisis will be eligible to receive this benefit.

This resource is directly being established to provide relief to those who were impacted by the current crisis.  Those who were previously unemployed will not be eligible at this time.

  1. How much will an individual person be eligible to receive?
    That amount will be decided once we determine final donations.
  1. GO Topeka is inspired by this outpouring of support from Shawnee County residents.  GO Topeka has asked the JEDO board to call an emergency meeting to offer a matching challenge.  We will match up to $1 MILLION dollars in small business support to complement this effort.
  2. We are issuing a call to action for Shawnee County businesses and residents to support the private sector's effort to provide $1 MILLION in immediate support.
  3. A committee has been established to review Public Sector interest.  Unlike the Private Sector component of HOST, GO Topeka dollars will require additional review and have a separate purpose.  Private sector dollars are designated for rapid pass-through in the form of products and services to displaced Shawnee County residents.  GO Topeka matching dollars will be designated for direct support to Shawnee County Businesses and may take the form of grants at this time
  4. It is important to note, that GO Topeka dollars are designed to be long term and methodical.  Private dollars are intended for short term immediate economic stimulus and support.
  5.  

Businesses selected for privately funded gift card purchases will be determined by the HOST Relief Committee.  Donors may indicate a preference.  The committee will assess potential partners and make determinations.  The committee is dedicated to ensuring businesses from across Shawnee County are represented.

HOST Relief Small Business Grants are a separate publicly funded program. Businesses will be invited to apply online.  GO Topeka will establish a committee to screen applications for dispersal of funds.

Yes, businesses that are not able to operate immediately, but can prove their intentions to reopen once additional traffic resumes will be eligible to participate.

We are studying what is available or being developed at the State and National level to better understand how to complement those resources.

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