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This program was created by the Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber, Hutchinson Community Foundation, and United Way of Reno County. Together, we saw a need to help both small businesses and families in need in Reno County, and this matching program creates that double impact. We are proud to partner to bolster the recovery of our loved places and people.

Simple. Buy a gift card from a participating local business, and a matching gift will be made to the Rally Reno County unmet needs fund at the United Way of Reno County for basic needs and shelter assistance for Reno County families affected by the crisis.

So, if you spend $100 on a gift card at your favorite local small business, a local family in need will receive $100 in support for food, utility, rent, food, or prescription drug costs in the coming months as the impact of this crisis hits home.

There is no doubt that the economic devastation from this shutdown of our economy, both locally and nationally, is creating very difficult times for businesses of all industries.  

We chose to support hospitality, retail, and service- oriented businesses through this program because these businesses have been disproportionately affected by the restrictions on group gatherings. These businesses play a huge role in supporting our overall quality of life in Reno County, and they need our help.

The dollar-for-dollar match has been donated by Donor Advised Funds at Hutchinson Community Foundation, a 501c3 public charity created by and for the people of Reno County.

Hutch CF enables people with philanthropic interests to easily and effectively support the issues they care about, immediately or through their will. Donors can establish a charitable fund at the Foundation by contributing a variety of assets and may also recommend grants—in their name, if they choose—to nonprofit groups they want to support.  

Of course! If you would like to make a monetary donation to help with unmet needs such as rent, utilities, food or prescription drug costs for individuals who have been impacted by this crisis you can donate in care of Rally Reno County unmet needs fund by calling 2-1-1,  donate on the Reno County VOAD Facebook page, send your donation to United Way of Reno County at PO Box 2230, Hutchinson, KS 67504, or drop off a donation at the United Way office at 924 N. Main, Hutchinson.

Yes, we are only selling the gift cards online! You will buy them from our website and then pick up and redeem them at your favorite store after the social distancing period is over.

We cannot control national, state or local bans or restrictions on business operations. We also can not control the business and when they will be open for business. Please expect delays in receiving your physical gift card/certificate and only collect your gift card/certificate once it has been safe/appropriate to do so!

If the business you purchased the gift card for is still open, please wait at least 72 hours before attempting to pick up your gift card. To pick up your gift card, you need to take your order confirmation to the store(s) that you purchased the gift card for. Present your confirmation to the staff, and they will give you your gift card.

The unfortunate news is that we will likely see businesses in Reno County go under as a result of this global pandemic and ensuing recession.

We hope knowing that you tried to support your favorite local businesses while meeting your neighbors’ basic needs and shelter is enough to compel you to participate.

In the event that a business closes, your gift card may be deemed unusable by that business. There are no refunds offered as a part of this community support program.

Absolutely! You will receive a confirmation email that has a redemption code in it once you make a purchase. You can give this code to the recipient and have them pick up the card at their convenience—provided it is safe to do so and they have verified that the business is open.

Alternatively, you may pick up the gift card yourself from the business and then give the physical gift card to your recipient.

Yes! Follow the suggestions of the CDC and our government! We have to stop this virus before we can start to recover.

The Reno County VOAD could use donations of Diapers, Baby Wipes, Baby Formula, Clorox Wipes, Hand Sanitizer, Anti-bacterial Soap, Lysol Spray, Toilet Paper for assistance to those in need. Please drop these donations at Interfaith Housing Community Services warehouse at 1326 E. Ave A or The Salvation Army at 700 S Walnut between 9:00 and 4:00 Monday through Friday.

For other ways to support local nonprofit organizations, contact Lisa Gleason at the United Way of Reno County (669-9329) and Aubrey Abbott Patterson at Hutchinson Community Foundation (663-5293).

Find ways to be of service to your neighbors and community. Maybe give that friend a call that you haven’t talked to in a while. Send flowers to the nurses at the hospital or a resident held up alone at a nursing home. Write messages in chalk on the sidewalk to cheer up your neighbors. We will all get through these strange times together.

All credit card transactions from this website are being processed by the Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce.

We will do our best to email reports every Monday showing you if you are owed money. If you are, we will mail you a check on that Tuesday.

Our goal is to be issuing payments weekly.

To qualify for this program, the following criteria must be true:

  1. The business must be in one of the following business categories:

    Bars & Restaurants

    Restaurants
    Bars/Lounges
    Cafes/Bistros

    Hospitality
    Lodging
    Recreation
    Entertainment
    Health/Sports
    Arts/Culture

    Retail Sales
    Specialty store
    Department store
    Drug store
    Discount store
    Used goods

    Health & Beauty
    Salons
    Barbershop
    Spa/Massage
    Fitness centers

    Service Industry
    Cleaning
    HVAC
    Plumbers
    Electricians
    Lawn Care
    Auto Repair

  2. The business must be located within the Reno County boundaries.
  3. The business must be a member of the Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce. Not a Chamber member yet? Contact Marcy Kauffman at: marcyk@hutchchamber.com; or call her at 620-860-2689.
  4. The business owner, or majority shareholder, must reside in Reno County or within a 25 mile radius of Reno County.
  5. The business must currently sell and accept gift cards and/or gift certificates.
  6. The business must employ (or had been employing as of 3/10/20) a minimum of one person, either part-time or full-time with a maximum number of 50 full-time employees.

Provided you meet all of the other criteria and you intend to reopen—yes! We take care of all of the leg work and will send you weekly checks.

Sorry, no. Not at this time. If you develop a gift card or gift certificate solution, you may apply.

We will send a weekly report showing the total sales for your business.

You do not need to create the gift card until the customer has come to your store to claim their purchase.

No. Only gift card purchases that are processed through this website are eligible for the 1:1 match for local impact.

To qualify for this program you must: 

  1. Be a resident of or be employed in Reno County, Kansas.
  2. Be able to reasonably demonstrate a need for financial assistance.

We are only accepting applicants with Reno County addresses at this time. You can find other assistance options in your community by ​visiting 211.org or or calling 2-1-1​.

Reno County VOAD will contact you if your application has been approved. If you do not hear from us, your application was not approved. If you still are seeking assistance, please 2-1-1 or 211.org​ to locate other supporting organizations.

Reno County VOAD will work with you personally and pay invoices directly for utilities, rent, and/or prescription drug costs.

This determination will be made by Reno County VOAD on a case by case basis, largely based on the demand and the amount of total money available. 

Please contact us according to the nature of your request

Business Applications
Marcy Kauffman
Vice President of Membership, Hutch Chamber
marcyk@hutchchamber.com

Assistance Applications
Lisa Gleason
Executive Director, United Way of Reno County
lgleason@unitedwayofrenocounty.org

Press & Media
Wendy Skellenger
Communications Officer, Hutchinson Community Foundation
wendy@hutchcf.org