Leawood Rotary donates $40,000 to faith-based nonprofits responding to COVID-19

The Leawood Rotary Club donated $20,000 to Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, a ministry helping those during the COVID-19 crisis. Photo courtesy Leawood Rotary Club.

Leawood Rotary donates $40,000 to faith-based nonprofits responding to COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Leawood Rotary Club is donating a total of $40,000 to two local faith-based nonprofit organizations to help neighbors in need in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The club is donating $20,000 to Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, and $20,000 to Church of the Resurrection Ministries.

The Rotary is drawing the funds from a charitable foundation the club established about 20 years ago. Rotary members said the club selected these organizations because of their ability to reach everyone in the community, regardless of religious affiliation, and their ability to respond quickly.

“The magnitude of this crisis requires all of us to step up,” said Rick Robinson, club president. “As a community service club, it is our duty, but also our pleasure, to help our neighbors in a significant way in this time of unexpected need.”

Santa Fe Trail Drive and 95th Street closures begin Monday

Santa Fe Trail Drive north of 95th Street as well as 95th Street east of Santa Fe Trail Drive will be closed starting Monday for storm sewer work related to an intersection improvement project. These closures are expected to continue through Friday, April 17.
Marked detour routes will be provided and lead to Pflumm and Lackman raods on either side of the project area.

Stay-at-Home order causes JoCo to reduce RideKC bus service

Johnson County announced on Friday afternoon that, in order to comply with Gov. Laura Kelly’s stay-at-home order, transit services are being reduced to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 while still providing riders with access to essential businesses and services.

As of today, Monday, April 13, RideKC Johnson County bus routes will operate on a reduced daily schedule. Bus routes that operate every 30 minutes during peak hours — 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. — will now operate hourly.

Current hourly routes will not change, and express routes will be reduced to two trips during each peak period. The 510 K-10 Connector will operate on the “break” schedule until further notice. Microtransit routes, except paratransit services, are operating normally.

“At this time, we want to encourage our riders to only travel when it is absolutely necessary, and to follow the appropriate guidelines for social distancing, hand sanitation and wearing a mask or face covering if possible,” JoCo business liaison Josh Powers said.

RideKC Johnson County is also taking the following steps to protect the public and transit operators, while simultaneously limiting the exposure to COVID-19:

  • No fare collection. Riders should board buses and head to a seat.
  • Every other row on large buses will be marked off to encourage social distancing.
  • For paratransit services, the county is prioritizing one ride with up to one companion per vehicle unless there is an emergency citation and more than one rider and travel companion may be allowed.
  • Transit operators are using gloves and hand sanitizer, and riders are encouraged to bring or use hand sanitizer provided on vehicles.
  • Buses are manually sanitized daily with a misting sanitizer (aqueous ozone, a food-grade safe alternative, according to the release).

Additional schedule details can be found here.