Support helps Yukon ministry ‘beat the heat’, fuel vans

Compassionate Hands earns grant, sees 'no-bake' bake sale success

Yukon Walmart Neighborhood Market pharmacist Rachel Wagnon (left) presents a $1,000 grant to the Yukon Compassionate Hands’ ministry, represented by Director Joanne Riley (center) and Board Member Janis Thomas. (Photo provided)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Recent support of a Yukon helping ministry will help residents in need “beat the heat” this summer while “filling up” the non-profit agency’s accessible vans.

The Yukon Walmart Neighborhood Market pharmacy recently presented a $1,000 grant to Compassionate Hands to help in its mission to support people in Yukon facing temporary crisis.

Compassionate Hands’ Director Joanne Riley

“This generous gift will help five Yukon families keep electricity on during the hot summer months,” Compassionate Hands’ Director Joanne Riley said.

Compassionate Hands raised another $2,500 from a recent “no-bake” bake sale – thanks largely to a $1,000 matching gift from Masonic Lodge #90.

“Those funds will help fuel our ‘Care-A-Van’ providing rides for Yukon seniors and residents with disabilities to medical appointments and personal errands,” Riley said.

“Our gas bill for our two vans is always around $400 a month.”

Riley and Compassionate Hands’ board members thanked businesses, organizations, churches, and individuals for their steadfast generosity.

The non-profit organization, which has served Yukon since 1994, relies on donations, fundraisers and grants to operate.

In 2020, the non-profit provided financial help to 290 households comprised of about 700 individuals.

The vans served 852 seniors and 216 residents with disabilities with transportation, totaling 2,261 trips.


Next up will be “Cruise-In for A Cause,” an annual Route 66 car cruise set Sept. 16 on Yukon’s Main Street. Compassionate Hands has again been selected as one of four non-profit help causes that will benefit.

“For our product drive, we will ask people to visit ‘Amazon Smiles’ online and choose items from our charity list,” Riley said.

“This program provides us with donations of diapers, laundry soap, shampoo, body wash, and other personal items.”

Another popular fundraiser expected to return this fall will be Compassionate Hands’ card party benefit, which had to be canceled last time due to COVID-19. A date has not been sent.

Compassionate Hands provides financial relief to help people with rent, utilities, medications, personal hygiene items, diapers, and gasoline; and refers individuals and families to other resources for other assistance.

Compassionate Hands is a ministry of the Yukon Ministerial Alliance. To learn more, call 354-9591 or visit