Karla Garcia, Turner House Children’s Clinic

“It’s not a job to me. It’s more like a family away from home. We spend more time here than we do with our own family. We really get to know our patients,their stories and their backgrounds. We become a resource to the patient population at Turner House.” “The concept here at Turner House is…

Jeffrey Bednarski, General Motors Fairfax Plant

“Being from out of town this is a good way to feel connected to the community. Until you get involved with what’s going on you don’t feel like this is home. So this helps me feel like this is home.” Jeff, Campaign Volunteer from General Motors Fairfax Plant

Adrienne Seward, General Motors Fairfax Plant

“I’ve worked at two plants in Michigan that weren’t involved with United Way. When I got to Kansas City it was completely different, it was all about charity. At first I thought this will be fun, but once I got in here and I found out how much you do for the community I really…

Norma Loya, El Centro

“For me my favorite part is working with my community. When I go outside I see that necessity. Most people don’t know that there are the many resources and places they can go to for benefits without obligation. Most people think that they don’t have the opportunity to do more after they came to this country…

Lynn Garza, Duchesne Clinic

“Yesterday was a really good day. I had a couple of patients who had come back that were diabetic and it was just their second visit and their glucose had improved enormously. It would be an enormous hole if there were no Duchesne. The patients that we see don’t have any other options. Because of…

Melanie Boykin, KVC Prairie Ridge Hospital

“When I heard that the girls [at KVC] didn’t get their hair done regularly I knew from being a woman that how you look on the outside has a lot to do with how you feel on the inside. So we decided to give them a place [at New Urban Barber & Beauty] to get…

Melissa Bynum, Sheperd’s Center

“I love this job and I’m the only staff member. This is a testament to the power of The Shepherd’s Center to do as much as we do with one staff member. The only reason that happens is because of the group of people that you surround yourself with.” “The programs are generated by our…

Eloise Mills, RSVP Volunteer

“I had been coming to Bethel since my kids were little. When I retired I knew I wanted to help more and another friend  was also retiring at the same time started a crafts class with me. It seemed like the thing that the ladies liked the most and what the most need for was…

Diane Maddox, Shepherd’s Center Volunteer

“Shepherd’s Center can draw people in that are just sitting at home watching what I call the idiot box. You need to get out and be among people.” “One thing I really like is Shepherd’s Center’s senior program with learning how to do the computers, the phones, the tablets and any social media. Each time I go…

Ken Carlson, American Red Cross

“It’s nice to be able to help people after a disaster like a house fire where they have lost everything and might not have insurance. We provide emergency services such as shelter, food and clothing. We also do a lot of case work and referrals to things that they might not be aware of. We…

Demetria Spencer, Delight Ahead

“By using SPARK as a [childcare] center we feel less isolated. Before if we needed help, we weren’t really sure where to turn to. Because of SPARK and the technical assistance that they provide, we feel like we have a support system.”  “Project SPARK has helped us to recognize what is current as far as…

Vitula Lungren, Shepherd’s Center

“As we got older and our house got older I did need some help doing some things. Melissa at Shepherd’s Center worked up a huge crew to help clean my basement. I couldn’t get up and down my stairs very easily because they were so steep. It was quite a project. “ “I recently had…

Special Spotlight: In memory of De’Andre Goodson

One of the trainees participating in the YouthBuild KCK program was 5 years old when he saw his first murder in Juniper Gardens, the area where the YouthBuild KCK facility is located. After years of seeing such senseless violence, YouthBuild trainees show a range of emotions– apathy, defeat, depression, anger. That was until their friend…

MLK Day Challenge

By Cathi Hahner, Director of the Volunteer Engagement On January 18, 2016, the nation will honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King. Communities will come together to remember Dr. King and the imprint he left on mankind. He was a man of faith, peace and of service. One quote attributed to Dr. King that…

Holiday spotlight: RoShawn Eve and Jada Hall

Special holiday spotlight on RoShawn Eve and Jada Hall! There are many people we see and pass every day on our way to our daily routines. Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the things that these people around us are doing to make the world a better place. Roshawn Eve has been working as a security…

BPU & United Way partner to keep the lights on

By Randy Skach, Program Assistant We’ve all experienced times in our life where we’ve fallen behind on our bills. Sometimes life makes these times near impossible to get around on our own. That’s why three years ago the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) and United Way of Wyandotte County joined forces to create the BPU…

Scott Riggs, American Red Cross

“What people don’t know about the Red Cross is that we are local. 95% of what I do is single family fires. You never hear about that stuff you hear about the big national news, but most of our work is in your neighborhood. Once I started doing [family fire response] I thought, “This is what I…

Jon Kohrs, HQL initiative partner

“My favorite part of working with any nonprofit is they are all entrepreneurs. An entrepreneur is trying to solve a problem first and foremost. Everyone at United Way is trying to solve a problem and they are usually doing it on a shoe string budget with half the staff and funds they really need. That’s…

Nate Klein, Boy Scouts of America

“We try to teach young men and women character and help turn them into good citizens. We try do it in such a way that they are having fun while we are teaching them this. They are just out there having good time with their friends and before you know it they have matured into…

Karla Nichols, Cancer Action

“We often get the referral from patients who start to see the physical effects of chemotherapy like hair loss. Cancer Action gives out over 300 wigs a year. We have a couple wig rooms full of different options that they can choose from. That’s an important part of how they feel about themselves, especially women….

#GivingTuesday: Did you know?

By Ellen Stewart, Marketing & Social Media Intern Did you know about #GivingTuesday? I must admit before working here, I did not. So, what is it? Just a hashtag for the kids? Some new dance craze? No way. #GivingTuesday is a global day to give back, and one of the fastest growing fundraisers in America….

Elizabeth Reynoso, El Centro

“We don’t use the word teach, we guide or we explain our community on how to cook or how to prepare your own recipes to change your options. We show how to read labels and how to eat healthier. We guide them to use things like the farmer’s market from Cultivate Kansas City and learn…

End of Year Giving with Impact and Smarts

‘Tis the season for shopping, caroling, making cookies, spinning dreidels, eating cookies, lighting candles, and wading through the mountain of year-end donation requests from every nonprofit you have come in contact with in the last twenty years. It is estimated that nonprofits receive a whopping 45% of their annual contributions at this time of year….