It’s truly a worldwide United Way

By Cindy Cash, Director, Resource Development I recently got back from three days of Resource Development training at United Way Worldwide. I want to share just three of things I’ve learned over the last three days. Believe me, I learned about many, many tools and resources, but you’ll hear and see more on those over…

Margaret Steele, Kansas Gas

“Winston Churchill once said, “we make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”  I choose to make a difference in our community by giving financially to the United Way as well as by investing my time by serving on local agency boards such as Boys & Girls Club,…

Greg Shondell, Heathwood Oil

“United Way can assess total needs, then it looks at total providers and from that it can allocate those dollars efficiently. If you aren’t completely aware of everything in the community, which no one can be, then you probably aren’t using the money in the best way. United way serves that purpose that does the…

Manuala Arambula, Bethel Neighborhood Center

“What led me to go from being a student to a volunteer to a staff member was how Bethel’s staff changed my life. I wanted to change at least one of the student’s lives that are here. If it wasn’t for Bethel I would be out on the street or I’d be the average teen…

Sheena Spears, Mental Health America of the Heartland

“Because I have suffered from PTSD [from events in my life] I had a lot of anger against men, I had a lot of anger against women. I had a lot of anger period.  I have calmed so much because of this place. This is a training ground. Now I sit back and watch those…

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…

Chin Tial, Bethel Neighborhood Center

“My sister and my brother first went to Bethel. I went to Bethel once or twice when we were getting them and I liked it. Bethel is fun in the summer because you get to go to field trips every Tuesday.” Chin Tial, participant at Bethel Neighborhood Center, Nurturing Children & Families, Wyandotte County resident

Calvin Mayfield, Boy Scouts of America

“Without Scouting my boys would have been very one dimensional. They would have just been interested in school and sports. [Scouting] has allowed them to do a lot of different things that are not your typical school or sports related things. They’ve even been able to see parts of the country they wouldn’t have necessarily…

Alexis Cowan, YouthBuild KCK

“When I learned I was unable to walk for graduation due to being short x amount of credits I decided it was time to do something else with my life. I came to YouthBuild and took a placement test. [While a trainee] I showed my leadership skills and that I could be a role model…

Terry Robinson, Robinson’s Delivery Service, Inc.

 ” I do what I do for the community because it needs to be done. It’s that simple.” -Terry Robinson, Chair of the United Way of Wyandotte County Board of Directors, Robinson’s Delivery Service, Inc. Visit United Way of Wyandotte County’s full website.

Tibbie Gray, Riverview Health Services

“As of December I’m no longer working so I’m finding out being on a fixed income is really difficult. You have to budget, but if something comes up what do you do? Do you not take your medicine? Riverview has been a God send for me; I don’t have to make those decisions.” -Tibbie, participant…

Devin, Associated Youth Services

“AYS isn’t just the typical place where you feel like you’re going to be viewed and judged the way you come in. They are opened handed. They really will do their best to help you out. They don’t mind coming to get you if you need transportation. My best advice would be to get help…

Nina Kimbrough, CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties

“That’s the CASA mission: To empower abused and neglected children with a volunteer’s voice in court by seeking a safe permanent home for each of these children. I remember one little guy who was moved from one foster home to another and the volunteer had to find where that child was. When the volunteer finally…

Amber Glasgow, Girl Scouts

“Girl Scouts isn’t just about cookies, crafts and camping.  It’s about courage, confidence and character. It’s about building future leaders. There’s been research that shows that girls excel exponentially when they are in a class without boys because they don’t worry t as much how they are perceived. They are less quiet and tend to speak…