Because we like to have some holiday fun!

By Cindy Cash, Director of Resource Development Sometimes life goes BOO and hands you a real scare – like a sudden illness, a bad car accident with serious injuries or even the loss of a job whether temporary or permanently. This is not a fun holiday, it is real life and not even a cool…

Maria Reyes, Turner House Children’s Clinic

“I continue helping people. You need to be in the same situation. Being a mom of 4 kids, & looking for assistance in the community- I can understand that. So when I enter the room and I see this new mom with a beautiful baby and she doesn’t know what to do or why he…

Sabree White, Bethel Neighborhood Center

“One thing I’ve learned overall is to just try, because there are some things that you might not feel comfortable with at first. Like we did hiking for the first time ever, for me and I was like “no, I can’t do this.” But I did it, afterwards I was tired, but I felt accomplished.”…

Ha Li Mar, Sa Je Dar, Cultivate Kansas City

   “We grow, sell and eat here. One of our favorite thing to grow is carrots. Before we came to work here we had never eaten them. We had seen them but did not know how to eat them. Now we grow them and like them. After we finish our training here we want to find…

Nora Brown, Family Conservancy

 “Education has been a very important part of the program to help families make informed decisions for the rest of their lives. We give them those topics and resources to plant roots in the community to make those families stronger. All of the families that come to the program are exceptional.  They come to the…

Yalonda Green, General Motors Fairfax Plant

“Teenagers really need us, they need a strong mentor because they don’t know what they want and it’s not their fault. They’re a lost generation right now with what they see on TV. Wherever you can pull from me to say “let me be your role model” I can handle that, put it on my…

Debra McKenzie & Sharon Sparkman, Associated Youth Services

“My favorite part is when one of the youths come back and tell me ‘sometimes you may not have thought I was listening but I heard the things you said and I took your advice.’ Just that they thought enough of me to come back and say hi and thank you means a lot. Our…

Deborah Mcintosh, Cancer Action, Inc.

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall of 2002. My background is I’m a registered nurse. My husband who is a physician was actually the one who told me about this agency called Cancer Action that he suggested that I call. Initially I told him I didn’t need help with anything. I’ve been…

Charles Mayfield, Boy Scouts of America

“My favorite part is all the things you get to do you wouldn’t get to do if weren’t in Scouts. I’ve learned how to shoot handguns and rifles and tie knots. I flew an airplane that I made out of a kit. I’ve been climbing and caving. Those are the things that a normal family…

How your family can be 12345 Fit-Tastic!

By Jennifer Traffis, Director Children & Family Services As Director of Children and Family Services at United Way of Wyandotte County I get invited to participate in several community wide committees. This is the favorite part of my job! Getting involved with our community and really doing the work to move the needle and make…

Holly McCrery, General Motors Fairfax Plant

“The thing I want to see is hope. That [our community is] there for each other, and I see that here. A lot of people don’t have much but they have the knowledge if they do need something we’re here to help. This is a community that has hope.” Holly, Campaign Executive from General Motors Fairfax Plant