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….

Juan Arambula, Bethel Neighborhood Center

“I think on the first day I was both nervous and excited at the same time because I was going to meet new people. When I came to Bethel it was a wonderful place just to play and have time to experience new things The thing that impacted pretty much everybody was learning to have…

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…

Dustin Hardison, Catholic Charities of NE Kansas

“There is a myth that we only serve Catholics. It’s tough because it’s in our name of course. The truth is we serve anybody and everybody.  We are lucky to have the support of the Catholic Church  and we also get portions of our pantry from Harvesters. We get donations from schools and we purchase…

Chris Mueller, Proctor & Gamble

“We had an employee at our plant that never given to United Way in the past and one year decided to give. This same year that he gave his house burnt to the ground. The Red Cross was there within hours to provide his family with clothing, debit cards; things that freed up availability for…

Shannon Zaring, CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties

“You get to know this child personally. You’re the one who can go visit their schools and talk to them and everyone involved in the case and find out what’s in the best interest of the child, what they want. My favorite part is working with the kids and seeing the spark in their eye when…

Susan Lewis, Mental Health America of the Heartland

“We see 25,000 people a year with a staff of less than 25 people. The joke is we may not have it, but we’ll figure out how to get it for you. We’ll get you what you need. Even if you’re not sure what you’ll need, we have people here to help you figure it…

Pang Moua, Girl Scouts

“There are still a lot of traditional families that expect girls to stay home and cook and clean and don’t give the opportunity for them to get out there like boys do. As they saw [Girl Scouts] was actually an educational experience that they could learn from…they are more lenient now and are sending their…

Part One: Staff share stories that inspire

Stories unite us. We have seen this showcased over and over as we have been collecting stories from our partner agencies, volunteers, and donors. You can find all the stories we have collected so far by clicking here. The United Way of Wyandotte County staff has specific stories that have given them a boost of…

Clausie Smith, Former Mayor

“I like to be active and like to help my county and my city. I guess if I had to list a hobby it would be community service. I like United Way because first of all when you give your money to United Way, you know it’s going to help people here in Wyandotte County….

Camden Mayfield, Boy Scouts of America

“If I hadn’t gone through Boy Scouts I honestly don’t know what some of my hobbies would be. Now I like to go in the backyard and shoot cans with a bb gun and I like to tie knots and carve sticks and things like that. It’s given me a lot confidence as well. I…