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…

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…

Mission, Marketing and Messaging

By Todd Jordan, Director of Community Impact Recently, the UMKC Bloch School of Management was host to the Third Annual Midwest Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship. The symposium brought together some of the brightest minds in nonprofit, low-profit, and socially minded for-profit organizations to discuss the challenges associated with social entrepreneurship. For those of you who…

Campaign Celebration: Our top 10 moments

1- A new venue! The perfect ambiance was set with the Vox Theater, a 93 year old renovated movie theater in the Rosedale community of Kansas City, Kansas. 2- Great entertainment provided by a small group from the Kansas City Kansas Community College Jazz Band, along with fun pictures from a new photo booth twist…

Innovative program gives student experience at United Way

By Emily Worm, RSVP Director, and Daisy, Cristo Rey H.S. Student Worker Cristo Rey Kansas City provides a Catholic, college preparatory education enhanced by an innovative corporate work study program to culturally diverse students with economic need. CRKC employs a unique work study model where students work one day a week to offset approximately 50%…

What does United Way of Wyandotte County do?

United Way holds a unique place in the nonprofit world. Most nonprofits support one specific cause while United Way supports an entire community of needs. To demonstrate, check out this new video and then below see the five ways United Way takes a unique approach to solving Wyandotte County issues while also mobilizing the community…

Honest (and effective) data: Best practices for nonprofit data reporting

By Todd Jordan, Community Impact Manager Do not falsify your data… just don’t. For my initial blog post, as part of a continuing series on the leading practices for nonprofits, I would like to focus on the lessons we can learn from the recent controversy surrounding the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Bloch School of Management…

Hi, I’m Jill Stevens and I am running for President

By Jill Stevens, Resource Development Intern I call myself the future president. I have big dreams of running this country, of grueling long hours in the oval office, and yes, even wearing the fashionable female pantsuits. Now you are probably wondering what my ridiculously ambitious goal has to do with the United Way of Wyandotte…

FREE GIFTS: Perfect Everyone’s Budget

By Hannah Bruins, Resource Development Intern Tis the season to show you care! During the holiday season, many people get wrapped up thinking about what they are going to give, or get, from their loved ones. While this is seemingly natural to want to spoil all those you know and love, we often do not…

10 Items Food Pantries Need But Don’t Ask For

By Cassidy Miller, Community Impact Manager When you think of donating items to a food pantry the first items that come to mind are usually beans, rice, canned goods, and peanut butter. However, there are several items that are in high demand at food pantries that you may not think of. So, considering we are…

Have you met Kid President?

By Jennifer Traffis, Director of Family & Children Services Have you met Kid President? If not, it is time for you to meet him. Today his message is about heroes. He says you are a hero! He’s right! Each one of us are heroes when we care for others. I don’t always feel like a…

Unseen Efforts: The magic behind the fall season

By Hannah Bruins, Resource Development Intern As we admire the vibrant leaves this fall, it is important to realize that the leaves continue to give even after they drop. They serve as a layer that preserves water for the plants around them as well as a source of food for other small organisms. These leaves…

Looking for Love

By Jill Stevens, Resource Development Intern Currently, I am an intern for the Resource Development and Community Impact Department, however, my relationship with the United Way of Wyandotte County began back in June with the Volunteer Center. What I have learned is the Volunteer Center is like the OkCupid of the nonprofit sector. While OkCupid…

New Outcomes Report

Reporting Period: July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014 One of the greatest challenges as a funding organization is capturing meaningful outcomes from our partner agencies. The reporting from the 2011-2014 cycle was based on individual organizations’ own outcomes and indicators. These numbers have fluctuated from year to year due to changes in programming and efforts to…

What is YouthBuild KCK?

In the YouthBuild KCK program, low-income young people (ages of 16-24) work toward their GEDs or high school diplomas while learning job skills by building affordable housing. Emphasis is placed on providing supportive services in a variety of areas to eliminate barriers and help participants earn an income to support themselves and their community. Students…

Inspire One; Impact Many

By Hannah Bruins, Resource Development Intern I was an observer for most of my life. I was always the shy kid hiding behind my mom, refusing to do anything that seemed a little scary. Then, in high school I met my hero, Sylvia. She made me realize the beauty of fully partaking in everyday life….

Talk, read and play, with your child every day

By Jennifer Traffis, Director of Children & Family Services A few years ago a group of committed early childhood education representatives, advocates and experts came together to answer the question: What do we want parents in Kansas City to know about how they can help their children succeed? Here was the answer: parents should talk,…

How Will You Remember 9-11?

By Emily Worm, RSVP Program Director 9/11 Day was originally created in 2002 by two friends, David Paine and Jay Winuk, who together wanted to create a way to annually honor all of the victims and heroes of 9/11, including Jay’s younger brother Glenn, who died in the attacks. 9/11 Day provides a positive way…

We Are There: A closer look at our Community Impact Plan

By Mary Collins, Program Manager Since I started working at the United Way of Wyandotte County a little more than a year ago, I have seen how what we do here really fits in with my ‘natural’ background in political/social science geekery. Take, for example, our work in the Community Impact area of Promoting Health…

Project SPARK: Start strong, finish strong

By Jennifer Traffis, Director of Family & Children Services Hello Kansas City, Kansas! I have called you home for most of my life. Today I want to tell you a little about my passion, my work and why I do what I do at United Way of Wyandotte County and why it is important. Young…