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…