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…

#GivingTuesday: Did you know?

By Ellen Stewart, Marketing & Social Media Intern Did you know about #GivingTuesday? I must admit before working here, I did not. So, what is it? Just a hashtag for the kids? Some new dance craze? No way. #GivingTuesday is a global day to give back, and one of the fastest growing fundraisers in America….

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…

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…

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…

Day of Action: Help us Stuff the Bus

Each year on June 21, communities around the world come together to harness the volunteer spirit and improve the conditions in which they live. United Way Day of Action is an invitation for people and organizations around the world to LIVE UNITED and take action to address a variety of challenges. It is a day…

We have new people!

Meet the new members of our United Way of Wyandotte County and YouthBuild KCK teams. These staff members were asked to talk about why they are excited about their new position, along with picking their favorite quote of the moment, and of course- their favorite place in “The Dotte.” United Way of Wyandotte County Todd…

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…

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…

The 4-1-1 on 2-1-1

The hay day of the telephone directory 4-1-1 may be passed but the simplicity and ease of having information at your fingertips is still just as valuable. Have you ever needed easy access to community services but were not sure where to find them? Maybe your neighbor needs a bag of groceries to get through…

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…

The impact of our dreams

By Cassidy Miller, Community Impact Manager When I was five years old, my children’s group sang at a nursing home in my hometown. After our performance I met Rose- she was the only resident not receiving attention from the small herd of children. Rose was deaf and the other kids were scared to talk to…

Where does my donated dollar go?

By Cheryl Adler, Chief Operating Officer How much of my United Way gift goes to the community? This is a common question, with a complex answer. At United Way of Wyandotte County (UWWC), we strive to be transparent. We are committed to maintaining the highest standards of integrity and fiscal responsibility. For more details click…

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…

Meet the United Way of Wyandotte County Staff

We want you to know what we do, what drives us and what our goals for the community are. What better place to start than with the staff that works day in and day out for the Wyandotte community? The United Way of Wyandotte County mission is to increase the community’s understanding of human needs…