Karla Garcia, Turner House Children’s Clinic

“It’s not a job to me. It’s more like a family away from home. We spend more time here than we do with our own family. We really get to know our patients,their stories and their backgrounds. We become a resource to the patient population at Turner House.” “The concept here at Turner House is…

Melissa Bynum, Sheperd’s Center

“I love this job and I’m the only staff member. This is a testament to the power of The Shepherd’s Center to do as much as we do with one staff member. The only reason that happens is because of the group of people that you surround yourself with.” “The programs are generated by our…

Diane Maddox, Shepherd’s Center Volunteer

“Shepherd’s Center can draw people in that are just sitting at home watching what I call the idiot box. You need to get out and be among people.” “One thing I really like is Shepherd’s Center’s senior program with learning how to do the computers, the phones, the tablets and any social media. Each time I go…

Ken Carlson, American Red Cross

“It’s nice to be able to help people after a disaster like a house fire where they have lost everything and might not have insurance. We provide emergency services such as shelter, food and clothing. We also do a lot of case work and referrals to things that they might not be aware of. We…

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…

Scott Riggs, American Red Cross

“What people don’t know about the Red Cross is that we are local. 95% of what I do is single family fires. You never hear about that stuff you hear about the big national news, but most of our work is in your neighborhood. Once I started doing [family fire response] I thought, “This is what I…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Manuala Arambula, Bethel Neighborhood Center

“What led me to go from being a student to a volunteer to a staff member was how Bethel’s staff changed my life. I wanted to change at least one of the student’s lives that are here. If it wasn’t for Bethel I would be out on the street or I’d be the average teen…