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…

Melanie Boykin, KVC Prairie Ridge Hospital

“When I heard that the girls [at KVC] didn’t get their hair done regularly I knew from being a woman that how you look on the outside has a lot to do with how you feel on the inside. So we decided to give them a place [at New Urban Barber & Beauty] to get…

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…

Eloise Mills, RSVP Volunteer

“I had been coming to Bethel since my kids were little. When I retired I knew I wanted to help more and another friend  was also retiring at the same time started a crafts class with me. It seemed like the thing that the ladies liked the most and what the most need for was…

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…

Vitula Lungren, Shepherd’s Center

“As we got older and our house got older I did need some help doing some things. Melissa at Shepherd’s Center worked up a huge crew to help clean my basement. I couldn’t get up and down my stairs very easily because they were so steep. It was quite a project. “ “I recently had…

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…

Jon Kohrs, HQL initiative partner

“My favorite part of working with any nonprofit is they are all entrepreneurs. An entrepreneur is trying to solve a problem first and foremost. Everyone at United Way is trying to solve a problem and they are usually doing it on a shoe string budget with half the staff and funds they really need. That’s…

Nate Klein, Boy Scouts of America

“We try to teach young men and women character and help turn them into good citizens. We try do it in such a way that they are having fun while we are teaching them this. They are just out there having good time with their friends and before you know it they have matured into…

Karla Nichols, Cancer Action

“We often get the referral from patients who start to see the physical effects of chemotherapy like hair loss. Cancer Action gives out over 300 wigs a year. We have a couple wig rooms full of different options that they can choose from. That’s an important part of how they feel about themselves, especially women….

Jeffrey Bednarski, General Motors Fairfax Plant

“Being from out of town this is a good way to feel connected to the community. Until you get involved with what’s going on you don’t feel like this is home. So this helps me feel like this is home.” Jeff, Campaign Volunteer from General Motors Fairfax Plant

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…

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…