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…

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…

Holiday spotlight: RoShawn Eve and Jada Hall

Special holiday spotlight on RoShawn Eve and Jada Hall! There are many people we see and pass every day on our way to our daily routines. Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the things that these people around us are doing to make the world a better place. Roshawn Eve has been working as a security…

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…

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…

Clausie Smith, Former Mayor

“I like to be active and like to help my county and my city. I guess if I had to list a hobby it would be community service. I like United Way because first of all when you give your money to United Way, you know it’s going to help people here in Wyandotte County….

Camden Mayfield, Boy Scouts of America

“If I hadn’t gone through Boy Scouts I honestly don’t know what some of my hobbies would be. Now I like to go in the backyard and shoot cans with a bb gun and I like to tie knots and carve sticks and things like that. It’s given me a lot confidence as well. I…

Yalonda Green, General Motors Fairfax Plant

“Teenagers really need us, they need a strong mentor because they don’t know what they want and it’s not their fault. They’re a lost generation right now with what they see on TV. Wherever you can pull from me to say “let me be your role model” I can handle that, put it on my…

Charles Mayfield, Boy Scouts of America

“My favorite part is all the things you get to do you wouldn’t get to do if weren’t in Scouts. I’ve learned how to shoot handguns and rifles and tie knots. I flew an airplane that I made out of a kit. I’ve been climbing and caving. Those are the things that a normal family…

Margaret Steele, Kansas Gas

“Winston Churchill once said, “we make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”  I choose to make a difference in our community by giving financially to the United Way as well as by investing my time by serving on local agency boards such as Boys & Girls Club,…

Norma Loya, El Centro

“For me my favorite part is working with my community. When I go outside I see that necessity. Most people don’t know that there are the many resources and places they can go to for benefits without obligation. Most people think that they don’t have the opportunity to do more after they came to this country…

Calvin Mayfield, Boy Scouts of America

“Without Scouting my boys would have been very one dimensional. They would have just been interested in school and sports. [Scouting] has allowed them to do a lot of different things that are not your typical school or sports related things. They’ve even been able to see parts of the country they wouldn’t have necessarily…

Terry Robinson, Robinson’s Delivery Service, Inc.

 ” I do what I do for the community because it needs to be done. It’s that simple.” -Terry Robinson, Chair of the United Way of Wyandotte County Board of Directors, Robinson’s Delivery Service, Inc. Visit United Way of Wyandotte County’s full website.

Kaler Bole, El Centro

“I think the key for me to being a volunteer was when along the way in those 22 years in working with El Centro I realized that it wasn’t always me helping them, but it was the blessings and love that they the clients of El Centro were giving me. I think that partnership is…

Richard Vogel, Cancer Action

“I got involved at Cancer Action after my wife passed away January the 1st 2014. I saw the need for keeping busy and helping people with rides. It’s been a real pleasure meeting and helping people however I can. People are so appreciative because they otherwise do not have a way to get to their…

Shivani Lokre, KVC Prairie Ridge Hospital

“I started [volunteering] with KVC in my freshman year of high school. The first year I was working with random projects and mostly paper work. The second year I started to work with the hospital, and that’s when I got to know the kids a lot better.  I go every month to celebrate the birthdays…

Lisa Pena, Girl Scouts

“If a Girl Scout is from a new immigrant family that’s even more empowering because she gets involved in lots of activities that she might not be exposed to otherwise.  When families are new to a country they aren’t always thinking about classes and activities their kids can get involved in. They are trying to…

Tania Paola, The Family Conservancy

“The Family Asset Building Program at The Family Conservancy has helped us purchase a home, which will help our family live better. We have learned a lot about our credit, how to speak to a bank and ask the important questions to make good business transactions. The program is a great opportunity for people like us…

Esther Rojas, El Centro

“El Centro is a bridge to other services in the Latino community. El Centro doesn’t always have all of the things they need and so there is a lot of referring back and forth between places. It’s so important to share educational information with El Centro clients because this an opportunity to teach them better…