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…

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…

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…

Because we like to have some holiday fun!

By Cindy Cash, Director of Resource Development Sometimes life goes BOO and hands you a real scare – like a sudden illness, a bad car accident with serious injuries or even the loss of a job whether temporary or permanently. This is not a fun holiday, it is real life and not even a cool…

Maria Reyes, Turner House Children’s Clinic

“I continue helping people. You need to be in the same situation. Being a mom of 4 kids, & looking for assistance in the community- I can understand that. So when I enter the room and I see this new mom with a beautiful baby and she doesn’t know what to do or why he…

Sabree White, Bethel Neighborhood Center

“One thing I’ve learned overall is to just try, because there are some things that you might not feel comfortable with at first. Like we did hiking for the first time ever, for me and I was like “no, I can’t do this.” But I did it, afterwards I was tired, but I felt accomplished.”…

Ha Li Mar, Sa Je Dar, Cultivate Kansas City

   “We grow, sell and eat here. One of our favorite thing to grow is carrots. Before we came to work here we had never eaten them. We had seen them but did not know how to eat them. Now we grow them and like them. After we finish our training here we want to find…

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…

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…

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…

Deborah Mcintosh, Cancer Action, Inc.

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall of 2002. My background is I’m a registered nurse. My husband who is a physician was actually the one who told me about this agency called Cancer Action that he suggested that I call. Initially I told him I didn’t need help with anything. I’ve been…

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…

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…