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…

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….

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…

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…

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….

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.”…

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…

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,…

Greg Shondell, Heathwood Oil

“United Way can assess total needs, then it looks at total providers and from that it can allocate those dollars efficiently. If you aren’t completely aware of everything in the community, which no one can be, then you probably aren’t using the money in the best way. United way serves that purpose that does the…