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….

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…

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…

Christopher Leach, Mental Health America of the Heartland

“Where am I going to go and apply for a job and say ‘I’m a recovering drug addict, I have a mental illness and I’m a felon? ’ Am I going to put that on an application or resume and expect to get a job? I not only disclose this information here but this 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…

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…

Unseen Efforts: The magic behind the fall season

By Hannah Bruins, Resource Development Intern As we admire the vibrant leaves this fall, it is important to realize that the leaves continue to give even after they drop. They serve as a layer that preserves water for the plants around them as well as a source of food for other small organisms. These leaves…

How Will You Remember 9-11?

By Emily Worm, RSVP Program Director 9/11 Day was originally created in 2002 by two friends, David Paine and Jay Winuk, who together wanted to create a way to annually honor all of the victims and heroes of 9/11, including Jay’s younger brother Glenn, who died in the attacks. 9/11 Day provides a positive way…

You can help make the annual Back to School Fair a success!

By Cathi Hahner, Director of Volunteer Services Volunteers are still needed for the event this weekend- click here to sign-up! The 13th annual Wyandotte County Back to School Fair will be held this Saturday, August 9, 2014 at two locations: Kansas City Kansas Community College and KCK Boys and Girls Club. The goal of the…