Partner Spotlight: United Way

United Way

United Way is a significant partner for Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas. Because we cover a lot of ground in the 28 counties of Southwest Kansas, we are a member of three different United Way agencies:

All three of these agencies kick off their 2019 campaign in August. United Way provides important funding for our agency, we hope you'll support their efforts in this year's United Way campaign. Whether they are supporting member agencies like Catholic Charities or coordinating member agency activity for an even greater impact in our community, the work of United Way is impressive. Keep reading to learn more about the KEY KICK-OFF Event in you area. We want you to know that you are invited, and it will be fun!

United Way of Central Kansas has already enlisted community support for the Annual Stuff the Bus campaign that gathers important supplies that area agencies need to serve the community. The Annual Campaign Kick-Off event in Central Kansas, however, takes place on Saturday, August 18th from 6 to 10 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 723 Main Street in Great Bend. For $50, you'll receive a delicious night of food, drinks, entertainment from Curtis the Mentalist, and a selection of great auction items to bid on. United Way of Central Kansas supports about two dozen local area agencies, as well as other community initiatives including the Dolly Parton Imagination Library that provides a free monthly book for every child through the age of five, and Reality U that provides a fun and highly interactive experience for eighth grade students to help them understand the responsibilities of adulthood and the necessities of life such as car insurance, childcare, utilities, housing, medical and other unexpected events.

In Dodge City, the 13th Annual United Way Kick-Off coincides with the kick-off of the local Dodge City High School football season. On August 24th from 5:45 to 7 pm at Memorial Stadium, the public is invited to a BBQ tailgate complete with hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and a drink. United Way of Dodge City supports about 16 agencies. In early 2017 after devastating spring wildfires swept through the area, the close relationship between United Way agencies help to facilitate the formation of the Southwest Kansas Regional Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) Coalition to assist during and after a disaster. The local VOAD started with only a few members but has grown since its inception. The VOAD will put plans in place for future disasters for people that are needing food, shelter, clothing, along with other types of assistance.

United Way of Finney County is hosting their kick-off breakfast during the Garden City Area Chamber Breakfast on Wednesday, August 15th at 7:10 am. For $12, guests can anticipate a hearty breakfast and the announcement of the winners of the Dave Sweley Volunteer Award and the Corporate Citizen Award. United Way of Finney County supports 23 agencies and a number of Community Impact Initiatives such as Stuff the Bus, Garden City Community College (GCCC) Hispanic American Leadership Organization (HALO), GCCC River Clean-up and Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat. The 16th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, August 18th at the Buffalo Dunes Municipal Golf Course, hosted by Overhead Door and Weathercraft Companies, is just one of the ways that United Way of Finney County supports these endeavors. For $300/team you can join in the Scramble Start at 9 am. Sponsorship opportunities for the golf tournament are still available.

Wherever you are at, there is a United Way event in need of your support! United Way helps Catholic Charities, but United Way also does a lot of good for MANY different agencies and causes in your local community. 

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