United Way of the Plains brings the community together to focus on the building blocks of a better life for all: education, income and health.
- Education. Includes programs that help children and youths achieve their potential.
- Income. Includes program that promote financial stability and independence.
- Health. Includes programs that improve people's health and well-being.
United Way raises funds, works with coalitions, writes grants, recruits volunteers and distributes in-kind gifts. United Way helps people find needed services through the United Way 2-1-1 information line and helps match people to volunteer opportunities through the United Way Volunteer Center.
United Way of the Plains FAQ
Q: What do I need to do to volunteer?
Think about what you like to do (work with children, work with adults, work outside, etc.). Then consider what you are good at (accounting, office work, artistic work, music, tutoring, etc.) and what times you are available. Then call 2-1-1 and the call specialist can take your interests and abilities and match them with volunteer opportunities available in your area. Or, you can go online to unitedwayplains.org/volunteer
and enter your interests and receive a listing of volunteer opportunities that would be a match for you.
Q: How can I find services in the community?
Call 2-1-1, a service of United Way, and tell the call specialist what your needs are. The call specialist will let you know what services are in your area that would best meet your needs. In addition to phone numbers and addresses, they can give you program hours, program fees (including sliding or no-fee options), if a program is on a city bus line and more. You can go online to 211kansas.org
and enter keywords representing needs and receive a list of programs in your area.
Q: What does United Way do in addition to raising money?
United Way of the Plains works year-round to make our community a better place to live and work. United Way does this in many ways, including:
- Operating a 2-1-1 call center that connects people to nonprofit and government human services
- Promoting volunteerism and youth involvement throughout the community through the United Way Volunteer Center
- Researching and planning for community needs
- Reviewing funded agencies and community needs to direct funds where they will do the most good
- Collaborating with community groups to study challenges and work toward solutions
Q: How does United Way decide which agencies to fund?
United Way has an open-door policy for local nonprofit health and human service agencies. Each year, United Way sends requests for proposals to local nonprofits. Approximately 200 allocations volunteers evaluate each agency's applicatins for program funding, looking at the high-priority needs in our community and the agency's ability to meet those needs. Each agency funded by United Way must adhere to high standards, which is your assurance of quality and efficiency. Each agency must:
- Be recognized by the IRS as a nonprofit organization [501(c)3]
- Be governed by a volunteer board of directors
- Provide for a human care need
- Be audited annually by a CPA firm
- Operate at a reasonable cost
Q: What are ways to donate money to United Way?
This can be done online at unitedwayplains.org,
at your workplace through payroll deduction if your employer provides that option, and by checks sent to United Way of the Plains, 245 N. Water, Wichita, KS 67202.