PLAYING A KEY ROLE
When disaster strikes, United Way puts feet on the ground for immediate relief and stays a supportive presence to lead long-term recovery. Our experience as a community convener puts us in a unique position to help. We are able to leverage resources and relationships to respond to devastating events across the state of Kansas. Depending on the disaster, we employ the following tactics to help:
211 Information & Referral
211 Information & Referral offers key information in the wake of a disaster. Community members can dial 2-1-1 to find how to get help or give help. We work with key government entities to communicate the most current and relevant information. We can even create a database of individuals willing to operate large power equipment or have unique skills, like running a chainsaw, and connect them with property owners who need such services.
Depending on the disaster, United Way will set up a fund to aid long-term recovery efforts. We aren’t just there for the immediate aftermath of a disaster. We stick with the community for sustainable long-term recovery.
When a natural disaster strikes, our Volunteer Center mobilizes volunteers for cleanup. We work with property owners to identify work that needs to be done and obtain permissions. A volunteer reception center trains community volunteers and matches them with work to be done. We even track volunteer hours to apply for federal aid, if available.