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Read our latest stories of impact, stay current on what’s going on at United Way of the Plains and learn how you can make a difference.

  • A woman sits at her desk, building her budget.

Time to start thinking small savings every day

January 4, 2023|

How to turn $10 into $3,600

By Michelle Presnell, United Way Community Impact Manager for Financial Stability

Looking back on 2022, we all set goals for the new year, and some of us have experienced at least one epic fail in the last 365 days. This year, we have an idea: Set . . . [Read More]

  • Common Ground Growers & Producers received a Promise on the Plains grant from United Way of the Plains in 2022 to provide healthy produce in food deserts.

Promise on the Plains recipient making dual impact

November 17, 2022|

Mending the mental health crisis in Wichita food deserts

It was a few months ago that we shared how Common Ground Producers and Growers was transporting healthy produce into food deserts and food insecure communities, but they are also doing something to further strengthen our community.

Common Ground was a recipient of . . . [Read More]

  • Heather Pierce, United Way 211 Coordinator, welcomes Danette Tipton as the new 211 Database Manager.

United Way of the Plains Welcomes Danette Tipton

November 17, 2022|

Danette Tipton has joined the team at United Way of the Plains as the 211 Database Manager. Tipton is responsible for maintaining the database of available resources for the communities served by the United Way 211 Information and Referral service. She will also be delivering quality, professional assistance to 211 . . . [Read More]

  • Cindy Grunewald, a volunteer reading coach with the United Way Read to Succeed program, poses with a class of third grade students.

A Read To Succeed Success Story

November 15, 2022|

“These children are our future and I encourage you to volunteer. You won’t be disappointed!”

Cindy Grunewald, pictured above, is a volunteer with Read to Succeed, a program that helps third grade students in Wichita Public Schools improve their ability to read. We spoke with Cindy about how Read to . . . [Read More]

  • Matt Lowe welcomes Tyra Miles on her first day at United Way.

Tyra Miles joins United Way of the Plains

November 1, 2022|

We are pleased to welcome Tyra Miles to United Way of the Plains as the Domestic Violence Housing Navigator. Miles will coordinate housing for those fleeing domestic violence and human trafficking by working closely with area service providers and members of the Impact ICT – Continuum of Care (CoC) team . . . [Read More]


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