Mission & Vision

Since 1922, United Way of the Plains has brought together individuals and organizations to create real, lasting results for the people of south central Kansas.


We envision a region in south central Kansas where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through health, education, financial stability and basic needs.


To improve lives by harnessing the caring power of our community to advance the common good in south central Kansas.


We focus on health, education, financial stability and basic needs because we believe they are the building blocks for a good quality of life and a strong community. We fight to advance the common good by creating opportunities for all. We are the problem-solvers, hand-raisers and game-changers.


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We believe in coming together in the spirit of teamwork and servant leadership to share our responsibility to care for one another. By collectively addressing the needs of our region, we will strengthen our community.

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The nature of our work means we are tackling issues beyond any one’s ability to solve it on their own. We know we can’t do it alone, so we must be selfless and supportive with our partners to achieve collective impact. When a complex community need is met, everyone wins. We strive to be colleagues, not competitors; partners, not rivals.

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We are a catalyst for positive change, creating awareness of needs and celebrating successes in care for one another and in creating a more compassionate community. We are humble problem solvers seeking to advance the common good. If a rising tide lifts all boats, then we will be that tide.

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We are the people’s United Way and will treat all of our citizen-volunteers with dignity and respect. We are led by a board of the people, we give back to the community based on the decisions of the people, and we are funded by the people. We exist to serve the needs of the community where our people live and work.

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We firmly believe in diversity, equity, and inclusion and are committed to building sustainable, inclusive, and resilient organizations and communities. We will actively pursue diversity in all aspects of our organization and those with whom we partner and serve. We will honor and respect the diverse needs, strengths, voices and backgrounds of all individuals in our community.

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We fight for the needs of people and their community causes. We strive to amplify their voices to advance the common good. We galvanize the people to speak out for change. We believe in providing a platform for people to take meaningful action that makes a difference.

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We believe in being open and transparent with both the resources entrusted to us, and the investments we make in the community. Maintaining the trust and confidence of the community we serve is paramount to who we are. Our word is our bond.


Our focus is on healtheducationfinancial stability and basic needs—the building blocks for a good quality of life and a strong community. Click below to learn more about what we’re doing, the programs we invest in and our lasting impact in each area.