Impact Created by Your United Way: Second Quarter 2022

We are the problem-solvers, hand-raisers, game-changers. Here’s a summary of the impact your United Way created this quarter because of your support.


Facilitated 269 free skin cancer screenings at May 7 event led by area dermatologists and sponsored . . . [Read More]

How 6,100 books were distributed to Wichita elementary students

The last several months have been busy at United Way of the Plains as we prepared to give Wichita Public School’s students reading material for summer break. We were able to do this with help from many organizations, volunteers and donors. This initiative is critical. A large number of students cannot read at a third-grade reading level.

This all started last . . . [Read More]

May 19, 2022|Tags: , , |

Unleashing the Power of Reading is Critical for Children and Society

By Heather Crump, United Way Community Impact Manager for Education, Special to the Wichita Eagle

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” The abolitionist Frederick Douglass understood the power of literacy and his words have inspired me throughout my career as a teacher. For the last decade, I’ve worked with children in . . . [Read More]

February 6, 2022|Tags: , |

Celebrating a Year of Innovation and Collaboration

By Steve Dixon, President of P.B. Hoidale Co., Inc. and 2021 Board Chair for United Way of the Plains, Special to The Wichita Eagle

As we prepare for the promise a new year brings, it’s important to reflect on the many ways our community worked together during the last 12 months to provide opportunities for . . . [Read More]

What Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Expansion Means for You

This week, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, with Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly and the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund, announced the statewide expansion of its book program. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is dedicated to inspiring a lifelong love of reading by mailing books monthly to children (0-5 years old) free of charge with the support of local community partners.

United . . . [Read More]

September 16, 2021|Tags: , , |

United Way and WSU are joining forces to #Fight4Literacy — and you can help

By Justine Milmine, United Way of the Plains Women United Steering Committee Chair, Special to the Eagle

The following OpEd appeared in the Wichita Eagle on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021. 

At the foundation of education is the ability to read. It’s a cornerstone to success in school, work and life. But did you know one in . . . [Read More]

February 15, 2021|Tags: , , |


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