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United Way of the Plains announces $4.5 million investment in local community

After a total of 118 hours of deliberations in 13 committees across two months, 160 community advocates recommended $4.1 million in funding for 63 programs operated by local charities. These recommendations were unanimously approved by the board of United Way of the Plains in the areas of health, education, financial stability and basic needs. With an additional $457,000 . . . [Read More]

April 10, 2024|Tags: , , , , , |

“Be the Buffalo.” Advice to this year’s graduates from United Way’s President and CEO.

United Way President and CEO Pete Najera was invited to give this year’s commencement address at the WSU Tech graduation. Below is an excerpt of his advice for this year’s graduates.

As you begin your journey outside of Koch Arena, you may encounter adversity from time to time. There’s a famous story told by the first woman ever to be elected . . . [Read More]

May 22, 2023|Tags: |

United Way of the Plains Announces $5.4 Million Investment in Area Programs

United Way of the Plains has announced funding for 73 human service programs to help individuals and families throughout south central Kansas achieve their human potential. The $5.4 million investment is part of the annual Opportunity on the Plains funding cycle and includes $656,889 in donor-designated funds. It is the largest annual investment program of United Way of the Plains. . . . [Read More]

April 10, 2023|Tags: , , , , |

“Ilikuwa ni mabadiliko makubwa.” How Impact on the Plains is helping immigrants from the Republic of Congo learn English

Mythili Menon, PhD, is a linguist at Wichita State University and a recipient of our 2021 Impact on the Plains grant that is helping fund the Center of Educational Technology to Assist Refugee Learners (CETARL).

Refugees come to Kansas from across the world and how we help them integrate into our society either sets them up for a life of success . . . [Read More]

August 22, 2022|Tags: , , |

United Way News You Can Use: August 2022


Announcing $100,000 for innovative solutions to community issues

Nonprofits, think you have the next bright idea to advance the common good? United Way of the Plains is hosting Impact on the Plains, a “Shark Tank”-style competition in pursuit of bold solutions to complex community issues. Up to $25,000 will be awarded to entrepreneurial nonprofit programs that transform . . . [Read More]

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