Get to Know…Heather Crump, Community Impact Manager for Education

Describe your role at United Way so a third grader could understand it.

My role at United Way is Community Impact Manager for Education. I help support education cradle to college. This includes kindergarten readiness, student success in schools, and support for students’ overall development.

Share your career history and how you made your way to United Way.

I have been a teacher . . . [Read More]

March 12, 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.

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September 16, 2021|Tags: , , |

Connecting Our Youth to Our City

By Jadie Chauncey, United Way of the Plains Community Impact Intern, Special to the Wichita Eagle

The following OpEd appeared in the Wichita Eagle on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.

Meaningful volunteerism and service-learning projects are becoming increasingly popular activities in workplaces. Volunteering increases community connection, purpose and overall well-being. While this is . . . [Read More]

August 15, 2021|Tags: , , , |

Y.E.S.S. to Summer Fun

United Way is supporting the summer 2021 Arc of Sedgwick County’s Youth Education Summer Socialization Program (nicknamed Y.E.S.S. Camp), a nine-week summer program serving students ages 5-21 with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The program offers a half day of education in classroom settings and a half day of recreation in the community Monday through Thursday. Friday offers day trips throughout . . . [Read More]

July 20, 2021|Tags: , |


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