Kristie Costa joins United Way of the Plains

United Way of the Plains welcomes Kristi Costa as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program Manager. The free tax preparation program operated 13 sites across south central Kansas in 2023, where volunteers filed nearly 6,000 tax returns and secured $7.1 million in total refunds for income-limited households.

Costa was a VITA site coordinator in 2024 for United Way of . . . [Read More]

July 19, 2024|Tags: |

Get to know…Cole Schnieders, Continuum of Care Planning Manager

Cole Schnieders joined #TeamUnited in 2021 as our Continuum of Care Planning Manager. During that time, he as been strengthening the Coalition to End Homelessness in Wichita/Sedgwick County. United Way of the Plains is the lead agency for the coalition, formerly known as Impact ICT – Continuum of Care. The coalition is a partnership of dozens of organizations working . . . [Read More]

July 18, 2024|Tags: , , |

United Way of the Plains welcomes Cecilia Wood

Cecilia Wood joined United Way of the Plains this week as a 211 Resource Specialist. In her role she will handle requests from the public about resources that are available to them in times of crisis and uncertainty. Last year, Kansans were connected to help through United Way’s 211 confidential and free services 159,089 times.

A graduate of Emporia State . . . [Read More]

June 25, 2024|Tags: , |

Get to know…Jillian Castaneda, Housing Navigator

Jillian joined United Way of the Plains in 2023 and works to help those experiencing homelessness.

When Jillian Castaneda came to United Way of the Plains, she found a new calling in life: Helping house the homeless.

She’s been with United Way for a year now, applying her background in the mental health field and victim advocacy to help those who are . . . [Read More]

June 3, 2024|Tags: , , |

United Way of the Plains welcomes Alexis Lopez

United Way of the Plains has announced the addition of Alexis Lopez to the Finance and Administration team. Lopez will fill the role of Accounting Clerk. A graduate of Wichita State University, he holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and has most recently been employed in the financial industry as an associate banker at BMO Bank U.S. . . . [Read More]

June 3, 2024|Tags: |


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