United Way News You Can Use: February 2022

WSU is teaming up with United Way to fight for childhood literacy.
Support the Shockers in their fight for literacy!

Logos of Fight 4 Literacy partners, including WSU, United Way and Coaching for Literacy.

To support local childhood literacy efforts, Wichita State University Men’s Basketball is joining forces with Coaching for Literacy to host the #Fight4Literacy game on Saturday, Feb. 12. Your donation to #Fight4Literacy will help Shocker Nation provide books and supplies to kindergarten through third grade students and enhance United Way’s Read to Succeed tutoring program in our very own Shocker neighborhood.

The Shockers are the reigning #Fight4Literacy national champions. Donations are already underway at unitedwayplains.org/literacy where fans can track the team’s progress and help us defend our title.

Send checks, payable to United Way of the Plains with “Fight 4 Literacy” in the memo, to 245 N. Water St, Wichita, KS 67202.

Headshot of Jodi Noah, United Way Board Chair.
Wichita Business Journal Recognizes United Way’s Board Chair

Congratulations to Textron Aviation Vice President and Controller Jodi Noah, our 2022 board chair, for being named to Wichita Business Journal’s Women Who Lead on Boards of Directors list. Jodi’s strong leadership and passion for helping others will take us right into our 100th anniversary at the end of 2022. We are proud to have a female community leader of Jodi’s caliber at the helm as we celebrate this important milestone in our history.

A volunteer helps a client prepare their taxes for free through United Way's free tax prep program.
Volunteers are ready to help file taxes for free

Your United Way’s free tax prep program helps those who make less than $60,000 file their taxes for free. IRS-certified volunteers do the work and help clients access important tax credits. Sites are available across Wichita and in Sedgwick, Butler, Cowley, Geary and Marion counties. Last year, volunteers filed 6,364 returns that generated over $7.6 million in refunds, helping individuals and families in our community find a more financially secure future. Appointments for drop-off or in-person services can be scheduled online or by dialing 2-1-1. You can also file for free online with the help of a volunteer tax preparer at GetYourRefund.org/BEST-UWP.

Volunteers are needed to help decide local nonprofit program funding.
Your help is needed to distribute United Way investments

Ever wonder how United Way invests in nonprofit programs? Because our mission is to meet the needs of the community, we enlist the help of community volunteers. Apply by Feb. 18 to be one of more than 100 volunteers who review nonprofit program investment applications and make funding recommendations – making sure United Way contributions do the most good. Volunteers will serve approximately ten hours in March and April, including 90 minutes of free training. Learn more and apply today.

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Job Opening: Digital Marketing Strategist

Our Community Engagement team is recruiting a skilled social media communicator and master storyteller to join our team. This role is responsible for developing, planning, publishing and sharing content on multiple social media platforms on a daily basis that builds meaningful connections with our constituents and produces audience engagement. For priority consideration, apply on LinkedIn by Feb. 9.

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Published On: February 3, 2022Tags:


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