United Way News You Can Use: Sept. 2022

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.
Impact on the Plains Finalists Announced

Eight finalists have been named for this year’s Impact on the Plains. The top two program applicants in the four focus areas of healtheducationfinancial stability and basic needs will participate in a “Shark Tank”-style social innovation competition hosted by United Way of the Plains. Up to $100,000 will be awarded to nonprofits with innovative and impactful solutions to community issues. Finalists will pitch their program in just five minutes to a panel of community judges in a live competition at an exclusive event on Thursday, Sept. 15. The winning ideas in each focus area will receive an investment of $25,000.

Visit unitedwayplains.org/impact to meet the finalists and learn more about their game-changing proposals. Be sure to follow us on Facebook to see who takes home a new investment to further their impact.

Special thanks to our generous partners:

Logos of sponsors for the 2022 Impact on the Plains competition.

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2022 workplace campaign video launches

United Way is harnessing the caring power in our community to advance the common good. We unite the community. We mobilize resources. We create change. But it won’t happen without you. It takes all of us. United.

The 2022 workplace campaign is officially underway. Watch this year’s campaign video and participate through payroll deduction if your company conducts a campaign or donate today at unitedwayplains.org/donate

United Way Read to Succeed pairs volunteers with second and third grade students to help them improve their reading skills to stay on track in school.
Read to Succeed school selection is now open

Imagine if you could change a child’s life in just 30 minutes each week. Read to Succeed does just that. Volunteers are needed this school year to serve as a reading coach for a second or third grade student who is struggling with their reading skills. You’ll meet with your student for 30 minutes each week, listen to them read and provide easy intervention tactics to help them improve. This small act helps them achieve grade-level reading skills that allow them to stay on track and graduate on time. Free training is provided. Pick from 20+ local elementary schools to serve at.

Logo for Operation Immunization, a program that provides free flu shots for those who are under insured or uninsured.
Operation Immunization to offer free flu shots

United Way is partnering with KU School of Pharmacy to host Operation Immunization on Saturday, Oct 15. Five clinics offering free flu shots will be hosted across Wichita for individuals who are unemployed, uninsured or unable to pay (ages three and older).

United Way supports this annual health initiative by purchasing and donating 1,000 flu shots in an effort to prevent a burden on the healthcare system, help individuals avoid lost work time and curb debt due to medical bills. This annual partnership empowers local pharmacy students to gain leadership skills by coordinating and operating the clinics with community partners while also learning how to administer immunizations under the supervision of licensed and certified pharmacists. Collaborations like this one strengthen the health and well-being of our community. Learn more at unitedwayplains.org/operation-immunization.

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Our focus is on healtheducationfinancial stability and basic needs—the building blocks for a good quality of life and a strong community. Click below to learn more about what we’re doing, the programs we invest in and our lasting impact in each area.