United Way Stories

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Allergy-friendly food pantry makes special diets more accessible

The main barrier to improved health outcomes for low-income individuals diagnosed with food allergies and celiac disease is access to affordable, safe food alternatives.

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Mad City Money challenges high school students with real financial responsibility

With everything that goes into preparing high school students for graduation, financial literacy is easy to understate, according to Ms.

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In wake of college admissions scandal, accessible programming is vital

Like many communities, Kansas City faces challenges with ensuring educational opportunities to all its residents. As a champion for local students, United Way of Greater Kansas City supports more than 40 programs aimed at excellence in education.

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LAUNCH Participant commits to academic achievement

When this 23-year-old with a big smile started ESL classes in 2016, his dream may have seemed impossible. But spend 5 minutes listening to him talk about his plans for the future, and you’ll be a believer.

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Loads of Love campaign helps schools combat absenteeism

Through United Way of Greater Kansas City’s 2018 Loads of Love campaign, Ervin Early Learning Center and other Hickman Mills schools will have the chance to receive a washer and dryer set and laundry supplies in order to help curb absenteeism.

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Living a dream, thanks to United Way's LAUNCH program

Growing up, Will Medina never thought his dream of going to college or pursuing music as a career would be possible. As the child of immigrants, he and his family faced many challenges during his youth.

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KC PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAM HELPS FAMILIES TREAT FOOD ALLERGIES

When Maggie Moore’s three-year-old son, Isaac, was diagnosed with Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) in 2016, the prescribed treatment was an overnight change in his diet —a significant and costly change.

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My Very Own Library author spotlight: Diana López

It’s not every day that a child has the opportunity to visit with the authors of some of the most popular kids’ books.

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literacy program helps students create their own home libraries

My Very Own Library initiative will provide 35,850 new books to children at nine area public schools.

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United Way Spotlight: Amy Barrett

#LoadsofLoveKC began in 2016 as a special Giving Tuesday campaign to positively change school attendance culture in our community.

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From the cycle of instability to independence

“I was at work one day and I got a phone call from my sister saying ‘Sherrell, they’re shooting up the house.’”

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