On behalf of United Way of Greater Kansas City, thank you to everyone who donated in 2017.
This year, you gave generously and enabled real change to occur for thousands in our community who rely on your contributions.
As this year comes to a close, we wanted you to know that your donations sustain the vibrancy of our community. For this, we thank you.
When you give to United Way of Greater Kansas City, your gift helps in four areas that improve people’s lives in our community:
- Early Childhood Success – We help children get a strong start in life, start school ready to succeed, and build critical reading skills to equip them for success in school, work and life.
- Youth Success – We help connect youth with the education and support they need for good-paying jobs and lifelong careers.
- Economic Mobility – We give people the education and tools to get better jobs and build a solid foundation that improves their lives and the lives of their children.
- Access to Health – We build stronger communities where families have increased access to health care but also to healthy foods, activities, and environments, creating healthier beginnings and healthier lives.
United Way provides funding for major initiatives we lead in collaboration with community partners, as well as providing funding for programs at partner nonprofit agencies in and around the Kansas City area.
Everything raised here, stays here, providing hope to your neighbors in need.
With your help, United Way of Greater Kansas City works to create the best version possible of our community. We stand alongside our donors and our volunteers as the leaders capable of understanding the community’s unique needs and then addressing them in ways that create lasting results.
So, we thank you – all of you in the Kansas City area – from our business partners to our individual donors for providing the support to build a stronger, more thriving community, and for helping us continue the fight.
Wendy Medina recently graduated from Park University with help from United Way of Greater Kansas City's Launch Program, which helps offset tuition and related costs for college students.
United Way's Launch program generated over $700,000 for more than 150 students in its first six years.
The Launch program's Education Account, which covers tuition, fees, books, and supplies, provides an 8-to-1 match: the participant saves up to $500 and receives up to $4,000 of matching funds.
The purpose of Launch is to help students learn about saving and asset building – not just for college – but for later in life, too.
In addition to financial assistance, the program includes career coaches and community partners that provide financial education, case management education planning, and other training related to college success.
At a young age, Jenny Miles, found herself in crisis. Needing help, she sought solutions and solace to improve her life.
About 20 percent of all young adults experience depression. Between 10 to 15 percent suffer from symptoms at any one time. Only 30 percent are being treated for it.
Synergy Services is a United Way partner providing a full continuum of care. It offers crisis hotlines, emergency shelter, therapeutic services, and violence prevention programs throughout Greater Kansas City.
Synergy Services' clients represent a broad cross-section of the population in the community. It provides services to anyone that needs them regardless of ability to pay.
Jenny says the therapy and care provided by Synergy Services saved her life, helping her tackle severe depression and address the issues that caused it.
Jill Reitz and CCVI
Caleb's vision as an infant limited his perception of light and allowed him to see objects only a few inches away.
Early intervention is critical for children with Optic Nerve Colobomas since they learn so much through sight from an early age.
The mission of CCVI is to prepare children with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities, to reach their highest potential in the sighted world.
Since 1952, CCVI has provided services to children whose visual impairment is significant enough to adversely affect their education performance.
Children served by CCVI discover a truly unique, positive environment with innovative programs customized for each student.
Today, at two years old, Caleb plays like anyone else his age, and he continues to adapt to the world around him, thanks to a loving family and CCVI.