2018: Year In Review

It takes an entire community moving in the same direction to make Kansas City the best it can be. Thanks to a continued commitment by generous donors and volunteers, 2018 was another amazing year across our region.


During our Donor Recognition Campaign, United Way of Greater Kansas City (UWGKC) thanked corporate partners throughout the community for their continued generous support.

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  • The first-ever Education and Family Connection Event brought together families, schools and service organizations under one roof to increase opportunities for access, enrollment and participation in some of Kansas City’s best school choices and out-of-school activities.
  • Our Mad City Money event at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City helped educate local students on the value of economic responsibility with real-life scenarios.
  • We hosted a Poverty Simulation at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Corporate leaders explored the tough financial decision-making that faces our neighbors living in poverty.
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  • United Way 2-1-1 partnered with the Crisis Textline to offer private, confidential text support from trained crisis counselors. Just text “UNITE” to 741741.
  • The LINC Brews & Blankies Happy Hour brought together volunteers to make blankets for foster children. Fun for a great cause!
  • Tocqueville Society hosted a New Member Welcome and Appreciation Event in the beautiful digs of Populous, recently voted as Kansas City Business Journal’s coolest office.
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  • United Way 2-1-1 was featured in the AIRS Accreditation Yearbook, which celebrates successfully accredited agencies.
  • The United Way Family Fun Night introduced families, schools and service organizations.
  • UWGKC secured the Award of Food Security Initiative grants, benefitting local organizations fighting for food stability throughout the community.
  • Employee Campaign Managers (ECMs) from dozens of our corporate partners gathered at the ECM Appreciation Event for a celebration of their work and to learn the power of civic engagement.
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  • UWGKC kicked off the celebration of our 100th year in Kansas City with the Centennial External Awareness Launch. Team members and community partners worked to make this milestone an opportunity to do more good in our region.
  • The Community Impact team at UWGKC secured the Wells Fargo Grant, which will be used to support food stability for at least the next two years.
  • United Way 2-1-1 received the NonProfit Connect Excellence in Impact Philanthropy Award in recognition of its work for Kansas City’s neighbors in need.
  • Women United hosted its Member Appreciation and New Member Welcome event. This highly engaged donor network is specifically focused on education-related programs.
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  • More than two dozen Women United members joined us for the Neighborhood Bus Tour Series, which made 11 stops at partner agencies and organizations.
  • Volunteers and community advocates got together to assemble supplies bags for a local summer school program at Summer Friday with LINC.
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  • Campaign season kicked off with an inspiring ECM Training event for our Employee Campaign Managers. Our superstar ECMs gathered to discuss ideas and make plans for the year.
  • Local students and Tocqueville Society members came together for the LAUNCH Evening of Inspiration. Recipients were able to connect with the donors who helped make their academic achievements possible.
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  • The LEAD United Pack the Backpack at KCMO Public School Headquarters helped prepare hundreds of students for the upcoming school year.
  • Women United held its annual Refresh a Classroom at Richardson Early Learning Community School, helping teachers and students gear up for a year of achievement.
  • United Way celebrated a new school district partner, Shawnee Mission School District, in the Family Stability Initiative in partnership with Jewish Family Services.
  • United Way of Greater Kansas City agency partner leaders gathered for a CEO Networking Reception at Burns & McDonnell.
  • The LEAD United Kickoff Event at Boulevard Brewing Company marked the beginning of an exciting year for this donor network.
  • UWGKC hosted Campaign Associate and Loaned Executive Training.
  • LINC and Teach for America partnered for the Back to School Bash, helping ensure that hundreds of students would begin the school year with the supplies they need.
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  • The citywide United Way Day of Caring made its return with dozens of partner agencies hosting service projects for hundreds of local volunteers.
  • To celebrate a century of community impact, United Way hosted the 100th Birthday Party, a celebration for volunteers, agencies, companies and leaders.
  • UWGKC hosted Impact Kit events at John Deere and Arvest Bank.
  • The Centennial Celebration Tocqueville Society VIP Reception recognized this vital group of UWGKC volunteers.
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  • In honor of the 100th year of service, the Centennial Celebration was hosted in the Kay Barnes Ballroom at the Kansas City Convention Center.
  • United Way once again partnered with organizations for TeamSmile, providing hundreds of local students with dental care.
  • UWGKC helped launch a new Financial Opportunity Center at Metro Lutheran Ministry.
  • UWGKC hosted Impact Kit events at SunLife Financial and Cummins Central Power.
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  • United Way’s third annual Giving Tuesday initiative, Loads of Love once again hit its fundraising goal to put washer and dryers into local schools.
  • The School Attendance Summit marked the launch of the UWGKC attendance initiative.
  • UWGKC hosted Impact Kit events at Shook Hardy & Bacon, Citi Cards, Ash Grove Cement, the Kansas City Attorney’s Office and OptumRX.
  • Shook, Hardy & Bacon employees joined us for the Neighborhood Bus Tour Series.
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  • The LEAD United Holiday Party with a Purpose at Community Services League helped provide gifts to families in need.
  • The Women United Jewels for Schools Holiday Event at Kendra Scott benefited our local education programs and initiatives.
  • UWGKC hosted Impact Kit events at GEICO and JMW & Associates
  • The LINC Holiday Wrap Party provided toys to local children.
  • A Mad City Money event helped educate local students on the value of economic responsibility with real-life scenarios.