United Way of the Plains

Income: Fostering financial stability

Income is one of the basic building blocks of a good life. It's about more than having a paycheck though. It's also about financial stability and having access to job training and financial counseling.

As many as one-third of working Americans do not earn enough money to meet their basic needs. These individuals are walking a financial tightrope — they are barely able to get by, with no ability to save for college, a home, or for retirement.

Funded Programs

Employment Assistance and Job Training

Program / Agency

English for Speakers of Other Languages / Kansas School for Effective Learning (KANSEL)

GED Preparation / Kansas School for Effective Learning (KANSEL)

WIN / Wichita Women’s Initiative Network

Financial Counseling

Program / Agency

Personal Financial Education and Counseling / Consumer Credit Counseling Service

Representative Payee / Episcopal Social Services


Program / Agency

Vision Quest / United Methodist Open Door

BRIDGES Independent Living / Wichita Children’s Home

Food, Shelter and Other Basic Needs

Program / Agency

Disaster Services / American Red Cross - South Central, South East Kansas Chapter

Harbor House / Catholic Charities

St. Anthony Family Shelter / Catholic Charities

Homeless Prevention (Rent, Utilities and Emergency Assistance) / Center of Hope

Emergency Social Services / The Salvation Army

Homeless Services / The Salvation Army

Meals on Wheels / Senior Services, Inc. of Wichita

Roving Pantry / Senior Services, Inc. of Wichita

Direct Client Services / StepStone

Sunshine Children’s Home / Sunlight Children’s Advocacy & Rights Foundation (SCARF)

Community Food Ministry / United Methodist Open Door

Homeless Resource Center / United Methodist Open Door

Emergency Foster Care / Wichita Children's Home

Emergency Residential Care / Wichita Children’s Home

Initiatives and Collaborations

Free Income Tax Preparation

Free income tax preparation is a program organized by the BE$T Coalition of South Central Kansas to help citizens apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit and other tax credits while avoiding fees associated with commercial preparers. United Way is a founding partner of the BE$T Coalition. Learn how to get free income tax preparation or learn how to be a tax preparation volunteer.

Addressing Homelessness:
Wichita-Sedgwick County Continuum of Care (WSC-CoC)

United Way of the Plains is the lead agency for a local collaboration addressing homelessness called the Wichita-Sedgwick County Continuum of Care (WSC-CoC). This group of community stakeholders coordinates local homelessness planning, services, funding applications and more. Learn more...

Success Stories

Read stories of how United Way funded programs are making a difference in the area of income.

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