United Way of the Plains

About us key player partners funded partners

Who we fund

Every year we look at problems in our community that need solved, the people that need help and the local programs that can meet those needs best. 

Funded Partner Agencies

Through the annual grant review process, over 150 volunteers review funding requests and determine which programs can make the biggest impact and how much to fund them.

Click on the agency to see the specific programs we're investing in. The following list is effective July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018.

American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate
American Heart Association

Visit: heart.org/wichita

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Healthcare Education Programs: These initiatives promote reducing disability and death resulting from cardiovascular diseases and strokes.

American Red Cross of South Central and South East Kansas

Visit: redcross.org/ks/wichita

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Disaster Services: Families are taught to prepare for disasters, and help is given to individuals affected by house fires and natural disasters. Assistance includes help finding shelter, mental health support, food, clothing, basic furniture, minor home repairs and medical and occupational supplies.

The Arc of Sedgwick County
Arc of Sedgwick County

Visit: arc-sedgwickcounty.org

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Circle of Friends: This is a peer mentoring service that matches students with fellow students who have developmental disabilities.

Y.E.S.S. (Youth Education & Summer Socialization): Youth Education Summer Socialization is a nine-week summer program that gives students with developmental disabilities the chance to develop social skills over the summer and maintain their academic level through some schoolwork.

Boy Scouts of America, Quivira Council

Boy Scouts of America Quivira Council
Visit: quivira.org

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Comprehensive Character Development: This comprehensive character education curriculum instills in young people the values of the Scout Oath and Law, preparing them to be responsible and capable adults.

Scoutreach: Scoutreach delivers information about scouting to at-risk youth who are faced with specific socio-economic challenges, including gangs, drugs and lack of parental support.

Summer Awareness Camp: This camp is an outreach effort for youth ages 8-11. During the camp, they experience a mentor relationship and build trust with volunteers from the police, sheriff’s and fire departments.

Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas
Boys and girls club of sc kansas
Visit: begreatwichita.org

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Youth Development – At Risk Youth: School-age children whose life circumstances make them increasingly at-risk are participants in this program, providing a safe and fun place where they can be mentored by professional staff.

CASA of Sedgwick County
CASA
Visit: casaofsedgwickcounty.org

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Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children: Court-Appointed Special Advocates are a group of trained volunteers who provide assistance for abused and neglected children by supporting their cases in the judicial process. They offer an independent view of what is in their best interests for a permanent home, in order to prevent childhoods spent in foster homes.

Catholic Charities
catholic charities

Visit: catholicdioceseofwichita.org

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Adult Day Services: This program offers quality day services for adults with special needs, including individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Cana Counseling Services: Cana provides mental health services for children and adults.

Foster Grandparents: Retired individuals engage in a meaningful relationship with children who have special or exceptional needs. by spending time with older individuals, children can learn a sense of values and coping skills.

Harbor House: The House is a confidential shelter, outreach and advocacy service for women and children fleeing domestic violence.

St. Anthony Family Shelter: The Shelter provides temporary housing for homeless families.

Center of Hope
Homeless Prevention: Rent, utility and other emergency assistance is given as needed to prevent families from being evicted from their homes. The service also has case management services for homeless prevention and helps families who are already homeless reintegrate into the community.

Central Plains Health Care Partnership (Project Access)

Central Plains Health Care Partnership

Visit: centralplainshealthcarepartnership.org

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Project Access: For low-income, uninsured residents of Sedgwick County who are enrolled in Project Access, this program coordinates distribution of donated medical care and services. It has an enrollment process and referral system to access the donated services from participating physicians, hospitals, pharmacies and others. Prescription medication and durable medical equipment benefits are also available for enrolled patients.

Child Start

Child Start

Visit: childstart.org

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Child Care Aware: Consumer education, training and support for parents and child care providers are available, with the goal of improving the quality of child care in South Central Kansas.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service
consumer credit counseling service

Visit: kscccs.org

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Personal Financial Education and Counseling: In order to help individuals and families pay off debt, this service offers education and confidential counseling on topics such as budgeting and the wise use of credit.

Episcopal Social Services
Episcopal Social Services

Visit: esswichita.org

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Breakthrough Club Prevocational Day Program: Breakthrough Club is a social and work rehabilitation program serving people who are age 18 or older and have a mental illness. Members/clients work side-by-side with staff to run the program, and this interaction helps members develop prevocational skills, often leading to them finding outside employment.

Representative Payee: This service provides money management to adults with disabilities who receive Social Security supplemental or disability income and who are required by Social Security to have a representative payee of record.

Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland
Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland

Visit: kansasgirlscouts.org

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Community Based Programs: This is a Girl Scout initiative designed to attract and serve girls in populations traditionally under-represented in the organization. It features diverse activities to help them gain knowledge and skills addressing developmental, educational, emotional and social needs.

Youth Development: In small groups with adult volunteers, girls practice the fundamental principles of scouting through activities based on their interests and needs. Various activities are used to help the girls develop leadership skills and learn how those can be used to make a difference in the world.

Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice
Harry Hynes

Visit: hynesmemorial.org

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Bereavement Services: Individuals facing significant loss due to the death of a loved one can receive help through this service.

Volunteer Services: Volunteers are recruited, trained and placed to support the hospice’s clients.

Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters (Sedgwick County)
big brothers big sisters

Visit: kansasbigs.org

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Community-Based Mentoring: Assistance is given to youth, most of whom are considered at-risk and live in single-parent homes. BBBS helps them achieve their full potential through long-term personal relationships with carefully-screened and caring volunteer mentors.

Kansas Children’s Service League
Kansas Childrens Service League

Visit: kcsl.org

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Healthy Families: This service presents home-based parent education and support to first and second time parents with multiple stressors, including unemployment, illness or lack of parenting knowledge.

Kinship Navigator: Grandparents and other relatives raising children are helped in navigating the system through provided access to benefits and other services at the local, state and national level.

Outpatient Mental Health: A wide variety of mental health services is offered for children, adolescents and their families.

Kansas School for Effective Learning (KANSEL)
KANSEL

Visit: kansel.org

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English for Speakers of Other Languages: ESOL offers classroom instruction to help adult students learn to understand, speak, read and write English.

GED Preparation: Students age 16 and older can receive an individualized academic curriculum to help them obtain a GED, learn new skills and enroll in higher education.

Medical Service Bureau

Direct Client Services: Financial assistance for prescriptions, diabetic supplies, eye exams and prescription eyeglasses is available for low-income, uninsured individuals.

Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas
Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas

Visit: mhasck.org

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COMPEER for Children: A child and adult volunteer are matched in a one-to-one mentoring relationship in either a community or lunch buddy school-based match. Mentors provide positive role modeling, encouragement and academic support.

Mid-Kansas Senior Outreach: Community members are trained to identify and refer at-risk seniors age 60 and over. MKSO coordinates care and in-home behavioral health services to ensure these vulnerable older adults have the ability to live independently and safely.

Pathways: This is a support group and substance abuse prevention program for children in middle and high school who live in environments at risk for drug or alcohol abuse.

Senior Companion: This service allows disabled elderly individuals to remain living independently in their homes. Senior Companions, age 55 and over, assist the homebound persons and their families with respite care, in-home assistance and friendship. They offer socialization, while helping improve the physical and mental health of older, isolated adults.

The Pando Initiative (formerly Communities In Schools of Wichita/Sedgwick County)
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Visit: thepandoinitiative.org

Formerly Communities in Schools of Wichita/Sedgwick County.

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School Sites: Needed community resources are connected with schools to help young people successfully learn, stay in school and prepare for life.

Rainbows United
rainbows

Visit: rainbowsunited.org

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Developmental Assessments and Evaluations: An evaluation is given to determine a child’s level of functioning in multiple developmental stages, as well as the family’s eligibility for early intervention services. Assessments are also used to determine children’s progress and individualize services.

Quality Specialized Child Care: Supervision, individualized and group activities are provided for youth ages 0-21 identified as having mental retardation, challenging behavior or a developmental disability. The care takes place in a licensed center or family home.

Targeted Case Management: Comprehensive and coordinated resources are offered to help families of youth age 0-21 who have a developmental disability to access medical, social, educational and other needed services.

Rise Up for Youth

Caring Ladies Assisting Students Succeed: CLASS mentors high school girls burdened with adult responsibilities to commit to their education. CLASS promotes positive self-esteem, character building, and academic success by conducting weekly sessions at the school sites, group mentoring, one-on-one mentoring, monthly workshops open to all CLASS participants, college visits, community service projects, empowerment retreats, job interview skills and workplace preparation. These activities cultivate and instill the program's core values: academic achievement, integrity, caring, and teamwork. CLASS works with students to get the academic support they need to be successful. CLASS also focuses on the mind, body and spirit by teaching the young ladies the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices in order to live their best life.

Do You Want to Live or Die:  DYWTLOD mentors male high school students who feel marginalized, lack direction and are burdened with adult responsibilities to commit to their education. DYWTLOD promotes positive self-esteem, character building and academic success by conducting weekly sessions at the school sites, group mentoring, one-on-one mentoring, monthly workshops open to all DYWTLOD participants, college visits, community service projects, empowerment retreats, job interview skills, and workplace preparation. DYWTLOD works with students to get the academic support they need to be successful.

The Salvation Army
Salvation Army

Visit: centralusa.salvationarmy.org/wichita

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Emergency Social Services: Assistance is given for basic needs to low-income and poverty-level families and individuals on an emergency basis.

Homeless Services: Up to 42 beds are available for emergency and transitional housing, designed to provide both short and long-term shelter for families and single women who are in crisis and lack other resources. It also helps clients reduce barriers to living independently by improving their financial stability, increasing their daily living skills and securing and maintaining permanent housing.

Senior Services, Inc. of Wichita

Visit: seniorservicesofwichita.org

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In-home Respite Care: This service provides trained workers to go into homes and take care of elderly dependents so the primary caregivers can have time for themselves.

Meals on Wheels: Volunteers deliver nutritious lunches to homebound seniors five days a week. For the most frail, meals are delivered every day.

Roving Pantry: Grocery shopping and delivery services are offered to homebound seniors who have no one to shop for them.

Senior Centers: People over 55 can gather for educational, recreational, social and health-related activities at the centers.

StepStone

Direct Client Services: Transitional housing and support services are available for women and children who are survivors of domestic violence. StepStone owns 15 single family homes which are rented to families for up to two years. They also work with area landlords to serve another five families in housing. Outreach services include advocacy, counseling for the women and children, support groups, life skills training and goal setting.

Sunlight Children’s Advocacy & Rights Foundation (SCARF)
SCARF

Visit: scarfks.org

Child Advocacy Center in Butler County: The center is a neutral, child-friendly facility where forensic interviews and services for abused children are provided. Representatives from many disciplines (law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical health, etc.) work together to make team decisions about the investigation, treatment, management and prosecution of child abuse cases.

Sunshine Children’s Home: This home is scheduled to open in late 2014 and will be a safe and secure facility, providing temporary emergency shelter for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. It will also provide respite care for families in need of those services.

Tri-County CASA

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children: Court-Appointed Special Advocates are a group of trained volunteers who provide assistance for abused and neglected children by supporting their cases in the judicial process. They offer an independent view of what is in their best interests for a permanent home, in order to prevent childhoods spent in foster homes.

United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas
United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas

Visit: ucpks.org

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Adult Day Program: Educational, therapeutic and day care services are offered for adults with a variety of moderate to severe disabilities.

Business Fundamentals for Youth with Disabilities: Provides high school students with disabilities the opportunity to acquire computer skills validated by industry-recognized certifications that can be the foundation for successful employment. Students can obtain Microsoft Office Specialist certifications in Microsoft Word 2010 and Excel 2010 with high school credit for successful completion of the program. 

Community Service Assistive Technology: Information and referrals relating to physical and neurological disabilities are provided through this service. Families are also helped in purchasing various kinds of equipment or assistive technology, in addition to providing custom seating systems for wheelchair users.

Independent Living Support: This program provides physical therapy, transportation, admissions and program quality assurance for disabled individuals residing at the Timbers, an independent living complex.

United Methodist Open Door
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Visit: umopendoor.org

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Community Food Ministry: A nutritionally-calculated food box is supplied for poverty-level households.

Homeless Resource Center: Homeless individuals are assisted in finding community resources and given a safe and secure day shelter from the elements.

Vision Quest: This support program is designed to help families with children prevent or break the cycle of poverty and prevent homelessness.

Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center

Crisis Counseling: A 24-hour hotline and crisis intervention assistance is available for people experiencing sexual abuse and violence, as well as to their family and friends.

Public Education: Presentations are given to the community on topics of sexual violence. They are offered for those age three and up.

Therapeutic Services for Children: Individual therapy for children and parents is available following sexual abuse.

Wichita Children’s Home
Wichita Childrens Home

Visit: wch.org

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BRIDGES Independent Living: Housing, counseling and education is offered to youth ages 16-22, many of whom are parents.

Emergency Foster Care: To meet the needs of children in crisis, the Wichita Children's Home depends on caring foster families (more recently known as Resource Families) in the community to provide assistance. The program arranges foster care homes for children admitted through police protective custody.

Emergency Residential Care: The Wichita Children’s Home provides the only emergency temporary residential shelter for children in the community. The home is open 24/7 and serves children from birth to 18 years of age; children can be admitted by parents, law enforcement, social workers and sometimes themselves. The program also arranges foster care homes for children admitted through police protective custody.

Street Outreach Services (SOS): Resources for homeless and at risk youth on the street. Basic survival supplies, crisis intervention, support and community resource connections are offered through basic case management.

Wichita Women’s Initiative Network
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Visit: wichitawin.org

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WIN: WIN is a welfare-to-work program that serves women in poverty whose entry into the workforce is frustrated by the effects of abuse, past addiction or homelessness. The women receive job training in an employment setting while attending school for the purpose of obtaining additional job skills. The goals are to help each woman avoid abusive relationships and increase her employability.

YMCA, Greater Wichita

Child Care and Camping: The YMCA is the largest licensed provider in Sedgwick and Butler Counties offering quality, affordable and accessible child care, early education, before and after-school programs, school day out programs and summer camp in over 55 locations which are state and nationally accredited. To provide access to low-income families, scholarships, a sliding-fee scale and community partnerships are available.

Middle School After School: A safe and supervised environment is provided after school that supports and offers extended educational, enrichment and recreational activities for youth in grades 6-8 from 18 area middle schools.

Y SOAR (Summer of Awesome Reading): The summer learning loss program includes high quality enrichment activities that are intentionally aligned to the academic literacy lessons during the tutorial session. YSOAR provides literacy education, character development, moderate to intense physical activity, field trips, family events, daily nutrition education and meals/snacks. Newly funded program in 2016.

Other Funded Programs

United Way 2-1-1 of Kansas
United Way Give Items of Value (GIV)
United Way Volunteer Center
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Disaster Services

Collective Impact Initiatives and Special Projects

Be there! School Attendance Initiative
Partners include USD 259 - Wichita Public Schools and The Pando Initiative. More info.

Community Projects
Collaborations with Greater Wichita Partnership, the Wichita Eagle and other organizations.

Free Income Tax Preparation Program
Partners with the Building Economic Stability Together (BE$T) Coalition of South Central Kansas, City of Wichita and IRS. Primarily supported by a federal grant. More info.

Homeward Bound
United Way coordinates the Wichita-Sedgwick County Continuum of Care, a homeless coalition of 60+ partners. Primarily supported by a federal grant. More info.

Operation Immunization
Partnership with KU School of Pharmacy to distribute free flu shots.

PACES
Partnership with Workforce Centers of South Central Kansas to create job training.

Women United® Read to Succeed Initiative
Partners with USD 259 - Wichita Public Schools. Primarily supported by corporate sponsors. More info.