How to Help with the Linwood/Lawrence Tornado Recovery

Cindy Busick

An Update on Current Recovery Needs

The Lawrence emergency shelter was closed today (5/30/2019) and there is a big team of Red Cross and County Emergency Management volunteers on-site helping people get back into their homes and get temporary housing when needed.

Volunteering:

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People interested in volunteering should call 211 – We are working with the County Emergency Management system to place local volunteers.

The Red Cross does not need additional volunteers at this time. Those interested in helping in disasters in the future should sign up to do the Red Cross orientation, and after they complete training they can be on a list to be called to help in the future.

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To join the Red Cross Volunteers please visit https://www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer.html

Giving:

Only monetary donations are being accepted. To donate to the cause please visit https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation.html/

THANK YOU!

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The 2018 Year End Report

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United Way Benefits Anderson & Franklin Counties

It is estimated that United Way of Franklin County provided a $376,763 benefit to the community in 2018.

United Way of Franklin County is proud to report that the organization successfully worked with its 18       member agencies to provide a little over 10,000 residents in need in Franklin County and 1,700 residents in need in Anderson County with vital human services.   According to the Census, Franklin County’s overall population is about 26,000 people and Anderson County has about 13,000 people. Therefore, the United Way helped approximately 38% of the Franklin County population and 13%  of the Anderson County population in 2018.

United Way of Franklin County recruited 690 volunteers who leveraged 6,141 hours of community service in 2018. The estimated value of volunteer time for 2018 was $24.69 per hour, according to Independent Sector, a coalition of charities, foundations, corporations, and individuals that publishes research important to the nonprofit sector. Therefore, in 2018, the volunteers of the United Way of Franklin County helped benefit Franklin County by providing an estimated $151,622 worth of volunteer services.

In 2018 United Way facilitated the Fill the Bus school supply drive, lead a fundraising campaign and hosted several fundraising events. In addition, United Way drove several grant-funded initiatives. Dollars and in-kind donations raised by these activities totaled $225,141.

Board Leadership Leads to Success

UWFCA is fully supported by a volunteer Executive Board of 13 members and a volunteer Corporate Board of 19 members.

These board members are deeply involved and they provide organizational oversight while working alongside UWFCA staff and volunteers in order to help meet all operational and fundraising needs.

While the Executive board makes all financial & operational decisions. The Corporate Board supports the recruitment of volunteers and serves as agency advisers.

Volunteerism Makes a Difference!

With the assistance of the Department of Education and the Kansas Volunteer Commission, United Way continued to expand its skilled volunteer program to include a Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Mentoring/Tutoring Program known as the STEM United Youth Project. Since the program’s start in June of 2015, over 200 individuals have stepped up to mentor in Franklin County. Those individuals have helped provide STEM educational curriculum and hands-on learning activities to 342 youth in 2015, 461 youth in 2016, 574 youth in 2017 and 368 youth in 2018.

United Way is fortunate to have been granted new funding by the Ottawa CO-OP to continue the STEM United Youth  Project in 2018. In addition, The Kansas Volunteer Commission selected United Way to help lead the growth of ECKAN’s Volunteer Center in 2018 and absorb the center in 2019. Therefore, the United Way’s focus in 2019 will be to effectively address community needs by actively seeking out and recruiting more specialized volunteers.

Thank You for Your Support!

    United Way truly appreciates the generosity and support of the Franklin County community. The dedication from United Way’s boards, volunteers, member agencies, corporate partners, small business partners, donors, and grantors made 2018 a huge success!

 

 

 

The I.Q. Throw Down March Madness-style brackets are in!

The live game show will be held at 7:00 pm on April 12th at the Ottawa Municipal Auditorium in Ottawa, KS… Join us!

Admission Prices Will Vary:

General Admission– A suggested donation of $5

Student Admission– A suggested donation of $3

Box Seating– fully catered box seats with free drinks and snacks are available for businesses, organizations or individuals willing to RSVP and donate at a sponsorship level-

Brackets: Teams have been organized on March Madness-style brackets in advance of the Game Show. The brackets are posted here on our website. Audience members will be encouraged to fill them out and submit them at the event for a suggested donation of $10 per bracket. ALL BRACKETS MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE THE GAME SHOW BEGINS @ 7:00 p.m. The bracket winner will receive an award of $50 in Ottawa Chamber Currency!

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FRANKLIN COUNTY NEEDS RED CROSS TRAINED VOLUNTEERS!!!

Dear Franklin County Volunteers,

The United Way of Franklin County is coordinating a Red Cross training to prepare local resident volunteers for various situations that arise in our community.
We specifically need trained volunteers for fire calls (the volunteer who shows up at a house fire to provide items to help secure lodging and get basic necessities to the family who has just lost their home); We need trained volunteers for medical, physical, and spiritual help in case of a natural disaster where Franklin County would need to put up a temporary shelter; We need trained volunteers for warming centers during power outages on very cold days; we need volunteers to help run our Temporary Emergency Shelters for local homeless families when the weather is life-threatening. All of these possible volunteer opportunities require a Red Cross certification. Are you, or someone you know, willing to take this training?
If you would like to be part of the solution to these community needs, shoot me an email by Tuesday, February 19th. The Red Cross just needs us to confirm that there is a community interest. Once we have a count of how many people might be willing to help, we will coordinate the training for the best time that works for those who are interested.
Leigh Hanson
Volunteer Coordinator
United Way of Franklin County434 South Main St./P.O. Box 233

Ottawa, KS 66067

Leigh’s Cell: 913.226.8607
Executive Director Meg Pearson’s Cell: 816.529.8959