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!