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


Thank You for Helping A Local Ottawa Couple Stay Warm and Get Healthy!

Hello Franklin County Friends and neighbors… Last week, we had an unfortunate situation in our community where an elderly couple who live in the country on a fixed income encountered a medical crisis that left them unable to pay the bill for their propane tank to be refilled.

Traditionally, we have some grant funding to help cover things like utility bills but those funds could not be used for propane tank refills.  Therefore, we asked EVERYONE we know to chip in and help this couple while they recover from their medical challenges.

Our goal was to raise $600. Thanks to you and other caring community members… we met that goal this afternoon. 

Thank you for your generosity!

United Way Chamber Coffee 2019 Campaign Kick-off Event

Join Us for a Cup of Jo!


When:   Sept. 28th from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.


   Where:  Bank Midwest at 434 S. Main Street Ottawa, KS 

What: United Way is excited to invite you to our Chamber Coffee 2019 Campaign Kick-off Event.


What do you usually spend on your morning coffee?

We challenge you to donate that amount to

United Way during the event!


We would like to thank the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Mug Shot Coffee and Bank Midwest for sponsoring this event!


Estate Moving Auction Sale to Benefit United Way of Franklin County Raised $8,000 on July 28th!

    Ottawa, KS- We would like to thank all of the volunteers, historic home tourists and auction attendees who participated in our Estate Moving Auction Sale fundraising event on July 28th! With your participation and the donations from Tommy Kitchens and Ottawa University, United Way successfully raised $8,000 to help provide vital human services in Franklin County!

    On July 28th, for a suggested donation of $3 a person, about 70 people toured the famous red brick home with a turret located at 718 South Cedar Street in Ottawa, KS 

    In addition, about 80 people attended the Estate Moving Auction Sale and were able to pick up some wonderful collectible items from the sale (for a list of items sold, please see the sale bill below)


When: July 28th from 9:00 to close

Where: 718 South Cedar Street Ottawa KS 66067

Who: Tommy Kitchens and Ottawa University hosted this auction to benefit United Way of Franklin County

What: All proceeds from the tours and live auction were donated to United Way of Franklin County in order to help provide vital, direct human services to those in need in Franklin County, KS.

To view some of the Auction Items and a few pictures of the famous home please visit:


Thank you to those of you who helped us make this event a success by attending and by passing this information on to other United Way supporters and friends- People like you make our community a better place!


Help Fill the Bus During United Way’s School Supply Drive!


How You Can Help:  The goal is to “Fill the Bus” with all of the things our community’s most vulnerable will need this school year (school supplies, clothing, healthy snack foods, shoes, coats, hygiene products and other necessary items). NOTE: All of the items donated during Fill the Bus will be distributed to youth in Anderson and Franklin County by ECKAN. In addition some of the materials will be given to Communities in Schools who will then help kids in USD 290 with supplies and needs throughout the school year. 

Fill the bus supply lists.docx –

Thank you for making life better for a child in our community!