2016 Sumo Wrestling Invitational


 Franklin County’s third annual Sumo Wrestling Invitational on April 15th!

When and Where: The 2016 Sumo Wrestling Invitational will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on April 15, in the Wilson Field House at Ottawa University

How the Event Works: The Sumo Wrestling Invitational is about strengthening our community and having fun with coworkers, friends, family, neighbors and colleagues. United Way challenges its corporate partners, member agencies, churches and civic groups to find a volunteer, co-worker or organizational leader willing to represent them in a Sumo Wrestling match. Once identified, these “Sumo Wrestling Champions” will compete against other representatives from challenging companies and organizations.

Everyone in the community is encouraged to attend and cheer on the brave wrestlers at the event on April 15th!

  • Student admission: $1.00 a person
  • General admission: $5.00 a person
  • Floor seats (front row): $10 a person
  • Box seats at Wilson Field House: $25 a person (Box seats will be in the front row, will include free snacks and drinks, as well as a personal attendant)

For the audience’s entertainment, March Madness style brackets listing all the competitors will be created and posted here on our website, printed in the Ottawa Herald and distributed by participating organizations. The brackets will include participant and organizational names of the Sumo Wrestling Champions. The brackets must be turned in before the first two wrestlers compete on April 15th (donations to participate are encouraged).  The person with the most accurate bracket will win $200 in Ottawa Chamber bucks from the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. 

Why a Sumo Wrestling Event: Money raised during this event will be used to help improve the lives of Franklin County residents by supporting the services provided by United Way and its member agencies.

United Way of Franklin County’s 2016 member agencies include the American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, CASA, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Communities In Schools, ECKAN, Elizabeth Layton Center, Habitat for Humanity, Hope House, LifeCare Center for Women, Mid-America Nutrition Program Inc. (Meals on Wheels), Midland Care Hospice, tiny-k Early Intervention (Ottawa/Wellsville Infant Toddler), Ottawa Recreation Foundation’s Summer Camp Program, Ottawa Community Arts Council’s youth OYAA program, United Cerebral Palsy and The Willow Domestic Violence Center.

Please join us!  For more information please email united.way.of.franklin.co@gmail.com or call (785) 418-2015

Who Wants Pancakes!

Eat pancakes and support Hope House!

What: Pancake breakfast to help Hope House provide enough food to our community over the challenging Holiday season!

Where: Applebee’s on 2340 S. Oak St in Ottawa, KS

When: January 2, 2016 from 8:00 to 10:00 AM

How it helps: Coffee, orange juice, and pancakes have been donated by Applebee’s- You simply bring a canned or boxed food item to the event and make a donation of $5.00 (or more) per plate! All proceeds and food will be donated to Hope House to help provide meals to families in need and keep our food pantry stocked over the coldest and most difficult months!



Raise Money For United Way By Browsing The Internet


With the Holiday Season fast approaching, there is a good chance that you will be doing a lot of online searching during the next few months… Well, we have some great news for you!    You can raise money for United Way by simply searching for and buying items online!

By using GoodSearch.com instead of search engines like Google, Bing and Ask.com, United Way of Franklin County will generate revenue and be able to help more people!   Please follow the directions below and take a minute to watch the informational video on how to get started:  http://www.goodsearch.com/getstarted.aspx?viewType=RV

It is important to note that you must select “United Way of Franklin County Association” (try this direct link: https://www.goodsearch.com/nonprofit/united-way-franklin-county-association.aspx) before you begin to use this search engine.  You only have to select it one time and then your computer will automatically save your selection (if you switch computers please remember to select us again before searching on GoodSearch).  After you have selected us, a portion of GoodSearch’s ad revenue will be donated to us from every GoodSearch search you make!!  Cool right?  Thank you for investing in our community in every way possible!

Don’t forget to tell all of your friends about this amazing way to help a great cause!

Marty McFly and Doc Brown Would Be Proud of Us!

In Honor of “Back to the Future Day” United Way of Franklin County would like to remember how far United Way has come over the years!


United Way was first Established 125 years ago, when Frances Wisebart Jacobs had a vision to start what would become the first United Way. Her group of church and community leaders coordinated services and fundraising for 22 agencies in Denver, Colorado during their first year!

In the picture below is an United Way Campaign Kick Off Event from October 1985! Did you know that United Way of Franklin County just had its 2016 Campaign Kickoff at the beginning of October?    In the picture, each United Way member is holding a pumpkin with the amount of money they were hoping to raise for that year.

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Today, United Way of Franklin County has 17 Member Agencies

with Campaign goal of $170,000 for the 2016 year!

….Now THAT is something the Doc and Marty would be proud of if they came to the “future” today!

Please help us reach our goal by donating today:  click here to go to our PayPal donation website!

Would You Like To Volunteer?

UWFCA is always looking for volunteers to support our Member Agencies.  

Here are some examples of volunteer opportunities available:


  • American Red Cross – Donate Blood, Disaster Action Team Member, Disaster Health Services Volunteer, Disaster Work Force Respondent, Building Maintenance
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters –  Inspire young people to succeed by mentoring through a one-one-one match during the school day.
  • CASA –  Advocate to assist in a child’s court proceedings.
  • Communities In Schools – Tutoring: Help children and/or youth with homework or a specific school subject. Skilled volunteering:Bring your skills to the table to help Communities In Schools be successful. Program volunteering:Say “yes” to helping with one-time programs. Other mentoring opportunities:mentor children and/or youth through programs such as Boys Club or Girls Club.
  • ECKAN – The ECKAN Ottawa Volunteer Center inspires, equips, and mobilizes people to take action and change their community for the better.
  • Habitat For Humanity – Making a lunch for our workers on the construction site, help organize or staff a fund raising event,  take pictures at our events and work days , serve on a committee, help us find our next partner family, write something for our newsletter, be part of the construction committee, help us locate and coordinate our volunteers for the work days, help the office (filing, returning phone calls, making copies, paying bills, etc.)
  • Hope House -Hope house is constantly in need of volunteers to assist in a variety of different activities.
  • LifeCare Center – Help is needed in countless ways. Some serve directly with women and men who come to our center for help; many more serve behind the scenes. All make a difference for our clients’ ability to choose life for their unborn child.
  • Mid-American Nutrition Program (Meals On Wheels) – Meal delivery drivers are always needed, you can also help in the office with tasks such as folding flyers, packing envelopes, or cutting other media products or promotions to be sent or displayed.
  • Midland Care Hospice – As a volunteer at Midland Care, you will have many opportunities to listen, run an errand, make a bouquet, give a speech, bake cookies, tell a story, help a child, dry a tear, provide vigil care, be a companion, work in an office, play the piano, create memories and be a part of a team.
  • Willow Domestic Violence Center – Non-direct service volunteers: help with special events, office assistance, community education, and marketing, need 6 hours of training. Direct service volunteers:  includes shelter advocates, court advocates, and children’s program advocates,