United Way and Franklin County Kids Need You!

Hello friends and United Way Supporters!  United Way invites you to help hundreds of Franklin County kids in need as they prepare for the school year!  
When: August 5th – August 13th.
Where: Ottawa Wal-Mart  Supercenter 
2101 South Princeton Street

Ottawa, KS 66067

What: The United Way/Wal-Mart Fill the Bus Initiative  

How you Can Help:  We are asking you to volunteer for a two hour shift in order help pass out school supply lists to Wal-Mart shoppers. 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 Franklin County by United Way Member Agencies: ECKAN and Communities in Schools of Ottawa . 
Please sign-up for a short volunteer shift today: Simply follow this link and put your phone number, email and name into the time slot that works best for you… 
Thank you for making life better for a child in our community!

A plea on behalf of your Franklin County neighbors- SHARE THIS!

Many people in our community turn to United Way and its 17 Member Agencies https://unitedwayoffranklinco.org/united-way-member-agencies/ for help when they need it most! Please help our community thrive by giving to vital programs that give “a leg up” when our friends, family and neighbors need services.

In 2015 your donation impacted 11,300 Franklin County residents by helping United Way and its Member Agencies promote healthy lifestyles, improve local education and help Franklin County residents achieve financial stability and overcome food insecurity.

Together we are making a difference! To join us in our efforts, please click on this link and make a donation: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=HAQ9DKPE9UVWE

One good example of our many services can be fournd here: https://vimeo.com/103439891

On behalf of your Franklin County neighbors who may find themselves in an uncomfortable place where they need help… THANK YOU!

Kindest regards,

Meg Pearson
United Way of Franklin County
434 South Main Street
P.O. Box 233
Ottawa, KS 66067
Work: (785) 418-2015
Cell: (816) 529-8959

United Way & How We Work

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The United Way of Franklin County is the leadership and support organization for a network of 17 member agencies https://unitedwayoffranklinco.org/united-way-member-agencies/.


In addition to serving the local community by acting as a central fundraising and volunteer recruitment resource for nonprofit agencies that make a difference in people’s lives… Our Mission is to identify and effectively address community needs by mobilizing businesses, organizations and individuals like you…
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The 2016 Sumo Event Raised $14,000!

This week was National Volunteer Week! Therefore, United Way would like to send out a big, big, BIG thank you to the many, many volunteers who made the Sumo Wrestling Invitational a HUGE success.

HAPPY VOLUNTEER WEEK! You truly made a difference Sumo wrestlers (see attachment), Sumo Champion John Buckman from Wal-Mart D.C., Ottawa University Lady Braves, Coach Bruce Tate, Nick Couzin & Griffin Hughes w/ KUJH-TV, Dave Edwards w/ KOFO, Hunter Collins and the OXD guys, the Ottawa University Dance Team, singer Ashlyn Tomeczek, actor Aaron Harshaw, https://unitedwayoffranklinco.org/executive-board/https://unitedwayoffranklinco.org/corporate-board/ , the Member Agency concession stand workers, Brandon Bedell, Cathy Hinderliter, Misty Kems, Cindy Novinger, Nell King, Terry Chartier, Glora Mathews, Donyell Wolfe, Gayla Wilkins, and Kristin Hough!

With your help and the help of our many sponsors and supporters we raised $14,000!

The Brackets are in…. Who will the 2016 Sumo Champion be?


6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Wilson Field House at Ottawa University
Ottawa, KS 66067

Tickets sold at the door:
· Child and student admission: $1.00 per person
· General admission: $5.00 per person
· Floor seats (front rows): $10 per person
· Box seats: $25 per person (box seats will include free snacks, drinks and a personal attendant)

Sumo Bracket Rules-
1. Hit print on this page- to get the March Madness style brackets!

2. Complete the bracket sheet- try to predict the winners, fill in the time for the tie breaker and add your name and phone number.

3. Brackets will be available to the public on April 15th and must be turned in at the event, April 15th before the first match.

4. You may submit up to five brackets per person at the event– donations appreciated!!!!!

5. All brackets must be turned in prior to the first match (at the event between 5:30 and when the first match begins) and NO brackets will be accepted after the first match has begun!!!!

6. An award of $200 in Ottawa Chamber bucks will be given to the person with the most accurate bracket.

Meg Pearson
United Way of Franklin County
434 South Main Street
P.O. Box 233
Ottawa, KS 66067
Work: (785) 418-2015

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