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2015 United Way Campaign Materials


Campaign dates: September 25 - October 16, 2015

Message from Chad VanAhnen, Executive Director, Johnson County Developmental Supports, your 2015 United Way Campaign Chair:

I am continually amazed at the generosity of Johnson County Government employees. Time after time, you have stepped up to help our community and make a difference in the lives of those in need.

That’s why I’m excited to serve as the chair for this year’s Johnson County Government United Way Campaign, which will be held from September 25 through October 17, 2015. United Way holds a unique position in our community, with the ability to identify the most pressing needs facing the families of Greater Kansas City and then bring together the most effective people and resources to address those needs and improve lives.

I am proud to personally support United Way, and I hope you will choose to make a pledge to this great organization as well. A gift of just $4 per week will send a free book every month for a year to seven young children in low-income neighborhoods through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. It can provide five CPR kits or 13 HIV test kits for health clinics, or buy 13 smoke detectors for low-income homes.

An investment of $24 a week will allow United Way’s Veterans Navigator to provide intensive, one-on-one support for 15 Kansas City area veterans who need help with housing, employment and medical care. It can buy coats, hats, scarves, mittens and toys for nearly 150 children who live in poverty, or assist six families with utility assistance.

There are so many unmet needs in our community – and so many of you who are willing to help. Please consider making a donation to this year’s United Way Campaign – together we can make a tremendous difference in the lives of so many. Please join me, and thousands of others throughout Greater Kansas City as we come together to help our community once again.

As we get closer to the start of our campaign, I’ll be sending out more information about the many benefits United Way services provide to those in need, and how you can join other Johnson County Government employees as we try to reach our fundraising goal of $125,000.

Thank you for your continued support.

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2015 United Way of Greater Kansas City Campaign Video:

What’s been happening with the donation you so generously made to last year’s United Way campaign? 
  • More than 1,300 children from birth to age 5 throughout the metro area received a free, age-appropriate book every month through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, sponsored by United Way. That means those young children are learning to love reading, which is the key to their future academic success. For example,  4-year-old Katelyn eagerly waits each month for the day her book will be delivered to her house.
  • 721 formerly homeless people were successfully moved into transitional or permanent housing, and 11,336 low-income households were able to avoid homelessness, thanks to United Way’s Family Stability Initiative and the programs at many of the partner agencies we help fund. Because of this initiative,  Tina and her son, Ryan are on the road to a more financially secure future.
  • More than 1,200 youth were connected to job internships or employment and more than 10,000 young adults gained greater financial literacy skills, thanks to United Way’s Financial Opportunity Center Network and Decade of Difference initiatives and dozens of proven programs at our partner agencies. Ricky is one of those young adults – he has now found a better job and has a plan for paying off his college loans.