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2017 United Way Campaign - October 13th > November 3rd


Message from Penny Postoak Ferguson & Tiffany Hentschel, Co-chairs, 2017 United Way Campaign:

Live Local. Give Local.

Each day, the work you do as an employee of Johnson County Government helps shape lives in this community. Our work contributes to the civic pride felt by many across the metro.

Today we're asking you to show your love for the region by investing in our United Way campaign. The United Way of Greater Kansas City has a clear, powerful mission-to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of the metro. But United Way can't achieve this goal without the support of the region.

One donation-your donation-benefits all of Kansas City. And it benefits people throughout their lives, at the times they need help the most. United Way initiatives provide support for healthy babies, early childhood education, and prepare young people for healthy, productive lives and careers. The work of United Way covers it all.

We invite you to "Live Local. Give Local." this year and make a donation to the United Way campaign.

Together we can improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of Johnson County Government.

We are confident that we can reach our goal of $117,000 and an increase in per capita donors in this year's campaign.

To sweeten the deal, Penny, along with assistant county managers Maury Thompson and Joe Waters, have agreed to a friendly competition to increase the number of participants from Johnson County Government.

The division with the most per capita increase in donors-not donations-will win County Manager Hannes Zacharias for a day. What does that mean? We'll leave it to the divisions to decide.

Thank you for your support of our campaign and for helping to make the United Way of Greater Kansas City stronger.

Live Local. Give Local.

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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.