Human Services

United Way of Wyandotte County

  • Kansas City, KS
  • www.unitedway-wyco.org

Mission Statement

United Way of Wyandotte County mission is to increase the community's understanding of human needs and to mobilize resources to meet those needs.

Main Programs

  1. Fund Distribution
  2. YouthBuild KCK
  3. Volunteer Center
  4. Project SPARK
  5. RSVP
Service Areas

Self-reported

Kansas

KS - Wyandotte County

ruling year

1959

Principal Officer since 2004

Self-reported

Mr. Wendell E. Maddox

Keywords

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United Way, United Way Wy Co, Wyandotte County United Way, Wy Co United Way, United Way KCK, United Way of Kansas City, Kansas

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EIN

48-0636601

 Number

0792842376

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Raising & Fund Distribution (Pun)

Raising & Fund Distribution (Sun)

ntarism Promotion (Tol)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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United Way of Wyandotte County (UWWC) works to impact the Wyandotte County community by fostering leadership, engaging partnerships and mobilizing resources. Currently, we are in the middle of our 2014-2017 funding cycle. In the coming year, we will expand our level of collaboration with community partners, identify high-impact strategies that achieve community-wide outcomes, and improve our communications with stakeholders. Over the last year we were awarded grants from the Department of Labor to continue our YouthBuild program and from the Corporation for National and Community Service to continue our RSVP program. Over the next year we look forward to our Health and Quality of Life Initiative as well as our Meeting Basic Needs Initiative surfacing unmet needs in our community so we can leverage our financial resources to bring additional dollars into Wyandotte County for expanded or new programming that will help the most vulnerable among us.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Fund Distribution

This program allocates resources to 51 programs at the United Way of Wyandotte County and our 38 different partner agencies. Services target goals within our Community Impact Plan which includes three main areas: meeting basic needs, nurturing children and families, promoting health and quality of life. Community volunteers determine needs and recommend funding based on program quality, agency capacity, and align with the priorities in our Community Impact Plan. In addition to distributing funds raised by the annual campaign, United Way of Wyandotte County also administers over $165,000 for emergency food, shelter, and utilities.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$1,322,219.00

Program 2

YouthBuild KCK

YouthBuild KCK is a UWWC program designed to provide at-risk residents ages 16-24 with a track to a better future. Trainees work towards attaining a high school diploma or GED, on the job training and construction industry certifications as a pathway to full employment and/or post-secondary education. The program is primarily funded (80%) by a Department of Labor grant and is an AmeriCorps program allowing trainees the opportunity to perform community service.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$769,000.00

Program 3

Volunteer Center

The Volunteer Center at UWWC helps more than 2,000 individuals, families, corporate and community groups connect to volunteer opportunities at more than 75 community organizations annually. Volunteers of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds are mobilized to feed the homeless, serve seniors, protect the environment, mentor youth and change our community for the better. Volunteerism is promoted through recruitment programs, public relations, recognition and a database of volunteer opportunities online. The Volunteer Center provides support to community nonprofits on volunteer management and training, and hosts a monthly Volunteer Manager's Roundtable to discuss industry trends and issues. The Volunteer Center is also involved in local community outreach committees that organize hundreds of volunteers for special projects such as the Back to School Fair, Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and Mayor's Holiday Lighting Ceremony.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$350,000.00

Program 4

Project SPARK

Project SPARK (Successful Partnerships to Assure Readiness for Kindergarten) is a partnership between the Kansas City Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS), and 5 community not-for profit organizations including UWWC. This partnership serves the eastern and southern half of Kansas City, KS. The population served includes children ages zero to five, with an emphasis on children that are not currently receiving services. The purpose of this program is to: 1) increase the number of children receiving high quality early childhood education, 2) increase the quality of the early learning environment, 3) identify young at-risk children and families needing health services, 4) strengthen relationships schools and partners have with families and 5) increase the literacy skills of parents and other family members. Project SPARK is currently serving 489 children 0-5 years old, and 29 classrooms. 168 of these children and 17 classrooms in community child care are supported by the United Way of Wyandotte County.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Budget

Program 5

RSVP

The Wyandotte County RSVP is a federally funded program receiving approximately 61% ($61,246 in 2014) of its funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service. RSVP connects skilled people 55 years old and older with community organizations needing their experience. Volunteers assist community agencies through mentoring, tutoring, providing services to homebound seniors, and assisting in management and operations of various social service programs.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Kansas

KS - Wyandotte County

Funding Needs

The work of United Way of Wyandotte County is dependent upon the partnerships we build with volunteers, donors, agencies, and community leaders. In order to achieve our mission, we are continuously looking for volunteer leaders interested in serving their community, organizations who would like to join us in partnerships, and in-kind and monetary donations. A great deal of our work is based on community-wide research. As such, we are always searching for new data that illustrates the needs in our community.

Accreditations

Affiliations + Memberships

United Way Member Agency

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UNITED WAY OF WYANDOTTE COUNTY
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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United Way of Wyandotte County

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Wendell E. Maddox

BIO

Wendell E. Maddox, Jr. joined the staff of United Way of Wyandotte County as the Director of Agency Relations/Allocations in January of 2000. Previously, Mr. Maddox worked in the nonprofit sector for Turner House (a local nonprofit), and the Humane Society of the United States. Wendell's passion for youth and economic development in Wyandotte County drove him to lead the securing of the first HUD YouthBuild KCK Grant in Kansas City. Additionally, his commitment to early education and civic engagement brought both Project SPARK and KCK Study Circles under the UWWC umbrella. UWWC is unique in providing long-term commitments and leadership structures for new and innovative programs. Wendell was lead staff during the Alliance of Greater Kansas City Regional Investment Council from 2004-2006. United Ways in Kansas City have, over the past six years, focused more on funding programs with the best outcomes for our community-- Wendell's leadership was critical to this transition. In 2009 his leadership and passion for education was recognized with his election to the Kansas City Kansas Community College Board of Trustees and was re-elected for a second term in 2013.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The United Way of Wyandotte County has a long and proud history. But our attention is on current needs and on our vision for the future. In November 2007, we completed phase one of a five-year Community Investment Plan. This agency-led process identified the areas of greatest need and set priorities for future efforts. Agencies seeking funding are now asked to demonstrate how their programs fit with the community-level goals in the plan. In 2008 we have started phase two, we are identifying the opportunities and strategies for greatest impact in these goal areas, helping us to mobilize all of our resources appropriately. These resources include not just the funds contributed by donors but also the leadership and advocacy strengths of the organization, as well as the strong relationships we have with key stakeholders. Where a need is uncovered that is going unmet by other agencies, we are prepared to supplement with grant funded initiatives of our own. We have done this in the areas of youth development with YouthBuild KCK; volunteerism with our RSVP program and Volunteer Center; early education in the case of Tri-County Smart Start; and community engagement with KCK Study Circles. The result has been some of the most effective and important work we do. Our strength lies in our partnerships with social service agencies, governmen­tal authorities, business owners, organized labor, and the faith community. We have the opportunity to make a greater long-term impact by bringing these stakeholders together to identify opportunities, set priorities, align efforts, and fill gaps. It is our hope that by mobilizing greater resources and services, we can reduce and possibly eliminate the need for some of those now caught in the cycle of poverty. With our children achieving great things in and out of their schools, growing retail and housing opportunities, and more efficient and effective government in Wyandotte County, we are in a great place. But signifcant challenges remain. We hope you will help us meet them."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Cherilee Walker

Kansas City Kansas Community College

Term: Dec 2015 - Nov 2017

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