Lawrence school marathon clubs receive grant from Coach Self's Assists Foundation

Karrey Britt

[United Way of Douglas County][1] received a $3,000 grant from University of Kansas men's basketball coach [Bill Self’s Assists Foundation][2]. The grant will help support marathon clubs at Lawrence elementary schools. Marathon clubs provide students with an opportunity to walk or run before or after school with the goal of ...

Cordley Carnival on Friday Adds Wellness Fun!

Sally Zogry

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/sep/25/241737/ The **Cordley Elementary Carnival** is this Friday, September 28th from 5:30-8:00pm. Come enjoy **free** games and prizes, **free** inflatables, laser tag and hamster balls, silent auction, henna tattoos, cake walk and more! Global Cafe, Iwig Dairy and AirSummerSnow Shaved Ice will be selling local food and drink. New this ...

The Great Start Pack Kicks off 2012 United Way Community Campaign

Katy Ibsen

Volunteers are preparing to package 240,000 Meals for Hungry Douglas County Residents The United Way of Douglas County’s 2012 Community Campaign will kick off on Sunday, Sept. 16, with the Great Start Pack, a huge volunteer event where hundreds of community members will work together to assemble 40,000 meal packages ...

Lawrence Meals On Wheels set to partner with Lawrence Memorial Hospital again!

Mealsonwheels

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2011/sep/27/221658/ When [Lawrence Memorial Hospital][1] had to remodel their kitchen facilities, Meals On Wheels had to find a new caterer for the first time in over 35 years. [Hy-Vee][2] on 6th Street has been preparing the meals since May of last year. Serving an additional 115+ meals each day, during ...

Brown Bagging It for Lawrence Meals On Wheels!!!

Mealsonwheels

http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/2010/mar/30/189450/ March kicks off ***Lawrence Meals On Wheels*** Spring fundraiser, "***Brown Bagging It"!*** We are asking community members to take their lunch to work one day, week or longer and donate the money you would have spent eating out to help Lawrence Meals On Wheels feed those in need. Eating ...

Volunteers Needed for Make a Difference Day: Saturday, October 22nd

Micki Chestnut

http://wellcommons.com/users/rogerhillvolunteercenter/photos/2011/sep/28/221709/ The United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center will be participating USA WEEKEND’S Make a Difference Day national day of service by coordinating volunteer projects throughout Lawrence and Douglas County on Saturday, October 22nd. Several agencies and local schools will be hosting groups of volunteers – up to 270 volunteers ...

United Way Campaign Kickoff Disco

Katy Ibsen

Join us for the 2011 United Way Campaign Kickoff on September 15, from 5:30-7:30 at Abe & Jake's Landing. Enjoy free food, free t-shirts, a mini bounce house for kids, disco lessons and MUCH more! Brian Hanni will also be at the event where he will broadcast the Rock Chalk ...

Helping others

Caroline Trowbridge

Our United Way campaign at the World Company kicks off on Sept. 12. It's always such a fun time at the Journal-World because there's an auction, a barbecue lunch and lots of other activities — all designed to raise money to help others. Makes us feel good to participate.

Frolic, Fundraiser for Douglas County AIDS Project, This Saturday!

Chad Steele

Please support the Douglas County AIDS Project by coming to the Granada this Saturday, August 20th! WIlliam Welch will host Frolic, an event featuring DJ Alan Paul, massages by Andrew from Elevate, a photobooth from Oh!Snap!, a silent art auction featuring several local artist, several prints for sale from the ...

Community Open House, May 18th

Carolyn Ward

Just Food Hosts Community Open House To honor the tremendous response of the Douglas County community, Just Food is hosting a community open house next week. Just Food is pleased to announce that we will be able to continue providing critical services to our community and is now well on ...

United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center to Host 2011 "Summer of Service"

Micki Chestnut

http://wellcommons.com/users/rogerhillvolunteercenter/photos/2011/apr/29/212986/ The United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center is hosting a “Summer of Service” for Douglas County youth, ages 11-18, as part of the Center’s Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) program. Projects are Monday-Thursday, 9am-2pm. Youth may sign up for one or two projects, or join us for the whole summer! ...

"It Takes the Whole Community:" Sign-Up Now to Volunteer During a Disaster

Rebecca  Lo

http://wellcommons.com/users/rebeccalo/photos/2011/apr/13/211974/ With severe weather season upon us, disasters can strike anywhere at any time. The devastation currently plaguing Japan reminds us of the importance of being prepared for emergencies. In a disaster, it takes more than just the emergency management team to mitigate the impact; the entire community’s involvement is ...

182 Volunteers Still Needed for Day of Caring

Micki Chestnut

http://wellcommons.com/users/rogerhillvolunteercenter/photos/2011/apr/4/211534/ The United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center is putting out a call for more volunteers to sign up for Day of Caring. There are over twenty projects at various agencies that need volunteer help on Saturday, April 16. To date, 182 of volunteers are still needed to fill all ...

Planning Meetings - Next steps

Erika Dvorske

Please join United Way for a discussion, by goal area, of strategies and approaches to acheive our community goals. If you would like to join us, here are the dates, times and locations. April 6, 3-4:30 at United Way (2518 Ridge Court) – Steady Jobs and Financial Stability April 7, ...

Volunteers Needed for Day of Caring

Micki Chestnut

http://wellcommons.com/users/rogerhillvolunteercenter/photos/2011/mar/25/210767/ As part of National Volunteer Week, The United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center will once again host a communitywide day of service, Day of Caring, on Saturday, April 16th. Day of Caring is an annual event that brings together hundreds of volunteers to spend time serving on behalf of ...

Collaboration Improves Lives

Erika Dvorske

In 2008, United Way and the Community Foundation got together to develop learning opportunities for nonprofit folks. Now we are into our third year and every month we have smart people come and share their knowledge and insights. For information and a schedule visit [www.unitedwaydgco.org][1]. The best part of this ...

Kohl's to honor students who are making a difference in their communities

Karrey Britt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xp87zHx4HcM Let’s nominate our young volunteers! Kohl’s will be honoring more than 2,100 students, ages 6 to 18, through its Kohl’s Cares Scholarship program. These are students who have made a difference in their communities by helping invest in their future. Past winners have been recognized for a variety of ...

Help the United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center Applaud Volunteers Who Impact Douglas County

Micki Chestnut

The United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center will be applauding community volunteers who make a difference in Douglas County during our Celebration of Volunteers luncheon, held April 12 as part of National Volunteer Week. Organizations that use volunteers have two ways to spotlight their exemplary volunteers who are making a ...

Defining success for our community

Erika Dvorske

How do you define success for our community when we talk about the goal of people having access to healthcare? What does this look like for you and your community?

Willow Volunteer Training to begin next week - still time to sign up!

Becca Burns

What is The Willow Domestic Violence Center? The Willow Domestic Violence Center is a Lawrence agency that provides shelter and other services to survivors of domestic violence. As the first shelter established in Kansas, we have been helping women and children since 1976. We need your help to continue to ...

Brainstorming Strategies - People have steady jobs and financial stability.

Erika Dvorske

What needs to happen in our community for people to have steady jobs and financial stability? Would you be willing to post your ideas about what strategies in our community help to achieve this? Post here to help brainstorm! http://wellcommons.com/users/edvorske/photos/2011/jan/28/206756/

Brainstorming Strategies - People have access to healthcare (mental, physical).

Erika Dvorske

What needs to happen in our community for people of all ages to have access to healthcare in broad terms, including physical, mental? Would you be willing to post your ideas about what strategies in our community help to achieve this? Post here to help brainstorm! http://wellcommons.com/users/edvorske/photos/2011/jan/28/206755/

Brainstorming strategies - Children & teens successful in school

Erika Dvorske

What needs to happen in our community for children and teens to be successful in school. Would you be willing to post your ideas about what strategies in our community help to achieve this? Post here to help brainstorm! http://wellcommons.com/users/edvorske/photos/2011/jan/28/206753/

United Way Announces Community Goals

Erika Dvorske

The United Way of Douglas County Board of Directors adopted three community goals to guide United Way efforts. The adopted goals are: - Children and teens are successful in school. - People of all ages have access to health care (mental, physical). - People have steady jobs and financial stability. ...

Celebrate MLK Day by Volunteering

Micki Chestnut

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" In answer to that question, the United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center is encouraging everyone in Douglas County to participate in the national MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. ...

Just Food Reaches Out to the Douglas County Community

Carolyn Ward

For at least 1 in 6 residents of Douglas County, hunger is a reality. Through our pantry alone, more than 444,988 pounds of food have been distributed to low-income consumers – serving 1,600 to 2,200 individuals each month. Almost half of those receiving food assistance are children and senior citizens. ...

United Way of Douglas County considers change in funding strategy to benefit community goals

Christine Metz

The United Way of Douglas County is reviewing how it doles out the dollars it receives from local donors. http://wellcommons.com/users/jestevens/photos/2010/dec/15/204458/ For nearly five years, the local United Way board has discussed ways to improve the process of handing money out to the 24 agencies it serves, President and CEO Erika ...

United Way funds community efforts to curb assault, educate teens

Karrey Britt

[United Way of Douglas County][1] has provided $75,000 in funding for two very different community efforts. One focuses on preventing assault, and the other prepares junior high students for the work force. “These are innovative and collaborative ideas that are trying to address systemic issues,” said Erika Dvorske, president and ...

Community Survey Progress

Erika Dvorske

After two days, we have had 114 people complete our online community survey. That is great, but we hope to get so much more. Please share this link with friends and invite them to weigh in on the priorities for community resources in Douglas County. [Click here to take the ...

United Way wants to know what you think!

Erika Dvorske

The United Way of Douglas County needs your input to champion a community planning process. The goal of this process is to identify community outcomes that will help the Douglas County community address our increasing needs. This process is designed to gather communitywide input on priorities. Our process, which will ...

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