Along with our partner agencies, we have many ways that YOU can make an impact in a variety of ways:


MENTOR. More than 50 Douglas County children are waiting for a mentor. This is something you can do by yourself, or with your family in just a couple hours a week. Contact Big Brothers Big Sisters at (785) 843-7359 or douglas@ksbbbs.org for more information.  
TUTOR. Help a child catch up to their peers in reading or math by the 5th grade. Your willingness to offer your time might make the difference for whether a child graduates from high school, or drops out before getting there. Contact Stacie Jackson at Kennedy Elementary School at (785) 330-1656 or stacie.jackson@ciskansas.org to get started. Stacie’s position with Communities in Schools is funded within the United Way Education Goal.

PLAY. United Way has teamed up with the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence to provide “Academic Enrichment Kits” for all elementary school sites. This is a fancy name for a bunch of age appropriate fun activities to help kids keep learning afterschool. Volunteers are needed to work with children in small groups at sites all around town.  Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (785) 841-5672 or volunteer@bgclk.org.

BOOK DRIVE. United Way’s “BackSnack Brain Food” program provides free books for kids in need. Organize a collection drive to restock our shelves. Contact our volunteer Program Manager at backsnackbrainfood@gmail.com.

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TRANSPORT MEALS. Meals on Wheels provides much needed daily hot meals to over 100 home bound seniors and individuals with disabilities. Join their dedicated crew of drivers who take a route or two, or sign up to be a substitute driver. Contact MOW at (785) 830-8844 or 4mealsonwheels@sbcglobal.net.

COOK.  Do you love to cook and know how to make healthy meals on the cheap? Join the cadre of instructors at Just Food, or if being out from isn’t your style, they always need people to help out at the classes.  Contact Just Food at (785) 856-7030 or info@justfoodks.org.

HEALTHY FOOD DRIVE. United Way food pantry partners – Just Food, Ballard Center, and the Salvation Army – are always in need of food. Organize a drive with your children, co-workers, or friends. Contact Just Food for more info at (785) 856-7030 or info@justfoodks.org.

STRENGTHENING FAMILIES AMBASSADOR. The Douglas County Child Abuse Prevention Task Force needs volunteers in the community to notice and affirm when families are doing things that make them stronger.  Training is provided.  Call CASA at (785) 832-5172 or casa@douglas-county.com for more information.

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SUPPORT. Are you good with finances? Help someone in need learn about credit and money management. Tenants to Homeowners can match you with a family who needs to find and/or maintain affordable housing. Knowing how to manage your money is an important step.  Volunteers will be provided with training and support.  Contact this agency at (785) 842-5494 or LawrenceLandTrust@yahoo.com.

COACH. Penn House has a team of skilled life coaches who provide support for low-income clients in their pursuit of self-sufficiency. Volunteers with a background or experience in the helping professions should contact (785) 842-0440 or kyle@ballardcenter.org for more information.  

BABY SUPPLY DRIVE. Collect and donate to any United Way partners that serve young families in need. Ballard Community Services, Penn House, Lawrence Community Shelter, and the Lawrence Douglas County Health Department are a few examples.  Contact United Way or any of these agencies for more information.

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Those with skills in organization, planning, fundraising, and a wide variety of other skills are needed to accomplish the work of United Way. Below is a list of some of the volunteer positions available:

•    Board of Directors         
•    Board Committee members – Finance, Personnel, Campaign
•    Work Group Facilitators
•    Program Accountability Volunteers
•    Fundraising Volunteers
•    Event Planning
•    Graphic Designers
•    Photographers
•    Illustrators
•    Office support
•    Customer service
•    Database management

To learn about United Way’s current needs or receive additional assistance, contact our United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center at volunteer@unitedwaydgco.org or (785) 865-5030, ext 301.

We are looking for United Way board members to start a 4-year term next April 2018.  

Thank you for your interest in serving on the United Way of Douglas County Board of Directors.  We are committed to serving Douglas County and we have taken great strides to ensure diversity and inclusion within our organization and board.  We are currently seeking candidates for board membership who possess professional expertise in the following areas; fundraising and donor relations, public policy, education and business.  If you or someone in your network is interested in supporting the mission, vision and work of United Way, please apply.  Following is a link to a self-nominating form which you may fill out and submit. 

Self-nomination form link: http://bit.ly/uwdcboard

Please reach out to me if you have any questions.  Thanks so much for your support of United Way.

Peggy Johnson

Board Development Committee Chair


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United Way hosts regular group service events throughout the year that may be perfect for your business, group of friends, or family.  Last year’s events included Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service (January), Day of Action (June), Reality U for high school students (Spring and Fall), and Make a Difference Day (October). To learn about upcoming events, contact our Director of Volunteer Engagement at rhvc@unitedwaydgco.org.

If you want to explore ways that your business and/or employees can get involved with community service, please contact our coordinator at (785) 865-5030 or volunteer@rhvc.org. We will do our best to work with you to create a custom experience tailored to your needs, as well as current needs in the community.

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