United Way Announcement
When times are tough, our community has always risen to the challenge. Today is no different.
Thanks to your strong support in the past, we’re here for the community today. Last week, our leadership team met with City of Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple about the local impact of the coronavirus. He called on us to create a one-stop-shop where you can give help or get help. As the Mayor said, we’re battle-tested and built for this. Here’s what we’re doing to respond:
Looking for help?
- Contact 211, United Way’s information and referral service. Dial 2-1-1 or text your ZIP code to 898-211. They can answer your questions about the coronavirus. We’ve partnered with local and state officials to have accurate, current information.
- United Way 211 is conducting coronavirus screenings for Sedgwick County. The Sedgwick County Health Department asked us to screen patients who think they might need COVID-19 testing. If you think you might need testing, dial 2-1-1.
- Educational resources. Parents, we’ve pulled together resources to help you as your children continue their education at home – everything from how to build a daily schedule to tips for working while your student is home. This site supplements materials provided by local school districts. Find the hub at unitedwayplains.org/tips-for-learning-at-home.
How you can help:
- Donate to the United Way Pandemic Fund. The fund will help people who have self-quarantined or vulnerable populations, such as the elderly. We will not charge administrative fees.
- Text “ICTResponse” to 41444 to donate.
- Donate online at unitedwayplains.org/pandemicfund.
- Mail checks to United Way of the Plains, 245 N. Water St., Wichita, KS 67202. Include “Pandemic Fund” in the memo.
- Our Volunteer Center is identifying projects that allow you and your family to help from home, such as creating cards for clients at local agencies. Visit volunteertoday.org.
- Gifts in kind. Our Give Items of Value program regularly accepts products and materials from companies and passes them on to nonprofits and government agencies for free. We recently connected Sedgwick County with 105 computer keyboards and mice so 9-1-1 operators don’t have to share equipment across shifts. Equipment was donated by Spirit AeroSystems and saved the county $2,275.
- Homeless services. Impact ICT - CoC, a coalition of 170+ community organizations and homeless advocates, is working to coordinate shelter and health care needs for those experiencing homelessness in our community. United Way is proud to lead this coalition.
For ongoing updates, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@UnitedWayPlains), or visit unitedwayplains.org/ictresponse.
United Way’s mission is to mobilize resources to meet community needs. Our best resource is you, our community members. I have faith that we will rally together, support each other during this time and come out on the other side even stronger. Social distancing may separate us but compassion defies distance.
Patrick J. Hanrahan
President & CEO
United Way of the Plains