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Give a Saturday and make a difference!

Volunteering your valuable time is one of the most impactful ways you can get involved with United Way of Reno County, and make a true difference for our community.  United Way mobilized over 500 volunteers at 27 projects to improve homes and neighborhoods, schools, churches and other non-profit organizations in our community on the Community Work Day held August 27th.

The volunteers gave up a Saturday to really make an impact throughout our community.  These volunteers painted five houses for Brush Up Hutch, cleaned up Carey Park, completed outdoor work at the Boys and Girls Club, repaired the playground at the Early Education Center, and worked at Hospice House to name just a few.  

This diverse group of volunteers took a leadership role in our community by committing both time and talent for the common good.  Groups represented were from KFSA, Bretz and Young Law, Kiwanis Club, Interfaith Housing Services, First National Bank, Zion Lutheran Church, APAC-Shears, Ks Kids Gear Up, CHS, Young Professionals, Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Trinity United Methodist Church, HMS Kids, Luminous Neon, Cargill, Superior Boiler Works, Grace Episcopal Church, New Covenant Presbyterian Church, Hutch Magnet School, Circles of Hope, HCC honor students,  Hutchinson Correctional Facility, Data Center Inc, Hutchinson Noon Lions Club, First Presbyterian Church, Board of Realtors, Siemens, Horizons and Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball.  Volunteering was not only good for the community but also a great team building activity for these groups and organizations.  Give a pat on the back to these volunteer teams who provided a valuable service to those in need in our community. Want to see more great pictures from United Way Work Day?  Click here to visit our Facebook page!



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Barbara is 89 years old, lives in her own home and no longer drives. "When you stop driving you need the services of others and this program (FIA) is a blessing." Lauren Bretz was matched with Barbara during her summer home from college. When Lauren returned to school in the fall, her mother, Amy, began visiting Barbara each week. Amy takes Barbara to the grocery store, to run errands and often they stop for lunch. Barbara agrees the FIA program has helped her feel less lonely, have a better quality of life and feel more confident in her ability to remain in her own home.




Neighborhood Center work in progress.

United Way’s Neighborhood Center in the Ave A Elementary School is working with community partners and residents that live in the area to help strengthen this neighborhood.  The Neighborhood has set goals around the following areas:

  • Public Safety

  • Opportunities for Physical Activity

  • Neighborhood Pride

  • Healthy Eating

  • Student Achievement

The residents' newest project is focused on opportunities for physical activity in relation to transforming Ashmeade Park. In June 2016, they attended a park planning meeting lead by Hutch Rec to determine what is most important to them in a park.  The goal is to create a park that reflects the needs of the neighborhood so that they will utilize and benefit from it being in the area. By strengthening our community one neighborhood at a time, United Way believes we can truly make lasting changes.