A successful Back to School Fair was held Aug. 3. For the first time the BTSF was held at two locations on the same day and at the same time.
A special thanks goes to the administration and staff at Kansas City Kansas Community College who for the third year in a role have been hosts for the BTSF. The new location this year was Sumner Academy. Many thanks, to the administration and staff at Sumner who worked to ensure a good event.
The University of Kansas Medical Center recruited physicians, nurses and students to see that sports physicals were offered to families. The Wyandotte County Health Department provided the opportunity to update immunizations for children, a necessity for starting school. Approximately 3,500 backpacks with basic school supplies were given out that day.
This event was made possible through the dedication and hard work of volunteers. Thanks to the volunteers on the planning committee who worked many months and countless hours in planning.
The planning committee has representatives from the community, USD 500, Wyandotte County Health Department, KUMC, the United Way, Kansas Gas, the Women’s Chamber, BPU, KCKCC, and MOCSA. Thank you to the many volunteers young and old who responded to the plea to fill the backpacks.
Volunteers helped collect school supplies at the local Walmart, giving up part of their Saturday to help. Kids and grandkids worked side by side with parents and grandparents. Corporate volunteers, RSVP members, church groups, families and individuals all worked together over three days to make the event happen.
The day of the event, volunteers helped register each family, distribute backpacks and library books, made sure those waiting had water to drink and served lunch to all visitors. Of course, volunteers helped set-up for the event, keep the venue trash free and helped take down after the event. Over 550 volunteer hours were contributed on Saturday alone and another 280 contributed the week of the event. With the value of one volunteer hour equaling $22.14 that means the financial impact of the volunteers helping with the BTSF was over $18,300.
Thank you, to all those who helped with the Wyandotte County Back To School Fair. Without your hard work and support this event would not be possible.
Planning for the 2014 Back to School Fair will begin in January. Please consider serving on the planning committee.
For more information on how you can give, advocate and volunteer, contact me at 913-371-3674 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find volunteer opportunities by checking out our website, www.unitedway-wyco.org and click on Volunteer.
Diane Hentges is the director of the Volunteer Center at the United Way of Wyandotte County.