In my articles I generally focus on ways you can help by giving of your time. There are other ways to help local agencies.
The United Way of Wyandotte County kicked off its annual campaign back in September. One way to help the community is make a contribution to the campaign as an individual or through a work place campaign. Through our annual giving campaign we collect dollars that then are given to local agencies. For the complete list of agencies and programs that are funded you can click on www.unitedway-wyco.org.
Another way to help is organize a drive or collection at you place of work, your school, or your neighborhood. Children’s programs need quality toys, books, art supplies, DVDs, CDs and sports equipment. If the program has an afternoon school program a donation of healthy snack would be welcome. The agency itself might benefit from donation of copy paper or other office supplies. You can usually find a “wish list” on an agency web page.
A number of the local agencies have Christmas Stores where parents and guardians can shop for gifts for their children. These agencies would love to receive donated new items. Board games, toys, CD players, CDs, sports equipment would be welcome. When I take my granddaughter to help me shop, I have her pick out the toy that she would like. I then know that another little girl her age would also like that item. New clothing, especially sweat shirts, sweaters, jeans, pajamas, gloves, hats, and scarfs; items that you might put under the tree for your children are appreciated.
Maybe you can’t afford to go out and purchase new items to donate. Check your closets and cupboards. Are there items of clothing that you and your family have not worn, out grown or just no longer want? These are perfect to donate to a local thrift store or shelter. Most of us have more than enough dishes and kitchen gadgets, some that we rarely if ever use. Now is the time to scale down and donate these items to a local thrift store. The thrift stores sell items at affordable prices for those in need and the proceeds of the thrift store go to support programming of the nonprofit sponsor.
Think about the variety of ways that you can help. You can give of your time, your talents and your treasures. For more information on how you can give, advocate and volunteer, contact me at 913-371-3674 or at email@example.com. You can find volunteer opportunities by checking out our website, www.unitedway-wyco.org and click on Volunteer.
Diane Hentge is the director of the Volunteer Center at the United Way of Wyandotte County.