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Salina Can Be “Bigger Together”

Todd Pittenger - September 27, 2013 8:58 am

With a theme of “Bigger Together” the Salina Area United Way Friday morning kicked off its 2013 campaign. Volunteers gathered at the Webster Conference Center to learn about the campaign, and the organization.

Several people spoke. Among them was “Ursula”, a woman who credits United Way supported agency the Ashby House with helping her turn her life around. She said that at age 16 she became addicted to prescription painkiller pills. Her addiction evolved to include other drugs. She eventually came to Salina for a drug treatment program, and found herself homeless. She says that she ended up at Ashby House, and it turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to her. She took the opportunity as a second chance on life, and says that Ashby House volunteers became her second family helping her and supporting her in many ways. Today, Ursula is a senior at K-State Salina, with a 3.8 GPA majoring in social work.

Those at the kickoff event were reminded of the roots of the Salina Area United Way. There was a time when volunteers went door to door, seeking donations for each agency separately. That’s why the theme “Bigger Together” is important today.

Salina Area United Way Executive Director Amanda Michaelis is beginning her fist campaign in charge. She spoke about an early success story. Some businesses have already started their campaign. Michaelis said that Salina Target store employees locally are at 113 percent of their company goal.

Michaelis and other volunteers will spend the rest of the day Friday visiting multiple businesses and volunteers.

The Salina Area United Way helps fund multiple agencies that include:

United Cerebral Palsy
The Volunteer Connection
The Salvation Army
Salina Family YMCA
Salina Family Healthcare Center
Martin Luther King, Jr. Child Development Center
Kansas Legal Services
Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland
Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas
Consumer Credit Counseling Services
Child Advocacy & Parenting Services
Central Kansas Foundation
Catholic Charities
Boy Scouts Coronado Area Council
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Salina
Ashby House, Ltd.
American Red Cross

Red Neck

September 27, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Here is another group wanting money. The airport raises a mill the city one or two mills, the county 2 or 3 mills. Now the school board wants 5 mills the we have the United Way wanting money. There have been little raises on the job, medical insurance is skyrocketing so someone tell me where is a person suppose to get all this extra money for all of this?


September 27, 2013 at 3:38 pm

this is another entitiy I would like to see what the percentage of funds actually makes it to worth while causes and not going into the pockets of the ones in charge or disappearing to management or so-called operating costs why can’t they publish these facts for the public to see on here ?

Bob Bowser

September 27, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Your money would be better spent going DIRECTLY to any of these charities rather than funneling through a top-heavy bureaucracy like United Way. They all take donations directly and few of them pay their directors 6-digit salaries.

Fuchs Mi

September 28, 2013 at 7:12 am

Do any of you know of the scam Goodwill is pulling? They ask everyone if they want to round up their purchase price to the next dollar. This under the guise of a donation to help them with their services. My understanding is they have alot of vollinteer help, everything they sell is donated. They do pay a few employees and have their overhead but sales are 100% profit and those shopping there are donating to their cause by doing so. It seems wherever you go anymore at the check out they are pulling the touch on you for donations. There should be a law against this.

Red Neck

September 29, 2013 at 7:51 am

I heard that the CEO’s implemented that procedure so their salaries can get more in line with other CEO’s making more than they are. Sad world we live in when greed gets this bad.

Bob Bowser

September 29, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Brian Gallagher current President and CEO of United Way, received $1,037,140 in 2010, according to a December 2010 report from the American Institute of Philanthropy. Anyone wanna guess where he’s from? obamatown usa (chicago)

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