Salina Area United Way: Small Acts-Big Impact

Salina learned Tuesday morning how small acts make a big impact.

Several hundred people gathered at the new Hilton Garden Inn & Convention Center for the kickoff  of the 2017/18 Salina Area United Way Community Fundraising Campaign. KSAL Radio joined in the event, broadcasting live.

United Way Executive Director Amanda Michaelis explained to KSAL News exactly what the campaign theme “Small Acts-Big Impact” means.  She said that no matter if  it’s a donation, a volunteer effort, or something else, those small acts have huge impacts on our community.


As an example of how little things can make a big difference, eight different artists were working on eight different pieces at the event. At the conclusion of the event, the eight art pieces where put together and formed a single masterpiece.


The event included a video, an update from the Michaelis, and a presentation of the 2nd Annual Nancy Klostermeyer Volunteer Award. The there were two people honored with the award. They include:

Dan Newman – retired school administrator

  • Been involved with VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) for 7 years
  • Commodities program
  • Social Security Program through Good Bank
  • And is a Board Member for the Central Kansas Extension District

Bill Chegwidden – Retired from Aaron Printing in 2009

  • Started with VITA in 2011
  • Red Cross (Deployed to help with Hurricane Sandy, the Moore, OK tornadoes and the Colorado floods)
  • Commodities program
  • Salina Public Library volunteer
  • Red Cross Blood Drives
  • Trinity Lutheran Church

This year’s Salina Are United Way goal is a 100 percent presentation rate.


Artist Shawn Steinle works on his piece Tuesday morning.


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