Cowley County residents can contribute to the local United Way through a payroll deduction or give directly to the nonprofit organization by sending a check, made payable to CC United Way, to the Legacy Foundation.
Any company that would like to more about how to participate, or anyone aged 18 or older who would like to volunteer to serve on the board, should contact one of the current United Way board members.
“I wanted to serve my community, and RCB (Bank) encourages employees to be involved in civic organizations,” said Cowley County United Way board member Elaine Phillips.
“I chose Cowley County United Way when I learned that 98 percent of the funds contributed go directly to the agencies and there are no strings attached regarding how the funds can be used by the agencies. There are many good agencies in our county that provide a variety of services to our citizens. United Way is a great way to be able to give to all of them.”
Local agencies supported
The organization provides support to 18 agencies in Cowley County that provide services to every economic level of the county’s communities and offer a wide range of services, from children to seniors.
Of the funds contributed to Cowley County United Way, 98 percent is dispersed to these 17 agencies. Those who donate to Cowley County United Way may specify where their donations are directed. The agencies supported by Cowley County United Way in 2016 are:
- Angels in the Attic;
- Big Brothers Big Sisters;
- CASA of Cowley County;
- Circles Cowley County;
- Community Helping Hands;
- Cowley County Humane Society;
- Eagle Nest, Inc.;
- Family Life Services;
- Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland;
- Habitat for Humanity in Arkansas City;
- Habitat for Humanity in Winfield;
- Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice;
- Joseph’s Storehouse;
- REACH Preschool;
- Salvation Army;
- Winfield Community Pantry;
- Winfield Thrift Store.
Only 1 percent of the funds contributed to Cowley County United Way is passed on to United Way Worldwide.
In 2015, that1 percent totaled $1,341. The remaining 1 percent is used for operating expenses.
Organization and board members
United Way has no employees, but is governed by citizens of Cowley County who volunteer their time. Its current board members are:
- Bridget Bowman;
- Lonnie Boyd;
- J.K. Campbell;
- Lucas Goff;
- Becky Long;
- Jan MacLaughlin;
- Elaine Phillips;
- Mindi Shriver;
- Brian Stone;
- Russ Tomevi.
There are no rules or regulations from United Way Worldwide that govern Cowley County United Way.
Since Cowley County United Way is operated by volunteers, Legacy Regional Community Foundation provides accounting services for the receipt and distribution of the funds. Learn more at www.cowleyunitedway.org.
Applying for funds
In order to apply for funding, organizations must fill out an application each year and submit it to the board in July.
Any qualified nonprofit organization that operates in Cowley County can apply.
The application process analyzes the financial and performance records of each organization.
In addition to annual evaluations, board members are active in the community and are around to hear what is happening with member organizations.
Applications for agencies are available through www.cowleyunitedway.org, or by calling Legacy Foundation at (620) 221-7224 or (855) 470-7224.
Donations may be sent to: Cowley County United Way, P.O. Box 447, Winfield, KS 67156.