Tuesday, July 22, 2014

COMMENTARY: You can help make the Annual Back to School Fair a success

By Cathi Hahner, 
Director of Volunteer Services at the United Way of Wyandotte County

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- The 13th annual Wyandotte County Back to School Fair will be held on Saturday August 9, 2014 at two locations: Kansas City Kansas Community College and KCK Boys and Girls Club. The goal of the Fair is to help make every child school ready from day one.

Over 5,000 Wyandotte County students are provided basic school supplies to start the new school year as well as immunizations, sports physicals and an opportunity to learn about community programs and services.

The success of this project relies on contributions from the community. Donations of dollars to purchase items are needed as well as the contribution of your time. Volunteers are needed prior to the event to help sort supplies and to pack the bags for the various grade levels.

On the day of the event your help is needed with set-up, registration, distribution of the bags, library books, food and help keep the site neat and tidy; and then of course help with general clean-up after the event. Over a hundred volunteers are needed on the day of the event.

If you want to volunteer, register on-line at www.unitedway-wyco.org and click on
Back to School Fair.

If you would like to make a financial contribution, go to www.unitedway-wyco-org, click “Give” and check the Back to School Fair box.

Or mail payment to United Way of Wyandotte County, 434 Minnesota, Kansas City, KS   66117; be sure.to note Back to School Fair donation.

You can also contact Cathi at the Volunteer Center of the United Way of Wyandotte County, 913-371-3674 or at Chahner@unitedway-wyco.org

This is a wonderful opportunity for groups looking for a service project.

For more information on how you can GIVE, ADVOCATE and VOLUNTEER please contact Cathi Hahner, Director of Volunteer Services, at 913-371-3674 or at chahner@unitedway-wyco.org.

You can find volunteer opportunities by checking out our website, www.unitedway-wyco.org and click on Volunteer.