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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Kale is energetic, quick to laugh, and is bursting with stories about adventures he and his friends have had. In most ways he is quite like any other nine year old. This avid Boy Scout does have one more challenge than the rest of his peers. He has Asperger’s, a form of autism. Kale is considered a Cub, which is a stepping stone to Boy Scouts. He gets to have fun,...
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
As we celebrate 2-1-1 Day on February 11, it's a good time to acknowledge our community's support of each other, and to renew our collective willingness to advance the common good. In Saline County, 686 people turned to 2-1-1 for help last year. In fact, United Way 2-1-1 of Kansas answered a total of 62,640 calls which represented 65,332 needs of various needs and made 83...
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Dear Salina Area United Way, My name is Sara White* and I live in Salina, Kansas. I contacted Kansas Legal Services because I needed assistance with obtaining disability benefits on behalf of my child. I filed an application with the Social Security Administration for supplemental security income on behalf of my child due to her severe mental disabilities. We were denied...
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Pam Suenram has three kids, a loving husband of 31 years, three cats and two dogs. She also has 20 years under her belt in Physical Therapy at St. John’s Hospital. To hear her talk about anything is contagious- the listener can’t help but become engrossed in her stories. Sometimes Pam has trouble finding the right words though, because she has Multiple Sclerosis, or MS....
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
As key parts of the health care law have taken effect in 2014, there is a new way to buy health insurance: the Health Insurance Marketplace. The marketplace is designed to help you find health insurance that fits your budget, with less hassle. Eveyr health insurance plan in the new marketplace will offer essential health benefits, including doctor visits, preventive care...
Thursday, January 16, 2014
“My name is Kaitlyn and through United Way scholarship funding, my son Izzaiah has been able to receive quality early childhood education at Salina Child Care Association. Izzaiah just turned five years old and has been attending Salina Child Care since August 2010. When Izzaiah started at Salina Child Care we received assistance from Head Start while my husband and I...
Friday, January 10, 2014
Hi. My name is Lorna. I want to tell you about myself and my family. I have a daughter, granddaughter, and a son who is disabled. They are my life! I moved here from California to give them all a better life away from the gangs and violence we’d experienced. After moving here, I experienced kidney failure and other numerous health problems. I was at the lowest point in my...
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Salina Area United Way Announces New ‘100 Docs’ Campaign   December 20, 2013 – When it comes to fundraising, Salinans have always stepped up to bat. Even if they don’t hit a homerun, the ball is never missed. This is why Salina Area United Way is unveiling a new campaign called ‘100 DOCS’. “The untapped potential for giving is huge. This is a way to reach out to medical...
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
At 7 years of age, Angel is the younger of two Hispanic children. He is in the third grade at school, where he has struggled with academic performance, school preparation, and overall behavior. He is the son of a single mother; his father is currently incarcerated, making him an inconsistent figure and constant reminder of Angel’s precarious family situation. On the...
Thursday, December 19, 2013
In 2012, Erika and her family were going through some hard times financially. She often didn’t have enough money to pay for her child to attend daycare at Martin Luther King, Jr. Child Development Center at full price each week. Worrying about paying for her child’s daycare was stressing her out nightly. She was worried about paying not only upcoming dues but also her...

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