United Way Stories

Read real stories about real successes in our community

Cherokee Nick

Cherokee & Nick's Story

Cherokee Atkins can quickly list what she wants for her 2-year-old daughter: She wants her to grow up in a stable home. She wants her to feel financially secure. She wants her to have the opportunity to go to college.

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Kathy David

Kathy's Story

Kathy David's health problems could have been the end of the road. But a nearby United Way-funded health clinic offered her a new beginning.

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PY Courtney

Courtney's Story

Giving a teenager high-quality resources outside the classroom change a life. It has for Courtney Calhoun.

“These programs open the door to a world of possibilities,” she says. 

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Jenny Miles

Jenny's Story

Jenny Miles realized in order to be happy, she needed to get help. And help was there for her thanks to United Way supported programs and resources.

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From the cycle of instability to independence

“I was at work one day and I got a phone call from my sister saying ‘Sherrell, they’re shooting up the house.’”

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United Way Spotlight: Amy Barrett

#LoadsofLoveKC began in 2016 as a special Giving Tuesday campaign to positively change school attendance culture in our community.

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