Check out our Community Partners who support our community by advocating for health. Examples? ElderCare, Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas, Family Crisis Center, RSVP/Volunteers in Action, and Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation.

In search of help for mental health? Visit Rise Up for a list of resources.

Crunch Out Obesity

United Way of Central Kansas partnered with Sunflower Bank, Golden Belt Community Foundation, Dr. Charlie & Denise Joslin, Ellinwood Rec Center and Central Kansas Therapy & Sports Medicine to bring a new program to the Ellinwood community.  Crunch Out Obesity was introduced in the Ellinwood Middle Schools to promote a healthy and active lifestyle.  This program encourages our youth to "Get on the Ball".  Students were provided with exercise balls, jump ropes, water bottles, and exercise & nutrition journals to keep track of how they are doing.  This program lasted 6 weeks and offered prizes for the students who completed their logs.

Parents As Teachers

In 2014, the United Way of Central Kansas teamed up with Parents as Teachers to make hearing health a priority for USD 495 families.

The Otoacoustic Emissions Screener (OAE) is a highly reliable hearing screening method that has helped identify a wide range of hearing health needs, including middle ear infections or permanent hearing losses that might not be detected until a child reaches Kindergarten.  These conditions can have a significant negative impact on the social, education, and developmental progress of a child when left untreated.

The total cost of the OAE Screener was $4,628 and between the money raised by Parents as Teachers and the United Way of Central Kansas, the amount was raised and the OAE Screener was being used within the program by the July 1st deadline.