Wednesday, November 13, 2013
In October, the president and both vice-presidents at Kansas City Kansas Community College issued a challenge to the faculty and staff – elect to donate $12 per month to the United Way, and they would match the amount donated. Well, KCKCC, you responded and those extra donations have been made.
Dr. Doris Givens, KCKCC president; Brian Bode, vice president for student and administrative services and Michael Vitale, vice president for academic affairs, each made a donation to the United Way Wednesday. Four individuals accepted the offer, for a total of $576. With the matching contributions from Givens, Bode and Vitale, the United Way contributions total $1,152.
“We are proud that people accepted our challenge,” Givens said. “We are also proud at the number of people that made contributions to the United Way even before our challenge.”
The United Way provides help to community organizations throughout the world, including here in Kansas City. Some of these agencies provide services during natural disasters while others help children who have special needs and the elderly. Local organizations that receive United Way funding include El Centro Inc., the Economic Opportunity Foundation, Children’s Mercy Hospitals, the Don Bosco Center in Kansas City, Mo., Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas, among others.
KCKCC raised $27,101 during this year’s campaign. Of that total, $14,022 was pledges and another $3,620 was raised through special events. KCKCC also donated $9,450 through the production of United Way videos.