United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas uses funds from the United Way to help people with many different disabilities.
Even though their name focuses on cerebral palsy, Director Dave Jones said the organization’s services are available to folks with any disability. He said they mostly help people acquire various types of assistive technology.
“We help folks get video magnifiers, power wheelchairs, van lifts, things like that,” Jones said. “We even do home modifications like ramps.”
United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas is based in Wichita, but serves the entire state. The organization received $4,500 from the United Way of Southeast Kansas and Southwestern Missouri last year to go toward its work in Crawford and Cherokee counties.
Jones said the organization serves 20 to 25 people in those two counties each year.
“Assistive technology is expensive, so we also help families get funding from other organizations,” Jones said. “It is not unusual for us to get 2 to 3 dollars more for every dollar we invest in a client.”
Jones also said that United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas has ties to Crawford County. County Treasurer Joe Grisolano serves as their statewide board president and has been a volunteer for long time.
United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas receives its donation from United Way of Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas. The annual United Way fundraising campaign is going on now and runs throughout the end of the year.
The United Way of southwest Missouri and southeast Kansas funds 47 programs through 35 agencies with funds from its annual campaign. Last year, the group set its fundraising goal for southeast Kansas at $186,000 and has increased to a $200,000 goal for 2016.
Over $990,000 was raised for Southeast Kansas over the last five years. Over 15 local agencies benefit from the annual campaign.
Money can be pledged locally by calling United Way’s Pittsburg office at 620-231-8140 or text BAND2016 to 41444.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.