Project SPARK (Successful Partnerships to Assure Readiness for Kindergarten) is a partnership between the Kansas City Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS), and 5 community not-for profit organizations including United Way of Wyandotte County. This partnership serves the eastern and southern half of Kansas City, KS. The population served includes children ages zero to five, with an emphasis on children that are not currently receiving services.
The Volunteer Center connects local non-profit programs with volunteers, recruited from the community. They also provide support to agency partners on volunteer management and training. Staff promote volunteerism through recruitment programs throughout the county, public relations, and recognition.
The Wyandotte County RSVP is a federally funded program receiving approximately 67% ($62,746 in 2013) of its funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service. The goal of the RSVP is to provide older Americans the opportunity to apply their life experience in addressing significant community needs. In Wyandotte County, volunteers assist community agencies through mentoring, assisting in the management and operations of various social service programs, and tutoring students in schools and after-school programs.
YouthBuild KCK is a federally funded program receiving approximately 80% ($1,100,000 over 3 year) of its funding from the Department of Labor, Employment Training Administration. YouthBuild KCK is administered by the United Way of Wyandotte County, designed to provide residents ages 16-24 a path to employment. Clients work towards attaining a high school diploma or GED, developing life/employability skills, and acquiring specific knowledge leading to formal apprenticeship programs in the building trades.
United Way of Wyandotte County administers many emergency assistance programs that support Wyandotte County residents in times of emergency.