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UWKA celebrates 50 years

Fifty years ago, a dedicated group of community leaders came together to combine fundraising efforts in order to be more efficient. The idea was to have one group raising money that would then be distributed to multiple agencies. They called this organization the "Kearney United Fund." Some of those founding board members included F.A. "Bud" Curry, Richard Kizzier, Rod Johnson, Carl Spelts, George Kotsiopulos and many others. Orba Brink was the first Executive Director; she also happened to be the grandmother of Kearney's Mark Reid, our MC for the 50th Anniversary celebration.

Jersey Auction starts off 2015 campaign

The Tri-City Storm's 'Pack It In Purple' United Way jersey auction raised a total of $12,625 through the sale of 27 game-worn sweaters on Saturday night.

Saturday's game and jersey auction, presented by Nebraska Lottery, was attended by a season-high sellout crowd of 4,025.

2014 Dining Out events sets record

Wow! What a great year for our Dining Out for United Way events! We want to send a HUGE thank you to our five teams of Dining Out volunteers, customers, and participating restaurants this year! You all have made such an impact on our community. You have helped raised a record amount for this event - $9,871.24 raised from tips! These funds will be added to our current campaign, helping us get that much closer to our $540,000 goal.

The Ducks are Back!

In case you haven’t heard, it’s duck season in Kearney! Hold on, don’t be rushing to grab your shotguns, instead, rush to our sponsor locations below to grab an adoption form! Sales for the United Way “Splash for Cash” Duck Race are underway! The race is only two weeks away!

Adopt a duck and you could win the Grand Prize of $10,000 or any of these great prizes:

Risk turns into Educational success for Juan and his family

There are many different reasons people come back to get an education later in life. For Juan, an injury caused him to stop his physically demanding job. He decided he needed to reeducate himself for a skilled and less strenuous job.

Anna’s childhood abuse leaves her lacking in positive parenting skills.

In a Love and Logic class that took place during October of 2011, a single mother made a huge breakthrough. Love and Logic provides simple and practical techniques to help parents with kids of all ages to raise responsible kids, have more fun in their role, and easily and immediately change their children's behavior. The first three sessions were pretty quiet, as people weren’t quite sure whether they could open up or not. In the fourth session, we were discussing parenting styles, and Anna started to open up about her childhood.

Becca couldn’t bear losing what meant most to her

Becca was in danger of losing her daughter; she found out her roommate was a sex offender. Moving home wasn’t an option as her stepfather relentlessly ridiculed her as a person and a parent. In her early 20's with a 2 year old daughter, Becca didn’t know where to turn, until she found out about the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition program. When she started with RAFT, her self-esteem was so low that she would hardly speak and at first appeared to have some learning disabilities. Becca only had a 9th grade education.

More than you expect

One of the most common questions people ask about United Way is what difference their gifts make. You might be surprised at how much an affordable weekly gift can accomplish when you invest in United Way’s agencies.

Helping kids go Back to School


As I began my second year as Communications Manager with United Way, I soon realized it was time to start getting ready to go back to school. This time of year is always so exciting, you can just feel a buzz in the air. Parents are scurrying about snatching up new clothes and finding the best deals on those hip new bookbags and school supplies. Who could forget the smell of a brand new box of crayons? Or putting on your brand new outfit the morning of the first day of school, thinking to yourself "this year will be my year!"

Duck Race winner puts winnings towards good cause


“Our world has changed and it has opened our eyes to new issues.” That is what Ruby Timm, the 2012 United Way Duck Race grand prize winner, said when she told us about her granddaughter Kendra. (She purchased her duck from longtime friend and Kearney Elks Club member, Lane Nansel.)

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