You can help make the annual Back to School Fair a success

by Cathi Hahner
Director, volunteer engagement, Volunteer Center and RSVP

The 14th annual Wyandotte County Back to School Fair will be held on Saturday, Aug. 1, at two locations: Kansas City Kansas Community College and KCK Boys and Girls Club.

The goal of the Back to School Fair is to help make every child school ready from day one. More than 5,000 Wyandotte County students are provided basic school supplies to start the new school year as well as immunizations, sports physicals and an opportunity to learn about community programs and services.

The success of this project relies on contributions from the community. Donations of dollars to purchase items are needed as well as the contribution of your time.

Volunteers are needed prior to the event to help sort supplies and to pack the bags for the various grade levels.

On the day of the event your help is needed with set-up, registration, hall greeters, and distribution of the supplies, library books and food. More than a hundred volunteers are needed on the day of the event. If you want to volunteer, register online at www.unitedway-wyco.org and click on Back to School Fair.

You can also contact Cathi Hahner at the Volunteer Center of the United Way of Wyandotte County, 913-371-3674 or at Chahner@unitedway-wyco.org. This is a wonderful opportunity for groups looking for a service project.

If you would like to make a financial contribution, go to www.unitedway-wyco-org, click on Back to School Fair. Or mail payment to United Way of Wyandotte County, 434 Minnesota, Kansas City, Kan. 66117; note Back to School Fair donation.

With your help, we can make the annual Back to School Fair a huge success.

Cathi Hahner is the director of volunteer engagement, Volunteer Center and RSVP, for the United Way of Wyandotte County.

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