Column: Living United in Kingman

Dawn Darby - Kingman Area Manager RC United Way

Dawn Darby - Kingman Area Manager RC United Way

River Cities United Way is excited to announce that we just received our 2017 membership requirements thumbs-up from United Way Worldwide. You might ask why that is so exciting. Our partnership with UWW is unique in that our organization is one of over 1,300 local organizations worldwide that is managed and run by local staff, volunteers and donors, people living in our surrounding communities in Mohave and La Paz counties, Needles, California and Laughlin, Nevada. For this reason, all money raised here stays right here where you live.

The membership fee that we pay UWW is an average of 1 percent of what we raise, and this fee affords us credits that allow employees to participate in continuing education regarding fundraising and community outreach efforts to help make our community stronger. These educational opportunities show us as staff how to be more efficient with the money raised and how to bring businesses, government and other nonprofits together to create a stronger community.

Another advantage is our connection to larger corporations such as Walmart, Wells Fargo, UPS and JC Penney, just to name a few, whose employee dollars when donated come back to our community. River Cities United Way receives three times back what we pay into the membership fee because we use the nationally recognized United Way name. So, the next time someone asks us, “What is your admin/management rate?” River Cities United Way is proud to announce it is 3 percent, for all the reasons listed above. Thank you to our community for your generous support and for allowing us to help where we can when needed.

Last month we announced that we would be highlighting our partner agencies each month in our column, so this month we would like to highlight the Advice and Aid Pregnancy Care Center.

The Advice and Aid Pregnancy Center is a prolife resource center for women and families in problem pregnancies. The center provides material support (layettes, diapers, pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, formula, baby food, infant supplies, pregnancy verification for AHCCCS, etc.) as well as training and counseling (classes in prenatal care, infant care, smoking and drug cessation, family living, etc.) to all clients requesting help. The center offers an “Earn While You Learn” program that rewards participation and progress in the programs with points that are redeemable for infant and children clothing, maternity clothing, diapers, formula and other support material as available. For more information about the Advice and Aid Pregnancy Care Center, visit their website at www.pregnancyadviceaid.org.

Upcoming events:

• Horseshoe Tournament & Family Fun Day – July 29 at Centennial Park. Register to play in the horseshoe tournament at www.rcuw.org/horseshoe-register today.

• River Cities United Way Kingman Day of Caring Annual CityWide Community Clean Up – On Sept. 9. River Cities United Way, Kingman Clean City Commission and C.A.R.E., aka Sandbox Beautification Committee, are encouraging families, local businesses, civic clubs, churches and other groups to get involved in our community by registering volunteer teams to help.

• River Cities United Way’s Seventh Annual Quail Run 5K/1K Kid’s Run – Mark your calendars for this year’s event scheduled for Oct. 28.

For more information about our events, programs or to get involved with our local United Way, please go to www.RCUW.org or contact your local office at 928-753-6720 or via email to dawn@rcuw.org.