Living United in Kingman

River Cities United Way’s focus is education, financial stability and health--the building blocks for a good quality of life. I know many of you have seen the NFL commercials that feature United Way and the partnership the two groups have together and you may think that when you donate to United Way that it goes to some corporate office never to be seen in the Kingman community again.  That is far from the truth.  There are over 1,300 United Way offices across the world and each one is run by local staff, volunteers and the funds raised are given to local Partner Agencies.  So then, you may wonder why we affiliate with the United Way name if all work and money is handled locally.  That is a great question and being a part of United Way Worldwide gives us the chance to collect donations from large corporate companies such as Wells Fargo, UPS and JC Penney that would go to another United Way if we were not here in the local community.

When I relocated back to Kingman after 18 years, I was amazed at the amount of resources that are available to our community. These agencies are doing great things for our community and I am not sure that everyone knows exactly what is available to them. Moving forward I would like to highlight one of our partner agencies every month and let you know about the impact they are making in the Kingman community.

The mission of Child and Family Resources is to build strong communities where children can reach their full potential, which they do by using effective prevention and education strategies with families, teens and early educators. Their Healthy Families program is a nationally implemented and recognized prevention model that works with families of newborns, offering free and voluntary home visiting and other support services.  Their staff works with families based on goals and service plans established in partnership with parents. This program helps new parents, particularly those facing some challenges to get their babies off to a good start, and to “fall in love” with their baby! The Healthy Families program serves families who are pregnant or have a newborn, and can remain with the family up to 5 years. River Cities United Way has provided funding for Child and Family Resources/Healthy Families to promote literacy with the families being served, which has enabled the agency to host several family reading events, and distribute age appropriate books and materials that spark the love of reading. Strong literacy skills assist with school readiness for children to be successful in school and beyond!

Upcoming events:

Horseshoe Tournament & Family Fun Day – Saturday, July 29 at Centennial Park. Contact me if you are interested in sponsoring or participating in this great event.

River Cities United Way Kingman Day of Caring Annual City Wide Community Clean Up – Saturday, September 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.

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.