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Raising Hope for Reno County, United Way’s Campaign Underway


By Brenna Eller


HUTCHINSON, Kan. — United Way of Reno County’s annual campaign started on Sept. 1, and the organization is getting ready for quite a few fundraisers this fall. 

Starla Wells, one of two resource development representatives working on fund development said the campaign goal this year is $1.25 Million. The organization has raised about $54,000 so far.

There will be new and returning events this year according to Wells.

“We have added a Cornhole Tournament that will be held on October 20th at Memorial Hall along with our 3rd annual Shop Local Give Local Event,” Wells said.

United Way Cornhole TournamentCornhole Tournament: On Friday, Oct. 20 from approximately 1 to 4 p.m. at Memorial Hall, earn bragging rights– and cash prizes– at the first-ever Cornhole Tournament! It will be first come first serve for 32 teams. Each team will consist of two players, and it will be $50 per team. Winners will receive $100 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd, and $25 for 3rd place. The format will be Round Robin Style, moving into a single elimination event.

Expect refreshments, raffles and lots of fun at this event. Register your team by calling: 620-669-9329 or emailing: [email protected].

BOOze Crawl: On Friday, Oct. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m., the public is invited to join the Young Professionals of Reno County BOOze Crawl in support of United Way. Check-in will be at 5:30 p.m. at Harley’s Bicycle for $35 a person. The night will feature a thrilling 13 stops at local businesses in downtown Hutchinson. Dress up in your best Halloween costume for the costume contest at Salt City Brewery around 9:30 p.m. Click Here to Purchase Your Tickets!

*You must be 21 to participate, ineligible for refund if ticket purchaser under age 21. For more information, visit

Shop Local Give Local: There will be 14 local boutiques at the Shop Local Give Local event on Nov. 9 at Memorial Hall from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. You will be able to enjoy a cocktail and appetizer while you shop all for a great cause too. The local boutiques will give 20 percent of their proceeds to the United Way campaign. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Starla Wells also wanted to highlight Reno Connections, a new program United Way started last year to help connect individuals and families with community resources. Reno Connections is in partnership with the Hutchinson Public Library and was made possible through the Early Childhood Block Grant.

United Way is committed to Improving Health, Quality Education, Supporting Income Stability and Disaster Response for Reno County.

Improving Health
▪ Building the foundation for healthy families
▪ Promote regular mental, oral & physical healthcare
▪ Increase activities for healthy living

Quality Education
▪ Increase high quality, affordable childcare options
▪ Support kindergarten readiness
▪ Encourage early childhood literacy

Supporting Income Stability
▪ Help individuals out of crisis
▪ Connect families to supportive resources
▪ Remove barriers to help residents thrive

Disaster Response
▪ Immediate & gap needs
▪ Coordinate local resources
▪ Long-term recovery 

In United Way’s 2023 Campaign Video, Doug Wright from Superior Boiler said his company has looked to increase their participation with United Way over the past few years after seeing the impact they have had in the community and county.

“We tell them [the employees] that they can donate as little as a dollar per paycheck, or more if they want, but no matter what they donate, each and every contribution counts,” Wright said. “Those dollars that they’re donating stay local.”

Workplace Payroll Deductions are an efficient and convenient way to give to United Way. The system allows 12 people, 50 people, 200 people or more to give a little from each pay period. The employer collects the contributions and will then send one monthly check to UWRC for processing. This system allows staff to be kept to a minimum and administrative overhead very low.

For more information about Workplace Campaigns and how your business can get started, visit

United Way of Reno County currently supports 25 agencies:

Organizations UWRC helps