ISSUES 2017 10/01/17

Steve McIntosh
Thursday, September 28th

President and CEO Pat Hanrahan discusses the United Way of the Plains fund-raising goal and the services that it supports


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This is issues Tony seventeen I'm Steve Macintosh and our guess is pat Hanrahan president and CEO. United way of the plains welcome to is usually seventy bad. Thank you Steve good to be here by the way congratulations this past week I understand you're injured. 5000 show yeah greatest job the Stephen did she'll NK and assets every morning we are 5000 show thank user that. Excellence plus patient and staying power to do it for an hour shows and Johnny Carson kudos to fifty. DC yet we talk about the united with a place that. Your geographic territory here you obviously area area that you that you cover of people. Well we raise money in three counties Cedric obviously and Butler. And down in them Sumner county but. We release are of people throughout the south central Kansas area if you look at the map saw essentially counting the primary counties. We're serving people from every one of those counted how many how many communities dealing Yemeni cities are involved there. I'm not sure I'm how many cities there I know is about 60000 people that we touch each year. Through united way funded program while 60000 people to a lot of folks here. You know by that question was. Anybody telling people receive sunk into it assesses story you knew you already talked about sixty doesn't. 60000 man that's a small city. Is it does deliver fluctuated much over the years I mean. Gonna go up and down you know and when there's years we ever laid off workers senator or a disaster obviously he's going to a much higher. So we we enjoyed being stable. Now how many people actually. And donate to united way locally. Well tempted donating it's it's about 25% of the workforce. As a lot of people it's in the thousands but there's still a lot more out there that are not giving so we're always on the go to. Increase our communication get the word out so that more people give. Over the years you've set on several occasions with me. That if if just a few more people would sign up on the wall there on the job. You could exceed your annuals pretty easily. It would be very easy to do that it's. It's just amazing when you look at the numbers it doesn't take a lot. If everyone gave the should begin the equivalent of one hour of their pay each month. You know we've got potential we would raise would be. Well over fifty million dollars I mean. There's so much that we can do if everybody would participate at that level. What we're told them back. I think he is yeah we're pretty ardent that we do and you know I don't think it's because people are stingy or they don't care they don't like united way. I think it's like any other product you go buy new car you wanna know the features you want to know the mileage. With united way people need to know what what is it we're supporting. How much does it cost what kind of services are there. And that's our goal every years ago until people. Because I'm I'm convinced when people understand the need and they understand what we're doing they'll give and give very generous of. And she is so easy I mean when you do payroll thing and you know little things piece of paper and they automatically take it out that's why I've been doing for Ralph. As many years Tony we know it really has. And people don't miss it that may sound strange but you really don't miss that I can make that first gift you get in the habit of doing it. Too few dollars of paycheck. And it's painless what is what is your goal for this year's campaign for this year's goal is 141300000. Dollars. That's up good solid 10% from last year British actually less. Than what we were racing and a couple of years ago we've. We've seen a lot of giving good down. Last year was tough. That a lot of retirements in the community. The election was an issue. And we also got back from focus groups it insurance was an issue too is insurance costs went up people were looking at ways they could save. And we don't have agents are at work with the premiums medical insurance to work right up OK I think it. House so there there are other factors are going into it to right. Get it you and you should fourteen at first and hatred in my life when it used to be over fifteen year dear friend we don't feel. Two million actually our high point was a little over sixteen million dollars. In 2007. We were just coming out of the the impact of 9/11 eleven yeah and that was tough on this community. And we were just coming out that got up to sixteen point three million and then the Great Recession hit him. You know this city has struggled for the last few years and as the city struggles economy struggles the united way has struggled. Here in you're talking about 2008 knife I thought about this a lot lately. That was some sort of watershed year at least for us here what you Don and south central case is really was and it's lasted a long long time. Hopefully we're coming out of that now and we'll see some gains again. The o's hit your target can't pay pretty close. Now a lot of years we've had a lot of years we message and you know and it doesn't bother so much. It's not about making that goal it's about. Setting a goal that that meets the need and the more we raise. The more we can help people so that's that's the real goal was how many people can we help. And we do that. By setting monetary goals so people can kind of figure out you know what's expected me. And we try to make that goal we try to exceed that goal. But it doesn't always work it out who has the biggest do corporate contributors. You're here I think usual attitude is always of course is the largest ones are the aircraft companies spirit and Textron. And then our third largest givers and trust banks who we have some very supportive. People out there in the manufacturing field professional field throughout the community of interest but it would have thought of that interest bank uses. They just do a bang up job every year. You and I know that. I'm not sure exactly what you call. The people who from the united doing you'll go into a business or place such is here at an income. Well coming in the whole meeting and build explain what it's all about and what what you call those people ambassadors are. There are well our relationship managers and and we also have loaned executives who are loan to us from companies. And there are they are like our ambassadors or go out and tell the united way story. Answer people's questions and help them signed that pledge card and is that pretty effective when they get out to listen I think the best. Way to get people would give is through those kinds of meetings. For the reasons I talked about earlier. That people need to know what it is we're doing their money and they need to have a chance to ask questions and get good answers so often. There's all kinds urban legends to get out there and so we really welcome that chance to give people the facts. When they ask this question. Now do you. Call loses or you wait for them to call you and say can you send somebody else charges I don't know we go laden and actively grant is always yes. But we messed a lot of business especially smaller businesses so. We're always anxious if people who like to get involved they can give us to call. Okay he got a phone number and I'll give you easiest phone number there is and that's to one wives and I've got a question about two and one gone up zero editing on it but which well Mike can you do this part under your parent. The you talked about this just a moment ago that I like to hear a little more about it now. The local economy has impacted fundraising over the years it's been at least two events of here gym bag and which aren't. Yeah the economy has been real sluggish is impacted united way is impacted their whole nonprofit community. Hands at the same time that's going on a lot of nonprofits have lost grants either at the state level county level or federal level. And so that was so real squeeze. On the nonprofit community but the needs don't go away there's there's people out there really in you know needing help. Children who were handicapped. We're doing a lot of work with the homeless. Getting them off the streets of receive some success there so. These are going up. Money is tightening up and that makes a real challenge. Do you what you mentioned earlier is I think he's an excellent point and I'm sure this happens and a lot of companies OK you're cruise along and it. Then they say the and there's no inflation at all on this that the other hand enabled by the were not raising salaries again this year or by the way but. Your dream your pretty creatures has gone up so. That takes care of the wages you're going down a few records people are losing ground. It really is a challenge yeah and I get it I mean you know you hear you have family and you've got costs and all of a sudden insurance goes up. You're looking at ways where you can save a dollar and sometimes you look at their voluntary charitable gift. But that is the agencies need that money and the people. They're being served. Need those funds. Sources challenges and you know last year we had a lot of of retirements and community. And the people who are the largest givers are older because you know the kids you're on the bills are paid and so forth. And so we have a lot of new people coming in and and younger folks have a lot more expenses. And then there's a whole issue millennial was up and how they give they're they're different than young people we've seen in past generations. Andy that this thing is it a year or right now and you've got a good job but maybe your couple paychecks away from K Colin Unita is it I need some help from the other side now. There's those kinds of issues we have. The little girl our campaign video this year crews have pretty dramatic example of how things can change that. She's in a wheelchair and and paralyzed. Uses her mouth to blow into a tube to to move the chair around. When she was four years old she was a perfectly normal normal healthy child and there was a car accident. That left her paralyzed now that's a very dramatic example but every day we see small examples of how. Life today is normal. And tomorrow something changes and you need help and that's where united way funded agencies come in now to outfield about the two and one numbers still if I still working. And you probably made pretty uses to water over the 2211. Is one of our greatest programs. It's. A simple number for people calling in and ask for information. I think my child might be on drugs who we're gonna go for help. Spouse and I are having troubles how can we get counseling where can we get food how can we get housing. All throughout the state of Kansas if you dial 211. We're going to answer the phone and on life person's going to talk to you about the issues that you have and where you can go to get help. And we just saw. Recently. An example of how important to one and one is not here but we saw in Houston. We saw again in Florida united way he's run two on ones around the country. And many times when 911 is down two and one still going. And it helps off load from 911 important calls were not the kind of calls and need to go to the emergency number right. So there are two it was all over the country. Are all across the country and realize his first started at Atlanta. And we're very proud in fact we're one of the few that statewide. And that just makes it much easier to to service the entire state as opposed to one city vs another. You're listening to issues Tony seventeen on the Entercom radio stations and our guest is Dan Hanrahan president and CEO united way of the plains. How many local organizations receiving united way assistance. Right now we've got thirty. Over thirty agencies providing seventy different programs in the community. So why do great things from the young child. To someone who needs hospice at the end of life. All kinds of things in between. It's a set number of agencies up or down is that numbers of downloads are mistaken it was a cautious 33 or 41 point out it's been stable but you know that's okay. So we're just gonna go up some you're just gonna go down. What that shows is that. We are making changes we are looking at priorities and we will fund different agencies and programs based on priorities. And sometimes we add and sometimes. You know some go away. Yeah he can be he's gonna change they're going to be different. Talk to me about what candidate the help is available for for children and our community from your way. Well there's all kinds of programs and united way supports through children if it can be. Like rainbows united where there's handicaps and it can be programs at the children's film which don't children's home from work children that. I have really you are living in some pretty pathetic situations and and oftentimes a police will take them out so that they have a stable place to live. There's you traditional programs of character building night Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Boys and girls club for recreational after school. Big Brothers big sisters but ventures so there's a wide variety of services for children offered through united way fund programs. He talked about the dramatic vacations do them young girl and who who does she who felt somebody like there's usually. In that case that I united cerebral palsy came in because. What people don't know what the united cerebral palsy has had absolutely excellent. A wheelchair engineering. Right program here in fact the family of this young girls and I said that they've gone several places. And found that wished I was a best place for them to have that wheelchair engineered and built for her so that's one place that they're getting help. Don't talk about there are some of the services that might be available for seniors period. Well as seniors of course senior services is the largest program and they're going through remodeling program as they're adapting for a new generation of seniors that baby boomers are. Different in terms of their wanting to be more active and so forth and that agency is. Working two to adapt and he needs a new generation they also provides. Meals on wheels which sometimes is the only hot meal that a poor person notably poor person will receive so it's it's really. That situation kind of a life and death deal I mean it's hot food that they needed they can't afford. About to what are you doing in the area of health care they've talked to she brushed and have a little bit here. Was the story about the little girl looked. Generally speaking health care what region there. Well there's a traditional agencies like I mentioned like united cerebral palsy and rainbows united. But. One of my proudest moments where this united way it goes back to 1999. When we help form what's now known as project access. And it's a very much a volunteer program. Doctors physicians and volunteering their time to help patients. The don't have the insurance they need for. Surgeries and things like that the hospitals are involved pharmacies are involved. Lot of donated here. That program. We. Still assists for about a quarter of a million dollars a year to provide some of those course services. But over those years since 99. They have provided well in excess of 150 million dollars in donated care that's our united way. Can take a gift and add value to it in the community. Now it feels the scene this morning to improve probably mentioned something that might interest you again the cult to a that's right they're the people who enjoy about call 21 if you wanna find out about information. If you wanna know more about united way. That's an easy number to call and they can they can hook you up to. Someone there that can answer questions which the area of education health justice and encourage you you talk about the loading the executives are going to businesses so forth. What what are the ways do you educate the public view and of get away page everybody does. You keep that pretty well today keep as we try to keep that up to date and getting more and more into. Social media. I mentioned millennial was earlier in. That's how they're going to communicate with us and in fact we have a group of young people that said don't send us something in the mail. You know we should we put it on put it on the web put it on site for them tonight and so has set a new area we're adapting to a quick. And it just like any other like our business here or any other. Enterprise it deals with the public you have to be you have to understand social media and all the the new ways we communicate with the exactly. Can you share. For us this morning a couple of success stories. These she shared what about the little girl in wheelchairs to share a couple more success stories. About how the united way has had an impact on somebody's life. Well I think right now or one of our success stories is our being there initiative which is all about. Getting kids who are chronically absent to stay in school it's not the child that's what did you at school it's it's all about. Maybe a single mom who can't afford babysitting it has a younger child gets sick so she holds a twelve year old home. Four win over grandmother who's elderly and second she's trying to raise three kids and send in the school. But we have a program in the south and the west highland area of this seven feeder schools there. Helping these kids and we're seeing we're now on the third year we're seeing attendance is getting better we're seeing that there's children involved in this program. Their math scores 94% of them have improved math scores and seventy some percent of them have improved reading skills. That's a long term success. Because. If we can keep them in school they don't drop out you know getting games. Maybe go on to tech school or college. They're gonna get a jobs it's better than what they would have had they're gonna have a much happier. Life because we were able to help them stay into school. Why do you find those kids I do to schools help you find the ones here at problems that that's. Part of the value added the united way of bringing the community together in this case we will work with the USC 259 who. Have identified kids that are having problems. And our mentor. Relationship we work for them staff work with them. Through the pandora initiative. And we make improvements to look at the family's got to work out the problems. What's new horizon. Heating you talk about. Well I think we've got some things coming out down the pike where we're going to be working in some particular neighborhoods to improve. You know some areas where maybe the crime rates high and there's poverty. We're looking bring the communities together and work on some of those issues and hopefully later in the year we'll have more to say about that now when you gonna announce. He makes he makes he makes a big breakfast and you announced that the goal is and they knew he had another win later on here in November oh we'll get somewhere in the midst in November time period a more rapid campaign up and big announcement on what we did have a total of the homeless situation or make it did there at all. You know I think we are. There's a lot of homeless on the streets all the serial homeless kids. Going to school lot of homeless kid they really are people don't think about that you. Kind of keep. In your mind the stereotype of the homeless because there's a lot of very innocent children that there are homeless. But we're making some progress I think he hideaway was a pilot had something. Called. Media and get a game a homeless person into a home first and then wrapping services around them yes and we're seeing you know about 90% of the people. A year later still off the streets so. There are programs out there that we're working on and I think we're making some some improvements there. I don't think people wanna be homeless I think there's issues in there yeah anyone purchase. That's what they're going to be if you visit a lot of alcoholism and drugs and things like that. And those are mental health issues in the if you were doing. Don't tell us about your volunteers. Everybody sort of other volunteer now like Wichita as a volunteer down. Wichita is a volunteers town and we run something called the volunteer center. We're seeing more and more companies want to do a group projects. Team projects as as an employee group. So we work with companies as they call us we work with the individuals to. Call and then they tell us what their skills are what their times are. The type of hurting a lot more help kids who want help older people. And we can hook them up with the right volunteer opportunity. And I. Still the but the volunteers are important and I'm just gonna I was like to ask for numbers to. You probably don't know how many volunteers you go work for its hard daily and I know it's just there's all these agencies I know that we touch probably 5000 people through the volunteer center each year really. If you look at all the agencies and everything you know there are literally thousands and thousands and thousands of people who volunteered Wichita. Well if you are listing this morning if something here is captured your interest you noting if McCauley real. One to have somebody come on talk your business or. Talk about how you can be involved with united way. And again to honored you are what the business over to her just to talk to rely on and they can get you hooked up to volunteer center and good luck to talk to. Pat. Give you an opportunity here is we get to it toward the end of the of the program this morning to just. I hate to use you press were like make the pitch but. Tell this tell our listeners why exactly you think they ought to be involved and and why they should pledge to help out the united way. I think people should be involved in united way. Because. We really are kind of the community. At large where will we look at the needs of the community we look at the priorities of the community. People have. Different agencies say like to get to and that's fine. But Unita wake tries to put together a mosaic of community needs and based on priorities are you can be assured his. Money going to priorities is going to be well spent and will use the lowest amount of overhead. It we add value to the gift you give. And so a lot of people's bull look at folks in meetings and all they they deserve that they should be better educated they should take care of themselves bit. What he's put out earlier. There are a lot of cases where where one incident or one life event away from meeting the united way. If you sit down and talk to some of those folks yeah there's a lot of different cases that. People everything was going fine and something happens it's just it's just fun to work for you mean even at all. It's a rewarding thing about it is you know are really is because every year I work with different people. I don't campaign chairman this year is the chief technology officer spirit John tell what he's doing a great job. And get to work with the bankers and lawyers and teachers and people from labor unions is it's fun. All right hey pets as always thanks for spending some time with us and you can be sure that I'm gonna make a pledge again this year for the united way I'll always do. I guess pat Hanrahan president and CEO we united way of the plains that's all for this edition of issues Tony seventeen will be back next week thank you for this thing. I Steve Macintosh.