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Community Impact Projects

Requests for consideration of Community Impact Fund monies may be forwarded to the Board by the Executive Director.  On occasion, a community need, program, or emergency may present itself which does not involve an existing partner agency, and the Board may consider such a request, provided that the proposed recipient has a valid 501(c) (3) or equivalent IRS status and the proposal addresses the FCUW’s goals. The board considers submitted proposals during their regulalry scheduled business meetings. 

If you have a project in mind, please either email Deb Oyler, director, at or call 620.275.1425.

Recent projects


Backpacks to Schools

Horace Good Middle School
Garden City High School
Kenneth Henderson Middle School

Finney County United Way provided backpacks to three schools at USD 457. They were purchased as part of the contributions received after the Stuff the Bus campaign. Thank you to our generous donors for helping our schools and students be successful.

Finney County Spelling Bee

The Garden City Public Schools Foundation and Finney County United Way teamed up to provide support for the entry fee for USD 457 students to compete in the Finney County Spelling Bee. The entry fee for the Spelling Bee helps defray costs for winning students to compete at the state level and provides districts and schools access to Scripps materials on the website.

Pictured: Roy Cessna, USD 457 Foundation, Matthew Horney, Finney County Spelling Bee Coordinator, Deborah Oyler, Finney County United Way

Stuff the Bus

2023 marked the 11th year for Stuff the Bus in Finney County. This county-wide initiative provides backpacks and school supplies for local students from pre-K all the way to high school. FCUW leads and organizes partnerships with USD 457, USD 363, Genesis Family Health, Catholic Charities, NextGen, KCSL, Real Men Real Leaders, Salvation Army, Turning Point Church of the Nazarene, Cornerstone, and Tyson. This past year, FCUW brought in volunteers from Dairy Farmers of America, Pro Value Insurance Partners, Aetna, and Equity Bank who went above and beyond and had employees volunteer for Collection, Sorting, and Distribution! The result of this effort is that over 1,700 students received backpacks and school supplies. 

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