United Way of El Dorado

Community Investment

United Way focuses on EDUCATION, INCOME, and HEALTH as these are the building blocks of a quality of life.


We know we can come off complicated sometimes. Let us break it down...

Supporting local programs that get results is at the core of our mission. That's where you come in. We need your input and reply on your expertise to distribute funds through the grant review process.

Every year we look at problems in our community that need solved, the people that need help and the local programs that can meet those needs for our community.

We follow our mission and our vision and it grows from there.


Education is the cornerstione of individual and community success. We know that entering school ready to learn and graduating on time leads to success in work and life. It's essential to getting and keeping a job with a livable workforce attracts world-class jobs.

Funded Organizations

Character Development, Mentoring and Life Skills


  • Comprehensive Character Development/ Boy Scouts of America
  • Scoutreach / Boy Scouts of America
  • Community Based Programs / Girl Scouts of Kansas Hearland
  • Community Based Menoring Program / Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters (El Dorado)
  • Community Based / Leadership Butler
  • Learning Assistance / Bradford Memorial Library outreach program
  • Lending Library / Special Families
  • Summer program / Special Families

Child Advocacy in Legal System

Program / Agency

  • Court Appointed Special Adcocates Tri County CASA
  • Teen Intervention Episcopal Social Services
  • Teen Intervention Safe House Teen Dating Violence and prevention
  • Child Advocacy Ceneter / Sunlight Children's Advocacy & Rights Foundation (SCARF)

Quality Child Care


Child Care Aware / Child Start/ Head Start Program


Income is one of the basic building blocks of a good life. It's about more than having a paycheck though. It's also about financial stability and having access to job training and financial counseling and opportunities for higher education.

As many as one-third of working Americans do not earn enough money to meet their basic needs. These individuals are walking a financial tightrope- they are barely able to get by, with no ability to save for college, a home , or for retirement.

Funded Organizations

Program / Agency

Employment Assitance and Job Training

Pathway of Hope / Salvation Army

Financial Counseling

Representitive Payee / Episcopal Social Services

Self- Sufficiency

Bridges Independent Living / Resource Center For Independent Living

Food, Shelter and Other Basic Needs

  • Emergency Social Services / Mid Kansas Community Action Program
  • Emergency Social Services / The Salvation Army
  • Homeless Services / The Salvation Army
  • Homeless Services / Butler homeless Initiative
  • Youth Residential Services / The Salvation Army
  • Meals on Wheals / Susan B Allen
  • Sunshine Children's Home / SCARF

Health is a basic need that impacts a person's daily life. Families are overwhelmed by a major illness in the family which creates financial burdens.A quality life isn't possible without good health. Someone struggling with mental illness, a victim of abuse and neglect- they all need quality care.

Funded Organizations

Health Support

  • Bereavenent Services / Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice
  • Volunteer Services / Harry Hynes Memorail Hospice

Medical Services

Dental and vision voucher / Mid Kansas Community Action Program

Mental Health Counseling

  • Early Childhood mental Health Rainbows United
  • Crisis Counseling Safe House
  • Kid Safe Program / Safe House
  • Sexual assualt/abuse and neglect / Safe House

Disability Support

  • Targeted Case Management / Rainbows United
  • Adult Day Services /United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas
  • Community Service Assistive Technology / United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas
  • Independent Living Support / United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas
  • Independent Living Support / Resource Ceneter for Independent Living
  • Build a Ramp / Resource Center for Independent Living

Services for the Elderly

Medical Transportation Services / Resource Center for Independent Living

Services for individuals with special needs

  • Support for individuals and their families with developmental disbilities / The Arc of Butler
  • Support for individuals and their families with developmental disabilities / Special Families
  • Cirlcle of Friends / The Arc of Butler
  • Special Olympics / The Arc of Butler
  • Parent to Parent / Special Families
  • Emergency Medical Grant Program / Special Families


  • Children are ready to learn when they start school.
  • Children keep up with their peers and graduate high school.
  • Individuals and families are financially stable.
  • Everyone lives healthy, responsible lives, by making good choices.