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Founded
1970
Size
Small
Little moments. Big magic.
Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters helps boys and girls, most of whom are considered at risk and live in single-parent homes, achieve their full potential through long-term personal relationships with carefully screened and caring volunteers. Big Brothers and Big Sisters are, foremost, friends to children: They share everyday activities, expand horizons, and experience the joy in even the simplest events. Within those little moments lies the big magic that a Big Brother or Big Sister brings to the life of a young person. National research has shown that the shared experiences between Bigs and Littles have a direct and lasting impact on children's lives. A Big can help a child discover a world of possibilities and opportunities simply by being a genuine friend.
Founded
1961
Size
Giant
Live united
United Way of the Plains is a local, volunteer-driven organization. United Way brings the community together to address critical issues such as care for the elderly, youth at risk, disaster relief, and more. United Way of the Plains serves Sedgwick and surrounding counties in south Central Kansas. United Way raises funds each year to support 90 programs at local nonprofits and to provide direct community services. Funding supports programs in these impact areas: strengthening children and families; assisting the elderly; meeting basic needs; and fostering health and independence.
Founded
1938
Size
Large
Providing temporary and emergency shelter for children in crisis.
Founded in 1888, the Wichita Children's Home (WCH) today offers the only emergency, temporary residential shelter for children in their community. WCH is open 24/7 and serves children from birth to 22 years of age. The Home provides several programs, including the Street Outreach Services (SOS) and BRIDGES. SOS focuses on helping runaway and homeless children and provides presentations to middle and high school assemblies and distributes cards with emergency contact information. BRIDGES is a program that provides housing, counseling and education for 16 to 22 year olds. WCH also provides a safety zone for infants and toddlers in the Foster Care program.
Founded
1956
Size
Medium
Engaging in productions of symphonic music
The mission of the Wichita Symphony is to enrich, educate, and entertain diverse audiences of all ages in our region through performances of orchestral music, thereby enhancing the vibrancy and vitality of Wichita. A broad range of performances that includes Classics, Pops, Family, and Educational reach thousands each year. Among its many educational programs throughout the season, the Symphony presents two sets of young peoples concerts for nearly 25,000 area third through eighth grade students, and a Youth Orchestras program with three ensembles serving 225 area music students.
Founded
1969
Size
Medium
Restoring hope and protecting dignity.
United Methodist Open Door provides for basic human needs, promotes positive life changes, restores hope and protects dignity. United Methodist Open Door began in 1965 as United Methodist Urban Ministry of Wichita by a group of Methodist clergy and laity who sought to respond to the issues of poverty, including issues of racial justice, raised by the turmoil of that time. Today, Open Door serves approximately 38,210 unduplicated people each year through six programs located at three sites: Community Food Ministry, Commodity Supplemental Food Program, Klothes Kloset, Homeless Resource Center, Vision Quest homeless prevention program, and the Transitional Housing Program.
Founded
1972
Size
Medium
The Broadway stars of today & tomorrow!
Music Theatre of Wichita is dedicated to stimulating and nurturing interest in musical theatre by producing/or presenting Broadway quality productions while entertaining and educating patrons, the community and theatrical artists. MTWichita self-produces five Broadway-scale musical productions, using a unique mixture of top-flight professionals from Broadway and Hollywood, working hand in hand with talented Midwesterners. While producing its musicals, Music Theatre simultaneously conducts a specialized training program, geared to helping talented young Midwesterners prepare for professional careers. Largely because of this unique program, Music Theatre can boast young alumni onstage or backstage at almost every Broadway musical currently running, and most of the national tours.
Founded
1983
Size
Large
Rescuing food, helping people, since 1984
The Kansas Food Bank (KFB), which incorporated in 1983 and began operations in 1984, provides comprehensive and compassionate HungerCare whenever and wherever it is needed to safeguard the health, well-being and productivity of food-insecure Kansas families and their children, as well as senior citizens, the homeless and the chronically ill and impoverished among us. KFB serves over 400 Hunger Relief partners in 86 Kansas counties distributing over 11.5 million pounds of food each year. These counties cover more than 73,000 square miles in Kansas. KFB works with other Feeding America Food Banks to share large quantities of food that any one food bank could not distribute alone.
Founded
1984
Size
Tiny
Breaking the cycle of poverty and hunger
Trees for Life International's work started in the early 1980s with the planting of fruit trees in India. The emphasis was on creating awareness, training people to plant and take care of trees, and providing them with the resources needed to accomplish their tasks. Each recipient made a pledge to help at least two others in the same manner in which they had been helped. But far more important than the number of trees planted is the fact that tree planting inspires many people to do more to help themselves. They have started projects on bee-keeping, fuel-efficient stoves, improvement of their soils, water conservation, scientific improvement of plant breeding materials, self-help loans, improvement of medical facilities, improvement of educational facilities and other socially responsible activities.
Founded
1985
Size
Giant
Inspiring a deeper interest in science
The mission of Exploration Place is to inspire a deeper interest in science through creative and fun experience. Exploration Place is dedicated to providing informal, enjoyable learning experiences with extraordinary resources for exploration for people of all ages. Our exhibits and programs are STEM focus (science, technology, engineering and science.) Permanent exhibits include Exploring Flight and Design, Exploring Our Only Home, Kansas Kids Connect (a pre-school only gallery), The Castle, Kansas in Miniature. We also feature three different traveling exhibits each year. Annual attendance is more than 200,000, and since opening in April 2000, more than 3 million people have visited.
Founded
1991
Size
Tiny
Connect. Engage. Thrive.
We connect with students to help them engage and thrive in education and their future. The Pando Initiative has been successfully connecting with more than 200,000 students in area schools since 1990. Our core model focuses on individual students who are struggling with school and life. We position a dedicated staff member inside partner schools in Wichita, Derby and Haysville public schools.
Founded
1965
Size
Small
To inspire discovery, appreciation and respect for animals and nature.
Formed in 1963, Sedgwick County Zoological Society works to foster public interest and support for the Sedgwick County Zoo, by operating and maintaining the Zoo. The Zoo has seen steady progress through the past three decades with major exhibits opening every few years. The Zoological Society also promotes education and research to better aid in the management and preservation of both zoo and wild animals. The Zoo has an annual attendance of nearly 550,000 visitors and is the number one tourist attraction in Kansas.
Founded
2001
Size
Tiny
Serving the needs of county law enforcement nationwide
Founded in 1995, the United States Deputy Sheriffs' Association (USDSA) awards needed equipment, free of charge, to mostly rural, underfunded county law enforcement agencies. Our provided services include: emergency disaster relief of $2,000 to members killed in the line of duty; members may attend defensive tactics or tactical entry seminars; and we award equipment to departments who need it. Equipment is typically in the form of bulletproof vests, camcorders and general officer safety items.