The Emprise Bank United Way 2017 Campaign was both a financial & physical opportunity to give back to our communities. We reached our company-wide monetary donation participation goal, and we had 55 of our teams at 100% participation through payroll deduction and/or one-time donation gifts. United Way supports programs and initiatives within the following community building blocks: education (nurturing children's potential), income (fostering financial stability), and health (improving people's wellness). Gifts to United Way will fund programs at local agencies, United Way's “Be There” school attendance initiative, the United Way 2-1-1 helpline, the United Way Volunteer Center, Give Items of Value Program and other community initiatives.

Another aspect of the Emprise Bank United Way 2017 Campaign was participation in the Loaned Executive Program. Each year, companies step forward and offer United Way one of their own employees or sponsor an employee to help with the campaign. Loaned Executives help companies strategize and develop their campaigns, present at employee campaign meetings and help companies wrap up and report their results. Companies and employees were recognized for their participation at the United Way Kickoff Breakfast held in September.

Our United Way Committee Chair, Tiffany, receiving recognition on behalf of Emprise Bank at the United Way Kickoff Breakfast held Thursday, September 7th

We also used our campaign week to focus on volunteer opportunities in our communities. Photos of our Emprise Empowers volunteers at the different events are highlighed below. Learn more about our Emprise Empowers community involvement initiative by clicking here.

The United Way of the Plains' 2017 campaign video shows how gifts to the United Way can help. “When you donate to United Way of the Plains, you become a part of someone else's story.”

Donations can be made to United Way of the Plains:
• Through payroll deduction at participating employers
• Online at www.unitedwayplains.org/campaign
• By mail to United Way of the Plains, 245 N. Water, Wichita, KS 67202.

Our Eureka Emprise Empowers Volunteers helped support National Car Seat Safety Week along with the United Way Campaign Week. Free car seats were given to those who qualified, and other parents and guardians brought their cars by to make sure their car seats were installed correctly and secured properly in place.

We teamed up with the Homeless Resource Center & Street Outreach Services of Wichita for an on-site volunteer project at the Emprise Bank Center in downtown Wichita during United Way Week. We made over 500 hygiene kits to be distributed and 10 blankets for teens in shelters.

Volunteers in Iola & Moran helped by unwrapping canned goods, marking out bar codes, and writing expiration dates on top of products at the Allen County Community Food Pantry during United Way Week. Reflecting on the experience, they said, “It's amazing how much you can get done with awesome teammates and have fun, too!”

Our Hays Market volunteers helped process and price clothing at the ARC Thrift Store during United Way Week! Shopping at and donating to The Arc of Central Plains supports Special Olympics participation for people in the Hays, KS area.

Catholic Charities: Our Daily Bread Food Pantry - “We spent the morning helping those in need shop, stocking shelves and general cleaning. It was a wonderful experience and we all would love the opportunity to go back.”

At The ARC of Sedgwick County, volunteers helped set-up light displays, check lights, and complete other tasks in preparation for the Arc’s Annual Christmas light display.

Volunteers from Emprise helped pass out beverages to 400+ guests to support the Lawrence Humane Society's Wild, Wild West Fur Ball during United Way Week 2017.

Emprise Empowers Volunteers in El Dorado gave their time to the Pregnancy Care Center during United Way Week.

Our McPherson Branch provided clean-up for Mt. Hope Sanctuary’s Taco Tuesday event held on September 26 during United Way Week.

Emprise Empowers Volunteers in Humboldt cleaned out freezers at the local food pantry during United Way Week.