WICHITA, Kan., Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 — United Way of the Plains will launch its annual fundraising campaign in Cowley County on Thursday, Sept. 17. United Way is encouraging individuals to support local nonprofit programs by giving directly to United Way (at www.unitedwayplains.org/cowleydonate) or giving through payroll deduction at their workplaces (companies can learn more about providing employees payroll deduction giving by contacting Conner Hampton, at [email protected] or (316) 267‑1321).

See more information at www.unitedwayplains.org/cowley-county.

“Despite all the difficulties of 2020, we know that working together we can help those who are facing hardships–whether caused by the Pandemic or personal crises,” said Jesse Morris, United Way of the Plains board member and Assistant VP, Union State Bank, Winfield. “We encourage everyone who is able, to support our efforts to meet the needs of people in our communities across Cowley County. Your gifts make a difference right here, every day, all year long.”

Impact of United Way of the Plains in Cowley County:

Last year donations to United Way:

  • Helped Cowley County residents more than 20,800 times.
  • Connected 325 Cowley County residents to help through United Way 211, which connects Kansans to community resources to meet their needs for food, rent, shelter, medical care, workforce services and more.
  • Saved Cowley County nonprofits $1,977 through the United Way Give Items of Value Warehouse, which accepts donated products and furnishings from companies and offers them for free to nonprofits, helping them keep their expenses down.
  • Funded Angels in the Attic, Inc.; Big Brothers/Big Sisters; CASA of Cowley County; Eagle Nest; Elevate Cowley County; Family Life Services of Southern KS; Habitat for Humanity of Arkansas City; Winfield Area Habitat for Humanity; Sunflower Outreach Services (dba Joseph’s Storehouse); Winfield Community Helping Hands at First United Methodist Church; and Winfield Community Food Pantry (effective October 1, 2019 – December 31, 2020).


On December 1, 2019, Cowley County United Way merged with United Way of the Plains. The Cowley County board members initiated the merger to improve its ability to meet Cowley County needs.

  • Cowley County representative on the United Way of the Plains board of directors: Jesse Morris, Union State Bank
  • Cowley County Advisory Council: residents of Cowley County help determine funding of nonprofit programs in Cowley County (see list below)
  • Funds raised in Cowley County: reserved to support nonprofit programs in Cowley County

2020 Cowley County Advisory Council

This council will assist the United Way of the Plains board of directors in determining funding of nonprofit programs in Cowley County.

  • Colleen Cain, Graves Drug, Arkansas City, KS
  • Mandy Cannon, RCB Bank, Winfield, KS
  • Mary Jarvis, Retired-Social Worker, Winfield, KS
  • Becky Long, Albright Realty, Winfield, KS
  • Marla McFarland, City of Arkansas City, Arkansas City, KS
  • Jesse Morris, Union State Bank, Winfield, KS
  • Russ Tomevi, Retired-Director of Public Works/Engineering, Winfield, KS
  • Karen Zeller, Retired-Zeller Motor Co., Inc., Arkansas City, KS