Mission/History

Our Mission

Building a vibrant community by focusing on education, income, and health.

Our History

The roots of United Way of the Flint Hills run deep. It began in 1938 when a group of local business leaders, including William Allen White, formed the Emporia Community Chest in hopes of  improving the quality of  life for our community’s residents.  In that first year, the Community Chest raised $29,530 in ten days and exceed their goal by $6,000. Through the years, the funds raised by the Community Chest continued to grow and today is raising nearly $600,000 a year.

As the years passed, the Emporia Community Chest changed its name six times and expanded its service area to include all of Lyon County, as well as Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Morris, Osage, Wabaunsee, and Woodson Counties.  Today, the United Way of the Flint Hills works to serve the residents of all of our community’s well, and has expanded its reach to be more than a fundraising organization. 

Whether it’s our traditional fundraising campaign, or our work leading communities following a disaster, or implementing new and exciting programs such as Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, the United Way of the Flint Hills is working hard to be an organization that serves all members of our community.