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Local United Way changes its name to Konza United Way



May 30, 2014
The local United Way board of directors announced its organization's new name — Konza United Way. After many months of thoughtful consideration the board announced its second name change in its 70-year history. The new name is designed to incorporate the regional influence and service area that includes caring for people in Clay, Marshall, Pottawatomie, Riley, Wabaunsee and Washington Counties.

Konza United Way is committed to focusing on the building blocks for a good life: education, health and income. Advancing the common good in the six-county region is less about helping one person at a time and more about changing systems to help everyone.

"Our new name reflects the regional nature of our local United Way and pays respect to our prairie heritage," said Jeff Morris, board chair. "As our population continues to grow, the need to reach into our entire service area expands."

"Konza United Way and its programs invest in strengthening our neighbors' education, health and income opportunities," said Lee Ann Smith Desper, executive director of Konza United Way. "Our new name demonstrates our commitment to improving the lives in our region."

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