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Working Families' Friend Mission Statement

To gather community resources in order to enable employed and recently unemployed individuals to sustain and maintain quality of life through assistance, training, advocacy and financial support.

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Services Provided by WFF
Last year Working Families' Friend assisted over 7,000 people in need of emergency assistance. Of the 7,006 people served, 654 required cash assistance for a total of $297,000. The remaining were served through advocacy work provided by Working Families' Friend staff.
Our Funding Sources
Current funding comes primarily from United Way of Greater Kansas City; other sources include individuals, local unions and corporations. It is our goal to widely diversify funding sources in order to serve a broader segment of working people and to offer a wider variety of programs and services.
What Does WFF Do?
Emergency assistance comes in the form of advocacy in most cases. Whether it is by contacting our clients' lenders, utility companies, medical providers, funeral homes or other creditors, Working Families' Friend helps to alleviate or reduce the client's financial challenge or helps to insure that they receive the services or financial assistance they need.
WFF Background
Working Families' Friend was founded on April 1, 2003, and modeled after a program that the Heart of America United Way instituted over 20 years ago called the AFL-CIO Community Service Program.  The Community Servce Program was designed to serve only members of Organized Labor and was limited to the funds available through United Way.
How Do We Help Those In Need

Clients in need are referred to Working Families' Friend through other social service providers who cannot serve them due to their income level or other circumstances or trained Community Councilors within the workplace where the client is employed.  Great measures are taken to insure that the need presented by the client is legitimate and that, if financial assistance is given, it is used for the intended purpose.

Who Are We?

The staff of Working Families’ Friend include it’s President and Founder, Mike Montgomery.  Prior to opening Working Families’ Friend, Mike was the Labor Liaison for the United Way.  One year after Working Families' Friend began, Joan Putthoff joined the staff as Vice President.  Prior to that Joan worked for United Way in Corporate Fund Raising for nearly 20 years.  In 2008 a third full-time position of Office Manager was added to the staff.

What's New
2014 Combined Charities Campaign

We are quickly approaching the signup for the 2014 Combined Charities Campaign and for Kansas City, Missouri Employees, County Employees and Federal Employees who particiate in a Combined Charities Campaign for the upcoming year.  We would like to invite you to consider giving your Combined Charities contributions directly to Working Families' Friend when you are making this year's choices.

Here is Working Families' Friend ID Numbers:

KCMO Combined Charities: #3130
Combined Federal Campaign: #57518

If you work for a company or organization that conducts a United Way Campaing, we encourage you to give generously to the general fund or one of the United Way's Priority Areas.  If you have already determined that you wish to designate your United Way gift to a specific agency, you could choose Working Families' Friend by requesting a Donor Designation form and selecting Agency 808 for Working Families' Friend.

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