KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The United Way of Greater Kansas City has launched its fall campaign and one woman is sharing her story of how a funded agency changed her life.
Literacy Kansas City pairs trained tutors with area residents who can't read. They need help mastering basic skills and, if successful, can be on their way to an education.
That was the case for one metro woman who explained at Tuesday's kick-off luncheon how the United Way helped her learn to read and earn her GED at age 59.
"To a person who doesn't know how to read, they're living in darkness," said Christina Jones, who is now proud to be literate. "They're always scared someone's going to ask them to read something they can't read. They have to watch what they do with signing documents. They just always have to be careful."
The United Way raised more than $36 million last year. Ten companies have already pledged more than $4 million dollars for this fall campaign.