Upcoming Events

Walk in their Shoes

Walk in their Shoes

Saturday, May 5th

For those of us who have never “walked in their shoes,” we probably have a hard time understanding what life is like for a person who lives in poverty. The Cost of Poverty Experience, or COPE, is a three-hour interactive event that offers a glimpse into the lives of low-income individuals and families living in the community.

COPE offers a snapshot of the obstacles that are faced, the decisions that are made, and the consequences that impact families every day. COPE also reveals how the policies and systems within our community help or hinder the progress of these families.You'll come away from this event reexamining your assumptions about people who live in poverty and the challenges that face them.

Participation is free, but space is limited and registration is required.

9 am - 12 noon, Saturday, May 5
Towne West Square. Enter through the main entrance on the north (Maple Street) side of the mall. Follow the signs!

Register here

Humanitarian Awards Dinner

Humanitarian Awards Dinner

Thursday, August 23rd

The wealth of philanthropy, volunteerism and just plain good people in Wichita never ceases to amaze. Each year when selecting people, business and organizations for the Humanitarian Awards, which have been presented since 1951, we are faced with excellent and difficult choices. Honorees exemplify devotion to others, dedication to making the community better, perseverance in the face of difficulty, strong faith and a commitment to using their time and talents to help those in need.

Nominations are now open with a nomination deadline of April 3, 2018. Who do you know? 

Download the nomination form here.

Ongoing Events

Operation Holiday

Operation Holiday

October–December 2017

Operation Holiday distributes nonperishable food, fresh food vouchers, winter wear and blankets to low-income families and individuals to more than 12,000 Sedgwick County residents annually. Children 14 and under receive gifts through a partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. Teen2Teen provides gifts for children 15-17. In 2015 we started a pet food distribution program with Skaer Veterinary Clinic.

More about Operation Holiday »

Past Events

Souper Bowl 2018

Souper Bowl 2018

February 2nd, 2018

A Wichita tradition, Souper Bowl is always the Friday prior to the "other" Bowl. Chefs from area restaurants donate their most popular soups, and lunch is topped off with breads, beverages and "church lady desserts" (starting at $1 each). The first 200 visitors get a free handcrafted bowl, with additional bowls (made by local artists and students) available for sale.

Program Center, 829 N Market, Wichita, KS 67214|(316) 264-9303