Big brothers/big sisters

132 N. Eisenhower. Serves children in the USD 475 area from age 6-17 by providing adults who act as mentors and role models.  When children and teens have the influence of a caring adult, they are more likely to avoid risky behaviors and to focus on academics.  Today's youth face a variety of challenges, and being matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister can help them navigate these challenges and reach their potential.  

casa of the 8th judicial district

801 N Washington St. Ste C. The primary goal of CASA programs is to assist in securing permanency for children who are in the child welfare system due to abuse and/or neglect. The presiding judge in such a case may appoint a volunteer CASA who is responsible for advocating on behalf of the child’s best interests and helping them obtain a safe, permanent, and homelike placement. CASA volunteers can also be appointed to work with children in the juvenile justice system and children involved in domestic relations cases.

24-Hour Hotlines, 24-Hour Crisis Intervention, Safe Shelter, Food and Subsistence, Advocacy, Referrals, Children's Services, Support Groups for Women and Children, Supportive Counseling, Assistance with Protection Orders.  COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND TRAINING  The Crisis Center provides educational programs to churches, schools, and civic groups, as well as specialized training to professional associations and employee groups.  For information call 785-539-7935.  WE CAN HELP Manhattan 785-579-2785, Junction City 785-762-8835.  Outside Manhattan and Junction City 1-800-727-2785.

138 W 3rd St.  Strives to minimize hunger in the community, raise community awareness of hunger among low-income families, transients, and encourage the donation of surplus food. 785-762-8830   HOURS - MONDAY AND THURSDAY 9AM - 11:30AM. TUESDAY 5:30PM TO 7PM

girl scouts of northeast Kansas & northwest  Missouri

921 W. 4th St.  Dedicated solely to girls where, in partnership with adults, girls develop strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their self-worth.  

Junction City Family YMCA

1703 McFarland Rd.  Provides sports, fitness, recreation programs, and social services for all regardless of their ability to pay, in the Junction City, Ft. Riley, Geary County area.  The Learn to Swim program is funded by United Way of Junction City/Geary County, so that all 4th graders in USD 475 have the opportunity to learn water safety.  

Operation Wheels - Provides transportation to military dependent families needing transportation to limited locations to meet family needs.  This includes doctor appointments, mental health services, WIC appointments, etc.   

kansas legal services

Kansas Legal Services is a nonprofit law firm. It specializes in providing legal representation to the most vulnerable in your community, including, victims of domestic violence, children, crime victims, the elderly, and the disabled. Attorneys with KLS practice general poverty law; they use the courts to help low-income individuals break down legal barriers preventing them from being more economically stable. Success happens when KLS helps the individual increase their ability to be more self-sufficient so that they can overcome poverty on their own. In many cases the individual will remain in poverty but their quality of life will be increased; this often happens with disabled and elderly clients. For example, KLS might help them obtain benefits like housing, access to healthcare or other financial assistance they were being wrongly denied. KLS's mission is to provide legal representation to those who cannot otherwise afford an attorney, especially in situations where a legal solution will provide a positive impact.  You can find us on Facebook or Twitter.


814 Caroline. Provides comprehensive quality mental health and substance use treatment, as well as recovery services to strengthen the wellness of our communities.

JC pacesetters/Special Olympics

The Junction City Pacesetters is a local Kansas Special Olympics sports team for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities.  The Pacesetters started over 30 years ago on Ft. Riley (at Camp Funston), Kansas.  We currently have about 30 special athletes.  These special athletes come from Junction City and Ft. Riley.  We bowl, play basketball, participate in track and field events, and in social activities year round.  Special Olympics give these athletes a chance to compete in different sports at their skill level and feel good about their accomplishments.  This special athlete must be at least 8 years old and have a current physical.  There is NO COST to the athlete after their physical.  Questions: call Coach John at 785-209-1996 or email