Nancy Perry Day of Caring is Sept. 13: Volunteers to complete 70 projects

TOPEKA, KAN. (Sept. 9, 2013) – Volunteers will tackle 70 community projects for 41 community organizations during Friday’s (Sept. 13) Nancy Perry Day of Caring. The day serves as the traditional kick-off for United Way of Greater Topeka’s annual campaign.

The Day of Caring starts with a 7:30 a.m. breakfast in Agriculture Hall at the Kansas Expo Centre. Among the speakers will be Nancy Perry, who for 24 years, led the United Way of Greater Topeka. The day was named in her honor in 2007 as she announced her retirement.

“We’re thrilled with the number of projects submitted by non-profits and the number of companies who have organized teams of employees to complete the work,” said Ryan Gonzales, United Way director of volunteer engagement. “While some projects are bricks and mortar while other are more service-oriented, this day symbolizes the caring, compassionate spirit in our community that carries through to our campaign.”

Projects range from building sheds to packaging food, landscaping, painting, clearing fields and trails, building and repairing wheelchair ramps, and assembling various types of kits for clients of non-profit organizations. Some of the largest projects are being staffed by teams of employees from a single company as the day also serves as a team-building exercise.

The Nancy Perry Day of Caring is made possible through the generous support of Platinum Sponsor Security Benefit, Gold Sponsors Capitol Federal and Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, and Silver Sponsor FHLBank.


United Way brings together people, companies and nonprofits to create positive sustainable change in our community. By focusing on education, income and health, we help more children graduate and get stable jobs, help families become financially stable and improve the overall health of our community. United Way remains dedicated to Basic Needs including food, shelter, rent and utilities, health and prescription access and safety from domestic violence.

For more than 80 years United Way of Greater Topeka has been improving and changing lives. Since 1980, United Way has invested more than $105 million into the community.


Kick-Off Breakfast Agenda

7:15 a.m.       Washburn Rural High School Band plays outdoors

7:30 a.m.       Breakfast served in Ag Hall

7:50 a.m.       Breakfast program begins

  • Miriam Krehbiel, CEO, United Way of Greater Topeka
  • 2013 United Way campaign video
  • Kent Townsend, Board Chairman, United Way of Greater Topeka
  • Nancy Daniels, CEO, Big Brothers, Big Sisters
  • Nancy Perry
  • Kent Townsend
  • Adjourn

All Day           Nancy Perry Day projects – Some are full-day, others are half-day

See table below for suggested projects with good visuals and/or large numbers of volunteers.

Project Agency Name Details Contact
Help Feed Hungry Children215 SE Quincy Street


9 a.m. to Noon and

1 -4 p.m.

Harvesters Up to 60 Security Benefit employees will pack nutritious food items for Harvesters initiative to feed hungry children over the weekend. Jannett Wiens,  861-7711 
Mac and CheeseCentral Congregational Church in Topeka,

1248 SW Buchanan


1-4 p.m.

Sponsored by United Way of Greater Topeka Up to 50 volunteers from Hills Pet Nutrition will unload and assemble equipment and ingredients to create 4-5 assembly lines to package food.  Packaged food will be delivered to a local organization. Kim Ribelin, 228-5123
Topeka Housing Authority Pride Day1312 SW Polk


9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Topeka Housing Authority 35 volunteers will be painting, planting flowers and shrubs and landscaping  Trey George, 383-5776 
Hooked on Successful Students5512 SW 16th Street


9 a.m. to Noon

McCarter Elementary 20-40 volunteers from Security Benefit assembling reading packets.  Laminating, cutting and labeling. Kathy Cooney, 438-4660 
School Landscape Clean UpCourtyard, exterior on north and east side of building

401 SE Market St


9 a.m. to Noon

Scott Magnet School  15 volunteers to clean up and lay down mulch in the courtyard for placement of picnic tables for students to read and study.  Clean up the bushes Market and 4th. Sarah Lucerno, 234-7480