April 6-12 is National Volunteer Week

For Immediate Release: April 3, 2014

UNITED WAY CONTACT: Mike McLaughlin, Communications Director

Phone: 785.228.5117 | Cell: 816.591.1592
E-mail: mike.mclaughlin@unitedwaytopeka.org

Kansas ranks 4th in America in percentage of residents who volunteer

TOPEKA, KAN.  April 6-12, 2014 is National Volunteer Week. This is the 40th anniversary of the week which Week focuses national attention on the impact and power of volunteerism and service as an integral aspect of our civic leadership.

According to Volunteering in America, in 2012, 36.4 percent of Kansans volunteered, ranking our state 4th among the 50 states and Washington, D.C. Kansans contribute most of their volunteer time to faith-based service, educational areas and social service. The United Way of Greater Topeka has logged 52,173 volunteer hours in 2013 which accounts for $1.1 million worth of service based on the Independent Sector’s value of volunteer time ($22.14).

Established in 1974, National Volunteer National Volunteer Week is about demonstrating that by collaborating together, we can meet our community’s challenges and accomplish our goals. It is about taking action and encouraging individuals in their respective communities to be at the center of social change – discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to make a difference.

For more information about volunteer opportunities in the Topeka/Shawnee county area please visit the United Way website at volunteer.unitedwaytopeka.org. Click on VOLUNTEER and then GET CONNECTED to view volunteer needs and event opportunities.


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.