United Way announces Summer of Service for Youth Volunteer Corps


Mike McLaughlin, Communications Director | Phone: 785.228.5117
E–mail: mike.mclaughlin@unitedwaytopeka.org

For Immediate Release: May 30, 2014

TOPEKA, KAN. – The Youth Volunteer Corps of Greater Topeka has scheduled 24 days of service projects for June and July as part of its Summer of Service. Youth ages 11 to 18 are invited to serve on one or more of the projects planned at several local nonprofits.

“We are encouraging youth in Shawnee County to spend a portion of their summer vacation making a difference in their community,” said Kim Ribelin, director of YVC of Greater Topeka. “They will be joining forces with thousands of other youth volunteers throughout the country who will be serving with Youth Volunteer Corps this summer.”

Youth will serve primarily in the mornings on various days of the week at local organizations. Limited space is available on some projects, so youth are encouraged to sign up quickly.

Interested youth may email YVC@unitedwaytopeka.org or call (785) 228–5123 for more information.

Project Date Time Location
Topeka Zoo — Building fence June 2nd 8:30–12:30 Topeka Zoo
Topeka Zoo — Building ice rink June 4th 8:30–12:30 Topeka Zoo
Artsconnect — Painting mural June 6th 8:30–12:30 Meadows Elementary School
Artsconnect — Painting mural June 9th 8:30–12:30 Meadows Elementary School
Successful Connections — Making Cuddle Blankets June 11th 8:30–12:30 United Way Offices
Born Learning Trail – Landscaping& clean–up June 13th 8:30–12:30 1100 SE Highland Ave.
Kindergarten Prep Camp — Reading buddies June 16th 8:30–12:30 401 SE Market Street
Harvesters – Sorting & packing food June 18th 8:30–12:30 Harvesters Warehouse
Summer Learning Day Book Drive – Collecting books June 20th 8:30–12:30 Capitol Building
Tykes on Bikes — Carnival assistance June 21st 8:30–12:30 Topeka West HS West Parking Lot
Keep America Beautiful — Garden of Hope June 23rd 8:30–12:30 225 NE Laurent
Keep America Beautiful — Litter cleanup June 25th 8:30–12:30 East side of Kansas Avenue Bridge
Parents as Teachers — Cleaning playroom & toys June 27th 8:30–12:30 Avondale East 455 SE Golf Park Blvd.
Parents as Teachers — Cleaning playroom & toys June 30th 8:30–12:30 Pine Ridge 1100 SE Highland Ave
Artsconnect–Mural — Painting mural July 2nd 8:30–12:30 2nd and Quinton
Junior League Diaper Depot – Sorting donated diapers July 7th 8:30–12:30 7215 SW Topeka Blvd. Building 3
Kindergarten Prep Camp — Reading buddies  July 9th  8:30–12:30 401 SE Market Street
Sunflower State Games – Volunteering for event July 11th 1:00–4:00 Seaman High School
Kindergarten Prep Camp — Reading buddies July 14th 8:30–12:30 401 SE Market Street
Artsconnect–Mural — Painting mural July 16th 8:30–12:30 2nd and Quinton
Sunflower State Games – Volunteering for event July 19th 8:00–4:00 Forbes Field
Parents as Teachers – Cleaning playroom & toys July 23rd 8:30–12:30 Quinton Heights Elementary
Topeka Housing Authority — Day of Beautification July 25th 8:30–12:30 14th and Western Ave.
Successful Connections — Making Cuddle Blankets July 30th 8:30–12:30 United Way Offices


United Way’s early education community impact goal is for children to be ready to learn when they start school. Two of the Summer of Service projects support this goal.

  • The Born Learning Trail is a project of United Way of Greater Topeka’s Young Leaders Society and is part of our community impact work in early education.
  • Kindergarten Prep Camp is a United Way of Greater Topeka community impact program aimed at helping children who have not had the benefit of attending preschool.

Youth Volunteer Corps of Greater Topeka’s mission is to promote a lifetime commitment to service among youth by offering volunteer projects for youth ages 11 to 18 on Saturdays, after school, in school and during the summer. YVC of Greater Topeka is one of nearly 30 affiliates of Youth Volunteer Corps, headquartered in Kansas City and is sponsored by United Way of Greater Topeka.

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.