Retired and Senior Volunteer Recognition Breakfast set for Sept. 30

For Immediate Release: Sept. 22, 2014

UNITED WAY CONTACT: Mike McLaughlin, Communications Director
Phone: 785.228.5117 | E-mail:

TOPEKA, KAN. (Sept. 22, 2014) – The 2014 Recognition Breakfast for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Shawnee and Douglas Counties is set for 9-11 a.m. Sept. 30 at the Big Gage Shelter House, 635 SW Gage. The RSVP program is sponsored by United Way of Greater Topeka.

From April 1, 2013 to April 1, 2014, RSVP volunteers provided more than 22,000 hours of volunteer service in roles ranging from delivering food, working in food pantries, transporting individuals to appointments, being companions to those in need, helping with the Christmas Bureau, tutoring and serving as mentors to children. More than 150 individuals volunteer through RSVP.

“Older volunteers bring a lifetime of experience and skills to issues they care about,” said Virginia Tillery, coordinator, RSVP program. “Most volunteer because they want to help others and they want to make a meaningful difference in their communities.”

During the breakfast, Paula Hladky and Willard Eppling will be recognized as the longest-tenured RSVP volunteers. Darrell Whaley will be recognized for volunteering the most hours for RSVP in 2013. Depending on whether they are able to attend, recognition may also be given to the oldest RSVP volunteer and the oldest active RSVP volunteer.


9:05 a.m.  Welcome – Renae Wright, chair of the RSVP Advisory Council
9:15 a.m.  Invocation – Larry Rinker
9:20 a.m.  Recognition of sponsors and breakfast served
9:45 a.m.  Program – Kevin Doel, planning committee chairman
10:25 a.m. United Way – Miriam Krehbiel, president and CEO, United Way
10:40 a.m. Entertainment – Emmie and Paula


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.