United Way Nancy Perry Day of Caring set for Friday, Sept. 12

For Immediate Release: Sept. 15, 2014

Mike McLaughlin, Communications Director | Phone: 785.228.5117 | Cell: 816.591.1592
E-mail: mike.mclaughlin@unitedwaytopeka.org

TOPEKA, KAN. (Sept. 5, 2014) — United Way of Greater Topeka’s Nancy Perry Day of Caring is set for Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. Some 700 company employees and community volunteers will take on 60 projects for non-profits, schools and other organizations.

The day will begin with a kick-off breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at Ag Hall across from Capitol Plaza Hotel. Volunteers may visit the breakfast buffet as they pass by booths displaying United Way’s work in education, financial stability and health. Also at 7:30 a.m. the Shawnee Heights High School Drum Line will perform outside of Ag Hall to entertain volunteers as they continue arriving.

“Topeka is known as a generous and caring community,” said Sally Wright, United Way director of volunteer engagement. “The Nancy Perry Day of Caring will bring the Topeka community together and help strengthen our civic engagement.”

The Day of Caring encompasses United Way’s phrase GIVE. ADVOCATE. VOLUNTEER. While it has traditionally signaled the kick-off of United Way’s campaign, the day now focuses more on United Way’s work in the community. Speakers will include Miriam Krehbiel, United Way president and CEO, Kent Townsend, United Way board chairman, Glenda DuBoise, United Way campaign chair, Sophie George of Topeka Housing Authority – a United Way partner, and Nancy Perry who served as president and CEO of United Way of Greater Topeka for 24 years.

“This is a win-win situation for the Topeka community,” said Wright. “The non-profits receive ‘free labor’ and also have the ability to introduce volunteers to their organizations.”

The Nancy Perry Day of Caring is made possible through the generous support of Platinum Sponsor Security Benefit, Gold

Sponsor Capitol Federal and Bronze sponsors Stormont-Vail HealthCare, Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka and Prairie Band Pottawatomi Nation.

Best photo/video opportunities:

Topeka Housing Authority –Deer Creek Village  – 25th & Burr (S. of Highland Park High School) 9 a.m. – Noon Outdoor landscaping: 50 Volunteers from Stormont-Vail HealthCare, Clayton Financial Services, Dept of Corrections
Topeka Housing Authority –Echo Ridge Pride Day – 2010 SE California behind the THA offices 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Outdoor landscaping: 50 Security Benefit volunteers
McCarter Elementary5512 SW 16th St. 9 a.m. – Noon1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Rocking the Reckencks (making abacus), outside help with PE teacher, mingling with the kids, playing Flash Tag,4-square, etc., Constitution Work – (making copies) –28 volunteers from KaMMCO, Hill’s and Capital Federal
Ross Elementary – 1400 SE 34th 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Landscaping/curb appeal – 14 volunteers including Dr. Julie Ford of USD 501, BNSF and Heartland Visioning volunteers
Boys & Girls Club – 550 SE 27th 9 a.m. to noon Creating “Money Matters” Room – 11 volunteers from Stormont-Vail HealthCare


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.