National Volunteer Week is April 12-18

For Immediate Release
April 15, 2015

UNITED WAY CONTACT
Lillian Moss, Communications Assistant
Phone: 785.581.0244
E-mail: lillian.moss@unitedwaytopeka.org

National Volunteer Week is April 12-18

Kansas ranks 4th in America for the second year in a row in percentage of residents who volunteer

 TOPEKA, KAN.— April 12-18, 2015 is National Volunteer Week. This is the 41st anniversary of the week which 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 2013, 36.1 percent of Kansans volunteered an estimated 82.2 million hours of service, ranking our state 4th (for the second year in a row) among the 50 states and Washington, D.C. Kansans contribute most of their volunteer time to faith-based service, educational areas and social service.

Established in 1974, 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 United Way of Greater Topeka’s volunteer site http://volunteer.unitedwaytopeka.org/ or contact Kimberly Wolff at 785.581.0206.

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 United Way brings together people, companies and nonprofits to create positive sustainable change in our community. By focusing on education, financial stability 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 $110 million into the community.or more than 80 years United Way of Greater Topeka has been improving and changing lives. Since 1980, United Way has invested more than $110 million into the community.

For more than 80 years United Way of Greater Topeka has been improving and changing lives. Since 1980, United Way has invested more than $110 million into the community.

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