For Immediate Release
January 11. 2015
UNITED WAY CONTACT
Kimberly Wolff, Director of Volunteer Engagement
Christmas Bureau thanks community for 100% adoption rate
TOPEKA, KAN. (Jan.11, 2016) – Organizations, companies and individuals across Shawnee County made Christmas brighter for every person or family who registered with the 2015 Christmas Bureau. A steady supply of donations and adopters meant that everyone was taken care of in plenty of time for the holiday. This year 2,009 households received gifts and food, benefitting 6,627 individuals.
“I can’t say enough good things about our donors and volunteers,” said Kimberly Wolff, Director of Volunteer Engagement for United Way of Greater Topeka. “It takes hours and hours of preparation, starting with the amazing programmers at se2. The online adoption portal they created and maintain for Christmas Bureau has really enhanced our ability to quickly match donors with recipients. And we simply couldn’t make this happen without the dozens of volunteers who walk recipients through a fairly complex intake system. This truly is a community effort.”
The Christmas Bureau wishes to acknowledge Capitol Federal and the Capitol Federal Foundation, Security Benefit and the Security Benefit Charitable Foundation, Payless ShoeSource and FHL Bank Topeka for adopting large numbers of families and/or making significant financial contributions. Thanks also go out to Christmas Bureau partners Topeka Rescue Mission and Doorstep for taking hundreds of families and to Connie and Pat Michaelis and the participants of the original Party with a Purpose, which adopted 70 households representing 278 individuals. Other groups that helped shop or deliver include the Topeka High ROTC, the Shawnee Heights High School basketball teams and Westar employees.
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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 $110 million into the community.