2017 Christmas Bureau applications start October 24

For Immediate Release


Donna Swaffar, Communications Manager

2017 Christmas Bureau Application Process Starts October 24 at New Location

October 6, 2017, Topeka, KAN– Topeka Housing Authority’s Johnston Community Center building in the Echo Ridge neighborhood will be the site for the 2017 Shawnee County Christmas Bureau application process. Low-income families and individuals who need help with holiday gifts and a meal can apply in person beginning Tuesday, October 24. All applications must be in by 3 pm on Saturday, November 4. The Community Center is located at 2021 SE Market Street, just east of the THA office at 20th and California. The application center will not be open October 27 or October 29-31. Hours vary, so applicants should check the schedule for the day they plan to go.

United Way of Greater Topeka, which coordinates the Christmas Bureau, is asking for the community’s help to make sure those in need are aware of the location change for applications. In previous years, churches and other nonprofit agencies have provided space, including a downtown location at Let’s Help.

“We are grateful for the years we have been able to use the space at Let’s Help for Christmas Bureau intake,” said Kimberly Wolff, Senior Director of Volunteer Engagement at United Way. “Unfortunately, setting up and breaking down the site every day just isn’t feasible anymore with the resources available. Moving to Johnston Community Center allows us to leave the intake stations up through the entire process and will allow volunteers to concentrate on getting everyone through the application process as quickly as possible. We will be working closely with all the nonprofits in the community to make sure everyone who wants to apply for help has an opportunity to do so.”

Shawnee County residents wishing to apply for Christmas Bureau can get application forms starting Monday at THA, Let’s Help, Doorstep, the Topeka Rescue Mission, the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library and online at unitedwaytopeka.org/cb. One adult can register for the entire household. The registering adult MUST BRING:

  • his/her photo I.D.
  • proof of income for the ENTIRE household
  • Social Security Cards for everyone in the household

Copies of cards or documents with the required numbers listed will also be accepted.

Income requirements and the documents that can be accepted as proof of income are included on the form. Anyone having questions about the application process should call the United Way help line at 2-1-1.

Volunteers are also needed to staff the application center, especially those who speak both English and Spanish. Volunteer duties can include greeting applicants and reviewing documentation, confirming information on the application and data entry. If you or your group would like to volunteer, please contact Kimberly Wolff 228.5120.

Individuals, families and organizations wishing to adopt Christmas Bureau families can learn more online at https://unitedwaytopeka.org/work/cb/adopt/. Christmas Bureau will begin matching adopters with families when intake ends, with the goal of having all applicants adopted before Thanksgiving.



2017 Christmas Bureau
Application Dates
Johnston Community Center (Echo Ridge)
2021 SE Market, Topeka KS
Tuesday, October 24 9 am – 1 pm and 3 pm – 7 pm
Wednesday, October 25 9 am – 1 pm and 3 pm – 7 pm
Thursday, October 26 9 am – 1 pm and 3 pm – 7 pm
Friday, October 27 CLOSED
Saturday, October 28 9 am – 3 pm
Sunday, October 29 CLOSED
Monday, October 30 CLOSED
Tuesday, October 31 CLOSED
Wednesday, November 1 9 am – 1 pm and 3 pm – 7 pm
Thursday, November 2 9 am – 1 pm and 3 pm – 7 pm
Friday, November 3 9 am – 1 pm and 3 pm – 7 pm
Saturday, November 4
9 am – 3 pm

THA is a stop on Topeka Metro’s California Street route (#4). For drivers, handicapped parking is available on the south side of the community center. Other parking is limited, so please use the Topeka Housing Authority lot just west of the building. The community center is accessible by a sidewalk and a ramp from the THA parking lot. Applicants and volunteers should use the doors on the south side of the building. The north doors will remain locked.




Our Vision:
Connected individuals and families maximizing their full potential.

Our Mission:
To achieve positive sustainable change through education, financial stability and health for everyone in our community.

United Way of Greater Topeka brings together donors, volunteers, companies and nonprofits in Shawnee, Jackson and Jefferson counties to create positive sustainable change in our community. Working with impact partners, United Way increases school readiness, supports on-grade achievement, promotes financial literacy and job readiness, and collaborates and advocates for a healthier community. United Way of Greater Topeka also invests in Basic Needs, the foundation that helps us reach our impact goals in education, financial stability and health.