2021 Day of Giving is June 9

Day of Giving 2021MEDIA ADVISORY

Donna Swaffar, Communications Director
785.383.7451 (voice/text)

Angel Romero, VP of Resource Development

United Way Day of Giving Set for June 9

Fewer COVID restrictions mean new in-person events will complement
2nd annual online giving campaign

United Way of Greater Topeka’s second annual Day of Giving happens Wednesday, June 9. Three in-person events—a free coffee drive-thru, a children’s storytime and a day of outdoor volunteering—will help the organization connect the community to its work in education, financial stability and health. WIBW returns as the day’s media sponsor.

Day of Giving is the final event of United Way’s fiscal year and an opportunity for all members of the community to learn more about the impact that their donations can make in the pursuit of a strong, healthy and equitable community.

Connecting with community members who don’t have the chance to participate in a United Way workplace campaign is a special focus of the day, according to Vice President of Resource Development Angel Romero. “We want to celebrate the impact every individual can make, no matter the dollar amount,” Romero said.

Everyone is invited to give online June 9 at UWGTDayOfGiving.org. Thirteen different projects represent the breadth of United Way’s work, spanning Basic Needs and all impact areas. Romero also announced $3,500 in match money, an increase from 2020’s event.

Donations can also be dropped off in person on or before June 9 or mailed to the United Way office, 1527 SW Fairlawn Rd, Topeka, KS 66604. Be sure to indicate that the donation is for the Day of Giving.

This year’s Day of Giving goal is $30,000.

UWGT CEO Jessica Lehnherr said, “We are honored to invite everyone in our community to support the education, financial stability and health of our friends and neighbors. We’ve been necessarily focused on COVID-19 emergencies this past year, and that has of course impacted workplace campaign participation and giving. Day of Giving is an opportunity for every person to jump in and support the partners and initiatives that will carry our community through the next phase of recovery.”

June 9 Day of Giving In-Person Events:
7:00 am
Free coffee drive-thru, courtesy of PT’s Coffee
Staff and volunteers will serve up free cups of donated PT’s coffee, drive-thru style. Enter the Hillsdale Center parking lot south of the United Way office (near Lyndon State Bank) and drive through on the east side of the United Way office, 1527 SW Fairlawn Road. There is a limit of two cups per car. The giveaway starts at 7 am and goes until the coffee runs out.

10:30 am
Musical Storytime with Kyler at Redbud Park in NOTO
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library’s Kyler Carpenter will lead two rounds of story time. Beginning at 11 am the library also will provide grab-and-go lunch for children 18 and under while supplies last. Special thanks to NOTO for donating the use of Redbud Park for this event.

All Day
Born Learning Trail Refresh at Pine Ridge Prep Preschool
Individuals can help refresh the Born Learning Trail at Pine Ridge Prep Preschool. Volunteers will replace signs, do landscaping, paint playground equipment and more. Volunteers can sign up with a free TopekaVolunteers.org account at http://bitly.com/BLTRefresh.

Until the fight is won.
Creating and cultivating an unbreakable network of support for a strong, healthy and equitable community.

United Way brings together people, companies and nonprofits in Shawnee, Jefferson and Jackson Counties to create positive sustainable change in education, financial stability and health. United Way remains dedicated to supporting Basic Needs, including food, rent and utilities, health and prescription access and safety from domestic violence.