United Way of Kaw Valley in Jackson County

Jackson County

United Way of Kaw Valley work in Jackson County has focused on Family Support/Basic Needs, specifically food, rent and utilities, and prescription assistance. In recent years, we have also begun to explore opportunities to support Child Success and Family Success initiatives through partnerships with the community foundation and local school districts

To find out more about initiatives in Jackson County, contact Brett Martin or call 785.228.0231.


In 2012, Jackson County, just north of Topeka and Shawnee County, officially became part of United Way of Greater Topeka. That year United Way awarded $7,000 to the Jackson County Christmas Bureau. A year later, two Jackson County residents joined the United Way Board of Directors and a Jackson County Advisory Committee was established. Planning meetings began with Jackson County community members, and a Basic Need Survey collected data on community priorities.

Community Investment

Your Impact in Jackson County: 2022 Campaign

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

In March of 2019, Jackson County became the latest community to launch Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL). Through this FREE program, any family in Jackson County can sign their child up to receive one free book a month from birth to age five. This means a child can have a library of 60 books by the time they start kindergarten!

Keep up with the latest news regarding the Imagination Library program here: https://www.facebook.com/JaCoImaginationLibrary/

Enroll your child in the program here: https://imaginationlibrary.com/usa/affiliate/KSJACKSON/?fbclid=IwAR1dHdsdwe6WEpYx_iEGZ8AtF3xp0g3mUyb0cmPZybP6muKrDPSt6IS2-4g


Jackson County Advisory Council

Tonya Barta, Farmers State Bank
Carrie Saia, Holton Community Hospital

Pam Holaday, Holton Hospital
Roger Hower, Kellerman Real Estate
Nancy Sullivan, Kansas Medical Society
Rod Wittmer, USD 336 – Holton Schools
Shannon Wittmer, USD 336 – Holton Schools

David Eisenbarth, Eisenbarth Insurance Agency 

Susan Pfrang, USD 337 – Royal Valley

Phyllis Slipke, USD 336 – Holton Schools