United Way of Greater Topeka in Jackson County

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Jackson County

United Way of Greater Topeka work in Jackson County currently focuses on Basic Needs, specifically food, rent and utilities, and prescription assistance.

To find out more initiatives in Jackson County, contact Brett Martin at brett.martin@unitedwaytopeka.org or 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

In 2014, United Way issued the first Jackson County Requests for Proposals (RFPs). During the latest round of investment panels in 2018, volunteers awarded $32,450 in Basic Needs grants to five projects:

  • Jackson County Ministerial Alliance: Food Assistance $5,000
  • Catholic Charities: Food Assistance $2,000
  • Harvesters: Food Assistance $3,950
  • Jackson County Health Department: Food Assistance $5,000
  • Jackson County Ministerial Alliance: Rent & Utility Assistance $4,500
  • NEK Multi-County Health Department–Jackson County: Rent & Utility Assistance $5,000
  • Holton Community Hospital: Healthcare & Prescription Assistance: $2,000
  • Jackson County Health Department: $5,000

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

In March of 2019, Jackson County will become 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