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.

In 2014, United Way issued the first Jackson County Requests for Proposals (RFPs), and volunteer review committees awarded $18,000 in Basic Needs grants to five projects:

  • Jackson Heights Educational Foundation: Food Assistance $7,500
  • Catholic Charities: Rent & Utility Assistance $500
  • Jackson County Ministerial Alliance: Rent & Utility Assistance $3,000
  • YWCA: Rent & Utility Assistance $4,000
  • NEK Multi-County Health Department–Jackson County: Prescription Assistance $3,000

Jackson County Advisory Council

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

Pam Holaday, Holton Hospital
Roger Hower, Kellerman Real Estate
Carol Lamme, Security Benefit Group
Janet Mercer, US Bank
Nancy Sullivan, Kansas Medical Society
Adrianne Walsh, USD 335 – Jackson Heights
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, Community Volunteer