Category Archives: Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education initiative to help kids be ready to read when they enter kindergarten.

United Way receives $228,000 grant for Imagination Library

Imagination Library Partners Announce $228,000 Grant from Kansas Health Foundation Three-year contribution benefits early literacy efforts of United Way and Library July 10, 2019, TOPEKA, KS — Young readers in Shawnee County have received a big boost from the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF). United Way of Greater Topeka CEO Jessica Lehnherr and Topeka and Shawnee… Read More »

Shawnee County Coalition Earns 3rd Pacesetter Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    Contact: Jillian Fisher 785-228-5114 Jillian.Fisher@unitedwaytopeka.org Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Pacesetter Honors Announced SHAWNEE COUNTY RECOGNIZED FOR WORK IN SUPPORTING EARLY SCHOOL SUCCESS Topeka, Kansas (June 11, 2018) – Shawnee County has been honored for the second year in a row as a Pacesetter by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR). The… Read More »

2018 Impact RFP Meeting Scheduled for March 2

For Immediate Release February 13, 2018 UNITED WAY CONTACT Donna Swaffar, Communications Director Phone: 785.228.5111 E-mail: donna.swaffar@unitedwaytopeka.org United Way to release Request for Proposals for 3-year impact grants Agencies encouraged to attend informational meeting on March 2 February 13, 2018, TOPEKA, KS—Charitable organizations interested in receiving a United Way of Greater Topeka (UWGT) grant for… Read More »

Position Announcement: VISTA with Neighborhood Opportunity for Wellness

To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to Jillian Fisher, Senior Director of Community Impact at jillian.fisher@unitedwaytopeka.org  POSITION DESCRIPTION (Open as PFD or Word) Job Title:  AmeriCorps VISTA – Neighborhood Opportunity for Wellness (N.O.W.) Reports To:  Senior Director, Community Impact, United Way of Greater Topeka (UWGT) Job Level/Status:  Exempt Division: … Read More »

Imagine What Books Can Do

United Way and Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library are ready to make sure that every preschool child in Shawnee County can have books of their very own. Generous community donations have provided the initial $250,000 investment to bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to the area. The program is free to participants, but relies on… Read More »

Junior Leader Readers Celebrate 30,000-Book Milestone

Sheriff Jones, Lowman Hill Students Help United Way Young Leaders Celebrate 30,000-Book Milestone  On March 1, United Way’s Young Leaders Society (YLS) celebrated the distribution of its 30,000th book through the 7-year-old initiative that gives books to kindergartners from lower income schools. Kindergarten students from Lowman Hill Elementary joined Shawnee County Sheriff and noted storytime expert… Read More »

Please join us as United Way and Topeka Housing Authority officially announce our new impact initiative on August 19

What Press Conference When Wednesday, August 19, 2015 2-3 pm Where Johnston Community Center 2021 SE Market Street Topeka, KS Why We are inviting our partners, volunteers and investors to join us as we announce the beginning of the Neighborhood Opportunities for Wellness (NOW) initiative–a collaboration of United Way of Greater Topeka and the Topeka… Read More »

Pine Ridge Prep

A group of 48 at-risk students at Pine Ridge Prep preschool scored as low as the 20th percentile on a pre-kindergarten literacy assessment. After a single academic year, the students now score from the 84th to 100th percentile. Pine Ridge Prep preschool is located in Pine Ridge Manor family housing. It is a collaborative effort… Read More »