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United Way Community Goals

Shawnee County Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Honored Again as Pacesetter

National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Awards 2nd Pacesetter to Shawnee County Collaboration rewarded Second Pacesetter in three years Topeka, Kansas (March 31, 2017) – Shawnee County has been honored for the second time in three years as a Pacesetter by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR). The Campaign was cited for exemplary work in eliminating barriers faced… 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 »

National Mentoring Month

  January is National Mentoring Month! Spending one hour each week – whether it’s helping with homework, playing games or just hanging out – means a young person has someone to turn to in moments big and small. Mentoring and tutoring play large roles in United Way’s On-Grade Achievement impact work. In addition to helping students succeed… Read More »

United Way of Greater Topeka Thanks Community for Successful 2015 Day of Caring

For Immediate Release September 18, 2015 UNITED WAY CONTACT Donna Swaffar, Communications Manager Phone: 785.273.4804 E-mail: donna.swaffar@unitedwaytopeka.org United Way of Greater Topeka Thanks Community for Successful 2015 Day of Caring TOPEKA, KAN. (Sept. 18, 2015) – Staff and students at three Topeka elementary schools were the recipients of donated playground balls, jump ropes and other… Read More »

Holly’s Story

Holly is a mother of four awesome kids and has been participating in the Heat Up Topeka program for 9 months.  She has struggled with her weight especially since having her last child.   Her busy schedule and hectic lifestyle made it difficult to adopt new behaviors like consistent exercise and healthier eating. The opportunity provided by this… Read More »