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UWKV Names VP of Douglas County Initiatives

Kathy Smith Joins United Way of Kaw Valley as VP for Douglas Co. Initiatives Lawrence transplant is lifelong Kansan with extensive nonprofit experience Jan. 17, 2023, Lawrence, Kan.— United Way of Kaw Valley (UWKV) has named Kathy Smith as its new Vice President of Douglas County Initiatives. Smith lives in Lawrence and is a third-generation… Read More »

New Grant Process Starts Jan. 9, 2023

United Way of Kaw Valley Launching New Grant Process Jan. 9  New opportunities for Shawnee and Jefferson County providers will prioritize “Whole Family” focus and encourage grantee collaboration Jan. 6, 2023, Topeka, Kan.— On Monday, January 9,  staff from United Way of Kaw Valley (UWKV, formerly United Way of Greater Topeka) will introduce partners to… Read More »

LE 300 students with UWKV CEO Jessica Lehnherr and Joe and Janet Aleshire

Washburn Leadership Students Invest $10K Aleshire Grant in Three Local Partners

Washburn Leadership Students Partner with United Way to Award $10,000  Annual Aleshire Grant allows students to learn philanthropy from the ground up, benefits nonprofits Dec. 9, 2022, Topeka, Kan.— Washburn leadership students presented early education grants worth $10,000 to three Shawnee County nonprofits today. Thanks to the generosity of two longtime United Way leadership donors,… Read More »

Ballard Center in Lawrence Gets $10K Grant

United Way Leader Surprises Lawrence’s Ballard Center with Extra $10K Grant Donors and Board Honor Peggy Johnson’s Service to United Way of Douglas County with Bonus Grant Dec. 2, 2022, Lawrence, Kan.— Christmas came early for the families served by the Ballard Center. United Way of Kaw Valley (UWKV)—the newly merged organization formed by United… Read More »

Volunteers Turn Out for Day of Caring

800 Nancy Perry Day Volunteers Mobilize for Nearly $100K of Service September 23, 2022, Topeka, KS—Nearly 800 volunteers fanned out across the greater Topeka area despite a drizzly start to Nancy Perry Day of Caring. Only two projects had to be postponed or cancelled because of the persistent rain, according to Jessica Neumann Barraclough, Vice… Read More »

Junior Leader Reader Hits 50K Book Milestone

Program Founder Ryan Yamka returns to celebrate at Pine Ridge Prep Preschool September 14, 2022, Topeka, KS—The founder of United Way of Greater Topeka’s Junior Leader Reader (JLR) program returned to the city today as the organization’s Young Leaders Society (YLS) celebrated a program milestone. Ryan Yamka, who started JLR to honor the memory of… Read More »

Merger Announcement

United Way of Greater Topeka and United Way of Douglas County to merge August 3, 2022, Lawrence, KS—Two local United Ways separated by 30 miles of Interstate 70 have decided to join forces under a new name to better serve their neighbors in Shawnee, Jackson, Jefferson and Douglas counties. At a Wednesday morning press conference,… Read More »

Jackson County Basic Needs RFP 2022

1/14/2022 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE UNITED WAY CONTACT Donna Swaffar, Communications Director United Way of Greater Topeka Requests Jackson County Proposals  Two-year grants will support organizations providing basic needs assistance TOPEKA, KS, Feb. 14, 2022—United Way of Greater Topeka issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) today for basic needs support in Jackson County. Jackson County Basic… Read More »

Kansas Volunteer Generation Fund Taps UWGT

Capacity grant will benefit Topeka area volunteer infrastructure and events TOPEKA, KS, Jan. 18, 2022—United Way of Greater Topeka announced today that it will serve as a subgrantee of the 2022 Kansas Volunteer Generation Fund Grant. The Kansas Volunteer Commission has awarded a total of $122,276 to seven Kansas volunteer and mentor organizations through the… Read More »