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2020 Christmas Bureau Intake

UNITED WAY CONTACTS Donna Swaffar, Communications Director Phone: 785.383.7451 (voice/text) E-mail: donna.swaffar@unitedwaytopeka.org  Christmas Bureau Intake Begins Monday, October 26  COVID-19 precautions include two additional application sites, changes to adoption process TOPEKA, KS, October 16, 2020— The Christmas Bureau in Shawnee County has announced application and intake details for low-income individuals and families who could use a little… Read More »

Nancy Perry Day of Caring 2020

Governor Kelly, Nancy Perry kick off United Way Day of Caring Marlou Wegener and Angela Dake Receive Volunteer Awards TOPEKA, KS, September 18, 2020—Governor Laura Kelly and retired United Way CEO Nancy Perry welcomed a small and socially distanced in-person group as well as a live-stream audience to United Way of Greater Topeka’s Nancy Perry… Read More »

CGLR Earns 5th Pacesetter

Shawnee County Coalition Earns 5th National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Pacesetter Honor Communities in Schools wins; Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library and Kansas Children’s Discovery Center recognized as finalists   TOPEKA—The Shawnee County Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR) has been recognized for the fourth straight year (fifth overall) as a national Pacesetter community by the national Campaign for… Read More »

Campaign Celebration 2020

For Immediate Release: 7.20.2020 UNITED WAY CONTACTS Donna Swaffar, Communications Director E-mail: donna.swaffar@unitedwaytopeka.org UNITED WAY CELEBRATES $2.4 MILLION WORKPLACE CAMPAIGN   COVID-19 forces new tradition online  TOPEKA, KS, July 20, 2020—In a year overrun with novel things, United Way of Greater Topeka took it in stride when COVID-19 restrictions forced their first-ever Campaign Celebration online…. Read More »

2020 Day of Giving Results

UNITED WAY DAY OF GIVING RAISES $18,341 TOPEKA, KS, June 12, 2020—United Way of Greater Topeka donors, with a strong assist from media partner WIBW television, raised more than $17,000 in just 24 hours during its first-ever Day of Giving. Donations continued to come in after the technical end to the day, pushing the final… Read More »

City of Topeka Social Service Grant Applications Open for 2021 Funding

MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release: 5.1.2020 UNITED WAY CONTACT Donna Swaffar, Communications Director Phone: 785.383.7451 (voice/text) E-mail: donna.swaffar@unitedwaytopeka.org United Way of Greater Topeka to oversee Request for Proposal and Grant Management process May 1, 2020, TOPEKA, KS—As a vendor for the City of Topeka, United Way of Greater Topeka announces the release of the 2021… Read More »

Familywize helps with prescriptions during pandemic

United Way national partner offers prescription discount and help arranging delivery for medications (Topeka, KS, March 30, 2020) United Way of Greater Topeka is committed to connecting residents to prescription savings resources during the coronavirus pandemic through its partnership with FamilyWize, an organization focused on improving the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities…. Read More »

March 20 COVID19 Response

MEDIA RELEASE 3.20.2020 UNITED WAY CONTACT: Donna Swaffar, Communications Director Phone: 785.383.7451 (voice/text) E-mail: donna.swaffar@unitedwaytopeka.org United Way COVID-19 Action Community Collaboration, Relief Fund, Event Cancellations March 20, 2020, TOPEKA, KS—United Way of Greater Topeka announced the creation of a COVID-19 local relief fund to help local agencies react to increasing service demands. United Way also… Read More »

Jackson County Basic Needs 2020-2022 RFP Release

For Immediate Release February 7, 2020 UNITED WAY CONTACT Donna Swaffar, Communications Director Phone: 785.273.4804 E-mail: donna.swaffar@unitedwaytopeka.org United Way of Greater Topeka To Issue Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for 2020-22 Jackson County Basic Needs Investment February 7, 2020, TOPEKA, KANS.—Charitable organizations interested in receiving United Way of Greater Topeka (UWGT) funding for Basic Needs Assistance… Read More »

2018 Pacesetter

SHINE A LIGHT ON SCHOOL SUCCESS SHAWNEE COUNTY CELEBRATES NATIONAL HONOR AND HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF OUT-OF-SCHOOL PROGRAMMING Topeka, Kansas (October 21, 2019) – Community members, educators, and local leaders and decision-makers will join the Shawnee County Campaign for Grade- Level Reading (SNCO-CGLR) at the Kansas Capitol (2nd Floor North Wing) from 11 a.m. to 12… Read More »