Community Impact

United Way focuses on education,  financial stability and health as the building blocks of a quality life.

  • Children are ready to learn when they start school.
  • Children keep up with their peers and graduate high school.
  • Individuals and families are financially stable.
  • Everyone lives healthy, responsible lives by making good choices.

United Way of Greater Topeka 2015 Video

United Way of Greater Topeka 2014 Campaign Video: Change Won’t Happen Without You

United Way of Greater Topeka 2013 Campaign Video: A Community Connected Download

Based on the input of volunteer Community Impact Councils, United Way’s Board of Directors established five Community Impact Goals for the next 10 years.


  • Early Childhood Education: 68% of children in Shawnee County entering kindergarten will have the pre-literacy skills necessary for educational success
  • On Grade Achievement: For 81 percent of low-socioeconomic students to perform at grade level in 3rd grade reading and 6th grade math 


  • Financial Stability: : Improve the financial stability of families and individuals in Shawnee County


  • Eat, Move, Live: To improve the health and wellness of Shawnee County residents by providing access to healthy food and beverage choices and physical activity

Basic needsbasic_needs_icon remains a foundation of United Way’s work. Without having their basic needs met, children can’t learn in school, families can’t be financially stable and individuals and families can’t enjoy good health