2015 Nancy Perry Day of Caring draws 800 volunteers for community projects
United Way of Greater Topeka’s Nancy Perry Day of Caring overcame some early rain on Friday, August 28 to complete more than 70 projects for 37 non-profits, schools and other organizations.
The day began with a kick-off breakfast at Ag Hall, where more than 400 of the day’s volunteers walked through displays explaining the impact of United Way’s work in education, financial stability and health before enjoying food prepared by Juli’s Coffee & Bistro.
“The Nancy Perry Day of Caring is an amazing opportunity for local companies to share the value of volunteering with their employees.” said Kimberly Wolff, United Way director of volunteer engagement. “The spirit of caring that surrounds this special day is a tribute to the greater Topeka area.”
One of this year’s projects was the makeover of a garden at Ross Elementary School in memory of former student Lily Coats-Nichols, who was killed last month in a drive-by shooting. Other sites enjoyed the help of outdoor cleanup crews, interior cleaning and reorganizing, packing food or emergency supplies, and even making fleece baby blankets.
While it has traditionally signaled the kick-off of United Way’s annual workplace campaign, the day also now focuses on United Way’s work in the community. The breakfast crowd listened to remarks by Miriam Krehbiel, United Way president and CEO; Larry Robbins, United Way board chairman; Dr. Martin Stessman, United Way campaign chair; and Nancy Perry, who served as president and CEO of United Way of Greater Topeka for 24 years.
“This is a win-win situation for the Topeka community,” Wolff said. “People get a chance to give back to their community, and the hours that were donated today are worth more than $70,000. Day of Caring projects let local nonprofits complete projects and make physical improvements, leaving more of their resources for client services.”
The Nancy Perry Day of Caring is made possible through the generous support of Platinum Sponsor Security Benefit; Gold Sponsors Capitol Federal and Prairie Band Pottawatomi Nation; and Silver Sponsors Stormont-Vail HealthCare and Federal Home Loan Bank Topeka.