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					United Way
of Greater Topeka
1315 SW Arrowhead Rd.
P.O. Box 4188
Topeka, KS 66604
   Report To The Community
United Way Member Agencies & Partners
A Child’s World Day Care          785.863.2161
American Cancer Society               273.4422
American Red Cross                    234.0568
Big Brothers - Big Sisters            234.5524
Boys & Girls Club of Topeka           234.5601
Boy Scouts - Jayhawk Area Council 354.8541
Breakthrough House                    232.6807
CASA of Shawnee County                232.2777
Catholic Community Services           233.6300
Center for Peace and Justice--Partner 232.4388
Community Resources Council           233.1365
Doorstep, Inc.                        357.5341
ERC/Resource and Referral             357.5171
Shawnee County Family Resource
   Center--Partner                    357.4763
Family Service & Guidance Center 232.5005
Florence Crittenton Services          233.0516
Girl Scouts - Kaw Valley Council      273.3100
Health Access--Partner                235.0996
Housing & Credit Counseling, Inc.     234.0217   Table of Contents
Jefferson County Service Org. 785.863.2637       Letter to the Community             Page 3
Kansas Children’s Service League 274.3100        2006 Accomplishments              Pages 4-5
Lakeshore Learning Center             267.5881
Legal Aid Society                     354.8531
                                                 Community Needs Assessment        Pages 6-7
Let’s Help, Inc.                      234.6208   2006 Campaign                     Pages 8-9
LULAC Senior Center                   233.7498      Campaign Award Winners           Page 8
Meals on Wheels of Shawnee &                        Top 30 Company Givers            Page 9
   Jefferson Counties                 354.5420   Recognition                     Pages 10-11
Midland Hospice--Partner              232.2044
                                                    Outstanding Volunteer           Page 10
Shawnee County Prevention &
    Recovery Services                 266.8666      Making A Difference Awards      Page 10
Salvation Army                        233.9648      Shooting Star Award             Page 10
TARC, Inc.                            232.0597      2006 Gifts In-Kind               Page 9
TDC Learning Centers, Inc.            272.5051      Nathan Cave Labor Award         Page 11
Topeka AIDS Project                   232.3100
                                                    Board of Directors              Page 11
United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas       266.2266
Y.M.C.A.                              354.8591      Retiring Board Members          Page 11
Y.W.C.A                               233.1750

                                                                                            Retiring Board Members
                               United Way of Greater Topeka
                                                                                            Recognized at United Way
                         Officers and Board of Directors Members
                                                                                            Annual Meeting
                                          2006                                                  United Way of Greater Topeka expresses its
Board Chair, Dr. Jerry Farley                      Rick Jackson                             great appreciation to the following board members
Washburn University                                Capitol Federal Savings                  who retired from the board in March 2007 after
Chair Elect, Joe Aleshire                          David Kerr                               many years of dedicated service:
Capitol Federal Savings                            AT&T                                         Joan Arterburn; Leticia Blocher; Dona Booe;
Past Chair, Greg Fankhauser                        Anne Kindling
                                                                                            Greg Fankhauser; Scott Gales; Elias Garcia;
Heritage Bank                                      Goodell Stratton Edmonds & Palmer, LLP
Secretary, Nancy Perry                             Doug Kinsinger                           Christopher Herrera; Alan Horning; Tony Prohaska;
United Way of Greater Topeka                       Greater Topeka Chamber Of Commerce       Larry Robbins; Rick Skinner; and Curtis Sneden.
Treasurer, Carmen Hill                             Mike Lawrence
Security Benefit Group of Cos.                     BNSF Railway                             New Board Members
Finance Chair, Vernon Long                         Shawn Leisinger
Stormont Vail HealthCare                           County Counselor                         Welcomed at Annual Meeting
Campaign Chair, Joe Aleshire                       Shawn Lietz                                   The United Way of Greater Topeka recognized
Capitol Federal Savings                            USWA Local 307
                                                                                            the commitment and welcomes the following new
                                                   Ann Mah
                                                   Discover! Strategies                     members to its board of directors:
Joan Arterburn
Volunteer Center                                   Cary Mathes                                   Dr. Brenda Dietrich, Auburn-Washburn Schools,
Martha Bartlett Piland                             Hills Pet Nutrition Corporate            USD 437; Susan Duffy, Kansas Corporation Com-
MB Piland Advertising & Marketing                  Mike Mattox                              mission; Matt Frank, Hill’s Pet Nutrition; Scott
Leticia Blocher                                    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas
                                                                                            Griffith, Intrust Bank; Jim Grunewald, IBEW Local
IBEW Local 304                                     George Noonan
                                                   St. Francis Health Center                226; Rugena Hall, Washburn University; Steve
William Bunten
Mayor, City of Topeka                              Michael Odlum                            Nikkel, Innovia Films, Inc.; Mike Schrader, St.
Ed Carmona                                         Security Benefit Group of Cos.           Francis Medical Center; Brandi Sanchez, CWA
ILC of Topeka and Lawrence                         Jim Ogle                                 Local 6401- AT & T; and Betsy Thompson, Kansas
Gary Doyle                                         WIBW Channel 13
                                                                                            Dept. of Social & Rehabilitation Services.
BNSF Railway - Shops                               Joseph Prohaska
John Fager                                         Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Commerce Bank & Trust                              Larry Robbins                            Nathan Cave Labor Award
Scott Gales                                        The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
Architect One, PA                                  W.L. Sawyer                              Presented at Annual Meeting
Elias Garcia                                       Topeka USD 501                                The 2006 Nathan Cave Community Service
KS Hispanic & Latino American Affairs Commission   Mark Shughart
                                                   Sheetmetal Workers Local 2
                                                                                            Award, sponsored by United Way’s Labor Participa-
Pete Goering
Topeka Capital Journal                             Rick Skinner                             tion Committee, was presented to Pamala Bonjour-
James Haines                                       Harrah’s Prairie Band Casino             Glotzbach, a longtime Josten’s employee, affiliated
Westar Energy General Office                       Curtis Sneden                            with GCIU 49C. Pamala regularly commits time to the
Christopher Herrera                                Payless ShoeSource - Corporate           Project Topeka Food Drive, the letter carriers food
I.A.F.F Local 83                                   Kent Townsend
                                                   Capitol Federal Savings
                                                                                            drive, and Let’s Help. Her service to United Way has
Alan Horning
Hills Pet Nutrition Corporate                      Rich Wells                               included serving as a campaign coordinator for
Melissa Hungerford                                 Security Benefit Group of Cos.           Josten’s, a citizen review panelist, and helping to
Kansas Hospital Association                                                                 coordinate the United Way Labor Campaign Kickoff.

Volunteer of                                             Making A Difference Awards
the Year
     Joan Arterburn has been a
                                                              As a single mother of two boys ages six and 13, Alissa Benton faced life-changing chal-
                                                         lenges on a daily basis, including job loss, decisions on whether to buy medicine or pay the rent,
                                                         eviction, and repossession of her personal belongings. You could say that she was near her
part of the “volunteer” scene in                         wits-end when she arrived at Doorstep. Complicated health issues for her sons, one who has
Topeka for many years. In fact,                          Sickle Cell Anemia, and the other who suffers from asthma, have made her full-time employment
many would refer to her a “volun-                        and health insurance coverage, huge hurdles in their day to day survival.
teer extraordinaire.”                                         The trained, caring professionals at Doorstep witnessed the determination of this woman,
     More than six years ago, she                        and began assisting her with a plan to move her life, and the lives of her sons in the right direction. Alissa
began her work with the Volunteer                        appeared to be a an excellent candidate for the Start-up Program, where the professionals at Doorstep work with
Center. The hats she’s worn                              single parents on a monthly basis to help them achieve personal goals. Alissa’s goal was to further her
include volunteer, committee member, staff member,       education.
and interim director. The biggest commitment she’s            By maneuvering Alissa out of crisis mode, it was easier for Doorstep to help her to make better and longer-
made was willingly stepping in as interim director of    term decisions to enroll in classes at Washburn University. In addition Alissa wrote her story and entered it in a
the Volunteer Center, managing the day-to-day work       competition for the Soroptomist International of the Americas club, winning the local Women’s Opportunity Award
as the center reorganized and transitioned from a        and $1,000 cash prize. Her story was also the winner of the regional award for nearly $6,000 that allowed her to
program to a United Way division. She continued to       finally get caught up on old bills as well as having her vehicle fixed.
serve as Chairman of the Volunteer Center Commit-             Now in her second year at Washburn, Alissa is a model student, working hard and achieving a 3.0 grade point
tee through March 2007.                                  average. She is committed to giving back to the community through presentations for Doorstep, and sets an
     Bright, funny, tireless at what she does, and yet   exemplary example for her sons. She just needed a little help to make a difference in her life, and make a
always businesslike, she takes major projects in         difference in the lives of others.
stride. Highlights of her tenure with the Volunteer
Center include assisting with the annual community             There’s no question that the route from homelessness and escape from a physically and emotionally abusive
Thanksgiving dinner, working to coordinate the                                spouse was bumpy and frightening for Renita Richardson. She saw the handwriting on the
Christmas Bureau, and managing the VAL Awards                                 wall, and in wanting to improve her life, she enrolled in the Topeka Moving Head Program
(volunteer award luncheon) in the community.                                  (TMAP) to learn better how to support herself, seek the services and support groups she might
     As Volunteer of the Year, Joan understands the                           need, and inevitably to become self-reliant. The 13-week curriculum is a road map for major
commitment and dedication of volunteers, and sets                             life transitions that include addressing the barriers to employment and permanent housing.
a shining example for all to follow.                                          It was during her work in TMAP that she sought assistance for a divorce through Legal Aid
                                                                              Services. The organization also helped her secure the tools that assure her safety and referred
                                                         her to the Battered Women’s Task Force for additional protection guidance.
Shooting Star Award Presented                                  Now, as a student at Washburn University, Renita is looking seriously at legal studies as a degree area. She
    In appreciation for the United Way of Greater        also has enrolled in the Office Training Assistance Program (OTAP) to improve her typing and computer skills.
Topeka television special produced and aired by          OTAP is a popular program for dislocated workers and often used by individuals making a transition from public
WIBW in the fall of 2006, the station was honored        assistance into the job market.
with a Shooting Star Award at the annual meeting.              For Renita, making a difference has included separation and divorce from her abuser, obtaining stable
The hour-long program highlighted many of United         housing, and seeking the skills to sustain permanent employment. Along the way, she’s made a difference in her
Way’s programs and volunteers.                           life by gaining a great deal of self-confidence and self-worth.

e Awards                      Letter to the Community
                                   Taking a cue from the lead of a Topeka Capital-Journal editorial shortly after the
                              announcement of the 2006 campaign achievement, we echo: “Take a bow, Topeka. You deserve
           Dr. Jerry Farley   it.” The year just completed for the United Way of Greater Topeka was in a single word “amazing.”
           2005 - 2007             Chronologically, the year kicked off with the completion and announcement of the results of
           Board Chairman     the Community Needs Assessment. The information on the Topeka community and its picture for
                              its citizens sent us into planning mode to address the concerns voiced. We are evaluating and
                              reevaluating every program to be certain it aligns with the priorities of this community. Namely:
                              giving kids a healthy start in life and the tools for school-readiness; providing intervention
                              programs to keep our young people focused and on track; and investing in those programs that
                              help individuals and families cope with crisis.
                                   As you read our 2006 accomplishments, you’ll see the commitments United Way of Greater
                              Topeka has made to various programs such as: 2-1-1 for easy access to resources; Born
           Joe Aleshire       Learning, a national United Way program for early learning and school readiness; Gatekeepers, a
           2007 - 2009        program for neighbors helping neighbors; and RSVP, a national volunteer program to keep our
           Board Chairman     more mature citizens connected and involved in their community. These programs directly
                              address the concerns of our friends and neighbors in the Topeka community.
                                   During the third and fourth quarters of each year we become focused on campaign, and this
                              year was no exception. Thanks to the work of an array of volunteers, loaned employees, and
                              United Way staff, the campaign exceeded the 2005 total by $120,000. The funding will be
                              methodically distributed among 33 agencies and more than 84 programs across the service area
                              as the citizen review process occurs.
                                   As we complete 2006, our attention focuses on the many successful partnerships that exist in
                              this community. It means we have in-depth and a wide-reaching wealth of human services to
           Nancy Perry        fulfill the needs of our citizens. We remain fortunate to live in the City of Topeka and its
           President & CEO    surrounding area, and the great State of Kansas. We plan to work every day of 2007 by striving to
                              connect people and ideas to create even more change for the better of our community.

                              Dr. Jerry Farley                                   Nancy Perry
                              2005 - 2007 Board Chairman                         President & CEO

2006--A Year of Change
New Initiatives                                           Other program highlights:                                  Grants & Funding
2-1-1                                                         Senior Forum members compiled and published                United Way and community partners obtained
     In 2006, Kansas joined 40 other states in offering   “Locating Transportation Services for Seniors”. The        over $1.5 million in grant funding in 2006. This
the easy-to-remember three-digit dialing service to       Community Resource Council utilized Shawnee County         funding is at work supporting community programs
assist individuals in finding community services and      Service Program for Elderly Funds to update the            such as the Drug Endangered Child efforts for
resources. For example, an adult child in Topeka who      brochure.                                                  substance abuse testing on new mothers, the Smart
is looking for services for an aged parent in Hays, can                                                              Start enhancements to early childhood services, and
call 2-1-1 and get the valuable information he or she           Information Resource and Referral services           the Pre K Pilot projects to help children arrive at
may need. It’s an important service that connects         responded to 3,443 referrals for those in need in 2006.    school ready to learn.
people to human services throughout the state.            Of those calls, 2,107 or 61 percent were for rent or
     2-1-1 was initiated in Shawnee County with more      utility assistance.                                        WIBW Special Features United Way
than 500 calls logged during the first quarter of                                                                        In early October WIBW Channel 13 in Topeka
operation (Sept. – Dec., 2006). The Topeka Police              The Asset Building Coalition of Shawnee County        produced and aired a special on United Way of
Department and the Shawnee County Sheriffs’ office        collaborated to improve peoples lives through free         Greater Topeka. The hour-long program provided a
as well as local media joined in spreading the word       accurate income tax preparation and assisting with         snapshot look at the many programs United Way
that human service resources are accessed by a            individuals receiving the Earned Income Tax Credit.        supports, the volunteers who make those pro-
phone call or e-mail ( 24 hours a       Established in 1975, the tax break has benefited           grams available in the community, and shared
day/7 days a week. Multilingual services are also         millions of individuals and families across the country.   ideas on how investing in community change is
available.                                                In 2004, the most recent year for available statistics,    making Topeka a better place to live.
                                                          171,865 working families in Kansas received tax credit
Born Learning                                             refunds totaling $295,955,051.                             Financial Responsibility
     Based on the results of the Community Needs               Participating agencies included: K-State Research          United Way of Greater Topeka earned the
Assessment, the United Way of Greater Topeka              & Extension, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers, Volunteer           United Way of America Standard of Excellence
Board of Directors concluded the priority for             Income Tax Assistance (VITA), volunteers and host          designation in 2006.
community change fund investment for 2006 would be        sites in Topeka, Shawnee County and the Prairie Band            Achieving Standard of Excellence is indicative
to initiate the Born Learning public awareness            Pottawatomie Nation.                                       of meeting stringent membership requirements and
campaign in Shawnee County. Developed by United                                                                      undergoing strict financial scrutiny.
Way of America and the American Ad Council, a             Gatekeepers Community Integration                               As always, United Way’s finance committee
wealth of radio and television public service                  For three years, the Gatekeeper Strategy has been     and staff worked diligently to ensure that adminis-
announcements exist, in addition to a number of           in action in Shawnee County, thanks to federal start-up    trative costs remained under 11 percent. The
printed materials that are available for localization.    funding. At the end of 2006, that program was              organization continually tries to improve effective-
     The Born Learning campaign seeks to: promote         smoothly integrated into the roster of permanent           ness and streamline operations, and through a
learning opportunities at the earliest time in young      community services thanks to United Way of Greater         system of secure records, all donor wishes were
lives; provide information to caregivers and parents      Topeka’s partners including SRS, Family Resource           accurately and confidentially honored. United Way
about using everyday moments and routines to teach        Center, Valeo, HealthAccess and Shawnee County             of Greater Topeka’s most recent audited financial
children from birth forward; and help new parents gain    Health Agency.                                             statement can be found at
confidence as their child’s first teacher by reading to                                                    , in the section “About
infants and talking to toddlers.                                                                                     Us” the 2006 Annual Report.

Bronze (cont.)                                              Top 30 Company Givers                        2006 Gifts In-Kind Contributions
                                                            United Way of Greater Topeka gratefully      Adams Business Forms - a division
Jayhawk Beverage, Inc.                                      acknowledges and honors the leadership and      of Cardinal Brands
Jetz Service Company, Inc.                                                                               Arab Shrine Temple
                                                            employees of our Top 30 Companies.
Johnson Controls, Inc.                                                                                   AT&T*
                                                            1. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.                Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Kansas*
Kansas Electric Supply
                                                            2. Payless ShoeSource                        Capital Distributing
Kansas Board of Regents
Kansas Department of Credit Unions                          3. State of Kansas - Employees               Capitol Federal Foundation
Kansas Gas Service - Topeka Service Center                  4. Capitol Federal Savings                   Capitol Federal Savings*
Kansas Insurance Department                                 5. BNSF Railway                              City of Topeka
Kansas Mutual Insurance Company                             6. Security Benefit                          Commerce Bank & Trust*
KEPCo                                                       7. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas      Cox Communications of Kansas
KS Public Employees Retirement System                                                                    Gizmo Pictures
                                                            8. Stormont Vail HealthCare
Legal Aid Society of Topeka                                                                              Hallmark Cards, Inc.*
                                                            9. Frito Lay, Inc.                           Harrah’s Prairie Band Casino
Lower Heating & Air Conditioning
LULAC Senior Center
                                                            10. Westar Energy                            Jayhawk File Express
MC Industries, Inc.                                         11. Kansas Gas Service                       Jostens Printing & Publishing
Oppenheimer & Co., Inc.                                     12. Aviva                                    Jul’s Cocktail Club
Payless ShoeSource - Corporate Office                       13. Hallmark Cards, Inc.                     Kansas Gas Service*
Secretary of State’s Office                                 14. Martin Tractor Company                   KSNT Channel 27*
Security Benefit                                                                                         KTKA Channel 49
                                                            15. Topeka, USD 501
Shawnee County Audit Finance Office                                                                      Lola’s Café Espresso
                                                            16. Commerce Bank & Trust                    MB Piland Advertising & Marketing
Shawnee County Community Corrections                        17. Harrah’s Prairie Band Casino
Shawnee County District Attorney                                                                         Parrish Hotel Corporation*
Shawnee County Family Resource Center
                                                            18. FHLBank Topeka                           Security Benefit Group of Cos.*
Shawnee County Register of Deeds                            19. AT&T                                     SRS/Topeka Service Center*
Silver Lake Bank                                            20. Topeka Capital-Journal                   State of Kansas Governor’s Fellow Program*
State Board of Healing Arts                                 21. Del Monte Foods                          Stormont-Vail HealthCare*
Treasurer of Kansas                                         22. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.           Target
UMB Bank                                                                                                 Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
                                                            23. St. Francis Health Center
USD 450 - Shawnee Heights Middle School                                                                  Topeka Capital Journal
                                                            24. Shawnee County Employees                 Topeka Civic Theater
USD 501 - Burnett Administration Center
                                                            25. Fidelity State Bank & Trust Co.          Washburn University Leadership Institute
USD 501 - Erickson Building
Wendling, Noe, Nelson & Johnson                             26. City of Topeka Employees                 Washburn University LinC Office
Westar Energy - General Office                              27. Target Regional Distribution Center      WIBW-TV Channel 13
Westar Energy - Tecumseh Center                             28. Capital City Bank
YMCA                                                        29. Washburn University                                * Loaned Employee Program sponsor
                                                            30. Whelan’s, Inc.
Every effort is made to recognize every organization
meeting the award criteria. We apologize if any omissions
were made.

90% or more employee participation and gifts of at least     2006 Campaign Award Winners
$200 per capita                                              Thank you to our 2006 Campaign Award Winners! We deeply appreciate you and your employees
Organization                                                 setting the pace for an extremely generous community. Together we will continue making careful
Alliance Bank                                                investments in local human services and supporting the community’s well-being.
Barry Bray Insurance                                         In a phenomenal two-month campaign, the community raised more money than ever before with a
Boy Scouts of America-Jayhawk Area Council                   $5.76 million community-wide achievement. Volunteers and donors demonstrated their confidence
Capital City Bank                                            and trust in United Way’s work in the community; and collectively, invested in an organization
Capital Distributing Co.                                     known for changing lives and making the Topeka community one of the best places to live and
Central National Bank                                        raise a family.
Fidelity State Bank & Trust Co.
G Trust
Hallmark Cards, Inc..                                      Lakeshore Learning Center                                  Marling’s Home Furnishings
Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. - Corporate Office              New Century Credit Union                                   OFG Financial Services, Inc.
Intrust Bank                                               Sharp Honda                                                Peoples Insurance & Benefit Group
                                                           SS&C Business & Tax Service, Inc.                          Premier Personnel
Kansas Gas Service - 501 Gage
Kansas Hospital Association                                Valley, Inc. Realtors                                      Salvation Army
MB Piland Advertising & Marketing                                                                                     Shawnee County Appraiser’s Office
Myers & Stauffer LC                                        Silver                                                     Shawnee County Commissioners
                                                           75% or more employee participation and gifts of at least   Shawnee County Planning Department
Prevention & Recovery Services
United Way of Greater Topeka                               $75 per capita                                             Kansas State Library
Wachovia Securities, Inc.                                  Organization                                               Suntell
Whelan’s, Inc.                                             American Cancer Society - Northern Division                UBS - Wanamaker Location
                                                           Briman’s Leading Jewelers, Inc.                            US Bank
                                                           Bryan College                                              Valentine & Zimmerman P.A.
90% or more employee participation and gifts of at least
                                                           CASA of Shawnee County, Inc.                               Wolfe’s Cameras, Camcorders, & Computers
$100 per capita                                            Charlton Manley                                            Yellow Transportation
Organization                                               City of Topeka - Housing & Neighborhood
Anderson & Peck Agency                                     Development                                                Bronze
Berberich Trahan &Co., P.A.                                City of Topeka - Planning Department                       60% or more employee participation and gifts of at least
Capitol Federal Savings                                    Community Resources Council, Inc                           $60 per capita
Catholic Community Services                                Del Monte Foods                                            Organization
CBIZ Accounting Tax Advisory Service                       FHLBank Topeka                                             American Family Mutual Insurance
City of Topeka - Legal Department                          Greater Topeka Chamber Of Commerce                         Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas
Denison State Bank                                         Hill’s Pet Nutrition - Center                              City of Topeka - City Council
ERC Resource & Referral                                    IMA of Kansas, Inc.                                        City of Topeka - Information Technology/Public
Girl Scouts of Kaw Valley Council, Inc.                    Kansas Bar Association                                     Affairs
Gregg Tire Company                                         Kansas Housing Resources Corporation                       Clayton Financial Services
Heritage Bank                                              Kansas Securities Commissioner’s Office                    Florence Crittenton Services
Jones Huyett Partners                                      Kansas Super Chief Credit Union                            FryeAllen Advertising, Inc.
Kansas Children’s Service League                           Key Staffing                                               Goodell Stratton Edmonds & Palmer, LLP
Kansas Legislative Administrative Services                 Latimer, Sommers & Associates, P.A.                        Hawkins Optical Labs
Kansas Real Estate Appraisal Board                         Kansas Legislative Division of Post Audit                  Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. - Plant
Kansas State High School Activity Association                                                                         (continued on page 9)

2006--A Year of Change
Volunteer Center Highlights:                                Campaign
• The number of volunteer opportunities and                     In a phenomenal 2006 Campaign, the community           Shield of Kansas; and Max Wilson, Prevention &
agencies registered with the program continues to           raised more money than ever before with a $5.76 million    Recovery Services. CLC members for special areas
grow. At end of 2006, the Center listed 114 different       achievement. Volunteers and donors demonstrated their      of the campaign included: Susan Duffy,
opportunities to serve at 53 different organizations.       confidence and trust in United Way’s work in the           chairwoman of the state employee campaign; Col.
• More than 30 area companies responded to the              community; and collectively, invested in an organization   Kathy Hulse, chairwoman of the Capital Area/Ft.
call for volunteers and participated in a one-day           known for changing lives and making the Topeka             Riley Area Combined Federal Campaign; and
community service extravaganza on Day of Caring             community one of the best places to live and raise a       Darrel Pavelka, Payless ShoeSource, chairman
sponsored by Capitol Federal. Projects and volunteer        family.                                                    of the leadership giving campaign.
teams: packed commodity boxes at Let’s Help;                    Highlights of the 2006 Campaign:
painted at Kansas Legal Services; built playground          * State of Kansas Campaign achieved an 8.3 percent
                                                                                                                       2006 Campaign Growth
equipment at Family Services and Guidance Center;               increase.
and treated TARC families to a picnic lunch.                * School campaign efforts netted a 12.7 percent
                                                                                                                       • Leadership givers increased their donations by
                                                                                                                          6.7 percent or by $94,127 in 2006.
• United Way of Greater Topeka’s Volunteer                      increase.
Center organized over 400 youth who had come to             * Leadership giving posted a 6.7 percent increase.
                                                                                                                       • Leadership gifts represented 26 percent of the
                                                                                                                          community-wide campaign.
Topeka for a statewide Lutheran Church event in                 Successful United Way efforts across the
November to participate in community service                community can be attributed to members of the
                                                                                                                       • 40 companies chose for the first time this
                                                                                                                          year to run a corporate campaign.
projects                                                    Campaign Leadership Committee who act as
• Over 2,800 families were registered and adopted           ambassadors, calling on more than 400 businesses -
                                                                                                                       • Members of Caring Club increased by more
                                                                                                                          than 40 percent.
by the community-wide Christmas Bureau program              past donors and non-donors - to contribute to the
that was, for the first time this year, all handled via     United Way.
                                                                                                                       • Young Leaders Society launched Lunch with
                                                                                                                          the Leaders series, and held four mentoring
computer.                                                       Members of the 2006 Campaign Leadership
                                                            Committee included: Joe Aleshire, Capitol Federal,
                                                            Campaign Chairman; John Fager, Commerce Bank,
RSVP Grant Awarded to Volunteer Center                      Vice-Chairman; Ed Carmona, ILC of Topeka &                 Women United
      United Way of Greater Topeka’s Volunteer Center       Lawrence; Garry Cushinberry, Commerce Bank &                    The giving circle of United Way’s Women
received notification in late 2006 that it was awarded a    Trust; Dr. Brenda Dietrich, Auburn-Washburn USD            United continues to grow in its third year and fulfill
three-year, $300,000 grant from the Corporation for         437; Mike Eichten, Peoples Insurance & Benefit             its mission to provide a safety net for women and
National and Community Service. The grant                   Group; Scott Griffith, Intrust Bank; Rick Jackson,         children who need a hand-up to fill a one-time
establishes the RSVP program to assist individuals          Capitol Federal Savings; Paul Lira, IBEW Local 304;        emergency for their family or themselves.
55 and older in finding interesting and rewarding           Cary Mathes, Hills Pet Nutrition; Chris McGee,                  Grants totalling over $13,000 have been made
volunteer opportunities based on their skills, interests,   Krumins Wealth Management Group of Wachovia                to more than 50 recipients.
life experience, geographic preference and time             Securities; Emily McGee, Stormont-Vail Foundation;              The organization now has more than 100
availability. The grant covers Shawnee and Douglas          Diane Oakes, Girl Scouts Kaw Valley Council; Jim           members in the community who seek to effect
County opportunities and is a collaboration with            Ogle, WIBW-Channel 13; Ken Selvaggi, KSNT-                 change through philanthropy and leadership.
Douglas County United Way.                                  Channel 27; Bill Sorenson, Capital Distributing
                                                            Company; Marlou Wegener, Blue Cross/Blue

2006 -- Community Needs Assessment
     In 1995, the Topeka/Shawnee County            1. Early Education and Development for               3. Crime
Initiative for a Healthy Community conducted the   Children Under Age 6                                 • Approximately 61% of the residents
first-ever community survey. The results of that   • 36% of the residents surveyed with children        surveyed felt that burglary or other property
survey brought about many of the successful        under age 6 felt that finding affordable childcare   crimes were a “major” or “minor” problem in
initiatives this community has today including     was a “major problem” or “minor problem.”            their neighborhood.
teen pregnancy prevention programs, home           • 18% of those residents surveyed with               • Approximately 48% of the residents
visitation programs, the universal newborn         children under age 18 indicated they had             surveyed reported that illegal drug use was a
screening process taking place at both hospi-      problems providing healthy food for their            “major” or “minor” problem in their
tals, HealthAccess, and more.                      children all month.                                  neighborhood.
     In 2006, United Way of Greater Topeka
served as the convener, bringing together          2. Job Skill Development                             4. Youth Character Development
multiple partners from both the public and         • 27% of the residents surveyed had                  • 30% of those surveyed with children under
private sector to complete a community needs       someone in the household who needed                  age 18 indicated that their children needed out-
assessment. Partners worked with ETC               computer training.                                   of-school programs.
Institute to design a household and community      • 22% of the residents surveyed had                  • The number 2 and 4 top priorities indicated
leaders survey much broader and community-         someone in the household who had been                by Community Leaders were juvenile/youth
focused than the 1995 survey.                      without a job during the past year.                  crime and youth substance abuse.
     As a result, the top priorities of the
community were identified. A Community Needs                                                            5. Access to Healthcare
Assessment Oversight Committee organized,                                                               • 14% of residents surveyed reported that at
and continues to meet on a regular basis to                                                             least one member of their household was not
                                                     Top Priorities for Community Leaders               covered by insurance.
monitor program enhancements across the
community which address residents’ concerns.                    According to the                        • 22% of the residents surveyed reported that
                                                                                                        someone in their household needed dental care
                                                       Community Needs Assessment                       within the past year and did not receive it.
    Editor’s note: The Executive Summary and
complete data files can be viewed at Click on the Assessment                                                        6. Downtown Redevelopment
                                                      Downtown redevelopment in Topeka                  • The number 1 concern of Community
                                                      Juvenile/youth crime                              Leaders was downtown redevelopment in Topeka.
                                                      Gangs/gang violence                               7. Arts and Culture
                                                      Youth substance abuse                             • 67% of those surveyed felt that the Topeka
                                                                                                        area needs more arts and cultural programs.
                                                      Crime committed by adults

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT EDUCATION FOR                            •   Illegal drug use is perceived to be a problem in many    •   Many households are going without needed
    CHILDREN UNDER 6                                              neighborhoods.                                               medication.
• Many households are having problems finding                 •   Family violence is perceived to be a problem in many     •   Many households had problems paying medical
    affordable childcare.                                         neighborhoods.                                               bills in the past year.
• Many households are having problems finding                 •   Teen crime is perceived to be a problem in many
    quality childcare                                             neighborhoods.                                           THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT OTHER IMPORTANT
• Many households are having problems finding                 •   Gang violence is perceived to be a problem in many            ISSUES
    childcare that is convenient to their home or work.           neighborhoods.                                           Affordable Housing
• Many young children are regularly left alone to care        •   Although residents are concerned about crime, most       • Many residents spend a high portion of their income
    for themselves.                                               people are working together to prevent crime.                 on housing expenses.
                                                                                                                           • Shawnee County has many owner and renter
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT JOB SKILL DEVELOPMENT                                                                                      occupied housing units.
• The employment rate among adults was higher                                                                              • The median monthly housing costs for mortgaged
    than the national average.                                      50 THINGS TO KNOW                                           owners in Shawnee County in 2000 was $845. The
• Although the employment rate was higher than the                                                                              median monthly housing costs for renters in
    national average, household income in Shawnee                           ABOUT LIFE                                          Shawnee County in 2000 was $494.
    County was slightly below the national average.                                                                        Obesity
• Community leaders are concerned about job skill
    development in Topeka/Shawnee County.
                                                                   IN TOPEKA/SHAWNEE                                       • Weight problems affect many households.
                                                                                                                           • Many adults do not regularly exercise.
• Many residents need computer training.
• Many residents are not able to get work because                              COUNTY                                      • Many children do not get regular physical exercise.
                                                                                                                           Downtown Development/Arts & Culture
    they lack job skills.
                                                                             as summarized from the                        • Community Leaders rated downtown development
• A majority of the households surveyed who needed                                                                              in Topeka as the community’s top priority.
    help for a severe financial crisis during the past year           2005-06 COMMUNITY NEEDS                              • Most residents thought the arts should have an
    did not get their needs met.                                                                                                important role in the community’s future.
• Many residents in Topeka/Shawnee County live in                                   ASSESSMENT                             • Most residents thought the community needs more
    poverty.                                                                                                                    arts and cultural programs.
• Many households are at risk of having severe                                                                             • Residents do not visit arts and cultural facilities
    financial problems.                                       THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
                                                                                                                                more often because they did not know about the
• According to the 2000 Census, the top types of              • Community leaders are concerned about youth                     programs or they are too expensive.
    occupations for residents of Shawnee County were:             development.
                                                                                                                           Senior Issues/Long-term Care for the Elderly
    Management, professional, and related; Sales and          • Most parents are involved in their children’s education.   • Many residents are caregivers for the elderly.
    office; Service; and Production, transportation, and      • There is a significant need for children’s out-of-school   • Many seniors cannot afford to make repairs to their
    moving occupations.                                           programs.
• According to the 2000 Census, the top industries in         • Many parents do not have someone they can trust with       • Fourteen percent of Shawnee County’s population
    Shawnee County based on the number of residents               their children.
                                                                                                                                was 65 years or older in 2000; and the number of
    who were employed in the industry were:                   • Many families cannot afford to provide nourishing               seniors is expected to increase significantly over the
    Educational, health, and social services; Retail              meals for their children.
                                                                                                                                next 20 years.
    trade; Public administration; Manufacturing;
                                                              THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE
                                                                                                                           • A significant portion of children are being raised by
    Finance, real estate, insurance; Professional                                                                               grandparents.
    services; and Transportation, warehousing, and            • Many residents are not covered by health insurance.
    utilities.                                                • Many residents consider emergency rooms to be their        THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT NEIGHBORHOODS
                                                                  primary place to get medical treatment.
                                                              • Many residents are not getting needed medical care.        • Most residents feel good about their neighborhood.
                                                              • Many residents are not getting needed dental care.         • Opinions about the future of Topeka/Shawnee
• Community leaders are concerned about juvenile/                                                                              County are mixed.
    youth crime and gang activity.                            • Community Leaders are concerned about the                  • Most Shawnee County residents help their
• Property crime is perceived to be a problem in many             availability of quality mental health services.


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