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
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
Retiring Board Members
United Way of Greater Topeka
Recognized at United Way
Officers and Board of Directors Members
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
Discover! Strategies members to its board of directors:
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
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-
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
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
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 (www.211kansas.org) 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 www.unitedwaytopeka.org, 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
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.
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
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
www.unitedwaytopeka.org. 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.
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT CRIME
• 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.