United Way of Kaw Valley

Virtual Campaign Toolkit: uwkawvalley.org/campaign-toolkit We maintain offices in Topeka and Lawrence. Topeka, KS 66604

1127 Iowa St.

In September 2022, United Way of Greater Topeka and United Way of Douglas County officially merged to become United Way of Kaw Valley. Both offices share a common phone system.
1527 SW Fairlawn Rd. Lawrence, KS 66044

Until the fight is won. Creating and cultivating an unbreakable network of support for a strong, healthy and equitable community. For assistance anytime, please dial 2-1-1 to speak with a trained referral specialist 24 hours a day, every day of the year.


Both our Topeka and Lawrence offices will be closed tomorrow due to the ongoing winter weather. Help is always available by calling our 24-hour resource specialists by dialing 211.



In partnership with Rescue Mission Ministries , United Way of Kaw Valley is looking for volunteers in direct response to the severe winter weather affecting our area and most of Kansas with snow, wind and extremely cold temperatures.

IMPORTANT: Your ability to communicate through email will be important for this opportunity, as needs may change due to weather.

Volunteers who respond to this opportunity will receive more direct communication on locations and other volunteer needs THROUGH EMAIL. Currently the warming center will be open starting at 8pm Monday evening and date of closure will be assessed on-going basis.

These volunteers will have support from social service organizations and will greet and serve individuals who need shelter from the extreme cold weather.

These volunteers will be helping and interacting with all members of our community, many whom are in the midst of significant physical, mental and emotional struggles.

These volunteers will be present to compassionately address immediate needs and provide a warm drink and snack.

This opportunity is only available to individuals 18 years of age and older.

There will be both 8-hour and 4-hour shifts, which is listed in the title and description of the volunteer need. Please pay close attention to the shift time.

Current shifts can be viewed at https://bit.ly/TopekaWarm or by going to TopekaVolunteers.org and clicking the red banner.

For more questions about volunteering, feel free to contact Jess Barraclough at [email protected]

Security Benefit donates $25K check to United Way of Kaw Valley 01/05/2024

Once again, Security Benefit rises to support our community, surprising us with $25,000 on top of their employee workplace campaign, their platinum sponsorship of Nancy Perry Day of Caring and their recent Junior Leader Reader gift. Thank you for having faith in the work we do and the partners we support!


Security Benefit donates $25K check to United Way of Kaw Valley Security Benefit donated a $25,000 check to United Way of Kaw Valley (UWKV).

Photos from United Way of Kaw Valley's post 01/02/2024

Join UWKV for two affordable learning and development opportunities this month to help you connect with and serve your community.

Board Leadership Training is a 9-hour introduction to the ins and outs of nonprofit board service. Great for new board members to get comfortable and have a forum to ask questions, and equally good for anyone who is contemplating board service as their next volunteer journey. Just $75 covers the two 4.5-hour sessions on January 25 and Feb. 1. Limited scholarships are available. Learn more at https://www.uwkawvalley.org/board-leadership-training

And new this year is our Martin Luther King Jr. Day Conference: Advancing Service, Learning and Civic Leadership. Spend the day learning and working with others who share the vision of Dr. King's "beloved community." We will have guest speakers and workshops and will collaborate on a community service project to assemble personal care kits for our neighbors in need. Registration is only $20! Sign up online at https://www.uwkawvalley.org/form/mlk-conference.


Thank you to all who helped make Christmas Bureau possible this year. Look for more information soon on what you made possible with your time and your donations. Meanwhile, our staff is taking a well-earned break to celebrate and relax with family and friends. Our office is closed through December 26.

If you ran into an unexpected snag with Christmas Bureau, please leave a message on our main line at 785.273.4804 with your contact information and we will reach out to you after the first of the year.

May you have a peaceful and healthy holiday season. If you need help locating services while we are away, please call 211 to speak to a resource specialist.



Adoptions for two large Christmas Bureau families fell through. We are needing adopters for:

One family of six
One family of five

If you or your organization can assist, please private message us for more info. Please share!

WU leadership project allows students to collaborate, give back $10K to Topeka organizations 12/14/2023

Yesterday was an exciting day! Washburn University Leadership Institute students involved in our Aleshire Venture Grant program got to present checks to community organizations! Each organization's application was carefully reviewed by the students, and students ultimately made recommendations to our Board of Directors as part of their presentation last week.

The students chose to grant $5,000 to the Kansas Children's Discovery Center, $3,000 to Pine Ridge Prep-Topeka Public Schools, and $2,000 to Topeka Rescue Mission Ministries!

We're so glad students got to see the end result of their work!


WU leadership project allows students to collaborate, give back $10K to Topeka organizations A local grant program is giving some college students a chance to give back to the Topeka community this holiday season with the help of $10,000.

Photos from United Way of Kaw Valley's post 12/13/2023

We had a fabulous time celebrating the holidays with our Douglas County leadership donors at last night's Douglas County Holiday Open House! We enjoyed the chance to show off our office, provides updates on our work and celebrate the holiday season.

Special thanks to Z&M Twisted Vineyard - Lawrence for their donation of holiday wines to add some festive cheer to the event!


Well, despite a few great adopters stepping up, we are still working to match more than 120 families with someone who can share a bit of holiday magic with them. We will make sure that all families receive something, but without your help to shop, wrap and deliver, that will be a mighty task. Please consider gathering some friends or family and adopting today. Get all the details at https://www.uwkawvalley.org/christmasbureau, or if you aren't the internet type, call our office at 785.273.4804 and we will take care of matching you as quickly as possible. It's not too late to be a holiday hero!

Photos from LiveWell Shawnee County's post 12/08/2023

Congratulations to the team at LiveWell Shawnee County (formerly Heartland Healthy Neighborhoods) for a successful action summit today at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. We love having Sarah Karns as part of our team at United Way. She does amazing work with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas' Pathways to a Healthy Kansas and all our community partners.


We are getting closer to having an adopter for all 1,000+ Christmas Bureau families, but it's already December 8! We've only got about a week left to find 134 more matches!

Please share this need with your friends and family, and consider adopting together. Sign up or get more information at https://www.uwkawvalley.org/christmasbureau


Join us this morning as we give away car #34 as part of Recycled Rides at Washburn Tech!

Photos from United Way of Kaw Valley's post 12/07/2023

The December board meeting is always one of the best because Washburn University leadership students present their Aleshire Venture Grant recommendations to our board volunteers. We are in the second decade of this transformative student experience made possible by Joe and Janet Aleshire. We'll share more about the organizations and programs that received funding soon!
Just as exciting was getting to surprise volunteer extraordinaire Joe Beasley with the news that he will join the next class of Greater Topeka Partnership's Leadership Greater Topeka! Congratulations, Joe!

BOK Financial


It was AmeriCorps meeting day in the Lawrence office! We are excited to be loaded with great talent again this year and have members working across the community. AmeriCorps Program Director Nicole Keller will be sharing more about them and their work soon! You might see them if you are at Elizabeth B. Ballard Community Center, Community Children's Center, our Lawrence office, Heartland Community Health Center, and Douglas County Mental Health.

And three more members will come on board in the next month or so, working with The University of Kansas, at UWKV as the Youth Services Coalition Coordinator, and working at the Douglas County District Court.

We are so happy to have them joining us this year and excited for the skills and enthusiasm they bring to their work in the community!


We had a great time celebrating the holidays last night with our Shawnee County Leadership Donors!

In addition to socializing, our donors got to hear an update on this year's Christmas Bureau, and hear about our recently completed Data Walk, including our vision for the future of Data Walks in our community!

Thanks to the Kansas Chamber for hosting us in their beautiful space, and to Hy-Vee and Strathman Sales for providing the refreshments for our event!


If you went looking for our opportunity this afternoon, there is a FANTASTIC reason you probably didn't find it! Shortly after our Facebook live today, we found out that our $5,000 opportunity to support childcare in Douglas County was FULLY FUNDED by our amazing donors! This means we also unlocked $5,000 in match money from the Community Foundation. We are humbled at this rapid generosity.

But what if you had intended to donate but just weren't fast enough? No worries! While we don't have match money, you can still make an end-of-year gift that supports all aspects of our work, including Childhood Success in Douglas County. We will be releasing new Requests for Proposals in 2024, and your support now determines how much United Way has to invest in life-changing work like affordable childcare, access to high-quality preschool, support for parents and caregivers and more. Go to https://unite.uwkawvalley.org/DGCO to give online or you can stop by the Lawrence office, 1127 Iowa Street, to drop off your contribution.


Part Two of our conversation about Douglas County Community Foundation's Giving For Good campaign!


Join us at Noon on December 5 to learn more about how you can make a gift to our work in Douglas County AND get your gift matched through the Douglas County Community Foundation's Giving for Good campaign!

Photos from United Way of Kaw Valley's post 12/04/2023

URGENT! Thank you so much to everyone who has stepped up so far! But even with the tremendous response, almost 200 families are still waiting for help. As of today, we still had 199 households (that's 580 of our neighbors) who could really use some Christmas cheer.

To put this in perspective, if we have to find the funds and the time to take care of all of these families, we would need more than 900 hours for shopping, wrapping and delivering and more than $35,000 to purchase gifts and food. You can see why this is a volunteer-driven project! Alone, we might not have 900 hours and $35,000, but when your family or office or service club takes on one or two families, we start to share the load.

It's easy to do. Just go to our web page, at https://www.uwkawvalley.org/christmasbureau to fill out an online adopter form now. We'll send your match information within 24 hours (during the work week) or contact you if we have questions about your request. If you just can't adopt, please consider a donation that will help us take care of a family. And if this year just isn't possible for you, please help us by sharing this post with your network.


Our November/December combo issue should have hit your inbox this morning! We've got ways to volunteer, ways to give during the holiday season, new staff updates and more. Here are some tips for making sure you can read the latest every time:

🟨 Using your work email address may disrupt delivery. More and more companies are combatting cyber attacks with automatic tools that deactivate hyperlinks and graphics or automatically unsubscribe.
For better functionality, subscribe with a personal email address. You can unsubscribe at any time.

🟥 Check your "Other" or "Spam" folders if you think you have subscribed but don't see the newsletter around the 4th Friday of the month.

🟧 If you miss an issue or just want to browse our earlier content, the e-news archive link is at the top of our website, https://uwkawvalley.org.



You helped us make some incredible progress on for the Shawnee County Christmas Bureau!

Because of you, we are only $800 away from hitting our fundraising goal! The money you raised so far can provide a holiday meal and gifts for 40 families of four.

We are also down to 229 families left to be adopted!

Let's make sure that EVERY Christmas Bureau family gets adopted and has the chance to experience the magic of the holiday season. You can still give or adopt a family at UWKVChristmas.org.


We'll be back with more Christmas Bureau updates, but we also need to give Douglas County a little love! The Douglas County Community Foundation kicks off Giving for Good today!

The Foundation offers a match for money raised through this campaign, so it's a great way to make an additional gift or a year-end gift to United Way! Money raised through this special effort will support grants related to high-quality childcare access in Douglas County. You can go straight to our opportunity at this link: https://bit.ly/49R2n0p.

runs through December 31, but why wait? Make your gift now and know that it will pay dividends far into the future!



With just hours left in , here is what's at stake:

🎄243 families remain to be adopted. That means hundreds of individuals are not sure if Christmas will be possible for their family this year.

🎄Thanks to you, we're just $2,000 away from hitting our $10,000 fundraising goal for Christmas Bureau! These dollars are what we use to fill in should not everyone get adopted, or if an adopter isn't able to complete their adoption process.

You can adopt a family or give today at UWKVChristmas.org. Please SHARE to let others know about their opportunity to be a holiday hero!



WOW! We've had several generous donors make gifts to the Christmas Bureau in the last hour!

That brings our total raised up to $7,850! Just $2,150 left to reach our $10,000 goal by the end of today!

Thank you to our additional adopter that signed up to adopt a family in the last hour. There are 263 families remaining to be adopted- that represents thousands of individuals who aren't sure if Christmas will be possible this year.

You can make your gift or adopt a family today at UWKVChristmas.org.


Big things have been happening just since Jessica and Angel talked to you this morning for !

Several more donors and 11 more adopters came in!

As we mentioned in this morning's video, thanks to the diligent work of all our Christmas Bureau elves (volunteers), we've been able to update our number of total families to 1,096- that means there are still 264 families remaining to be adopted!

We're now just $3,570 from our $10,000 goal! In the case that life happens and an adopter isn't able to fulfill their adoption, these dollars make it possible for us to still ensure all families can be adopted.

Adopt or make your gift at UWKVChristmas.org.


Join Jessica and Angel as they kick-off our Giving Tuesday festivities!

Our goal on Giving Tuesday is to have ALL Christmas Bureau families adopted and $10,000 raised for the Christmas Bureau by the end of the day.

Adopt or give at UWKVChristmas.org.



On the eve of our deadline, there are still hundreds of Shawnee County Christmas Bureau families remaining to be adopted! We have also now crossed the halfway point toward our $10,000 goal to support the Christmas Bureau program!

Can you make sure all families get the chance to experience the joy of the holiday season? You can adopt a family or make your gift at https://www.uwkawvalley.org/christmasbureau.

We are especially in need of adopters for our larger families and Spanish-speaking families.

Please take just a moment to SHARE this post and let others know about their chance to be a holiday hero today!

Want your organization to be the top-listed Non Profit Organization in Topeka?
Click here to claim your Sponsored Listing.

Until the Fight Is Won

Creating and cultivating an unbreakable network of support for a strong, healthy and equitable community.

United Way of Greater Topeka brings together people, companies and nonprofits to create positive sustainable change. We work to solve issues no single donor, charity or government agency can handle alone. By focusing on education, financial stability and health, we help more children graduate and get stable jobs, help families become financially stable and improve the overall health of our community.

We are leaders in early education, working with our partners to ensure that those who start life with a disadvantage can get back on level ground BEFORE they have a chance to fall behind in school.

We know that the work doesn’t end there, that students and their families need continued support in school. Our on-grade achievement work in math and reading helps students have a solid foundation as they rise to middle school and high school, setting the stage for graduation and a career. We support teens with financial literacy education so they can enter the next phase of their lives with the knowledge necessary to make them financially stable. We support adults who want to climb out of financial strife under their own power through budgeting, saving, and job training. And we support all of our neighbors when life grows difficult and they struggle to meet their own basic needs.

Videos (show all)

Join us this morning as we give away car #34 as part of Recycled Rides at Washburn Tech!
Part 2- DCCF Giving for Good
Douglas County Giving for Good Campaign
Giving Tuesday Kick-Off
Giving Tuesday Kick-Off
Does someone in your world deserve a life-changing gift of reliable personal transportation? Nominate them for Recycled ...
We're so excited that Dolly Parton is coming to Kansas to celebrate the expansion of the Imagination Library across the ...
United Way Wednesday REWIND!
United Way Wednesday- 6/28
Day of Giving 2023 Results



1527 SW Fairlawn Road
Topeka, KS

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 1pm

Other Topeka non profit organizations (show all)
Kansas Volunteer Commission Kansas Volunteer Commission
900 SW Jackson Street
Topeka, 66612

Serve. Engage. Empower.

Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters Serving Shawnee County Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters Serving Shawnee County
2348 SW Topeka Boulevard, Suite 203
Topeka, 66611

Igniting the power and potential of Shawnee County youth through one-to-one mentorship.

YWCA Northeast Kansas YWCA Northeast Kansas
225 SW 12th Street
Topeka, 66612

YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting social justice for all.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Kansas Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Kansas
825 SW Buchanan Street
Topeka, 66606

RMHC-NEKS keeps families close to their hospitalized kids & the lifesaving medical care they need.

Kansas Contractors Association Kansas Contractors Association
800 SW Jackson, Suite 100
Topeka, 66612

We Build Kansas. The voice of the Kansas heavy construction industry.

Keys for Networking, Inc. Keys for Networking, Inc.
900 S Kansas Avenue, Ste 301
Topeka, 66612

Call (785-233-8732) Email [email protected]

Cat Association of Topeka Cat Association of Topeka
1719 SW Gage Boulevard
Topeka, 66604

Cat Association of Topeka is a nonprofit no-kill cat shelter in Topeka, KS dedicated to the care of

Jayhawk Area Council, Boy Scouts of America Jayhawk Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
1020 SE Monroe Street
Topeka, 66612


MANA de Topeka MANA de Topeka
PO Box 3809
Topeka, 66605

MANA de Topeka is part of a national Latina organization, established in 1974, by Mexican American women to empower Latinas through leadership development, community service, and a...

Renew Kansas Renew Kansas
816 SW Tyler Street
Topeka, 66612

Renew Kansas serves as a representative voice for the biofuel manufacturing industry in Kansas.

IBSA, Inc. IBSA, Inc.
501 SW Jackson Street
Topeka, 66603

A Nonprofit Corporation - Establish in 1993