Community Service Activities
The Department of Administration is actively involved in several community service activities in the Greater Topeka area. Events are coordinated by an ad hoc Community Service Committee that meets on a regular basis to discuss and plan activities. The goal is to provide opportunities for Department of Administration employees to give back to their community through sharing of their time, talents and treasure.
For more information, contact Samir Arif, Director of Public Affairs, 785-296-3011.
Valentine's Day Salute to Veterans
This event takes place in February to coincide with Valentine's Day and National Salute to Veteran Patients Week sponsored by the federal Department of Veterans Affairs.With the help of the children and grandchildren of Department of Administration employees, as well as area schoolchildren, who create hand-made greeting cards, Department of Administration employees present Veterans at the Topeka VA facility with a special "thank you" for their service to the nation. In addition, cards and cookies are delivered to members of the Capitol Police staff who work in the Statehouse and surrounding state office buildings.
United Way of Greater Topeka and Nancy Perry Day of Caring
Each year, Department of Administration employees participate in the annual fund drive for the United Way of Greater Topeka, setting aside a portion of their paychecks to the benefit of organizations through the Capital City. In addition, employees participate in the annual Nancy Perry Day of Caring in which volunteers from across the community fan out to complete service projects.
Chili Cook-off and Silent Auction
The smells of chili fill the Kansas Statehouse Rotunda as Department of Administration employees put their best chili recipes to the test in an event that benefits the Greater Topeka United Way. The event will take place in October on the South Steps of the Statehouse (weather permitting) as the chill of the fall begins to
set in. New in 2015 is a silent auction of gift baskets prepared by Department of Administration divisions in an effort to raise additional funds for charity. The eating of the chili and silent auction are open to all state employees in the Capitol Complex.
For more volunteer opportunities in the community check out the United Way of Greater Topeka's
Holiday Food and Pet Supply Drive
Each holiday season beginning right after Thanksgiving, Department of Administration employees begin collecting nonperishable food and pet supplies that are then donated to local pantries. In 2016, donations were presented to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Topeka and the Helping Hands Humane Society. Collection boxes, decorated in festive wrapping, are placed in the lobbies of state office buildings in the days leading up to Christmas. Items are sorted and distributed by state employees, who were last year assisted by student volunteers from Topeka's Hayden High School.