Sen. Laura Kelly
TOPEKA (WIBW) --The United Way of Greater Topeka has announced that State Senator Laura Kelly of Topeka, is one of 22 local leaders appointed to its Board of Directors.
One of the organization’s current efforts is the Harveyville Tornado Relief Project, which is working to raise $100,000 to provide assistance for individuals effected by the tornado.
“For more than 80 years, the United Way of Greater Topeka has provided programming and resources to the people of Shawnee and Jefferson counties,” Kelly said. “This selfless service continues today, as efforts are underway to rebuild and revitalize the town of Harveyville following a February tornado.”
The F-2 tornado damaged more than 40 percent of the Harveyville community, killing one and injuring 11. In the aftermath of the storm, more than 1,600 United Way volunteers rallied to help clean up debris. A United Way committee continues to pursue long-term recovery efforts, including the organization of case managers to assist residents needing financial assistance, facilitation of volunteer services, collection of monetary donations, and coordination of local business groups.
“No matter the circumstance, the United Way always rises to the challenge. Their advocacy on the local, state and national levels has truly made a difference in the lives of thousands of local Kansans.” said Kelly. “It’s an honor to be part of such a highly regarded community organization.”
Senator Kelly’s three-year term will begin immediately.