TOPEKA – March is an exciting time for basketball fans, and the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) has plenty of staff cheering on teams in the tournament. DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore is pleased to announce that for the third year in a row, the agency will take advantage of the enthusiasm for the tournament to raise money for several local charities that serve DCF clients.
During the days of the tournament, DCF employees may voluntarily make a minimum $3 donation so they can wear college T-shirts, polos or sweatshirts. All money raised goes to five designated charities selected by the four DCF regions and the employees who work in Topeka’s administrative offices.
The charities selected by the regions include Habitat for Humanity (West Region), ICT S.O.S. (Wichita Region), Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City (Kansas City Region), Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Kansas (East Region) and Project Topeka (DCF Administration).
“This is a great way to boost employee morale and support our partnering organizations at the same time,” Secretary Gilmore said.
The regions are also competing for bragging rights. The region to raise the most money for its designated charity will be declared the DCF 2016 Charity Champion. Last year, the Kansas City region won by raising $2,055. In all, the agency raised $3,134 for five charities during last year’s tournament.
DCF has approximately 2,500 employees.
(DCF staff from the Topeka Service Center show their school pride during the first day of the agency’s Charity Championship fundraiser.)