Topeka Capital-Journal photo editor Thad Allton takes vacation time each year to travel to Honduras to install water filtration and ozonation systems.
In addition to installing the equipment with his peers from Topeka’s First Presbyterian Church, as well as other area churches, Allton visually documents the experience for Living Waters for the World.
That’s just one of the myriad of ways northeast Kansans are rolling up their sleeves and helping their fellow man.
Now our friends at Westar Energy want to know how volunteers are bettering their neighborhoods and the world.
Go to cjonline.com/BeAPowerPlayer to upload a photo showing someone you admire helping others and tell us in a couple of sentences how they make our community or world a nicer or more humane place to live. We’ll publish the photos Dec. 3 on CJOnline, as well as some of our favorites in our Midway section.
You can read about some great volunteer efforts in a special section in Sunday’s Capital-Journal, including the growth of Silverbackks. That nonprofit started when one man started handing out cold water from the back of his van one summer and now involves 100 weekly volunteers filling a wide range of needs.
You’ll read about companies like Westar, Security Benefit, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas and Advisors Excel, which enable their employees to contribute to the community. The city of Topeka has added a program that lets workers use paid time off to do construction for Houses for Humanity, an idea proposed during labor negotiations.
The section contains too many meaningful stories to mention here, so check it out for some in-depth, feel-good reading. Then go online to cjonline.com/BeAPowerPlayer to upload photos showing us more of the good things happening in our neighborhoods and the world.
I can’t wait to see them.
Tomari Quinn is editor and vice president of audience. She can be reached at (785) 295-1212 or @Tomari_TCJ on Twitter.
Tomari Quinn is editor and vice president of audience. She can be reached at (785) 295-1212 or on Twitter at @Tomari_TCJ.