Volunteers rolled up their sleeves Thursday and got their paint brushes dirty, all to help brighten up a local organization.
Thanks to the Westar Energy Foundation, the coffee shop at Topeka’s Easterseals Capper Foundation has some extra color filling up the room.
A handful of volunteers painted the shop and also got the chance to get to know the adults that the organization serves.
Easterseals helps people with disabilities. A spokesperson said this means a great deal to them, because this wouldn’t be possible without Westar.
“We’ve wanted to do this for a long time and we can not afford to pay outside people to come in and do this,” said Nikki Martinek. “So any time the community steps up and gets involved, it really helps us to finish a project and get a project off the ground. We are extremely grateful and we couldn’t do what we do without the community help.”
Westar also donated around $6,000. Part of that money will go toward events like Pumpkin Palooza.
They are also using the money to buy a couple iPads for their therapy rooms to help better interact with the children they work with.