Local Foundation Gives $2,000 to Help Topeka Students

Topeka, KS – The Jim & Pam Caplinger, Jr., Family Foundation has awarded a $2,000 grant to support Communities In Schools (CIS) of Mid-America in its work with students in five Topeka schools.

The Jim & Pam Caplinger, Jr. Family Foundation was created as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to support causes that align with the late Jim and Pam Caplinger’s values. This donation was made to honor Pam’s biggest passions including supporting youth in need and cooking for those she cared. The donation will support programming such as food pantries, BackSnacks, clothing closets, mentorship programs, one-to-one student support, FutureNow: Finance, Day-On-The-Job events, and Lunch Buddies among other programs.

It is amazing how far $2,000 can go to help meet the needs of students and families. This donation will provide supports for many of the students we serve while also reminding them that the community is thinking of them and caring for them.

Becca Spielman, Field Director for CIS of Mid-America

CIS of Mid-America focuses its work exclusively inside K-12 schools with Site Coordinators who are in schools all day every day.  These individuals connect at-risk students with community resources – food, clothing, school supplies and medical care, among other needs—to help remove barriers to their academic success. In Topeka, CIS of Mid-America provides services in Topeka West High School, Topeka High School, Highland Park High School, State Street Elementary School, and Ross Elementary School.


About Jim & Pam Caplinger, Jr. Family Foundation

 The Jim & Pam Caplinger, Jr. Family Foundation was created in honor of the late Jim and Pam Caplinger, and is led by a daughter of Jim and Pam’s, Allison Caplinger. Jim grew up in Topeka, KS, and graduated from Washburn Rural High School in 1974; he continued on to receive his Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Kansas. Jim and Pam met at the University of Kansas and continued as partners in marriage and business for 31 years. Pam spearheaded her own freelance marketing agency before continuing her entrepreneurship in local Topeka establishments, such as the Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant and North Star Steakhouse. Jim honed his professional life as a self-made real estate developer, business owner, and philanthropist. Both individuals; work lives were preceded by their love of family and their care for children. The Jim & Pam Caplinger, Jr,. Family Foundation continues to make contributions on their behalf to numerous animal and children charities and nonprofit organizations.