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1417D N. Mount Auburn
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
9/11 - Minglewood Share Day
Come mingle with us! Minglewood Brewery is donating 10% of lunch and dinner sales to United Way of Southeast Missouri on September 11th!
9/11 - First Day of Read to Succeed
Have you signed up to volunteer yet? Our Read to Succeed sessions start again on Monday, September 11th. Contact Robin Koetting to learn more!
10/11 - Ribbon Cutting & Open House
We moved! Come visit our new location on October 11th. Official Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cuttings will be at 4pm with an open house to follow.
11/3 - The Bank of Missouri Trivia Night
Save the Date! The Bank of Missouri is hosting their third annual trivia night benefiting United Way!
Help Young Readers
Students in Kindergarten through grade six need volunteers to help them develop critical reading skills. As little as 30 minutes can propel a child from struggling to succeeding. Contact Robin Koetting, 573-334-9634.
United Way of Southeast Missouri
United Way has four unique opportunities for you to get involved! We currently have openings on our Finance, Community Investment, Resource Development and Marketing Committees. If you're interested in learning more please contact
Volunteers are needed to help provide customer service and/or sort merchandise at the Cape Retail store. Contact Al Stoverink.
The Fostering Futures Program is a supplemental program to Voices for Children's advocacy program. Fostering Futures specifically serves youth ages 14-18 who will, most likely, age out of foster care without ever being adopted. The program is designed to assist youth in a successful transition from foster care to adulthood. Contact
Let's Get this Campaign Rolling!
$2,500 Pledged to Expand
United Way Partner Agency Programming
If you were with us at the Isle, you know that we decided to switch things up a little with our campaign kickoff. We followed the trend of many other organizations and turned our fundraising kickoff into an actual fundraiser.
Knowing we were taking such a different approach from what we normally do meant we really had to come up with an out-of-the-box idea that not only excited our donors for the two-hour event, but also left them feeling excited about the upcoming United Way campaign in their workplace. We needed to capture the attention of our audience while also informing them of the need in our community.
Now, more than ever, we need to continue providing support to our students who may one day lead your workforce. We need to be there for our seniors who have been an integral force in our community and help them to continue to thrive and live independently. Our partner agencies collaborate every day to ensure seniors, children and their families are achieving their full potential.
But what if we could do more?
Thousands of individuals living in the Gulf Coast have been forced to leave their flooded homes. They've lost everything they own due to days of continued rain. Across the country we've seen communities spring into action to help fellow Americans in Texas and Louisiana. Recently, we've had a few Southeast Missouri groups contact us about what items they can collect and where donations can be sent.
Unfortunately, collecting and sending food, clothing and other household items can do more harm than good. Volunteers are working around the clock to ensure families are evacuated from flood waters and have access to shelter and food. It takes a lot of time and money to store, sort, clean and distribute donated items, which diverts limited time and resources away from helping those most affected. The best way to support disaster victims is with a financial donation.
There is nothing that compares to the look that comes over a child's face when 'the light bulb comes on.' Many of our devoted volunteers have seen that look of pure joy in the face of a beginning reader when all of the sounds and letters he has been practicing finally come together and
comprehension occurs. When a child realizes he or she is reading, the proud moment ranks up there with riding a bike on two wheels! This is a memorable moment for our students, which also brings a lot of joy to our Read to Succeed volunteers.
Read to Succeed and Read to Excel are literacy programs fostered by United Way of Southeast Missouri. Read to Succeed (R2S) has been serving students in kindergarten and 1st grade since it rolled out to all Cape Girardeau public elementary schools in 2012. Data indicate students who were involved in R2S when the program first launched have the highest reading proficiency of any K-6 cohort. All participants average a gain in reading proficiency of one and one-half years. These programs, like these students, depend on volunteers to be successful.