United Way of Southeast Missouri | May 2019 Newsletter
Over the Edge Isn't Over!
Our first Over the Edge urban rappel 'went over' quite well thanks to many volunteers, Edgers, donors, and event sponsors! And even though the event is behind us, our fundraising platform will remain active until June 17. We are only $2,500 short of our goal. Please give if you can!

We especially want to thank Dr. Carlos Vargas and Southeast Missouri State University and their incredibly accommodating staff for allowing us to use Towers South for the event. We also appreciate our Landing Zone Sponsors, Procter & Gamble and Drury Southwest. Chartwells provided delicious food for those too chicken to go over who huddled in the Chicken Coop. And All About Parties (AAP) definitely brought the party with their custom playlist and sound system!

Other sponsors who helped make this event a success include: St. Francis Medical Center, Habitat for Humanity, Pepsi, River Eagle Distributors, Coca Cola, and media sponsors KBSI/FOX23, River Radio (great job, Kirby Ray!), and KFVS12.

Will YOU go Over the Edge next year? If you weren't there, you missed some serious fun. But don't worry, we have hundreds of pictures in a Facebook album waiting to be tagged by brave Edgers and ropes volunteers.
Congratulations to Voices for Children/CASA our partner who went 'above and beyond' to help us with this event! Not only did their team raise the most money--which they will receive after expenses--they also provided numerous volunteers. Many of our partners volunteered with ropes and throughout the event, demonstrating the power of helping one another to LIVE UNITED! Thank you!

Left: Judy Cantoni, Voices for Children/CASA Board President goes Over the Edge to support our community.
Bring Your Team 'Fore' a Fun Day!
Last Day to Register for our 32nd Annual Golf Tournament!

Friday, May 30th, is the last day to register as a player or hole sponsor for our June 7th golf tournament at the Cape Girardeau Country Club. Lunch is at 11, and play starts at noon. Entry fee is $130 per player. Skins and mulligans will be available, along with raffle prizes and lots of fun along the way.

CGCC staff have assured us we will be able to play on the course, despite the rain; there just may be more 'water hazards!' Hole and cart sponsorships are still available for only $675.

We appreciate our gold sponsors Biokyowa and Mondi; Silver Sponsor, Southeast Health, and Bronze Sponsors: Gerdan Slipforming, Home State Health, EBO MD, and Southern Bank. Other contributing sponsors include: River Radio, Kohlfeld Distributing, River Eagle Distributors, Isle Casino, Pepsi, and Coca Cola. We appreciate all of our sponsors and golfers who help us fight for the health, education, and financial stability of everyone in Southeast Missouri!

Register today! 573-334-9634.
Take One for the Team!
The School of Hard Knocks

United Way fights for those who frequently feel battered and beaten. Now we have a chance to support a group that is taking a beating for US!

If you've ever been curious about roller derby, or fondly remember the sport on television, now is your chance to experience this thrilling sport and give to United Way.

Cape Girardeau Roller Derby (CGRD) will donate a portion of ticket sales from their June 15th bout to UWSEMO. This is a family-friendly sport, and food and beverages are available for purchase at the event. (Must be 21 to purchase alcohol.) Even if you can't attend, please purchase a ticket for someone who can and 'take one for the team!' Bring YOUR team!

Our own Executive Director, #62 Bombshell Boomer (left), skated with the team for 3 years and just might dust off her skates!

Take Dad for Father's Day.
The whole family will love it!

Tickets can be purchased in advance through Friday, June 14, for $7 in our office at 1417D N. Mt. Auburn Rd. in Cape or for $9 at the door.
Grant Application Update
This is an incredibly busy and exciting team for UWSEMO! Surrounding our many fun events is the reason we have these fundraisers in the first place, the real focus of our work--investing in other organizations that LIVE UNITED to strengthen our community.

Woven in between rappelling, golfing, and skating, our staff and numerous volunteers have been reviewing, scouting and scoring grant applications, 45 to be precise! Next month our Community Investment Committee (CIC) will meet to make the painfully difficult decision of which partners and programs will comprise the UWSEMO network and receive funding for the next three years. The recommendations of the CIC will go to our Board of Directors for a final review and vote. There is so much great work being done by so many, we truly regret that we cannot fund every request.

These volunteers below donate many hours of their time to help with this critical area of our work. If you see them, please thank them and ask questions to learn more about this process. You just might want to get involved!
Brenda Newbern, CIC Chair
Jane Myers
Shawn Eftink
Mark Hanko
Mary Elizabeth Ambrey
Tim Woodard
Jay Wolz
Parker Butler
Kim Voelker
Lindsay Bingaman
Donna Denson
Jason Eftink
Volunteer Opportunities
Train to be a CASA!
More than 350 children in the 32nd Judicial District we serve are in foster care due to abuse or neglect. Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate and change a child's life--and yours, too!

Contact Gina Brockmire for more information
Read to Succeed Needs SUMMER Readers!
Once again, we will offer literacy support for six weeks during summer vacation at the Cape Girardeau Public Library. Volunteers are needed to read one-on-one with a student in grades K-4 from June 18 - July 18, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday; 9:30-10 1st and 2nd grade, 10:15-10:45 - 3rd and 4th grade.

Contact Robin Koetting to learn more!
Jackson Senior Center Needs Meal Deliverers
The Jackson Senior Center is looking for volunteers to help with meal delivery and dish washing. Volunteers are needed all days of the week for various times.

Contact Janet Hitt at 573-243-4241 to learn more!
Are you looking for the perfect opportunity to become a role model for girls?
As a troop leader, you'll be a mentor and memory maker, working with girls and parents to chart a course of fun, learning, and friendship. Work together with another volunteer to plan troop meetings, bring the Girl Scout program to life, and help girls discover something new, connect to their peers and their community, and take action to make the world a better place.

As an assistant troop leader, you'll be trained to show your girls that they're capable of more than they ever imagined. Work together with another volunteer to plan troop meetings, bring the Girl Scout program to life, and help girls discover something new, connect to their peers and their community, and take action to make the world a better place. Girl Scouts gives you quality time to change girls' lives, and in the process you just might change your own!

Contact Melisabeth Johnston for more information.
Part-Time Program Aide Opening!

The mission of the Greater St. Louis Area Council Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

We are looking for energetic and outgoing individuals who enjoy working with kids and want a fun job where they can have a positive impact on the lives of children and families in undeserved communities throughout the Cape Girardeau area.

Contact Ashley Metelsk i if interested.
Thank You 2018-2019 Corporate Investors!
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