Partner Spotlight: 
APPLE Paperwork Services

Mary* lost her MO Rx Senior discount back in June, as did much of the senior low-income population. The cost of Azilect, prescribed for her Parkinson's disease, would now be over $700 a month. Mary was faced with the decision of paying her rent or paying for her medicine. She needed help. Mary feared, eventually, she might be unable to stay in her home and would need assistance. 

Donors like you came to her aid through A.P.P.L.E. Project: helping senior adults with
Personal Papers,
Legal and
Environmental paperwork.
A.P.P.L.E staff members found the manufacturer's pharmacy assistance program and helped Mary complete the application and gather the necessary information. Mary was approved for assistance and no longer has to worry about adjusting her budget to pay for her needed medication. 

United Way donors made a big impact in Mary's life.
Thank you.

Calling All Small Businesses: Join the United Way 365 Small Business Giving Program!
You've probably heard a United Way representative mention, "money raised here stays here." As a member of a global organization, we take pride in being able to invest 99% of funds raised right back into Southeast Missouri. It's something that's important to us as stewards of your money and for you as a donor to know when choosing where to invest your hard-earned dollars.

While this transparency and stewardship is important to all donors, those who give through the workplace and those who give individually, we want to take the time to recognize one group of donors who take the term, "keeping it local" to heart: our small businesses.

We are visiting workplaces and soon will mail letters to individual donors. If every donor gave just $5 more, we would be able to:

Provide safe and educational after-school programming for students who are currently on a wait list, OR
Fund another part-time staff member to support struggling families and connect them to local resources, OR
Provide an additional 20 area seniors with a hot meal 5 days a week for a whole year.

What will you give?
Like to Read? Students K-6 Need Your Help!
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.
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