Education Programs: Helping Our Kids Reach Their Fullest Potential

We are launching a blog series that highlights Heart of Missouri United Way partnerships and funded programs. Our first feature is on Great Futures Start Here, a program that receives funding from our education impact grant at Boys and Girls Club.

Students in the Columbia community are more at-risk for attention and academic issues, emotion regulation issues, and peer relation problems compared to other kids in rural Boone County. At the Boys and Girls Club of Columbia, after-school and summer programming seek to address some of these issues by providing kids and teens with a place that propels them towards academic and personal success.  

We recently interviewed Abigail Anderson, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Columbia, to talk about the Great Futures Start Here program, its impact on youth, and the Boys and Girls Club’s partnership with United Way....

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Disability Pride Month

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990. Every July we celebrate Disability Pride Month to commemorate the passage of this landmark civil rights law.

In honor of Disability Pride Month, we highlight Services for Independent Living (SIL), a nonprofit organization that promotes independence for persons with disabilities, seniors, and veterans by following.

SIL's Journey to Independence program receives funding through United Way's Financial Stability impact investment. The Journey to Independence program minimizes barriers to employment and enhance financial stability of people with disabilities. Through career exploration, job readiness education, and life skills trainings, their consumers will improve soft skills, cultivate work readiness skills, improve their financial literacy, and maximize their independence. They plan to enhance economic self-sufficiency and increase confidence in employment of people with disabilities. Journey to Independence focuses on providing job readiness skills, career exploration, and financial literacy education to promote financial stability and gain skills needed for employment.

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Heart of Missouri United Way Staff Updates

Amy Harvey Promoted to Chief Financial Officer

In this role, Amy will expand her duties to advance and lead in budget forecasting, scenarios, and reserve projections. These duties will be connected to campaign processing including data entry of campaign envelope data and recurring credit card payments. She will also advance human resource policies and support for all staff, including directing the onboarding of new employees, managing the employee handbook, assisting with staff evaluations, and succession planning for all positions. 

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Lorraine Gustavis Hired as New Give 5 and Volunteer Coordinator

We are thrilled to welcome the new Give 5 and Volunteer Coordinator to the United Way team, Lorraine Gustavis. She will plan and lead our Give 5 program and coordinate local volunteer opportunities. She brings years of experience as a speaker, facilitator, and training manager. She was also a member of our first Give 5 cohort!

Stay tuned on our social media to learn more about Lorraine when she joins the team in August.

Interested in the Give 5 Program?

Give 5 is a social program that matches innovative volunteer opportunities with retired (or almost retired) baby boomers ages 60+ who live in Boone County. Each Give 5 Class meets 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., for five weeks, visiting more than 20 nonprofits over the course of the program. Expect to have fun, make new friends, and learn about volunteer opportunities that match your talents, passions, and personality. Check out the Give 5 Facebook page to see photos of the most recent cohorts!

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Volunteer Opportunities

Show-Me Central Habitat for Humanity: Habitat ReStore Cashier

The ReStore is a building material and home goods thrift store that functions as a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. The ReStore is open Tuesday-Saturday from 8:30 am-4 pm.

Volunteers here will help with customer service, use a square cash register (set up with easy pictures and we will train), answer the phone, help answer questions about donation drop-offs and pick-ups, take homeowner mortgage payments, and write receipts.

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Heart of Missouri CASA: CASA Volunteer

CASA volunteers are assigned to an abuse or neglect case by judges. Each volunteer is carefully screened, trained, and supervised. Volunteers conduct thorough research on the background of the case, reviewing documents, and interviewing everyone involved, including the child. They make reports to the court, recommending what they believe is best for the child, and providing the judges with information that will help them make an informed decision. CASA volunteers can be instrumental in assuring that a child and/or family receives services that the court has ordered - things like substance abuse counseling or special education testing. During the life of a case, a CASA volunteer monitors the child's situation to make sure they remain safe and have a voice in court.

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Services for Independent Living: Food Pantry Delivery

Volunteers deliver food monthly from the Food Pantry to low-income seniors. Together with the client, volunteers make a list of food items and prioritize the list. Volunteers then go to the Food Pantry every month, or as needed on behalf of the senior. Volunteers deliver the food to the senior’s homes and assist them in putting the food away or opening packages.

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Agency Spotlight: City of Refuge

City of Refuge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to help refugees recover and regain control of their lives. They help refugees become productive, successful, and contributing members of our community.

City of Refuge has a Basic Needs Program funded through our Health and Basic Needs impact investment. This program removes barriers for refugees accessing essential health resources and adequate healthcare by providing transportation, translation, care coordination, health education, and health promotion

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United Way Worldwide Blog

Embracing Mandela Day: Taking Action for Stronger Communities

On July 18, the world honors the indelible legacy of Nelson Mandela. In 2010, the United Nations invited the global community to celebrate Mandela's birthday by taking transformative action to improve our communities. 

Nelson Mandela dedicated his life to fighting for social justice, and his legacy is a powerful reminder of his values and principles. It calls us to reflect on the challenges our world faces — including poverty, inequality, and climate change — and to take action to address them. 

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Upcoming Events

CEO Breakfast

August 4, 2023

Day of Caring & Campaign Kickoff

August 30, 2023

Pacesetter Breakfast

October 20, 2023

Upcoming Events

Heart of Missouri United Way invests in programs at nonprofit organizations in the impact areas of health and basic needs, education, and financial stability. Our investments reach individuals and families in Boone, Cooper, and Howard Counties. Donate today to make an impact in your community.


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