United Way of Southeast Missouri
March 2017 Newsletter
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Basic Needs Programs Support Families, Students
We all know how hard it is to do our best 
when we are hungry. Now imagine dealing with hunger every day while being expected 
to learn and work. Hungry students do not perform well in class 
or on tests, and worried, hungry parents cannot function well on the job. We are thankful for our many partners who ensure that families across Southeast Missouri have one of life's most basic needs met. 

March is National Nutrition Month and United Way of Southeast Missouri works with organizations such as the Jackson Ministerial Alliance, the Scott City Ministerial Alliance, the Community Caring Council, The Salvation Army, Jackson Senior Center, and Little Whitewater Baptist Church Food Pantry to ensure that hard-working families have the support they need during difficult times. These organizations collectively serve over 15,000 individuals and families every year ... Read More. 


 
United Way of Southeast Missouri invites everyone in the community to celebrate the success of our 2016 annual Community Drive on Thursday, April 13th, from 11:30-1 at the Jackson Civic Center.

The event celebrates the funds raised to strengthen our community, while acknowledging those who helped make it happen. Scheduled during National Volunteer Month, this is our opportunity to honor the many donors and volunteers who went above and beyond during the 2016 campaign!

We thank all of you for your continued support of our organization and hope to see you at our celebration! Remember - lunch is on us!

 
All ladies are invited to join Women UNITED (formerly GRACES) for 
'Margs  with a Mission' Paint Night.  All proceeds 
will be invested through mini grants back into programs that support women and children.
 
When: Wednesday, April 26 at 5:30
Where: El Sol
 
United Way raises over $60,000 for Perryville

Less than a month ago, a small, proud community just 30 miles from our office was visited by a tornado. Other writers use terms like "devastated," "ripped apart," and "shattered" to describe the impact left by a tornado. But that is not all that happened in Perryville, Missouri. 

Yes, homes were ripped apart, belongings were shattered, and tragically, loved ones were devastated upon hearing the news of the loss of their son, brother, cousin, nephew. While this sadness is deep and life-changing, this community is just as complete and whole as it was a week ago, which is why I find myself using the term "visited" by a tornado.

People unknowingly traveling along Interstate 55 were unprepared for the cars from a nearby salvage yard that hurtled at them like missiles. Some families had warning and were able to dash into a cellar or cower in a bathtub. Even those with time to grab money, medications and, most importantly, family, had no way of preparing for what was coming.

Yet, somehow, they instantly knew how to recover and rebuild. Immediately, as we humans tend to do, people were digging, removing, lifting, helping, and providing any and all assistance they could deliver. As did United Way of Southeast Missouri... Read More.

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Important Dates

4/13 - Community Campaign Celebration, 11:30-1:00, Jackson Civic Center

4/18 - Gordonville Grill Share Night (all day)
 
4/26 - Women UNITED Paint Night, 5:30pm, El Sol

5/20 - P&G Who Do You Run For? 5K

6/3 - 30th Annual United Way Golf Tournament
Volunteer Corner

Read to Succeed
Help a young reader for 30-60 minutes one or more days a week..  more information.

Tiger Book Club
Volunteers are needed to help struggling readers at Central Middle School in a new Tiger Book Club on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:20-3:15. Volunteers will lead a book club of 4-5 students in fifth and sixth grades. Contact rhineharts@capetigers.com 
or call 573-334-6281 to get involved today.

Boys & Girls Club of 
Southeast Missouri
Help B&GC members with homework, arts and crafts, physical activities or other programs or create your own project or special event. Be on the lookout for more volunteer information coming soon as the Club opens their new Scott City location...  more information.

Habitat for Humanity
Two Habitat homes are underway; 1 in Cape and 1 in Jackson; volunteers are needed with light construction and painting...  more information .
  
Habitat ReStore
Volunteers are needed to help provide customer service and/or sort merchandise at the Cape retail store...  more information.
  
Salvation Army
Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to assist with the after school program. Individuals would mentor, tutor and build relationships with students in the 5th through 12th grade..  more information.

Voices for Children/CASA
CASA provides well-trained court appointed volunteers to speak on behalf of child victims of abuse and neglect who are in foster care in the three county 32nd Judicial Circuit of Missouri..  more information.

Fostering Futures
The Fostering Futures Program is a supplemental program to Voices for Children/CASA'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...  more information.

If you are a partner organization seeking volunteers and wish to share the information with United Way of Southeast Missouri and our supporters, please complete our Volunteer Opportunities Form.
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