2022 Annual Report

Heart of Missouri United Way Presents 2022 Annual Report Highlighting Program Funding, Outcomes, and Success Stories

Heart of Missouri United Way is excited to announce the release of its 2022 Annual Report. This comprehensive report demonstrates the accomplishments and outcomes of our Community Impact Investment Grants that supported 45 programs at 31 nonprofit agencies in 2022.  

The Annual Report demonstrates the widespread efforts of Heart of Missouri United Way’s Impact Investment Grants in the areas of health, education, and financial stability and other United Way programs such as Read Across Columbia and Give 5.  

This report highlights the funding strategies for each area, the agency programs that receive the grants, program outcomes, and success stories. This report demonstrates the life-changing outcomes achieved through our Community Impact Investment portfolio and allocation of funds. 


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Read Across Columbia

Over 2,600 books were given to first and second-grade students at five Columbia elementary schools as part of the Heart of Missouri United Way’s Read Across Columbia program, sponsored by MU Health Care.

At the event, remarks were shared by Dr. Brian Yearwood, Superintendent of Columbia Public Schools, Sarah Sicht, Principal of Benton Elementary School, and Andrew Grabau, President and CEO of Heart of Missouri United Way. Katrina Lambrecht, COO of MU Health Care, then read “Tu Youyou's Discovery: Finding a Cure for Malaria" to the children in attendance.

“Read Across Columbia engages the community in having a direct role with our kids in building futures together. By providing books to first and second grade children, we are reaching them early so they can thrive” said Grabau.

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Level Up Day Recap

We had so much fun seeing everyone at our first-ever Level Up day! Thank you to everyone who attended, we hope you had a blast! Thank you to those who purchased gift cards to Level Up Entertainment, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Heart of Missouri United Way.

A special thanks to Nic Parks and his team for donating the games, pizza, gift cards, and providing 25% of the proceeds from the gift cards to United Way!

Removing Barriers to Arts for Kids in Columbia

"Academic achievement scores for minority and low-income students at Columbia Public Schools lag way behind their peers. In addition to being minorities, most of the children that attend Jabberwocky Studios programming are usually very low income, plus they have the barriers of language and culture. But these kids have so much to contribute to our community and we have so much we can contribute to enriching their lives and so this program is an effort to try to make that connection." 

Linda Schust, Executive Director of Jabberwocky Studios 

We recently caught up with Linda Schust, the Executive Director of Jabberwocky Studios. Jabberwocky Studios runs seasonal programs that offer a variety of arts-based activities in the Columbia area with a focus on serving minority and refugee children. Dance instruction, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) classes, and neighborhood arts activities through The Art Bus are just a few of the programs. In our conversation, Linda specifically talked about the STEAM Program and The Art Bus, the two programs funded in part by Heart of Missouri United Way. Read more...

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Volunteer Opportunities

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Aging Best: Meal Delivery Driver

We are seeking friendly and energetic volunteers to deliver meals one day each week to homebound senior citizens. This is a long-term volunteer position that would be delivering the same route each week.

Volunteers must have a valid driver's license and must be 18+

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Source Summit Global: Event Volunteer

The Source Summit is 2 1/2 day event designed to bring together community organizations, educational institutions and the business community to enhance the economic and social conditions of individuals in Columbia.

This years Summit will be held on Thursday evening, November 9th, through Saturday afternoon, November 11th, 2023, at Compass Church.

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Job Point: Tutor for the Youth

This volunteer would help youth who did not flourish in a traditional school setting to improve basic skills, study for the High School Equivalency Test or prepare for college entrance exams.

Volunteers must complete a volunteer application and pass a criminal background check. A long-term commitment of at least three months is required.

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Agency Spotlight: Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association (CMFCAA)

CMFCAA has a Community Connections Youth program funded through our Health and Basic Needs impact investment. This program provides comprehensive case management to youth in or exited from foster care, helping them transition to adulthood with increased capacity in eight domains of wellbeing: employment, housing, finances, education, social supports, physical and mental health, legal, and transportation.

Mission: CMFCAA is committed to providing essential services and support to the kinship, foster and adoptive children, youth, and families in Central Missouri. 

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United Way in the News

Non-profit organization delivers over 2,600 books to CPS schools

The organization, Heart of Missouri United Way, traveled to five CPS elementary schools to improve reading proficiency scores. Watch more.

Heart of Missouri United Way and MU Health to give out free books to first and second grade students

On Wednesday, the Heart of Missouri United Way and MU Health Care delivered 2,600 Read Across Columbia books to Columbia Public Schools. Watch more.

Upcoming Events

Pacesetter Breakfast

October 20, 2023

7:15 a.m.

Mizzou Homecoming Parade

October 21, 2023

9:00 a.m.

MU Check Presentation @ the Football Game

October 21, 2023

2:30 p.m.

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 our community.


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