MEM CEO Jim Owen Helps Build Futures as Campaign Chair for United Way

Missouri Employers Mutual President and CEO Jim Owen recently kicked off the community campaign for the Heart of Missouri United Way. 

This year, the campaign goal is $3 million, and Owen is serving as community campaign chair, helping to lead the efforts of a network of campaign volunteers that when combined, donate more than 10,000 hours annually. The theme of this year’s campaign is “Building futures, together.” 

MEM has a long history with the Heart of Missouri United Way, and over the past 27 years, employees have given more than $1 million to the campaign. Read More.

BRIDGE the Gap: Comprehensive Learning Program

“Comprehensive approaches to learning that includes both the families and teachers increases student attendance, decreases office referrals, and ultimately, increases their grade reading scores. These reading scores are significant benchmarks for long term success, high school graduation, and workforce opportunities. We started to build this program around really creating that connection.” - Darrin Preis, Executive Director of Central Missouri Community Action 

Darris Preis, Executive Director of Central Missouri Community Action, Jennifer Klosterman, The BRIDGE Program Manager, and Beth Vossler, the Headstart Director recently sat down with us to talk about CMCA’s program, The BRIDGE, and their partnership with Heart of Missouri United Way.  Read more...

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*UW funding for The BRIDGE Program is focused on serving residents of Cooper and Howard Counties.

Day of Caring and Other Service Projects

Many local businesses and organizations completed service projects at local agencies or packed wellness kits as part of our annual Day of Caring.

Photographed above: Columbia William Keepers LLC associates helped with a volunteer project at Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture (Left), and Columbia College employees put together 200 wellness kits with items such as bandaids, lip balm, water bottles, disinfecting wipes, 211 cards and more (Right).

Cummins Sales & Service donated $2,000 worth of after-school snacks to the Boys & Girls Club! This was part of a larger grant awarded by Cummins that also provided back-to-school supplies to Columbia Public Schools.

Volunteer Opportunities

Boys and Girls Club: Bus Driver

Boys & Girls Club of Columbia is looking for a bus driver beginning Sept. 5, 2023 throughout the school year. This unique position is a mere 2 hours each day, but is a highly impactful one as it provides the opportunity to experience high-quality programming to all, regardless of background or income. Volunteer Bus Drivers are responsible for ensuring kiddos are delivered safely to the Club each day after school. Pick-up times are based on school dismissal and typically range from 2:30 pm-4:30 pm. 

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Love Columbia: Driver

Occasional errands, pickups Deliveries or rides for clients

The volunteer in this position would be called occasionally to pick-up or deliver items around town on behalf of Love Columbia clients who do not have adequate transportation, or give rides to clients needing to get to and from appointments. Driving opportunities would typically be weekdays during business hours, and each opportunity would be at the approval of the driver. Drivers could use their personal vehicle or a vehicle owned by Love Columbia. Criminal and DMV background check required.

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Job Point: Career Lab

Help our job seekers get ready for their first interview through mock interviews. Help them develop and refine their resumes or assist with the completion of paper and online job applications. This is a great opportunity for HR professionals and business majors.

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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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. one day a week 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.

Learn more and sign up on our website:

Agency Spotlight: True North

True North of Columbia has a Victim Services program funded through our Health and Basic Needs impact investment. This program helps keep victims of domestic and sexual violence safe and reduce the negative impact the violence has had on their lives, empowering victims to heal and thrive through education and support.

The goal of True North is to provide all victims with safe housing, advocacy and support. This advocacy and support may encompass initial contact through continuous counseling, protection, housing assistance, and appropriate legal actions.

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United Way in the News

By Charles Dunlap

The 2023 Heart of Missouri United Way fundraising campaign is off and running.

Partner businesses and agencies came together for the kick off, as well as to play a few yard games Wednesday at Midway Golf and Games. United Way aims to raise $3 million to be able to provide 45 grants to 29 agencies. It is already a third of a way to meeting this goal...Read More.

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Upcoming Events

Level Up Day - Leadership Circle Members

October 8, 2023

Read Across Columbia

October 11, 2023

Pacesetter Breakfast

October 20, 2023

Mizzou Homecoming Parade & MU Check Presentation @ the Football Game

October 21, 2023

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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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