The United Way office will be closed Monday, December 25 and Tuesday, December 26 in observance of the holidays.
The United Way office will be closed Monday, January 1 in observance of New Year's Day.
Save the date! The annual United Way Campaign Celebration will take place on Thursday, April 12 at the Jackson Civic Center. We hope you can join us for lunch!
Looking to get more involved with United Way?
United Way has four unique opportunities for you to get involved! We currently have openings on our Finance, Community Investment, Resource Development and Marketing Committees.
If you're interested in learning more about the commitments and responsibilities of each committee, visit our website.
Help Young Readers
Students in Kindergarten through grade six need volunteers to help them develop critical reading skills. As little as 30 minutes can propel a child from struggling to succeeding. Contact Robin Koetting, 573-334-9634.
Volunteers are needed to help provide customer service and/or sort merchandise at the Cape Retail store. Contact Habitat for Humanity.
Voices for Children/CASA
Voices for Children/CASA of Southeast Missouri provides juvenile justice advocacy for child victims of abuse and neglect in Bollinger, Cape Girardeau and Perry Counties. Voices for Children (formerly CASA) is able to advocate for fewer than half of the children in foster care due to a shortage of volunteers. For more information contact their office at 573-335-1726.
2017: Engagement, Growth and... cardboard boxes?
As we near the end of the year, it is fairly common to see businesses and individuals reflect on the last 12 months. For many, it's the end of another fiscal year and an opportunity to look at the books as they set goals for the next calendar year. Others look back on their successes and celebrate them with those who helped make it all possible. Here at United Way of Southeast Missouri, we've decided to be the latter, partially because we're only in the middle of our fiscal year...
Of course, one of my favorite memories of 2017 was the annual kickoff event. I'm unbelievably proud of everyone who helped with this event, from the United Way team who helped with set-up to the partner agencies who gave their time to our donors.
Let's also not forget the impact that was made when the community came together to support our neighbors affected by the February tornado in Perryville. United Way of Southeast Missouri was able to collect over $73,000 to invest into long-term recovery initiatives in that area. So far the funds have been used to help cover additional back-to-school expenses, assist households with foundation and rebuilding expenses, and lead community discussion through emotional and financial recovery workshops.
We remain genuinely grateful for the donations of time and treasure we receive from the thousands of people who support United Way of Southeast Missouri. You are the foundation of this organization, and together we are changing lives.
If you would benefit from a year-end charitable donation, here are some additional tips to keep in mind:
Charitable contributions only offer tax benefits to those who itemize their tax return.
Most publicly traded securities purchased more than a year ago that have increased in value can be donated without paying capital gains tax. The greater the appreciation, the greater the tax savings. Your tax deduction increases, because it is based on the full value of the stock, not just the gain. This means you give less to Uncle Sam and even more to your community by donating to United Way!