United Way of Southeast Missouri | October 2019 Newsletter
The real fear this Halloween season...
Tune in next Thursday morning to the United Way Facebook page for our very first LIVE United! We will go LIVE to discuss common myths and misconceptions that create real fear in our community.
10/10, 8:15 a.m. Mark your calendar!
Partner Story
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Are you aware that domestic abuse isn't always violent?

Many times, an abuser will take things that are essential to a woman's self-confidence and independence, like dentures or eyeglasses, and withhold them as punishment or to keep her from leaving the house. Many victims in this situation do not have a network of family members or friends or may be too embarrassed to ask for help. That is why United Way of Southeast Missouri supports two programs at Safe House for Women. One helps with - Read More -
From the Director
Touching an Elephant
By now most of us have heard the story based on a poem by John Godfrey Saxe of several blind men touching an elephant for the first time, each touching a different part. The man touching the tusk believes it is a spear; the man touching the leg calls it a tree, while the man holding the tail identifies it as a rope, etc. As I begin my fifth year with United Way of Southeast Missouri, I realize our organization is the elephant in the room... Read More
Leadership United
Did you miss the Live United bus tour but still want to be part of Leadership United? 

Leadership United is a program offered by United Way of Southeast Missouri to help future leaders understand the relationship between a strong economy and a strong community.

Email Raechel Reinitz if interested!

  • 10/17 October: Strengthening Our Community (SOC) Planning
  • 11/21 November: Marketing U; StrengthsFinder 2.0
  • 1/16 January: Learning to L.E.A.D.- Leadership Exploration and Development
  • 2/27 February: Call to Order - Board Roles & Responsibilities
  • 3/19 March: Networking @ The Next Level - Leadership United Graduation
  • 4/23 April: UWSEMO Community Celebration
Over the Edge is Back!
Friday, June 5, 2020! SAVE THE DATE!

Whether you Give or Go, you won't want to miss Over the Edge 2020! Join our Marketing & Events Committee to help plan and execute one of the most unique fundraisers around! Contact Raechel Reinitz and follow our social media to volunteer or be an Edger. More info coming soon!

United Way is Hiring!
United Way of Southeast Missouri has been awarded a three-year grant to fund a Director of Donor Development. Experience in fundraising, major and long-term gifts, and developing affinity networks is required. Visit www.unitedwayofsemo.org/current-openings for more information. 
Volunteer Opportunities
The Salvation Army needs a part-time cook!

Help us with our mission of "Doing the Most Good." The Salvation Army corps located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, is looking for a part-time Cook. The normal work schedule for this position will be 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM on the last three full weeks of each month. Starting pay is $8.60 an hour.
This position entails planning, preparing, and serving lunch meals the last three full weeks of each month. The cook will be responsible for meal planning around USDA donated food, grocery shopping, and budgeting the meal program. The cook will work with the assistant cook to prep, serve, and clean-up as needed.

Work with Horses, Help Humans!

There are jobs for horse people and non-horse people alike. Mississippi Valley Therapeutic Horsemanship needs help with everything from leaders and side walkers to maintenance and administration. So, roll up your sleeves and get ready to see miracles happen right before your eyes.

You can make a difference in someone's life at MVTH. There is always a need for volunteers to assist with the lessons, but have you considered the impact you could have as a MVTH instructor? The interaction of our instructors as they work with the riders is
what MVTH is all about, helping each individual rider reach their potential and reap the benefits of therapeutic horsemanship.

If you are interested working with MVTH as an instructor please visit PATH International for details. To inquire about volunteering or instructing email MVTH or call at 573-788-2100 (barn phone) today.
Train Puppies while Teaching Youth

Each EPIC Pals volunteer is matched with a young person and the foster dog they work with for about 90 minutes twice a week for seven weeks. Volunteers help EPIC with logistical needs, contribute to group discussions, serve as positive adult role models for young community members, and help the young people they are paired with to stay on task with the daily training lesson. In addition to EPIC Pals volunteers, we need foster homes for EPIC Pals pups. Fosters agree to provide a temporary home for a dog in need while he or she completes the EPIC Pals program. 

Contact Shelly at pals@epicprevention.org or 573-587-1921 to learn more.  
Help Around the House for Kids in Foster Care

Hope For One More believes that everyone has something to give when it comes to supporting our local children in foster care and their families. From providing meals or after-school tutoring to clerical work to yard work, we ALL have something special to offer these kids. We invite anyone who is interested in volunteering to join our Caring Adult Network today!

If interested please contact Amber Bockhorst.
Volunteer at the Red Cross!

The Red Cross is in need of dedicated volunteers to help fill the following positions:

Blood Transportation Specialist
Blood Donor Ambassador
Disaster Action Team (DAT) Trainee
Disaster Workforce Engagement (DWE) Team Member
Recovery Team Member
Disaster Mental Health Team Member

For more information click here or contact Pamela Kaplan directly.
Train to be a CASA!
More than 350 children in the 32nd Judicial District we serve are in foster care due to abuse or neglect. Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate and change a child's life--and yours!

Contact Gina Brockmire for more information
Read to Succeed Needs Readers!
Read to Succeed still needs Volunteers to read with students for the 2019-20 school year at elementary schools in Cape and Scott City. The time commitment is a minimum of 30 minutes per week with various options between 8:30 am - 2:00 pm Mon.-Thurs.

If you can help a child master this critical skill, fill out a Volunteer Form a nd email it to Robin Koetting!
Jackson Senior Center Needs Meal Deliverers
The Jackson Senior Center is looking for volunteers to help with meal delivery and dish washing. Volunteers are needed all days of the week for various times. When you deliver meals to a senior, sometimes yours is the only smiling face they will see all day.

Contact Janet Hitt at 573-243-4241 to learn more!
Volunteer as a Troop Leader!
Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is looking for experts in our region who can offer programmatic opportunities to our 13,000 girl and adult members! We partner with businesses, organizations, and content area experts who can offer industry-leading programming. If your business is looking for a way to connect with girls and give back to your community, consider partnering with us.

As a program partner, you can help girls gain important skills in four areas that form the foundation of the Girl Scout program: S.T.E.M., Outdoors, Life Skills, and Entrepreneurship. We invite you to join us in our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. 

Contact info@girlscoutsmoheartland.org for more information.
Part-Time Program Aide Job Opening!

The mission of the Greater St. Louis Area Council Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

We are looking for energetic and outgoing individuals who enjoy working with kids and want a fun job where they can have a positive impact on the lives of children and families in under-served communities throughout the Cape Girardeau area.

Contact Ashley Metelski if interested.
Women's Build in Jackson!

There is a women's build going up in Jackson. If you would like to help contact Reginald Jennings at (573) 334-9728.
2019-2020 Corporate Investors
Wood & Huston Bank
US Bank
Innovative Orthodontics
Southern Bank
Southeast Health
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