United Way of Southeast Missouri | July 2019 Newsletter
Welcome Funded Partners!
Ten new partners were welcomed into the UWSEMO network this week, bringing our total number of partners to 27 representing 38 programs. Our previous funding cycles devoted more money to our education focus as we worked with community partners to bring the graduation rate at Central High School up to nearly 90%. This cycle our funding is more evenly divided among our three focus areas of education, income and health.

Partners and Employee Campaign Champions (ECCs) from about 30 of our workplaces had the opportunity Tuesday to meet, lunch, and learn following our news conference announcing the new network. You have the same opportunity by attending our Campaign Kickoff on Thursday, August 29th! See the full list of our powerful partner network here. here.
Thursday August 29th | 11:30-1:00 | Cape Girardeau Country Club
Don't Miss Campaign Kickoff 2019!
Join us for our 2019 community-wide Campaign Kickoff August 29th at the Cape Girardeau Country Club from 11:30-1:00 PM.

We are beyond excited to be joined by our Funded Partners for the next three years. This is an opportunity for them to interact with our donors and tell their story. Our generous workplaces help pay for two seats for each partner to join them at the table, talk about their UWSEMO-funded program, and answer questions.

We appreciate all of our businesses who have made this possible in the past and invite new ones to help this year. The first responses will be able to request the Funded Partners of their choice. Two different Funded Partners at every table will lead an interactive simulation for everyone at the table to get involved.

This is a great event to bring the new leaders in your workplace who are eager to learn more about the need in our community and how we can make a lasting change with the United Way network.

Sponsor a large table for $200 and bring 6 employees.
Sponsor a small table for $150 and bring 4 employees.
Individual tickets are $25.
Support local students this weekend!

Stuff the Bus!
This Friday and Saturday during tax-free weekend visit your local area Walmart and pick up an extra set of supplies for a student who may not be able to afford them.
Back to School Kickoff!

On Monday, August 5th, in partnership with the Cape Girardeau Public Schools, The Salvation Army, ABC Today, The Urban Kids Project, and Missouri Care, United Way is Sponsoring the Back to School Kickoff.

The Kickoff is for local area families with students who will begin school this August. There will be local areas businesses there providing the students with free resources such as:

  • Parent Resources
  • School Supplies
  • Fun & Activities
  • Music
  • Food & Entertainment
  • Giveaways
  • Haircuts and Immunizations
Voices for Children/CASA Soars!
Elizabeth Shelton, Executive Director of UWSEMO, presents a check to Sharon Hileman, Executive Director of Voices for Children/CASA. Photo taken by the Southeast Missourian.
We would like to thank the CASA / Voices for Children Team for participating in our Over the Edge event in May at Towers South on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. As a Funded Partner, they were able to keep the money they raised less expenses from the event. We are very pleased to announce they received $6,789.60!

Every daredevil will have the opportunity to go Over the Edge again in 2020. We encourage all of our partners to follow CASA's lead and form a team. If you are an Edger with a connection to one of our Funded Partners and would like to create a team to support them, contact Raechel today!
Live United Get on the Bus Tour - Save the Date!
Save the Date!
September 19th we will host a
Live United Get on The Bus Tour.

The tour is free, but seat reservations are required. If you want to 'Get on the Bus' and gain more in-depth knowledge of some of our partners, please email Raechel Reinitz.
Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers are the backbone of our program.

There are jobs for horse people and non-horse people alike. We need 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.
Are you interested in helping a local young person and a local dog?  
We will soon be planning a fall EPIC Pals program and we will be looking for EPIC Pals volunteers. Each EPIC Pals volunteer is matched with a young person and dog they work with twice a week for about 90 minutes each time 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 will be looking for EPIC Pals fosters. 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.  
Join the Caring Adult Network!

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 is in need of 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!
As a troop leader, you'll be a mentor and memory maker, working with girls and parents to chart a course of fun, learning, and friendship. Work together with another volunteer to plan troop meetings, bring the Girl Scout program to life, and help girls discover something new, connect to their peers and their community, and take action to make the world a better place.

Girl Scouts gives you quality time to change girls' lives, and in the process you just might change your own!

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
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