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United Way Programs Making a Difference in Community

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With the 2015 United Way campaign underway, allocations to funded partners based on donations from the 2014 campaign have recently been announced. The United Way of Southeast Missouri Board of Directors will invest $780,355, over the next year, in programs and services dedicated to helping children, individuals and families in the Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Marble Hill, Scott City, and Perryville communities.

The funding has been allocated to local programming that impacts United Way’s Agenda for Change, which focuses on strengthening families in the three main areas that affect quality of life: education, income, and health. The programs are committed to helping children and youth become school-ready and successful, ensuring families receive basic needs while working toward self-sufficiency, enabling seniors to continue living independently, and ensuring the abused and neglected receive the care they need.

The Allocations Review Panel, A volunteer panel of twenty individuals from the community meets annually to review the outcomes reported by all funded programs from the previous year and recommend future allocations to the board.

“The United Way's Community Impact Committee, along with members of the Allocations Review Panel, takes great care to ensure the agencies receiving these dollars are putting them to their highest and best use. Our funded partners - and the results they see from our partnership - are reviewed annually. An exhaustive review is conducted every three years to determine the funding percentage they receive,” explains Rhett Hendrickson, United Way Board member and Community Impact Committee Chair.

Partners receiving funding from the United Way include:

AGENCY/PROGRAM

Education
4-H/Summer Camp
Big Brothers Big Sisters/Mentoring
Boy Scouts/Scouting
Boys & Girls Club/After School Program & Summer Camp
Community Caring Council/THRIVE Youth Development Program, Parenting Education
Girl Scouts/Scouting
LIFE (Leading & Inspiring Families to Excel)/After School Program & Parent Engagement
New Vision Counseling/Group Counseling for Students
Salvation Army/After School Program
SEMO Food Bank/Backpacks for Fridays
Success by 6/Quality Early Care
United Way/Read to Succeed

Income
4-Sight Counseling/Individual Savings Accounts
American Red Cross/Single Family Fires
Bollinger County Public Schools/Children’s Fund
Cape Public Schools/Children’s Fund and Backpacks for Fridays
Community Caring Council/Community Case Manager
First Call for Help/Information & Referral Helpline
Habitat for Humanity/Housing
Jackson Ministerial Alliance/Food Pantry
Jackson Public Schools/Children’s Fund and Backpacks for Fridays
Lutheran Family & Children’s Services/WINGS Child Welfare Program
Perry County Public Schools/Children’s Fund and Backpacks for Fridays
Salvation Army/Emergency Services, Meals with Friends
Scott City Ministerial Alliance/Food Pantry & Emergency Services
Scott City Public Schools/Children’s Fund
Scott County Public Schools/Children’s Fund
Southeast Missouri University/Student Emergency Fund

Health-Senior Services
APPLE/Paperwork Services for Seniors
Hoover Eldercare/Adult Day Care
Jackson Senior Center/Home Delivered Meals
Lutheran Family & Children’s Services/Senior Counseling

Health-Services for the Abused & Neglected
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)/Advocacy for Abused Children
Safe House for Women/Educating Youth on Healthy Relationships

Funded programs reported a total of over 26,000 individuals who were served with United Way funding this past year. Programs focused on helping area youth be successful continue to receive the largest share of funding at approximately 50%. Programs dedicated to meeting basic needs receive around 38%, and services for seniors and the abused and neglected receive around 12%. Pastor Sam Rothemeyer, Board President for Jackson Ministerial Alliance’s Food Pantry, states that funding from United Way “helps give back to the community and gives hope to those who may not otherwise find it.”
United Way not only connects people with much needed resources, but also connects donors to real measured results. Funded partners are held accountable for demonstrating how individual programs funded with United Way campaign donations are connected to broader community level goals that truly strengthen the community and the health and welfare of area families. Some of the more significant results achieved throughout the past year include:
83% of children who participated in a United Way funded after-school program are on track to graduate
89% of children participating in Read to Succeed advance at least one grade level in reading
516 senior citizens are able to continue to live independently due to services received through United Way funded programs
Over 7,500 families received food from United Way funded programs
38 individuals received financial literacy coaching
4,275 students received violence prevention education

Programs targeting students at risk of dropping out of school have helped to improve the graduation rate in Cape Girardeau from 70% to over 86%. This community level goal is strengthened by United Way funded programs that focus on areas such as kindergarten readiness, third-grade reading level, after-school programs, and parent support and engagement.

“The United Way’s Agenda for Change is a roadmap that allows campaign donations to have a greater return on investment. Focusing on specific programmatic strategies allows us to make a difference in the major issues facing the community as a whole,” states Melissa Stickel, Director of Operations and Community Impact.

To help ensure positive results in our community, citizens are encouraged to donate to United Way’s 2015 annual campaign by calling the United Way office at 573.334.9634, visiting the website at  HYPERLINK "http://www.unitedwayofsemo.org" www.unitedwayofsemo.org, bringing or mailing a check to the office at 430A Broadway or developing more workplace campaigns in area businesses.