Cape Girardeau – United Way of Southeast Missouri invites community members to join their fight for health, education, and financial stability for everyone by attending their 2018 campaign Kickoff. The informative luncheon will be held August 23rd from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. at Ray’s Banquet Center in Cape Girardeau.


The two-hour luncheon will include data and progress reports on the impact being made on Southeast Missouri’s most pressing issues through United Way’s network of 24 partners. It also will be the second year for three of these organizations to pitch ‘mini-grant’ proposals to the audience.

 Last year, over 150 individuals raised $2,500 in less than 30 minutes to support new programs. The result was three new initiatives spearheaded by Voices for Children/CASA, Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Missouri, and Boy Scouts. Collectively, roughly 200 area youth were able to benefit from the new programs supported by these mini-grants. 

At this year’s kickoff, supporters will hear from representatives of The Safe House for Women, Boy Scouts partnered with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Missouri, and First Call for Help with the Community Caring Council. Together these groups will demonstrate what a big difference $3,000 can make to families and individuals in Southeast Missouri.

Elizabeth Shelton, Executive Director of United Way of Southeast Missouri, explains: “Kickoff officially launches our annual community drive, and we are eager to share results, upcoming goals, and enable our donors to hear directly from the agencies they support through United Way. The mini-grants demonstrate the collective power of our network and were a big hit with last year’s crowd.”

United Way of Southeast Missouri supports 24 agencies and 30 programs throughout their footprint, which includes Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Scott City, and Perry and Bollinger Counties. Due to corporate investors and grants, .99 of every $1 donated by individuals is invested back into these communities.

Individual tickets for $30 and table sponsorships for six people are on sale through Friday, August 17. They can be purchased by calling the United Way office at 573-334-9634.


About United Way of Southeast Missouri

The Mission of United Way of Southeast Missouri is to serve as the leader in uniting people and resources to build a stronger and healthier community. We focus on the building blocks of a strong family and a good life: Education, Income and Health. Our proactive methods create lasting change in the community that will continuously reduce the need for emergency services. We envision a community that LIVES UNITED by Giving, Advocating and Volunteering to improve this wonderful place where we live and work. For more information please visit or call 573-334-9634.

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