Volunteers Help Kick-Off United Way Campaign
COLUMBIA - Local businesses and non-profit organizations across mid-Missouri may appreciate more support coming from Heart of Missouri United Way this year. Heart of Missouri is made up of volunteers and plans to raise $3.3 million in the next year, starting Friday. Businesses helping Heart of Missouri organized their own team of volunteers that join hand-in-hand through the fundraising effort.
Friday, September 3 was the official day that fundraising begins for mid-Missouri volunteers joining United Way’s effort. One business alone has already raised more than $58,000 for this campaign.
One of the issues slowing down the fundraising effort is the economy. “We are somewhat insulated to some of the economic turmoil that we’re going through, we certainly are not immune from all of it,” said Don McCubbin, the executive campaign director. Volunteers want to try and end the currently rising poverty rates.
Heart of Missouri didn’t have any problems finding volunteers on the first day of the campaign. About eight people came out to tour the Family Counseling Center and Big Brothers and Big Sisters locations in Columbia.
“I’m real community-oriented, and I care if someone has a home, and has food whether it be an adult, a person who is homeless, or a child,” Deborah Scott, a United Way volunteer said. The volunteers wanted to view the organizations that have received funding from Heart of Missouri.