United Way Day of Caring

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COLUMBIA – Heart of Missouri United Way announced its fundraising goal of $3,075,000, a 2.5 percent increase over the goal in 2016. Campaign proceeds benefit 33 partner agencies in Boone, Howard and Cooper counties. 

“We have a great community out there in Boone County and surrounding counties. There is a lot of need out there. It’s a lot of real people with real stories,” said United Way Campaign Chair Bev Curtis. 

The kickoff was held at the Columns Club of Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Members of the community gathered along with the University of Missouri Chancellor Alexander Cartwright and MU President Mun Choi.

Cartwright said MU gives more money to the United Way than any other SEC school with a contribution of $540,663 in 2016. He said he wants people to think of MU as the University “for” Missouri.

Education, health, financial stability and basic need are the four funding areas of the United Way. The basic needs area provides clothing, food, and assists domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse victims. Each focus area has partner agencies that use contributions to make a difference in the community.

United Way Day of Caring was originally held in the spring but was moved to September 11 to correspond with the National Day of Service. Projects included yard work, playground repair, painting, cleaning, landscaping, cleaning and donation sorting.

“All across the community we have over 19 companies helping 16 of our funded agencies partners and over 300 individuals volunteering,” said United Way Executive Director Andrew Grabau. “Not only does United Way give and raise resources, but we also volunteer and advocate for those in need.”

The Heart of Missouri United Way will have a Rock, Paper, Scissors Challenge to raise funds. Teams of five can register online. The tournament is scheduled for Friday, October 13 at Logboat Brewing Co. and will also include a costume contest.