Heart of Missouri United Way announced today the start of its 2017 community campaign with a kickoff event at the Columns Club of Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. United Way announced a goal of raising $3,075,000 by January 31, 2018, a 2.5 percent increase over 2016’s goal, which it exceeded. The campaign will benefit United Way’s more than 30 partner agencies for the 2018-19 funding year.
The kickoff event commenced with a flag presentation by the Columbia Fire Department and a moment of silence in honor of Sept. 11. University of Missouri President Mun Choi and Chancellor Alexander Cartwright provided comments about the university’s continued involvement in the campaign. Andrew Grabau, United Way executive director; Bev and Allen Curtis, 2017 United Way campaign chairs; and Marcus Reynolds, executive director of United Way partner agency Turning Point, also spoke about campaign goals and the impact of United Way in the local community.
The day also marked United Way’s annual daylong community volunteer event, Day of Caring. Previously held in the spring, the event was moved to coincide with Sept. 11’s National Day of Service. More than 300 volunteers from 19 companies will complete projects at 16 United Way partner agencies throughout the day. Projects include landscaping, playground repair, painting fences and light construction. The number of Day of Caring volunteers increased by nearly 100 over 2016.
For 70 years, Heart of Missouri United Way has been fighting to improve the lives of people in our community. By partnering with 33 nonprofit agencies in Boone, Howard and Cooper counties, Heart of Missouri United Way works to defeat barriers to education, health, financial stability and basic needs. Governed by a board of directors comprised of mid-Missouri volunteers, it is an independent, nonprofit organization affiliated with United Way Worldwide, the world’s largest, privately-funded nonprofit.