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Callaway County United Way Inc

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Causes: Federated Giving Programs, Philanthropy

Mission: Collect charitable donations

Programs: Distribute contriutions to qualifying agenciesdonor designated contributions& sponsorships

Community Stories

404 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a Board Member of the Callaway County United Way, our board takes business seriously and we do our very best to be good stewards of the monies donated to the United Way. We have an awesome director who goes above and beyond her role to make sure our United Way stays connected with the community. We also reach out to work with the agencies to collaborate efforts amongst agencies to ensure our dollars are most effective.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a long time board member and volunteer, I can't say enough good things about our organization. We have hard-working agencies that strive -- and succeed -- every day to serve the needs of our community. We have a great Executive Director, and a truly engaged board, that cares deeply for this community. Use of funds are scrutinized to ensure they are used per agreement/needs. We are always looking back to our mission statement to be sure we are on target, and thinking outside of the box regarding fundraising, security additional volunteers, and making sure our messages and info about programs and services available are being heard by those that need it the most. Because of the caring people in Callaway County, we are successful in getting the job done!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this United Way for approximately 13 years as a donor, and for the last 5 as a board member and volunteer.

We are constantly working to improve our organization -- whether it be through establishing goals, a strategic plan, re-working our mission statement, revising our application and process, trying to "think outside the box" in terms of fundraising, and more.

It is amazing that we are able to accomplish so much for our agencies and community -- and the true reason why can be attributed to the dedication and skills of our one employee. Not a day goes by without another idea or suggestion is mentioned for ways we might look at our organization differently, or something new we might try in order to reach out both to those in need and those that can help.

There is much more that we can do, as the needs of the community are great. I am happy to be a part of such a dedicated group that is trying to find the best practices - the HOW - to meet these needs.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Callaway County United Way cares deeply for the people they serve. There is only one paid member of the board and the pay is minimal. There is essentially no overhead as there is no rented space and all postage and materials are generally donated. The board members put in a lot of their time and personal finances to try very hard to make as much money as possible to help the community as well as possible. The programs and services that the Callaway County United Way help to make possible are numerous...from helping the homeless to find shelter to helping the hungry to obtain food.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The greatest thing about the Callaway County United Way is the number of programs and services made available to our community. The United Way closely monitors their partner agencies, their programs and services, to make sure the most people are served in our community possible. The are careful that services are not duplicated. Working together was can accomplish so much!

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I was asked to serve as a board member for the Callaway County United Way, I was humbled and felt very fortunate to be able to do so. My life story is not a rags to riches drama, but there were times I needed financial assistance and utilized many of the services offered by the United Way. As I have matured and started making better decisions for myself and my family, our financial status has improved. How awesome that I can now give back to a program that I use to receive benefits from. I take being a board member very serious. I know the importance a donated scout scholarship can make to a struggling family. I realize what it means to have your utility bill paid during the coldest month of the winter. I know what a bag of groceries mean to a family in need. The Callaway County United Way funds 14 agencies that touch so many lives. The amount of research, care, planning and hard work is not measurable. Our Executive Director, hundreds of volunteers, agencies and their employees and volunteers are so important to our community. They are true representatives of the heart of Mid-Missouri.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am now retired, but have worked for Callaway Social service agencies for about 20 years...now a volunteer. I am so proud of Callaway United Way and all the board and directors do to support local causes. The generosity of the citizens and the enormous effort the volunteers put into the programs brings a tremendous benefit to all who are served. We are a large rural county, with a small population as compared to many....but do a fantastic job serving those in need. Thanks to CCUW!!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am honored to be a (newer) member of the Callaway County United Way (CCUW) Board. The CCUW helps fund 14 local agencies -- from the American Red Cross (Callaway County Branch) to SERVE, a local food pantry, transportation system, senior volunteer placement agency, and thrift store. Each agency we partner with provides much-needed services within our community. Services include providing basic needs like food, shelter, and clothing, providing counseling, crisis intervention, disaster services, healthcare, housing, senior services, support groups, volunteer opportunities and much more. Vital to our community, the Callaway County United Way is there to help throughout the year.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so privileged to work with such a dedicated, creative, fun group of people on the CCUW Board! They account for and spend every dollar as though it were their own, working continuously to find innovative ways to raise funds to continue to support the 14 Callaway County United Way Agencies; twelve months a year. We have an awesome Executive Director and because of her we keep our Administrative costs to minimum.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Callaway County United Way's involvement and support continues to grow in our small community. It is an organization that strives to see to it that their campaign dollars go directly to member agencies that support children, senior citizens, the homeless and hungry in our local community. Each year we look for more ways to grown to help us reach out and touch even more individuals in need within our community!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Callaway County United Way funds 14 essential local agencies in Callaway County. Without funding from the CCUW many of our agencies would not exist. The programs and services provided by our partner agencies are utilized by nearly 20,000 people each year.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am a Red Cross Volunteer, and while not currently not actively involved in Disaster Services, I have work with members and agencies supported by the Callaway County United Way. Until you have done this type of work you may not have the comprehension of just how important the United Way is and how it helps the local community. Additionally, I am not sure the general public realizes the need that exists locally since larger more global issues generate most of the news. This is a very important and critical agency that provides extremely needed assistance to a vast number of people every year. I hope it can continue to thrive and be supported in the future!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Red Cross volunteer. The Callaway County United Way continues to support our local community. Keep up the good work!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Callaway County United Way Inc. is a charity that has helped many people of the community. It is a part of a large support network that helps those in need and brings this community together. Without the United Way as a part of the that network the network would not be nearly as effective in helping the people of Callaway County as it is now. They do a great job in outreach and communitication to make sure memebers of this county know exactly how they can be better neighbors to each other. And that is an invaluable skill.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I belong to many organizations but I feel that the one that has the most impact on the community is the United Way.

Donor

Rating: 5

I choose to give to the Callaway County United Way because I know my money is being well spent and cared for

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with the CCUW's Born Learning program.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I don't have health insurance and never really needed it before. I was always healthy. But, then I had to start taking a very expensive medication each day. I didn't know how I would be to afford it then I found out about the FamilyWize program through the United Way.

Donor

Rating: 5

I give to the United Way because that way I can help more people and more agencies than if I gave to them individuallys

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I answer phones at the radiothon where people can bid on things the CCUW is auctioning off.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

One weekend I was afraid for our lives. I called the United Way number. It was a Friday night and almost midnight. I really didn't expect anyone to answer but she did. The United Way lady was very nice and helpful. She calmed me down and told me what to do.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I am a long-time donor that uses Serve transportation.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family has used United Way services. Not many realize they too have used services provided by a United Way agency. My kids have been in 4-H, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Home delivered meals for my grandmother and the SERVE bus takes her to do her shopping. And, the Red Cross contacted my cousin while he was overseas.

Donor

Rating: 5

Donating to the United Way is the best way to support your community. With 1 donation I am able to help fund 13 local agencies at once.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This org has made a huge difference in its community. The people working there are clearly highly committed and competent and I trust no other org with my donation dollars. When i want my money to matter to someone, I entrust it to CCUW.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I served on the Callaway County United Way board for many years. I enjoyed my time working with a diverse group of professionals and helping the community by raising much needed funds for the agencies.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the best services the United Way has provided the community is 2-1-1. We are lucky to have a strong United Way.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Giving and helping people is what it is all about. And the United Way does just that.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer. My favorite United Way event is the Celebrity Waiter Banquet. I really enjoy working with the United Way board members and the general public to help raise funds.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been the penny drive coordinator for our school for several years now. This is a great project for the kids and a wonderful fundraiser for the United Way.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a college student I volunteered for the United Way as much as I could.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I stayed at HAVEN House for about 12 weeks with my children. The staff there was so helpful to help me find a job, work on my debt issues, helped me find daycare and eventually a place of our own.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at the food pantry. At one time I found myself using the food pantry but once I was able to get back on my feet I started volunteering there.

Donor

Rating: 5

I donated to the United Way and designate my donation to the Senior Center.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am thankful for the local Callaway County American Red Cross Office and the classes they provide to the community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have used services from several United Way agencies.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I support the United Way and their efforts because it funds valuable non-profit organizations in our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The United Way funds the Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV) in Callaway County.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife donated through payroll deduction and I make a donation through my small business.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member with the CCUW for the past five years, I have seen all aspects of our organization in action. From agency application review, to event work, to strategic planning, leadership development and more, I am amazed at how much is accomplished by this small group of people.

NancyMc

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I taught swimming and served as a life guard for the Red Cross in Callaway County in the early 60's and now my grandchildren are taking Red Cross swimming lessons. I am proud of the number of children and adults in Callaway that know how to swim. Some of my former students still swim and they are in their 80's. Nancy McCue

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I have donated to the Callaway County United Way for over 25 years.

We believe in this organization -- the people and the programs.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My mom and I have helped with lots of events, and we give money when we can. I also worked some at the homeless shelter to provide overnight service to residents.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have used the 211 service a lot in the last two years, and the perscription card too. I got a lot of information about how to get help when I was laid off and we couldn't afford to pay our utililities and buy food like we was used too.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I help at the Senoir Center for lunch and dinners. I been doing this for 4 years, and its nice to talk with everybody.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I see the good that Callaway County United Way does in the community with the scouts, CARDV, Serve and Our House. This is important for Fulton and Callaway County, Missouri.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The American Red Cross Callaway County chapter does so much for the community. As a volunteer I teach several cpr/aed courses and the Chapter office is always a big help. Without this office we would notbe able to help repare as many people as we do for emergency situations. In addition to that they provide such a needed service to the community during disaster situations. Please help them help others.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Since my move to Callaway County nine years ago, I continue to be impressed with the services offerred to the residents of the community made available through the CCUW. They have a direct effect on the quality of life here!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Callaway County is near and dear to my heart. I am a supporting board member of Callaway County American Red Cross.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Red Cross in Callaway County does incredible work and is an integral part of the make-up of the community. They provide assistance with single family fires with food, clothing and sheltering and planning to help disaster families get back on the road to recovery.
For many years, they have helped the community be prepared and educated for fires, ice storms, winter weather, floods and other disasters. They teach classes in CPR,First Aid and AED's, train the community with swim lessons and life guarding, pet first aid and baby sitting. They also support the military community with military messaging and loans.
Without the generous support of the United Way, the Red Cross in Callaway County could not continue to provide the high quality services and support the community at the current level.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with the American Red Cross and this community without the United Way many people could not get the assistance they need to survive. They are truly an asset to Callaway County.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our Callaway County United Way helps support so many in our community. It serves a great need in helping those in our community that just need a helping hand or services that they could not afford otherwise. I don't know what we would do with out their involvement in Callaway County.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an employee of the American Red Cross, I see on a regular basis what the United Way does to help people prepare for and respond to emergencies/disasters. Without the funding assistance of the United Way, the resources would not be available to help people when they are at their most vulnerable.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

I appreciate the United Way and the Red Cross. Both are of great value to the community. Their service and committment are well known throughout the community. In regards to training, and response during emergency situations.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I support the United Way because of the way the money is distributed over several organizations. The United Way reaches so many in our community.
I've been a donor to the United Way for many years.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I volunteer with a CCUW agency and have contributed to it specifically through payroll deduction from my state payroll check. I always select Callaway County agencies through the CCUW as I believe in the work it accomplishes through our donations.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member of the only organization (Our House) in the County that serves the homeless community by providing shelter, we rely on the Callaway County United Way for a major part of our funding. Were it not for their generosity, Our House would be hard pressed to keep their doors open. The local United Way Chapter has been an integral of the community for a number of years. Many not-for-profit organizations have benefited from their kindness.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I thoroughly enjoy serving on the board of the Callaway County United Way. It is a great organization that provides much needed services to the community. It seems as if everyone involved (board, volunteers, etc) is dedicated to making the CCUW the best organization that it can be.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy volunteering for the United Way. I feel that I am making a difference in my community

Donor

Rating: 5

I donate to the United Way because it is the right thing to do. I work for a large company and they encourage United Way participation and involvement.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a new Board member for the Callaway County United Way. Even though I have only been on the board for a short time I have volunteered at many of their events prior to joining the board. I believe in what my local United Way does and support their efforts.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have given to the United Way in the past but unable to afford it since my retirement. I never thought I would need to call the United Way but I did.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My child received counseling services from one of the United Way agencies. Because of UW funds we were charged on a sliding scale.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The United Way gets results. The Callaway County United Way makes sure the programs and services they fund are getting the results our community needs.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Investing in our community through the United Way makes sense. The Callaway County United Way takes my contribution seriously.

Donor

Rating: 5

I prefer to designate my United Way donation to several of their agencies and the Callaway County United Way gives me that option.

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