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United Way of Southeast Missouri

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Causes: Federated Giving Programs, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion, Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations

Mission: To build a caring community through fundraising, volunteerism, community education and collabortive efforts.

Target demographics: babies, children, adults, and seniors

Geographic areas served: Cape Girardeau, Jackson, and Scott City

Programs: Education - our ambition is to fund programs that allow children in our community to have the assets and skills necessary to be successful in school and the opportunity to become self sufficient and productive members of society

income - our ambition is that we fund programs that help families in our community become capable of meeting their own needs and be financially self-supporting by increasing income, building savings, and gaining and sustaining assets.

health - our ambition is to fund programs that help seniors and those with disabilities remain independent with a good quality of life for as long as possible and to prevent abuse through education and provide victims of abuse recovery and or advocacy services.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Outstanding nonprofit that brings other nonprofits together, surrounding an issue and working together to solve it.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The United Way of Southeast Missouri is instrumental in connecting agencies to deliver essential services to the communities in which we live. We take a leadership role identifying necessary services and solutions and work with agencies to provide solutions. These issues are monitored to in order to determine the successes and continue those which have a positive impact. The organization from the top down is passionate about the work and the people we serve.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

While working with the United way they are always there to get the word out and help support us. When the Salvation Army needed food for our food pantry one phone call to United way. And United way put the word out to the community and with 2 weeks our food pantry shelves were full! Excellent partner in the community!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the board at the United Way for 2 years and have been a donor and volunteer for at least 10. I know the efforts that they put forth are making a difference in our communities and I am honored to serve and speak on their behalf.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a volunteer with United Way's Read to Succeed program, I can see firsthand how this organization is making a difference in our community. When I first joined the program, the student I was paired with struggled to blend sounds together and could only read a few short pages during the 30-minute session. By the end of semester, his skills had improved immensely. He was reading fluently and was much more confident in his abilities. When we gave the kids their own books to keep on the last day of the program, my student was thrilled and said he could not wait to take it home and read it to his mom. I thank United Way for supporting this program and giving me an opportunity to give back to my community by volunteering!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

I was quite shocked at the high reviews for this particular United Way. While I have worked with a number of excellent United Ways during my career, this is not one of them. Another organization I was involved with asked for funding for a specific project, for which the United Way of SEMO said there was no need. Within a year, however, they did the exact same project themselves (even calling it something similar), keeping all that money in house. That is not an ethical way to run any organization.

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nancy.jernigan 06/26/2014

Kathy, We are so sorry to hear that you feel this way. If you would like to discuss the issue with us and give us some insight into which project you might be referring to, please give us a call at 573.334.9634 or email Heather Brune at heather.brune@unitedwayofsemo.org. Thank you.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The United Way of Southeast Missouri is an organization that shows true compassion to the people of this community. Their genuine concern for the wellbeing of the people of the community is what makes them such a great asset to this community. The money they raise not only goes to the immediate needs of needy families, but it is an investment in their future. The success stories the United Way of Southeast Missouri brings to the attention of the public is not only what strengthens their capacity for community change and development, but is also the backbone of their mission: “helping people”.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

i have worked with 2 different United Way organizations during my career and I am amazed at the work and dedication of the United Way of Semo. This dedication is evident every day and in every event or campaign that they hold. The United Way of Semo is totally committed to the people and to the work of serving people in need. I am extremely proud to be involved with the United Way of Semo and plan to continue working with and donating to the work that they are involved in.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked in the nonprofit industry for nearly 14 years, for two different organizations and have had various experiences with 21 different United Way agencies. I've seen the internal workings, and external impact of United Way agencies from many perspectives - an employee perspective, a case manager/service provider prospective, and now from a liaison perspective. I've stated many times that United Way of Southeast Missouri is truly one of the best examples of what a responsive organization looks like. I feel this way because of the ease of working with them, their vigor for identifying deep-seeded community issues in partnership with anyone who will listen and play a role. They are clearly there to support all 'players' who are wrapped up in the process of making their communities a better place - nonprofit/social service organizations, local school districts, and of course, consumers who reside in the area and are in need of advocacy and assistance. Hands down, one of the best United Way agencies I've had the pleasure to work with. I consider this United Way a true epicenter of positive change for Southeast Missouri.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a part of United Way in 4 states counting Missouri and the United Way of Southeast Missouri is one of the best I've seen in action. The organization is focused on the right activities involving youth and the elderly. The local UW staff are very supportive, take the time to communicate effectively, and really drive the community involvement. It's great to be affiliated with such an impactful organization. Whether you're looking to give money or time, they can help you find a means for volunteering that will put a smile on your face and those receiving the gift of volunteerism. Please give!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a part of running a successful campaign for my past employer. I was able to witness on a daily basis the benefit of having an organization like United Way in our community. Before our company decided to run a campaign UW was always available for resources to help those in need. I never struggled to find what I needed from the helpful employees and volunteers. Every time I would reach out for assistance I would get a plethora of information to pass along. This organization inspires me to believe that one person can make a huge difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with the United Way on annual campaigns and special events and have been impressed with the local staff and their dedication. The difference the United Way makes in our community on multiple levels is extraordinary. I am very proud of what the United Way does in this community.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a United Way donor for the past three years, and recently began serving as the Campaign Chair for the largest campaign that supports United Way in the area. The girls at United Way have been AWESOME in getting us any campaign material we might need and answering questions--sometimes within 5 minutes after emailing them! They have made a huge impact in this community and I can't wait to see where this year's campaign takes us.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with United Way for over 20 years as ECC for the Cape Girardeau School District. There is no way to put into words all of the ways United Way has impacted the lives of our students and their families. They have not only impacted lives on a personal level but on an educational level as well. We have been very blessed to have United Way working with us. TDH

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported United Way agencies in St. Louis and Cape Girardeau, I know first hand that this United Way Agency works full time to meet the needs of the Cape Girardeau County and surrounding area. They are great fund raisers and have developed the internal programs to support the people of Cape Girardeau, I am proud to donate time, talent and treasure to this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the United Way for years as a volunteer. The work they do is dedicated to the people they serve and want to fix, not patch problems in our community. I cannot imagine what my life would be like without the support of people along my path. The United Way is attempting to connect people with long term solutions leading to lifelong success.