According to Libby Mobley, chairman, a goal of $50,000 has been set for this year's campaign. Recently, agency application letters were mailed to the agencies that participated in last year's United Way funding campaign as well as solicitation letters to area businesses for contributions to the campaign.
"Our campaign is a community-wide effort to voluntarily raise and allocate funds efficiently and effectively to create long-lasting community change by addressing the underlying causes of the most significant local issues," said Mobley.
Of the many organizations that help the needy and other worthwhile agencies, the United Way is perhaps one of the largest and most well known. Not only for the easy way in which one can donate through payroll deductions through companies that participate but because it helps to support local organizations right here in our own backyard.
The United Way is itself a non-profit organization dedicated to area people. It focuses on helping children, and youth and disabled adults achieve their potential as well as the promotion of financial stability and independence.
Thirteen local organizations that are helped through the community's generous donations include Helping Hand, D.A.R.E., Kennett Backpack Program, CASA of Dunklin County, Dunklin Day Care Activity Center, Dunklin County Caring Council (ICARE Program which is the Individual Cancer Assistance Relief Effort), Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Migrant Whole Health Outreach INC (MWHO), Southeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging/Kennett Senior Center, Salvation Army, American Red Cross, and the Family Counseling Center.
In the past, the organization has raised funds by selling tickets for a gas giveaway, a gun raffle, and an Apple iPad. New this year is a 5K run benefiting the organization and the agencies it helps. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 and will begin and end at Mitchell Park.
According to Chrissy McCormick, United Way member and coordinator for the event, the walk/run will begin at 8 a.m., with race day registration beginning at 7 a.m. For those interested in participating, registration may also be done online at active.com. Type in Kennett, Mo., United Way 5 k in the search bar at the top of the screen.There is a $15 registration which includes a small processing fee and if registered by Oct. 15, participants are guaranteed a T-shirt by race day. The T-shirts are being provided by Skeeter Kell.
Plans for the 3.2 mile walk route is being finalized with the Kennett Police Department.
McCormick added that no matter what route walkers/runners take, there will be water provided along the way as well as medical backup from the Kennett Fire Department in case of any medical emergency.
At the conclusion of the race, there will be an awards presented for overall first, second, and third place for males and females. There will also be awards for first, second and third place for each of the different age groups, 12 years and older, 13 years to 19 years, 20 years to 29 years, 30 years to 39 years, 40 years to 49 years, 50 years to 59 years, and 60 years of age and up. Kids are encouraged to participate.
A partial list of sponsors includes Southern Bank, Gamble Printing, Kennett Veterinary Clinic, Schilp Dodge, Harris Pharmacy, Tumbling Tribe Gymnastics, Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center, Dr. Ed Landry, Sarah Jo Morgan, CPA, Senath State Bank, Maco Management, Unico Bank, Kennett National Bank, First National Bank, White Oak Gin Company, Tom Todd, State Representative Terry Swinger, Senator Rob Mayer, and Judge Steve Mitchell.
Currently, the 2012 Board members included the following: Libby Mobley, chairman, Susan Luce, vice-chairman, George Anderson, Shannon Bellers, Meg Benson, Paula Calhoun, Myra Callahan, Linda Carver, Eky Combs, Chandler Essary, Jana Hampton, Bob Hancock, Lisa Johnson, Chrissy McCormick, Will Mobley, Sarah Jo Morgan, Sue New, Jennifer Nigut, Lee Poindexter, Lisa Privett, Coleen Pu, Jill Rickman, Minnie Sanders, Beth Shetley, Julie Spielman, Kevin Thielemier, and Bill Timmons.
Donations for the United Way may be sent to Campaign Headquarters, 1601 First Street, P.O. Box 61, Kennett, Missouri 63857. More information may be found at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (573) 888-5828.
Watch for further articles regarding this year's campaign progress and don't forget to check the organization out on Facebook. You will find them at Kennett United Way and are invited to "like" it.