Pictured from the left. Frank Di Tillo, Ex Director of the United Way of the Mark Twain Area, Maggie Clavenna, Assistant Manager Hannibal Downtown, Roy Hark, United Way Campaign Chair, Nikki Bush, Assistant Manager Hannibal North, Dawn Lowrey, AVP Hannibal Market.
U.S. Bank continues its long standing support of the United Way of the Mark Twain Area. The donation will be used in Northeast Missouri as the United Way continues its 80 year history of work towards increasing the capacity for people to care for one another. “We are very early in the campaign,” said Roy Hark, the 2017 United Way Campaign Chair, “and this donation from US Bank is tremendous incentive as we aim for the formal Campaign Kickoff on September 7th, in Central Park. U. S. Bank contributes to the strength and health of our communities through the U. S. Bank Foundation and Corporate Giving. An integral part of U. S. Bank’s charitable giving is supporting community based organizations, social services, art and cultural events of all sizes in order to highlight the diverse range of needs and interests found throughout the community. Total annual funding from both the US Bank Foundation and Corporate Giving reached $54.2 million in 2016.
Kids in Motion (KIM) visited the United Way yesterday and this energetic group worked hard: they cleaned old yard signs that may have been older then they are and took the paper from the signs to recycle and saved the metal frames, they washed and waxed the van, clean and vacuumed the inside and reminded me that old newsprint and Windex are one of the best ways to clean windows and leave no streaks, they sorted folded and put away over 150 campaign shirts and helped fold and stuff campaign envelopes. And while doing all that they took time to have their picture taken with this year’s United Way campaign chair Roy Hark. A great bunch, did good work and are a credit to the Kids In Motion program!
The United Way supports KIM as part of the funding to Douglas Community Services. To learn more about KIDS in Motion visit http://www.hannibalkidsinmotion.com/!
Allocation Committee Chair Maria Mundle addresses the United Way of the Mark Twain Area Allocation Committee April 25, 2017. The work by the Allocation Committee is one of the most important parts of the of the United Way effort in North East Missouri. Beginning with an agency meeting in February, the allocation process included a site visit to all 25 agencies applying to the United Way for funding, and a series of meetings in April where the committee members, working as teams, met at length with every agency to review successes, challenges and budgets.
On April 25th, all volunteers met at the Hannibal Board of Education Board Room and made the difficult funding decisions for recommendation to the United Way Board. On behalf of the agencies served by the United Way and the 1 in 3 people of North East Missouri impacted by those agencies, Thank You to those volunteers for sharing your time and talents.
Site Review for Gatekeepers was an outdoor activity. The Gatekeepers were playing a game of ‘Sharks and Minnows’ with the kids they mentor. They certainly were having a great time. After the game there was a dinner in the Partee Center. Good to see the interaction and fun. The Director of the Program, Barry Kerr certainly had a good enthusiastic group. That’s Barry in the hat, protection from the sun and a sign that his not a minnow! GateKeepers, is an HLGU sponsored organization and mentoring program that matches college students with area elementary school children who need an additional positive role model. This program is supported by the United Way along with other community businesses.
Sometimes the United Way site reviews are just fun. For a site review this year with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri we met with the ‘Gear Galls’ competitive project and robotics team. Team members pictured are Kaibella Clay, Faedre Lehenbauer and Keri Schindler. Their competitive and award winning project is the ‘Brush N Go Cat Cube.’ Challenged to come up with a project for animals the team worked to invent a cube that would brush the cat as it walks through. The team presented the project in a similar manner as they would have competition. All team members have to participate. It works, cats enjoy it! Self brushing cats – who’d of thought. The girls also competed in the (STEM) robotics project programming a robot to complete multiple tasks. There is a short video here. They were reprogramming the robot and I was only able to video the one function – and yes it is supposed to repeat the motion 9 times. Fun for me, Good work ‘Gear Girls.’ Proud to have you representing Girl Scouting, yourselves and our community. I would not be surprised to hear more from these young ladies.
Luck O the Irish! Early St Patrick’s Day morning Steve Conrad, from the Hannibal General Mills Plant, accepts his prize as this year’s winner of the United Way’s ‘Trip Incentive’ drawing. The United Way Campaign includes the always a favorite ‘Trip Incentive Program’ where a company or business can boost their employee participation through their payroll deduction plan. The winner has a choice of a trip to Disney World, a cruise, or a cash equivalent. The incentive is made possible by dedicated corporate donations and does not impact the agency allocations.
Congratulating Steve Conrad is Frank Di Tillo, Ex. Dir. Of the United Way of Northeast Missouri. “Congratulations and thank you to Steve and to all the General Mills employees for their support of the United Way of the Mark Twain Area. General Mills and its fundraising team are wonderful supporters of the United Way through the campaign and with volunteer support on the United Way of the Mark Twain Area Board of Directors, Allocation Committee, Past Campaign Chairs and their highly coveted Day of Caring volunteers.”