Allocations Committee Meeting Update

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.

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Outdoor Fun with the Gatekeepers!

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 Site Reviews are Just Fun

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! Meet this year’s winner of the United Way’s ‘Trip Incentive’ drawing!

Steve Conrad Tri Incentive WinnerLuck 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.”

Press Release: February 22, 2017

United Way of the Mark Twain Area Annual Meeting

United Way of the Mark Twain Area Annual Meeting

The United Way . . . It’s Personal

The 65th annual meeting for the United Way of the Mark Twain Area emphasized Campaign Chairman Joel Dant’s theme that the United Way is personal for him and he asks that everyone make it personal for them. Joel has shared this theme throughout the campaign acknowledging how honored he was to lead this organization and the history of service it has provided to the communities of Northeast Missouri. The opportunity for people to come together to support investment in our community and see the results of that support in programs benefiting the Youth, Health Care and Financial Stability, are the drive that had Joel so active in this year’s campaign.

Frank Di Tillo, Ex. Director commented that “that people are often so aware of the annual campaign that they invariably will talk about the United Way in terms of dollars. This year’s campaign was very aggressive. Challenges had been identified and were targeted directly. The board and campaign folks were aware of those challenges at the start of the campaign and are pleased with this year’s results, Success. Thanks to the hard work of our Campaign Chair, Community Chairs, Special Gifts and work place campaigns, today we are at 88% of that aggressive target, $545,000.00.”

Jim Eichhorst, Community Partnerships Coordinator United Way of Greater St. Louis addressed the luncheon concerning United Way’s 211 program. 211 is an easy to remember three-digit telephone number assigned by the Federal Communications Commission for the purpose of providing quick and easy access to information about health and human services. United Way of the Mark Twain Area is local sponsor for the 211 program.

Recognition was given to members of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and their work in 2016. Individual community chairmen in the five county service area were recognized for their efforts to represent the United Way and advocate to the donor public. General Mills, Northeast Missouri Electric Power Cooperative, BASF and Watlow were recognized as largest contributors to the campaign. The leadership Giving circle of outstanding personal contributions was thanked.

STEVE CONRAD from GENERAL MILLS is the winner of this year’s trip incentive. This lucky winner will have a choice of a trip to Disney World, a cruise or a cash gift from the United Way. This incentive is made available through specially designated corporate contributions and does not impact the campaign or agency allocations.

The 2017 Campaign Chairman Roy Hark was introduced. Roy is a lifelong resident of Northeast Missouri and has served on the United Way Allocations Committee and on many non-profit boards. He understands and appreciates the challenge for next year’s United Way campaign and is confident the community will come together and support the ongoing work of United Way agencies:
• Combating hunger all year long.
• Standing with those children who have been left behind.
• Keeping the elderly safe.
• Help for those who still do not have access to adequate health care.
• Programs that face poverty
• Breaking cycles, working in areas to improve literacy, leadership skills, work programs
Roy Hark announced that Jill Janes will be his Assistant Campaign Chair for 2017.

The United Way of the Mark Twain Area provides funding to over 30 human service programs in Marion, Ralls, Monroe, Shelby and Lewis Counties. The board of directors and funded programs deeply appreciate the generosity of the people of Northeast Missouri.

Last but not least...

Last but not least...

Our United Way Bears were the surprise hit of the evening!

Winners from the United Way of the Mark Twain Area Restaurant Days!

Winners from the United Way of the Mark Twain Area Restaurant Days!

Press Release: January 25, 2017

Pictured are Andrea White and Carrie Noland. They are two of the winners from the United Way Restaurant Days event. Supporting the United Way they had lunch at Fiddlestiks restaurant on Restaurant Days. Their names were submitted along with other diners from the 10 participating restaurants. Overall five names were drawn. In their hands are a banner used to advertise the event and $25.00 gift certificates from Fiddlestiks. Andrea White and Carrie Noland both work at the Early Childhood Center. Frank Di Tillo, Director of the United Way of the Mark Twain Area shares: October 25th, 2016 was a first for this successful United Way, Restraint Day event. Ten restaurants in Northeast Missouri donated a percentage of their sales and we asked them to track the names of the people who supported our event that day. Andrea White and Carrie Noland are just two of the many supporters who ate at one of the participating restaurants during the event. Other winners receiving gift certificates are Wayne Gottman who went to The Rebel Pig in Palmyra, Theresa Reynolds from Smoking Js in Bethel Mo and Adrian Kilburn Ole Planters. Congratulations to drawing winners and thank you to everyone who supported the United Way that day. Participating restaurants were: Fiddlestiks, The Rebel Pig, Smokin Js, The Rustic Oak, Ole Planters, LaBinnah Bistro, Papa Johns, Jac’s, The Hoof, and Paris Pub and Pool.

Northeast Power community fundraising committee 2016 members and CEO and General Manager of Northeast Power, with the Campaign Chairman for the United Way of the Mark Twain Area.

Northeast Power community fundraising committee 2016 members and CEO and General Manager of Northeast Power, with the Campaign Chairman for the United Way of the Mark Twain Area.

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Steve Pierceall, Archie Clark, Joel Dant, 2016 United Way Campaign Chairman, Jackie Serbin, Frank Di Tillo, Director United Way, Susan Chambers, David Baxter and Douglas Aeilts, CEO and General Manager Northeast Mo Electric Power Co-OP .

Joel Dant, Campaign Chairman for the United Way of the Mark Twain Area joins with Doug Aeilts, CEO and General Manager of Northeast Power as they celebrate the successful participation of Northeast Power in the 2016 United Way campaign. Frank Di Tillo, United Way Director, shared that Northeast Power supports the United Way in many ways with volunteer support on the United Way Board of Directors, Allocation Committee, Past Campaign Chairs and being highly coveted Day of Caring volunteers.

The celebration with Northeast Power is well timed as the United Way continues working towards its goal for 2016. Reaching the campaign goal will allow the United Way of the Mark Twain Area to fully fund its allocation commitments. Every campaign dollar is allocated to assist one of the agencies as it serves the clients of Northeast Missouri. Since 1939, the United Way of the Mark Twain Area has taken a leading role in Northeast Missouri, not just in fundraising, but also in proactively identifying needs, resources and providing solutions. The employees and management team of Northeast Power through their support of the United Way and their enthusiastic volunteer work in the communities of Northeast Missouri and Southeast Iowa show that they have earnestly adopted this year’s campaign theme by Joel Dant, “The United Way . . . It’s Personal.”

United Way thanks Hannibal School District Elementary Schools and has a lot of fun doing it.

Press Release 11/25/16

United Way Fun! We have been celebrating with the Hannibal School District elementary schools. Teams that participate in the in the United Way campaign demonstrating leadership and outstanding community partnership are designated by the school administration and the team is rewarded with a United Way sponsored ‘PIZZA PARTY.’ The school may also designate an outstanding student leader for the campaign and the United Way acknowledges that student with 2 tickets to B & B Theatres. Here are those team and student leaders that the United Way has been able to reward to this point in this year’s campaign.

Pictured are the student leaders who received B&B movie tickets: Kaley Cowden-Oakwood, Kameil Crane-Stowell and Shawn Mickels-Veterans. Pizza Party team awards went to: Ms Ellis class-Oakwood, Ms Jane’s Lighthouse Team-Stowell, Ms Perrigo’s class-Veterans.

I have to share that going to the schools for the Pizza Party (s) is one of the great perks of this job. I get to meet with the students and answer questions. They will ask how the United Way uses the money they have raised for the United Way. I will share some about our agencies and the work they do: for example Caring Hands Tutoring, Parents as Teachers, Hannibal Free Clinic. Then it was time for pizza and for me to ‘get outta there!’ Kind of like being a grandpa. The student leaders who have been rewarded with the movie tickets are excellent young women and men. We can all be proud of the leadership they have shown and will be bring with them as they grow in our community.
The teams are a good example of what can be accomplished through leadership and team work.

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Press Release 11/11/16

Megan Moss of the Monroe City Student Success Center and John McGuire of Learning Opportunities Quality/Works joined with the United Way of the Mark Twain area to meet with the employees and staff at ASPEQ in Monroe City Missouri. Megan and John talked about the mission and achievements of their agencies, the work that they do and the benefit to the community. They shared about how important the resources of the United Way are to their operation and success. Their stories were personal supporting the United Way’s theme “The United Way . . . It’s Personal.”

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Commerce Bank donates $1,800.00 to the United Way of the Mark Twain Area.

Commerce Bank donates $1,800.00 to the United Way of the Mark Twain Area.

Press Release - November 2. 2016

Ryan Rapp, Vice President Commerce Bank, presents Frank Di Tillo, Director of the United Way of the Mark Twain Area, with an $1,800.00 check. The check represents the Commerce Bank corporate support for the 2016 United Way Campaign. Pending is another donation that will represent the personal support for the campaign that comes directly from the employees and officers of the local Commerce Bank. Commerce Bank supports the United Way in the bank’s various markets and encourages employees to do the same by allowing contributions by way of payroll deduction. Commerce Bank employees and managers at all levels are encouraged to take active roles in the civic initiatives of their communities and to serve on those boards in their home towns. Frank Di Tillo shares; “On behalf of the United Way of the Mark Twain Area and the 30 agencies served in Northeast Missouri, Thank You to Commerce Bank for your financial support and for your leadership as commerce Bank employees hold positions on the United Way Board, serve on the important Allocation Committee and have stepped forward to lead as Campaign Chairmen.” Pictured are: seated l to r, Lisa Carter and Karla Allen. Standing l to r, Chard Ford, Darin Redd, Carol Nietiedt, Frank Di Tillo, Ryan Rapp.

U.S. Bank donates $700.00 to the United Way of the Mark Twain Area.

U.S. Bank donates $700.00 to the United Way of the Mark Twain Area.

Press Release - October 6, 2016

Pictured from the left Lisa Cooper, Sales & Service Manager U.S. Bank Hannibal Main, Frank Di Tillo, Ex. Director of the United Way of the Mark Twain Area, Dawn Lowrey, Branch Manager U.S. Bank Hannibal North, and Hannibal Bank Downtown.

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 79 year history of work towards increasing the capacity for people to care for one another. The overall goal of the United Way of the Mark Twain Area this year is $545,000.00. U S, Bank contributes to the strength and health of our communities through the U. S. Bank Foundation and Corporate Giving. Supporting community based organizations, social services, arts and cultural events of all sizes in order to highlight the diverse range of needs and interest found throughout the communities is an integral part of U. S. Bank’s charitable giving. Total funding for programs supported by U. S. Bank reached $53 million in 2015.

United Way of the Mark Twain Area Annual Kick Off

Press Release - August 31, 2016

Press Release

Date: August 31, 2016

Contact: Frank Di Tillo, Executive Director
United Way of the Mark Twain Area

United Way of the Mark Twain Area Annual Kick Off

DATE: September 7th 2016
TIME: 6:00 pm.
LOCATION: Mark Twain Home, Hannibal Missouri

The United Way of the Mark Twain Area and member agencies invite you to a free concert for the 2016-2017 United Way Kick-Off Celebration; Wednesday September 7th outdoors at the Mark Twain Home Hannibal Missouri. Learn about this year’s campaign from chairman Joel Dant, why the United Way is ‘personal’ for him. And hear from some of the participating United Way agencies as they share their story making the evening ‘personal’ for everyone. Enjoy live music performed by Rock N Roll Revival beginning at 6:30 pm and sing along with those of us who lived the music of the 60s and 70s. A family evening. There will be soft drinks available.

The Kick-Off Celebration of the United Way of the Mark Twain Area, Wednesday September 7th, 6 pm at the Mark Twain Home.

“The United Way …It’s Personal”

United Way Mark Twain Area - Lunch for Campaignchairs & Volunteers

Wednesday, August 17th, the United Way of the Mark Twain Area began preparations for the 2016 campaign with a luncheon for campaign chairs and volunteers at Fiddlestiks.

These volunteers are an important part of the campaign because their overall impact will result in more than half of the funs raised for United Way agencies in Northeast Missouri. This year a few of United Way agencies receiving support from the campaign had lunch with the campaign chairs and then shared with these volunteers about the mission of their agency and how they use the funding from the United Way. Represented were Ashley Zimmerman from the Girls Scouts of Eastern Missouri, Jean Todd Director of the Christian Women’s Job Corp, and Jessica Homeyer and Shandi Joubert-Kants with The Child Center. Joel Dant, Campaign Chairman for this year’s campaign talked about the theme, “The United Way…It’ Personal.” Attending were campaign chairs and volunteers from Northeast Power, Learning Opportunities, General Mills, Northeast Missouri Ambulatory Surgery Center, Watlow, Commerce Bank, The YMCA, BASF and Douglas Community Services.

Press Release - August 17, 2016

Media Alert
DATE: August 17, 2016

Contacts: Irene Meyers, Marion County Endowment Fund Chair

Catherine Bocke Meckes, Program & Outreach Coordinator
Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri

Marion County Endowment Fund Presenting Grants

DATE: 25th, August, 2016
TIME: 10 a.m.
LOCATION: Palmyra Food Pantry
319 West Main Cross
Palmyra, Missouri 63461

The Marion County Endowment Fund, held at the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri, will announce and present its second annual competitive grant awards to charitable organizations from Marion County. The program will feature representatives from the organizations receiving grants.

Information about the fund and grant recipients will be sent to media prior to the event. Interview and photo opportunities will be available.

The Community Foundation launched the County Endowment Match in November 2012 as part of its initiative to develop endowment funds in the 12 counties it serves. Once a participating county’s initial fundraising goals are met, a permanent County Endowment Fund supports local charitable needs and opportunities in the county and helps to retain local assets forever.

The Community Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization connecting people who care with causes that matter. Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri, it builds permanent charitable funds to address significant needs and opportunities now and in the future.

Founded in 1997, the Community Foundation provides a simple, yet effective, approach to charitable giving, helping individuals, families and organizations reach their philanthropic goals.

It has IRS 501(c)(3) status and contributions made to the Community Foundation generally qualify for the maximum allowable deductions for income and estate tax purposes. While the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri focuses on funds created on a permanent basis, it does accept funds that serve a more limited purpose.


More than $3,000,000 has been distributed since the Community Foundation began making grants in 1999. These grants have helped more than 200 organizations serving communities in 12 counties: Adams, Brown, Hancock and Pike, Illinois; Clark, Lewis, Marion, Ralls, Pike, Knox, Shelby and Monroe, Missouri.

For more information, call 217-222-1237, email
or go to or

The VITA program celebrates a remarkable year.

The VITA program celebrates a remarkable year. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is an all volunteer collaborative effort that provides free tax preparation assistance for low to moderate income individuals and families in Northeast Missouri.

The financial impact in Northeast Missouri was in excess of $900,000; considering refunds, credits (emphasizing the Earned Income Credit and the Child Tax Credit) and saved processing fees.

VITA had 9 teams of volunteers in five locations; Douglas Community Services in Hannibal, Monroe City Nutrition Center in Monroe City, Shelbina Senior Center in Shelbina, Palmyra Public Library in Palmyra and the Canton NECAC Center in Lewis county. The program also drew clients from Knox, Macon and Pike counties.

With 20 volunteers the VITA program prepared 772 basic federal tax returns. 47% of the returns were prepared for the elderly and the average Adjusted Gross Income over the whole program was $15,204. The program successfully served its target of seniors and low income families.

Collaborating to make VITA successful were the University of Missouri Extension, Douglas Community Services – RSVP, and the United Way of the Mark Twain Area. Recognizing the value of this program the Missouri Lt Governor selected Jim McBride, Site Coordinator for VITA and an RSVP volunteer, as one of the state’s Senior Service Award winners this year. Frank Di Tillo, Ex. Director of the United Way shares that he is not aware of any other all volunteer project by an agency or social service entity that has this direct financial impact in our area helping to bring financial stability to Northeast Missouri and providing VITA clients the ability to spend those funds locally for food, shelter, utilities, as they deal with the financial needs for their families.

Susan Chambers Trip Incentive

Accepting her prize is Susan Chambers from Northeast Missouri Electrical Power Cooperative who is this year's winner of the United Way 2016 Trip Incentive drawing. The lucky winner has a choice of a trip to Disneyworld, a cruise, or a cash equivalent. The incentive is made possible by dedicated corporate donations and does not impact the agency allocations.

Congratulating Susan Chambers are members of the Northeast Power fundraising committee (from the left): Tyler Bergman, Steve Pierceall, Jeff Dornberger, Susan Chambers, Frank Di Tillo, Ex. Dir. of the United Way, Jackie Serbin Board Member for the United Way and Tim Goehl.

Northeast Power 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.

Statement on Planned Parenthood in response to recent news reports and questions about whether United Way funds Planned Parenthood

United Way Worldwide, the leadership and support organization for the network of local United Ways, does not provide financial support to Planned Parenthood.All funding decisions by local United Ways are made by individual United Ways based on an assessment of local needs. United Way Worldwide does not dictate funding decisions to local United Ways. Out of nearly 1,200 local United Ways in the United States, only a small number (less than 6 percent) provide support to Planned Parenthood. The amount of financial support represents less than one tenth of one percent of total United Way revenue.In many of these instances, funding for Planned Parenthood is the result of specific requests from individual donors.No United Way funds are currently used, or have ever been used to support abortion services. Several local United Way partners provide professional family and individual counseling services, which include professional counseling on pregnancy-related problems.Local United Way-funded Planned Parenthood programs focus on community health maintenance (e.g. communicable disease prevention; medical care service; family planning; health education; public awareness services; and family preservation) and strengthening services like counseling and family life education.

U.S. Bank donates $700.00 to the United Way of the Mark Twain Area.

Recipients of the 2015 Loren G. Forhman Venture Grant Awards

The Board of Directors of the United Way of the Mark Twain Area announces the recipients of the 2015 Loren G. Forhman Venture Grant Awards.

Loren G. Fohrman lived his entire life in Lewis County Missouri. He lived a simple life on his farm, collected the farm implements that he loved and ate many meals at the Ewing Senior Center. He had few relatives but many friends. When he knew that his life was nearing the end he decided to leave his estate to the charities that had touched his life. From that simple plan a legacy was born.

Loren G. Fohrman left a portion of his estate to the United Way of the Mark Twain Area because it provides annual funding to the Heartland Resources Senior Nutrition Program. Through the investment made possible by Loren G. Fohrman a portion of the earnings is made available on an annual basis to help non profit human service programs in Northeast Missouri. Since 2007 the Loren G. Fohrman Venture Grant Program has helped fund Heartland Resources, Lewis County Drug Court, ASAP (Alliance for Substance Abuse Program), Monroe City Foodbank, Shelby County Senior Citizens Association, Inc, as well as other programs in Marion, Ralls, Shelby and Monroe Counties.

Families and Communities Together (FACT) to receive $450.00. FACT collaborates with local organizations to build stronger and more successful families. The grant will be used to purchase school supplies to fill back-packs that will be distributed to students attending school this fall. The supplies purchased come from a list that is compiled with the assistance of area teachers and community groups (crayons, glue sticks, Kleenex etc). The school supply distribution is a community effort that involves multiple agencies, faith-based groups, and individuals. For additional information about FACT or the back to school supplies program contact Tom Dugger (573) 221-2285 or visit their web site

The Monroe City Schools Student Success Center to receive $600.00. The Student Success Center creates a place where behaviorally challenged students can learn to interact with the world around them in productive and meaningful ways. The funds will be used to facilitate respite care for students and families that receive services in the Center. There will be up to 8 hours of respite care offered to parents. Staff members familiar with the students will spend the day with the students providing socialization activities, meals and clean up, working on life skills, academic skills. There will be access to the sensory room for the students. Respite care is the provision for short-term accommodations in a facility outside the home providing temporary relief to those caring for family members: shopping, appointments, spousal time together. For information about the Monroe City Schoolu2019s Student Success Center contact Angela Peters at

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at Douglas Community Services to receive $450.00. RSVP enriches the lives of senior adults through community volunteer service and personal development. RSVP encourages seniors to take control of their health and their lives through continual learning. The funds will be used to assist the senior nutrition program measuring participant knowledge of healthy eating practices, comparing unit prices, understanding whole grain products and buying fruits and veggies within a limited budget. The activity ends with the participants receiving a $10 store card to purchase a nutritionally healthy meal for a family of four. The Fohrman Venture Grant funds will support the program helping to purchase the $10 store cards. For more information about RSVP contact Stacey Nicholas at (573) 221-3892 x 247 or by e-mail