United Way of the Ozarks traces its origins to 1930 when a group of committed people built upon the familiar spirit of giving by many for one goal. The mission then and now remains the same: To increase the understanding of human needs and mobilize resources to meet those needs.
Today the United Way's 28-member board and 3000+ volunteers help people by raising money and resources and investing those funds back into the community to:
- Build strong, healthy families
- Encourage self-sufficiency
- Develop safe neighborhoods
- Provide safe haven & treatment for victims of domestic violence & child abuse
- Give food to the hungry
- Promote youth development, nurturing and mentoring programs for children
- Offer affordable physical and mental health programs
- Foster independent and productive seniors
- Enhance literacy
- Give hope to the hopeless
United Way's goal, with help from you, is to create long-lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place. We invite you to be part of the change. Together, united, we can inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow.
That's what it means to LIVE UNITED.
You can be part of the solution by participating in your workplace campaign. Ask your company's Employee Campaign Manager about payroll deduction or how to give online at www.uwozarks.com.
Campaign 2013 Leadership:
Board Chair, Gary Garwitz, BKD LLP
Campaign Chair, Paul Williams, Springfield Chief of Police
Vice Chair, Linda Ramey-Greiwe, Springfield News-Leader
Treasurer, Jan Baumgartner, Springfield First Community Bank
Secretary, Raylene Appleby, PJC Insurance
Union Representative, Dick Wilson, Local Union 753, IBEW
Community Investment Chair, Greg Beck, O’Reilly Auto Parts
Associate Campaign Chair, Brian McDonough, KY3
United Way Campaign Staff
CEO/President, Jennifer Kennally
CFO, Sheri Lupton
VP Resource Development & Marketing, Cindy Howell
Resource Development/ Communications Associate, Megan Blevins
AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison, Rennie Diekemper
Coordinator of Community Investment, Becky Morgan
Your $1 per week payroll deduction donation can provide:
- A deployment of volunteers and resources to serve twenty-six people in the event of a natural disaster.
- The chance for two children, who have been victims of physical or sexual abuse, to tell their story to a trained professional and begin the road to healing.
- A nutritious midday meal for two people in need, every day, for one year.
- Short-term, emergency shelter for five women and children escaping domestic violence.
- Quality after-school programs for one child in a safe, structured environment surrounded by caring adults.
- New, age-appropriate books for children living in poverty, in order to foster an early love of reading.
- Access to much-needed dental treatment for three low-income, uninsured individuals.