Consider this: 5.6 million US teens and young adults ages 16 to 24 are neither in school nor working. Many of these "disconnected youth" are simply cut off from the education and career paths that could help them live a good life and make positive contributions to our society and our economy.
Nationally, two-thirds of students are not reading on grade level by 4th grade. That proportion rises to four-fifths for children from low-wage families. Our work in the area of early grade literacy will enable us to identify, fuel and replicate best practices in our local schools.
Advancing the common good is less about helping one person at a time and more about changing systems to help all of us. We are all connected and interdependent. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, when people are healthy.
The Sikeston/Bootheel Area United Way officially launched its 2018-2019 fundraising campaign on Friday, September 28, 2018, with a goal of $85,000. The amount is the same as the 2018 target of $85,000. “We didn’t quite make our goal last year,” Executive Director Shawnna Gerding explained during the kickoff meeting. “Our agencies count on what...Continue Reading
Shawnna Gerding, currently the Executive Director of the Sikeston/Bootheel Area United Way, will be retiring from her position at the end of September. Shawnna’s tenure with United Way began in January 2016 following her retirement from Noranda Aluminum. Shawnna would like to thank everyone for their support while at United Way. “United Way is...Continue Reading
As part of our ongoing commitment to helping everyone, the Sikeston/Bootheel Area United Way has teamed up with Walgreens and FamilyWize to help people in our community fight the flu! Walgreens will be administering no cost flu vaccines for all those who qualify for a flu vaccine voucher. The vouchers will be available at the event on a first...Continue Reading