Dine Out for United Way – 2017
United Way of St. Francois County is pleased to announce this year’s schedule for “Dine Out for United Way”, an annual fundraiser we do every year to help pay for the administrative costs of our organization so every donation can go to serving St. Francois County and the many programs we support here in the community.
Each participating restaurant, cafe, and dining establishment will give at least 10% of their sales to the United Way of St. Francois County on the day they’re featured, and don’t worry, the diners will pay nothing extra. The Dine Out day will be from opening to closing and covers take-out as well as dine-in orders.
So pull up a seat, and visit these fine dining establishments on the following dates to help out United Way!
If you wish to sign up for the 2017 Bell Ringing Campaign, you can call our office 573-760-8929, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens when you give to United Way of St. Francois County?
Your donation stays in St. Francois County- 100% of every individual’s financial gift to United Way of St. Francois County goes to the local agencies funded by United Way.
You improve the quality of life for all of us in St. Francois County. When we reach out to one another, we’re building community. We’re helping to make St. Francois County a better place to live.
In 1988, at the request of the Salvation Army, volunteers in Farmington began ringing bells during the holidays to benefit that organization and Farmington food pantries. Eventually, the group formed the Farmington United Fund and began to raise money to benefit Farmington agencies all year long. In 1999, they changed their focus to the entire county and changed the name of the organization to the United Way of St. Francois County.
Our local United Way is a local independent nonprofit 501© organization. We are one on the over 1500 United Way organizations across the country. Each United Way is an autonomous organization governed by its own board of directors. Our United Way pays a small yearly fee to United Way Worldwide for use of its logo and to receive some organizational guidance.
For 2016, the United Way of St. Francois County has pledged to fund local agencies with $175,000 in grants. Local agencies rely on help to give hope and assistance to those in need. We thank you for any donation you give to the United Way of St. Francois County.
The Board of Directors of the United Way of St. Francois County has pledged to award 27 grants in 2016. The United Way Board reviewed applications from agencies throughout St. Francois County and interviewed applicants to gain as much information as possible before making funding decisions. If fundraising is successful, the United Way will award over $175,000 to the agencies in June of 2016.
The United Way will fund the Caring Communities program at local school districts and East Missouri Action Agency. The county’s four senior centers, as well as six different food pantries, will benefit from the grants to be awarded. The rest will go to agencies that meet specific needs for people throughout the county. Agencies that will receive United Way funding are:
- Bismarck Church of God Food Pantry
- Bonne Terre Food Pantry
- Caring Communities in West County, Central R-3, and Farmington, and West County Schools
- Children’s Advocacy Center
- East Missouri Action Agency
- Elvins Food Pantry
- Farmington Meals on Wheels for Special Diets
- Farmington Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry
- Habitat for Humanity of St. Francois County
- Helping Hands of the Southeast Missouri Mental Health Center
- L.I.F.E., Inc. Center for Independent Living
- Mineral Area Ministerial Association
- Parkland Foster Adopt Families
- Parkland Pregnancy Resource Center
- Salvation Army
- SEMO Family Violence Council
- Senior Centers in Bismarck, Bonne Terre, Farmington and Park Hills
- Shared Blessings Homeless Shelter
- St. Francois County Community Partnership’s Season of Hope
- St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Farmington
- St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at Immaculate Conception Church
- Upward Smiles Dental Clinic
- Young Faith in Christ Back to School Fair
While fundraising goes on all year long through payroll deduction and utility bill donations, it begins in earnest in August with Dine Out for United Way. This year, the kickoff for Dine Out will be Thursday, August 7 at Shogun in Farmington, one of five newcomers to the list of 22 participating restaurants. United Way fundraising with Dine Out at restaurants occurs each Thursday from August 7 to November 20. In addition, there will be a Girls’ Night Out at Twin Oaks Vineyard and Winery on October 23, as well as other special events later in the fall. Wishing Wells will also be set up at area businesses to accept donations from November 28 through December 24. To find out more about giving to United Way, contact Anna Kleiner, Executive Director of the United Way of St. Francois County, at 760-8929 or email@example.com. Visit the web site at www.unitedwayofsfc.org, and LIKE United Way of St. Francois County on Facebook.