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Dine Out for United Way – 2019 Schedule

Dine Out for United Way – 2019

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 2019 Bell Ringing Campaign, you can call our office 573-760-8929, or email us at
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United Way Distributes $181,200 in Grants for 2019

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 2019, the United Way of St. Francois County has pledged to fund local agencies with $181,200 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.

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East Missouri Action Agency (EMAA)

P.O. Box 308, or 403 Parkway Drive

Park Hills, MO 63601

(573) 431-0103 (main office)

(573) 431-5191 (community services office)

Contact: Rob Baker, Community Services Coordinator



EMAA functions as a catalyst to empower economically disadvantaged individuals and families. United Way funding supplements case management efforts by providing emergency food cards, personal and household items, and air conditioners and fans, as needed.

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Caring Communities of the St. Francois County

Caring Communities functions to improve student attendance, performance, and overall classroom behavior by helping students eliminate barriers that produce difficulties for them in school. United Way funding helps provide school supplies, emergency food, clothing, housing and utility expenses, direct medical services, and the Friday Backpack Program that supports students over weekends. School districts who submitted applications and were approved include: Bismarck, Central R-3, Farmington, and West County.

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United Way Selects Grant Recipients for 2019

The Board of Directors of the United Way of St. Francois County has pledged to award 36 grants in 2019.  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 $181,000 to the agencies in June of  2019.

The United Way will fund the Caring Communities program at local school districts and the Summer Food Program for the East Missouri Action Agency. The county’s four senior centers, as well as seven 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:

School Caring Communities and Food Pantries:

  • Bismarck Church of God Food Pantry
  • Bonne Terre Food Pantry
  • Caring Communities in West County, Central R-3, Farmington, Bismarck, and North County R-1 Schools
  • Carter’s Clubhouse
  • Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Desloge House of Praise
  • East Missouri Action Agency
  • Elvins Food Pantry
  • EMAA Summer Food Program
  • Farmington Meals on Wheels for Special Diets
  • Farmington Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry
  • Farmington St. Vincent de Paul 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
  • L.I.F.E. Center Food Pantry
  • MAC Food Pantry
  • Parkland Foster Adopt Families
  • Parkland  Pregnancy Resource Center
  • Rocky Creek Youth Ranch
  • Salvation Army
  • SEMO Family Violence Council
  • Senior Centers in Bismarck, Bonne Terre, Farmington and Park Hills
  • SFC Health Center
  • SFC Mental Health Board
  • St. Francois County Community Partnership’s Season of Hope
  • St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at Immaculate Conception Church
  • YFC Skate Park
  • Visions of Hope

While fundraising goes on all year long through payroll deduction and utility bill donations, it begins in earnest in September with Dine Out for United Way. This year, the kickoff for Dine Out will be Saturday, September 7th at Benham Street Grill in Bonne Terre. United Way fundraising with Dine Out at restaurants occurs each Thursday from September 7th to October 31st. In addition, there will be a Girls’ Night Out at Twin Oaks Vineyard and Winery on October 24th, as well as other special events later in the fall. 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 Visit the web site at, and LIKE United Way of St. Francois County on Facebook.