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|About||We do not have or support a specific cause, we assist the most vulnerable in our community 14 agencies most of who are unable to fundraiser on their own.|
|Mission||The United Way of Phelps County works to improve the lives of the most vulnerable citizens of our county, primarily the young and the elderly. UWPC focuses on those agencies with local oversight, local funding focus, local roots, and local implications. Those localized efforts are intended to effect major impacts for those agencies most responsive to our county citizens.|
United Way was built on the belief that together, we can accomplish more than any individual or organization can alone.
United Way of Phelps County is a locally run chapter of the United Way Worldwide umbrella organization. Each United Way operates independently and is locally governed. A volunteer Board of Directors oversees our strategic direction and steers our financial decisions. United Way of Phelps County serves Phelps county, including Rolla, St. James, Newburg and Edgar Springs.
We help and collaborate with local nonprofit agencies, providing financial, volunteer and advocacy support, and we review these agencies each year to ensure they do the best possible work in the community.
The United Way of Phelps County raises funds through workplace campaigns, community supported events and individual donors. During the more than 50 years United Way of Phelps County has been part of the community; many thousands of individuals have contributed to United Way.
Who runs the United Way of Phelps County?
The United Way of Phelps County is led by a board of directors, and other active volunteers who help the organization organize fundraising efforts and solicit gifts. There is one part-time paid staff member, who implements the wishes of the organization.
What are United Way funds used for?
United Way funds help provide vital services to the people of Phelps County. The funds are allocated to our 15 member agencies. On the average, the United Way of Phelps County supports only a small percentage of member agency budgets.
Why should I contribute, if I don't use the agencies?
Because you are helping others who cannot afford to pay for services they or their families need. And because you may need the services of one of the agencies sometime in the future, in this way, your contribution is like buying insurance against some personal mishap. It's almost impossible to predict that we won't need a few United Way agencies in our lifetime.
Are United Way agencies just for the poor?
No. Monies contributed to United Way of Phelps County are distributed where they will do the most good for the entire community. Partner agencies' services are aimed at helping all people, no matter what their income level. Perhaps you, a member in your family, or one of your neighbors or co-workers have benefited from the services provided with United Way of Phelps County funding.
How do you distribute funds?
The United Way of Phelps County allocates funds to our 15 member organizations; the funds are used by these organizations to fulfill their mission and objectives in the community. The United Way does not distribute funds to individuals.
Can I choose who receives my contribution?
Yes, the United Way of Phelps County honors contributor's designations; you just note on the pledge form what non-profit agency should receive your contribution.
How can United Way of Phelps County keep administrative costs so low?
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