Rebuild & Recover

It's time to rebuild and recover. 2020 was a year full of challenges for all non-profits. It is time to come together in 2021 as a community and FIGHT for the betterment of all by supporting established programs and the innovation of new programs that will be vital to the recovery of our community.

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$25.00 Level

5 Supporters

Your gift of $25 or more will make an impact. Every donation of any size increases our project's momentum and takes us closer to our goal. Skip your daily Star Bucks or Scooters fix and support 2 youth with life skills to assist in career determination.

$60.00 Level

1 Supporter

Your donation puts us $60 closer to our goal! Your $60 donation will support children in our Dolly Parton Imagination Library program and provide them with a book each month, birth to age 5! A $60 donation provides 20 meals to seniors and individuals with disabilities !

$100.00 Level

2 Supporters

Your generous donation puts us $100 closer to our goal! A donation of $100 supports the purchase of adaptive equipment for individuals with disabilities, sends youth to educational camps, provides 128 Buddy Packs to children experiencing hunger, and helps families with utility assistance.

$125.00 Level

0 Supporters

Your generous donation of $125 supports with gas delivery of meals to vulnerable individuals, homebound individuals, and individuals with disabilities.

Project Overview


The COVID-19 pandemic has presented significant challenges to the United Way of Pettis County (UWPC). The challenges first begun when we were not able to have our Campaign Kickoff, The Annual Car Show. Not only did we miss that revenue, we missed the opportunity to bring the community together and inspire participation in the Campaign. Several companies that supported United Way of Pettis County in the past and whose employees donated through payroll deductions were unable to guarantee those gifts this year or did so at a reduced level. There are several companies who previously held internal fundraisers-things like chili cook-offs, bake sales, etc.-where employees paid entry fees that were donated to United Way. Most of these fun, special events could not safely take place. As a result of these factors, United Way of Pettis County fell short of its 2020-21 goal.

Businesses and those struggling through the pandemic have donated strikingly smaller amounts than last year, causing distress at United Way. Lower donations threaten to cut UWPC’s giving to local nonprofits significantly. In 2019, United Way and its funded partners were able to serve 36,571 residents of Pettis County. The total population for Pettis County was 42,540 so the crucial funding United Way provided was able to assist 87% of the local population.

Your donation, big or small, will help lessen the gap and help UWPC recover with a strong start for our 2021-2022 Campaign. Your support will ensure that we are able to help fund established programs and create new programs to continue improving lives in Pettis County. 


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About United Way of Pettis County

United Way envisions a world where every individual has an opportunity to succeed, and entire communities thrive as a result. Advancing the common good is less about helping one person at a time and more about changing systems to help all of us. We focus on education, financial stability and health, the building blocks for a good life and a strong community. United Way provides crucial funding to local non-profits whose missions align with our core values. Instead of soliciting individual contributions, organizations can count on United Way to administer a single campaign that raises money for several causes at once. A donation to United Way is an investment in a powerful network of interconnected programs and services. Your donation to United Way has a system-wide impact. For example, if you gave directly to a homeless shelter, that shelter would use the money to provide food and possibly clothing to its’ residents. What happens when the resident of the shelter needs a job and a car to get to the job? Your United Way contribution goes to programs to help individuals find work, transportation, housing, childcare, and so much more. It takes a network of interconnected organizations to help members of Pettis County get back on their feet. When you donate to United Way, you strengthen that system which ultimately strengthens the entire community.

Community Impact: 


The United Way of Pettis County provides funding and support to the following Agencies/Initiative that focus on childhood success in education:

  • Boy Scouts of America, Boys and Girls Club, Pettis County 4H, and Show Me Christian Youth Home provide comprehensive character development.
  • Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts are community-based programs that focus on our youth.
  • Boys and Girls Club assist with academic success.
  • Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Club, Pettis County 4H, and Show Me Christian Youth Home provide character and leadership development.
  • CACTUS assists with providing needed school supplies.
  • Blind of Central MO and Association of Persons with Disability assist by providing needed adaptive equipment.
  • Dolly Parton Imagination Library delivers a brand new, age-appropriate book to children residing in Pettis County every month from birth until five years of age, creating a home library of up to 60 books and instilling a love of books and reading from an early age.  This initiative is completely funded by Pettis County United Way!

The United Way of Pettis County provides funding and support to the following Agencies that focus on improving these areas:

  • Promotes Healthy Lifestyles:  Boys and Girls Club, Girl Scouts, and Boy Scouts
  • Provides CPR and First Aid Training:  American Red Cross
  • Conducts Swim Lessons and Water Safety Programs:  American Red Cross
  • Provides Support for Healthy Independent Living for Seniors:  Sedalia Senior Center
  • Offers Medical and Legal Resources:  Citizens Against Spousal Abuse (CASA)
  • Provides Healthy Food and Prescription Drug Assistance:  Open Door Service Center
  • Provides Transportation for Seniors to medical appointments:  Sedalia Senior Center
  • Provides Healthy Food Distribution:  Food Bank for Northeast and Central Missouri
  • Provides Delivery of Healthy Food:  Meals on Wheels
  • Provides Financial Assistance for Adaptive Equipment for those individuals with Disabilities:  Association for Persons with Disabilities
  • Offers Home Aids for visually impaired individuals: Blind of Central MO
  • Offers Telephone Assistance for visually impaired individuals: Blind of Central MO
  • Adult and Children Advocacy:  CASA
  • Provides support to victims of sexual assault/abuse and neglect:  CASA
  • Provides Youth & Family Counseling:  Show Me Christian Youth Home
  • Offers Crisis Counseling:   CASA
  • Offers Support Groups to visually impaired individuals:  Blind of Central MO

The United Way of Pettis County helps lead initiatives that focus on Mental Health and Substance Abuse as well as Hunger.  We partner with local non-profit organizations to create educational cooking classes called Set the Table.  These classes are not only free, attendees also get to take home an electric skillet, cooking supplies and food prepared by the chef and participants.

The United Way of Pettis County also partners with FamilyWize in providing access to their prescription savings card.

The United Way of Pettis County provides funding and support to the following Agencies that focus on assisting with income stability:

Employment Assistance and Job Training

  • Pathway 2 Purpose:  Show Me Christian Youth Home

  • Empowering Pettis County:  Association for Person’s with Disability

  • Job Training and Opportunities:  CASA

Food, Shelter and Other Basic Needs

  • Disaster Services:  American Red Cross

  • Home Delivered Meals:  Meals on Wheels and Sedalia Senior Center

  • Homeless Services:  Pettis County Community Partnership

  • Buddy Pack Program:  Food Bank of Central and NE MO

  • Food Insecurity:  Open Door

  • Emergency Utilities and Rent Assistance:  American Red Cross and Open Door

  • Emergency Assistance for Military Personnel:  American Red Cross

  • Shelter & Food for Victims of Abuse:  CASA

Other ways United Way assists in improving financial stability is by partnering with the IRS and Tax Slayer so that every household with a simple return can file their federal and state taxes for free! 


United Way of Pettis County

Sedalia, Missouri