The annual United Way fundraising campaign kicked off on Oct. 2 and will continue through Friday, Oct. 20. Pledge forms will be distributed to all faculty and staff this week.

Each building/annex on campus has a coordinator if you have any questions about the campaign. They are:

·         Billingsly Student Center: Chris Owens

·         Fine Arts/Taylor Performing Arts: Terri Spencer

·         Health Science Building: Ceason Nance

·         Hearnes Hall:  Nathan Hicks

·         Kuhn Hall: Lainey Nicolas

·         Mansion Annex: Lee Elliff Pound and Brian Mehrens

·         Mills Anderson Justice Center: Robin Hicklin

·         North Endzone Facility: Randon Coffey

·         Physical Plant: Bob Harrington

·         Reynolds Hall/Reynolds Annex: Dr. Jason Willand

·         Robert W. Plaster School of Business: Dawn Bankson and Emily Boydston

·         Spiva Library: Alex Gandy

·         Taylor Hall:  Michelle Price

·         Ummel Technology: Nancy Koon

·         Webster Hall: Dr. Conrad Gubera and Kisa Clark

In upcoming MOSO Minute posts, you’ll learn about several of the area organizations that your generous contributions help fund, and how they benefit our community.

Take, for example, Joplin’s Lafayette House.

The program was founded in 1978 by a group of concerned volunteers to address the problem of domestic violence in the area community. Today, the mission remains the same – to provide safety and support for families, but services have expanded to address domestic violence, sexual assault and substance abuse.

United Way funding makes all the difference, said Louise Secker, director of development.  “It provides funding for our domestic violence program and our addiction treatment program, under the United Way focus on health,” she said. “With help from the United Way, families receive emergency shelter, including meals and transportation, counseling, case management, advocacy, education classes, childcare and job training.”

The organization serves more than 1,300 people from the Southwest Missouri area each year, and your support helps make all the difference.