- Fatal-shooting victim ID'd; uncle said he tried to break up fight (9/29/16)30
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Sister: Shooting victim died a hero (9/30/16)9
- Perryville couple arrested on felony drug charges after sting operation (9/29/16)
- Perryville High principal on leave; no reason given (9/28/16)9
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Animal-rescue group receives grant from rock star for spay, neuter assistance (9/28/16)1
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Monia pleads guilty to 9 counts of financial exploitation of elderly; dealings with murderer Joseph clarified (9/28/16)11
United Way goals
On the service end, the local United Way of Southeast Missouri has vowed to attack the root of the area's problems, not just the symptoms. That means it will focus on helping people at the family level, a more proactive approach than the United Way has taken in the past.
As for the fund-raising end, the United Way is setting its goals based on need, not on what it thinks can be raised. The United Way asked the area's community agencies what they thought it would take to provide the needed support to families. The needs analysis came first, then the United Way asked companies what they thought their contribution could be. The result was a $1.32 million goal, which is $200,000 more than last year's goal and $139,000 more than was raised last year.
Nancy Jernigan, United Way's executive director, says she's confident the goal can be reached. And she has good reason. The Cape Girardeau, Jackson and Scott City communities have shown an abundance of generosity over the years.
It is exciting to think how $1.32 million (or more) will be used to improve our communities. And we hope the new proactive approach will pay huge dividends in the future.