United Way promotes new community campaign to help antipoverty, education

Friday, October 19, 2012 | 5:19 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — It was a celebration.

Heart of Missouri United Way Inc. met Friday morning at Jesse Hall to talk about the charity's Community Impact campaign and eat pizza together. Leaders of the organization and its MU chapter spoke about the fundraising goal of $4 million to benefit the campaign's antipoverty and education initiatives.

The speakers referenced assistance MU gave Joplin after the tornado as well as the move to the SEC, noting that the same commitment MU has had in the past should be applied to the Community Impact campaign.

"If we expect a 4.0 from our youth, how can we expect any less from our community?" Community Campaign Chair Mitzi Clayton said.

MU hopes to raise $800,000 to contribute to the campaign and is currently about half way to the goal, Executive Director Tim Rich said.

Supervising editor is Jeanne Abbott.





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