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About Us


Our Mission

To unite people and resources to improve lives in Pettis County.

Our Vision

To be the trusted platform for creating community solutions in Pettis County.


Our Goals

In 2008, United Way World Wide initiated a 10-year program designed to achieve the following goals by 2018:

  • Improve education, and cut the number of high school dropouts — 1.2 million students, every year — in half.
  • Help people achieve financial stability, and get 1.9 million working families — half the number of lower-income families who are financially unstable — on the road to economic independence.
  • Promote healthy lives, and increase by one-third the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoid risky behaviors.

These goals are ambitious, but with your help, and by utilizing our core strengths — a national network, committed partners and public engagement capacity — we can achieve them.

How We Work

The United Way of Pettis County has a proud tradition of nearly sixty years of service to Sedalia and Pettis County. It was founded in order to provide the most cost-effective method of raising funds for the county's basic charitable organizations. Our United Way accomplished this goal fifty years ago, and it continues to do so today.

The Board of Directors is the governing body of our local United Way. Our Board is a cross-section of the community - teachers, lawyers, industry workers, government employees, large and small business owners, and retired people. They are the people who make the decisions regarding the operation of the United Way of Pettis County.

Your local United Way is run by volunteers who plan each campaign, make policy, set goals, and budget funds.  The money you contribute to United Way is used to meet the needs of people in our community.  That means the overwhelming majority of your donation goes directly to our agencies!

Our United Way Executive Director, Staci Harrison is our only full-time paid employee.  She handles our accounting and correspondence, acts as a liaison between our agencies and the public, and assists our volunteer Board and Campaign team, and the day-to-day functions of the organization.  Cathy Stevson is our part-time paid employee who assists with accounting and correspondence and the day-to-day functions of the organization.

Agency Applications

In order to be accepted as a funded partner of the United Way of Pettis County each year, organizations submit financial statements, summaries of programs, and other information. The board reviews applications to determine funding levels for the selected programs. When an agency is accepted as a United Way partner, they are held accountable for the funds they receive.  They are required to submit quarterly reports with written documentation as to how the money they received helped meet goals that align with the United Way's Core Principles.

Combinded Federal Campaign (CFC) #: 65302

Missouri State Employee Charitable Campaign (MSECC): 4500

United Way of Pettis County