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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

United Way envisions a world where every individual has an opportunity to succeed, and entire communities thrive as a result. We're getting a little closer everyday, with help from thousands of people throughout Pettis County and the surrounding area.

Our work is fueled by the passion of 560 volunteers and 3,000 donors who give their time, their money and their voice to improve the lives of others.

Every day, our volunteers, donors and advocates are making a lasting difference in so many ways. That can mean helping a child learn to read, donating money to make sure people have access to quality health care to include mental health, addressing food insecurity and advocating for resources to support employment efforts.

We focus on education, financial stability and health, the building blocks for a good life and a strong community.

How We Work

The United Way of Pettis County has a proud tradition of over 50 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 over 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 initiatives and agencies!

Our United Way Executive Director is our only full-time paid employee.  They handle our strategic planning, drives initiatives that are important to our community, acts as a liaison between our agencies and the public, organizes United Way events such as the Day of Caring and the Fall Car Classic, 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.

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) #: 65302

Missouri State Employee Charitable Campaign (MSECC): 4500