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South Tama County United Fund starts it’s annual campaign

July 29, 2014
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

South Tama County United Fund (STCUF) is a local non-profit organization serving 16 other agencies. These agencies are local organizations that depend on the gifts given by STCUF each year. One of the main goals is to combine fundraising efforts in the South Tama Community. These funds come from donations from people like you and community organizations.

Our campaign is from a period beginning in August through mid-November. We will be having a Kick-off Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. at El Campesino in Toledo and you are invited to attend.

Our goal this year is to raise $50,000 to meet the needs of the agencies. The only way these organizations can receive money from our STC communities is through the United Fund campaign. The organization we serve are American Red Cross, Boy Scouts, Central Iowa Family Planning Central Iowa Residential Services, Inc., ACCESS, Girl Scouts, Iowa Legal Aid, Iowa River Hospice, Mid-Iowa Community Action, Inc., Mid- Iowa Workshops, Inc.

And, South Tama County Recreation, Tama County Nest Program, Tama Opportunity Center. Kids' Corner Child Care Center, The University of Iowa Cancer Research Center, and The University of Iowa Heart Research. There will be several articles in the following weeks on how STCUF monies go to the agencies and how they help the consumers.

Our Board members are composed entirely of volunteers and 97 percent of your donation goes directly to those in need in our community. In fact, STCUF monies go to serve only community consumers.

Thank you for making this a caring community!

Aided by United Fund:

The Mid-Iowa Council of the Boy Scouts of America has spent 95 years providing programs for young people in Tama County. In these programs, youths gain the values of developing citizenship, physical fitness, mental Fitness, and moral character. In Tama County, boys meet in four Cub Scout Packs and five Boy Scout Troops to experience the outdoors, take part in community service, learn leadership, and participate in a variety of activities. For example, local scouts from Tama and Toledo's Troop 391 volunteered at the local animal shelter.

This summer, scouts will participate in one of the following: a three-day Cub Scout Day Camp, an overnight Cub Scout Camp, or a week-long Boy Scout Camp. These camps provide youths the opportunity to experience the scouting program by participating in a variety of activities and learning new skills. However, not every scout can participate in camp programs because of financial restrictions. To help offset the cost for these camps, the Mid-Iowa Council of the Boy Scouts of America created the "Workership" program. In the program, scouts who need financial assistance can do community service in return for financial assistance to offset the cost of camp.

The Mid-Iowa Council of the Boy Scouts of America is grateful to the United Fund of South Tama County for providing a grant for the "Workership" program. Because of the grant, scouts in Tama County are given an opportunity to attend summer camps.



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