United WayThe 2013 United Way campaign on main campus is underway! The goal for this year is to raise $15,500 to donate to the nonprofit. The college has surpassed its goal for the last three years.

The funds raised through our United Way campaign stay right here in the Columbia community. Only as a united force can we help change the lives of the members of our community. The United Way seeks to find ways to improve the community — not just provide temporary fixes. Through your generosity, United Way has implemented a new strategy called Community Impact, which focuses its work on supporting strategies that help at-risk mid-Missouri youth to succeed in school and life.

After two weeks, Columbia College’s campaign had raised $4,163, which is 28.5 percent of the goal!

But more help is needed. The campaign concludes on Nov. 22. See how you can participate, and check CougarTrack for more information.

Pledge form donations
Whether you want to give a one-time gift or give through a payroll deduction, the pledge form is the way to go. You also will be eligible for a drawing each Friday. Turn your pledge form into Human Resources in Missouri Hall 123. Kim Calvert, budget and personnel specialist for AHE, was the first weekly winner, and she received a Columbia College Cougars t-shirt and an umbrella. Keith Glindemann, assistant director of Veterans Services, was the second weekly winner, and he received a warm Columbia College Cougars sweatshirt.

Jeans Friday
For a minimum donation of $25, you can wear jeans for six Fridays, beginning Oct. 18. There’s three more Fridays to go until the Nov. 22 conclusion! Purchase a pin from Student Affairs, Human Resources or Ernie Wren. This year you can purchase raffle tickets for a chance to wear jeans every Friday for a month. Ticket prices are $3 or six for $15.

A bake-off will be held on Nov. 20. Start thinking of what you will make!

Fitness Center locker silent auction
Ever wished you could leave your workout items in a locker over night? Here’s your chance! For two months you will be able to leave your items in a designated locker in the fitness center. See the fitness center to submit your bids; the sheets are located in each locker room.

Pick your lot parking raffle
For a small cost, you can be entered into a drawing to have a reserved parking spot of your choice for an entire month. Winners will be drawn for each month beginning January 2014 for the Boone County Lumber Lot and the 10th Street Lot. You have 24 chances to win! Tickets are on sale for $2 or six for $10 until Nov. 22.

50/50 raffle
Want to win some cash? Purchase your 50/50 raffle tickets by Nov. 22 for your chance. The winner will receive half the money that is in the pot, while the other half goes toward the campaign to support the local community. One ticket is $2, and six tickets are $10.