As the song on the 1970's era Smoky and the Bandit movie went, the Carthage United Way has “a long way to go and a short time to get there,” to meet its goal of raising $300,000 this year.

As the song on the 1970's era Smoky and the Bandit movie went, the Carthage United Way has “a long way to go and a short time to get there,” to meet its goal of raising $300,000 this year.
The United Way held its mid-drive report luncheon on Thursday where it was reported that the group has raised $163,504.74, or about 55 percent of its goal for 2017.
The group will raise money though February and has a final report luncheon scheduled for noon, Feb. 8, 2018, at the Carthage Water & Electric Plant Community Room.
“We've got a lot of work to do,” said United Way Director Janet Stafford. “We knew this was going to be a tough year, there have been a lot of catastrophes in the country this year, so if anyone has any ideas on how to raise more money, we'd love to hear them.”
Kelly Hartley, co chair of the 2017-18 campaign, encouraged people to keep drumming up support to meet the find drive's goal.
“This is just a report luncheon and we still have some time to go,” Hartley said. “We're not finished, there's still a lot of time. Investments can be an excellent source of charitable gifts, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and other securities that you have owned for more than one year not only make convenient gifts, but can provide you with a welcome tax benefit as well.”
The Carthage Area United Way supports 13 agencies either in Carthage or who serve Carthage residents.
• Jasper County 4-H – Empowers young people to become competent, contributing members of society and develop skills to keep them on track to become successful adults
• Carthage Salvation Army – Serves men, women, and children in need of a hot meal, shelter, affordable clothing, or disaster relief
• Carthage Crosslines Ministries – Assists families with donations of food and clothing and provides bill-pay help
• Lafayette House – Serves, shelters, and protects women, children, and families who are victims of domestic violence or struggle with addiction
• Cerebral Palsy of Tri-County – Offers transportation for child care, meals, education, physical therapy, and equipment for children aged six months to six years who suffer from cerebral palsy or other developmental disabilities
• Children’s Haven of Southwest Missouri – Provides free, temporary housing, nutritious meals, medical care, and transportation for children from three days to 17 years of age whose family is experiencing a crisis
• Special Olympics Missouri – Develops self-esteem through physical fitness in children and adults with developmental disabilities through training in year-round sports competition and Olympic-related events
• Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland – Gives girls the courage, confidence, and character to develop their full potential, relate to others, and provides the foundation for sound decision-making
• Ozark Trails Council Boy Scouts of America – Prepares young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law
• Carthage Crisis Center - Helps struggling families and individuals by providing shelter, food, clothing, furniture, counseling, and training for a better path to succeed in life
• Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics – A state-of-the-art children’s hospital, located in Kansas City, that provides care to children from birth to 18 years of age
• Community Health Clinic of Joplin – Provides medical and dental care for the uninsured
• Art Feeds of Carthage - Art Feeds Carthage believes all children are artists and exist to feed creative development & facilitate emotional expression in children through art & community.