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Missouri State Way and the United Way

Our Bear family and community need us now more than ever. Help us make a difference.

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyday life and has brought a lot of uncertainty to our campus as well as the community around us. Missouri State University faculty, staff and retirees shape the future of students on campus as well as help change the lives of fellow community members through the Missouri State Way and United Way campaigns each year.

Your contribution to the Missouri State Way campaign helps change lives of MSU students. By providing internet devices from the Emergency Student Fund, donations to the Bear Pantry, personal protective equipment or scholarship gifts that ensure students can attend regardless of their financial background.

The United Way campaign addresses the urgent needs of some of our most vulnerable community members in Springfield and the Ozarks. The United Way of the Ozarks connects communities, people and hope. It has convened community leaders for a coordinated response to the pandemic, provided critical supplies, raised and distributed more than $164,000 in funds. To continue to support our local community, the United Way needs our support.

Donating is easy

Missouri State Way Campaign

United Way Campaign

If you already donate to the United Way via payroll deduction and you want your gift to remain the same, you don't have to do anything. 

  • To begin donating, you may now register online.
    • Once you have created your account, click 'Pledge' at the top of the page and complete the pledging process. 
  • Please note: if you create your account and would like to make your gift or log back in at a later time, visit portal.uwozarks.org.
    • To login you will need your Username (work email address) and the password you entered when creating your account.
  • You may also return the pledge card in your United Way packet.
  • If you have questions or need help making your pledge, please contact Jessica Heinz at 417-836-6105.

Make your pledge and celebrate with us

Our annual luncheon and prize drawing will be held virtually this year. We'll gather via Zoom to celebrate the success of these two campaigns.

We have some great drawings this year for participants who already donate via payroll deduction, make a pledge online or return a completed pledge card and for celebration event attendees. Everyone that attends the celebration event will receive a bookstore coupon.

Prizes secured so far:

  • iPad
  • Bambinos, dinner for two gift card ($50 value)
  • Andy B’s play cards (20 cards for a $200 value)
  • Druff's gift card ($20 value)
  • One Drop Coffee Co gift card ($30 value)
  • Travellers gift card ($25 value)
  • Oriental Trading Company gift certificate ($25 value)
  • Panera gift cards
  • Kendra Scott earrings ($68 value)
  • Lost Signal Brewing Co. tour/tasting for four
  • Dickerson Park Zoo, eight passes
  • Gailey's Breakfast Café gift card ($50 value)
  • Domino's Pizza gift cards
  • MSU Cooler
  • Foster Rec Center, three passes
  • Freddy's gift certificates
  • Wild Animal Safari, four passes
  • Buckingham's BBQ gift certificates
  • 37 North Expeditions certificate for $50 off


Onward, Upward

When you give back, we all move forward

Go Onward, Upward