The Franklin County Area United Way will host an agency tour Thursday, June 7, in Sullivan.

Representatives of the United Way’s Top 30 corporate donors, board members, agency representatives and the general public are all invited to attend.

Kim Strubberg, executive director, said the tours are offered to educate people about the many ways lives are improved through United Way member agencies.

“The tours are a great way for donors to see how a contribution to the United Way is put to use,” she said.

The United Way hosts two agency tours each year — spring and fall.

The June 7 tour will begin with coffee, pastries and networking from 8 to 8:30 a.m. at the United Way office, located at 301 W. Front St. in Washington.

OATS buses will transport participants to Sullivan and back. The bus will return to the United Way office before noon.

Strubberg said the first stop will be Meramec Community Mission “where miracles come wrapped in boxes of food.”

The Mission has undergone dramatic physical changes in the last several years.

“They’ve restructured their services dramatically, as well,” Strubberg said. “Now, working in cooperation with the US Food Bank, they are improving more lives than ever before.”

The second stop will be Life House Center, the United Way’s newest agency.

“This is a brand new organization that isn’t even a full year old yet,” Strubberg said. “Life House Center is meeting a need in Sullivan even more incredibly than anyone could imagine so soon. It’s a place where students go during out-of-school hours. They get homework help, a hot meal and tons of activities to keep them occupied, entertained, off the streets and out of trouble.”

Strubberg said participants will definitely come away with a deep appreciation for how donation dollars are being used in the Sullivan area to improve lives.

Anyone interested in participating in the tour is asked to call the United Way office at 636-239-1018 or email sandy@franklincountyuw.org.

The United Way will hold its campaign kickoff breakfast and unveil its goal Thursday morning, July 26, at East Central College, Union.

The drive will officially get underway the first week of September and run through Oct. 31.

The 2017 campaign raised a record $1.1 million, providing funding to 53 agencies and programs.