Adult drivers are still needed to help with the United Way’s upcoming door-to-door drive.

Students from Washington High School and St. Francis Borgia Regional High School will canvass the community collecting donations Wednesday, Sept. 27, beginning after school until about 5 p.m.

Drivers are needed to transport the teens to their assigned neighborhoods and then back to school.

The teens will attempt to canvass about 70 different territories within the city limits and several subdivisions just outside of Washington.

Adult drivers and student volunteers are key to a successful canvass, said Kim Strubberg, United Way executive director.

“We hope to have 140 students from each school, and we are looking for about 35 adult drivers to help out,” she said.

Drivers at WHS will need to arrive at the school at 1:45 p.m. and SFBRHS drivers will be needed at 2 p.m.

Anyone interested in driving is asked to call the United Way office, 636-239-1018.

All of the drivers will have orange placards posted in their front windshields designating them as drivers. The students will wear teal United Way T-shirts and name tags.

Residents will receive a United Way brochure listing the 53 agencies and programs supported through the drive. A clear hanging bag with a return envelope and brochure will be left if no one is home.

Strubberg encourages residents who are not home during the drive to consider making a donation. Contributions can be mailed to: Franklin County Area United Way, P.O. Box 3, Washington, MO 63090.

Last year’s drive brought in $9,159, including mail-in donations.

“The mail-in donations are very important, often accounting for just about half of the total collected for the door-to-door drive,” Strubberg noted.

The door-to-door drive is a long-standing tradition of the United Way, formerly known as the United Fund and prior to that, the Community Chest.

Strubberg said the canvass dates back to the late 1950s when the fire whistle was used to signal the start of the drive.

The purpose of the drive is the same today as it was then — to reach those residents who may not have the opportunity to participate in a United Way campaign through their workplace.

“This is a really fun event for everyone involved, and we need quite a few more drivers to help out,” Strubberg said. “We also hope to get a great turnout of students, which is key in hitting all of the neighborhoods.”

The United Way campaign kicked off Sept. 1 and runs through Oct. 31. This year’s goal is $1,111,111.