United Way of Southeast Missouri launches ‘Build-a-Bench’ campaign

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The United Way of Southeast Missouri (UWSEMO) is a launching a “Build-a-Bench” campaign to raise money to cover the cost of five benches at various bus stops in Cape Girardeau.

Elizabeth Shelton, director of United Way of Southeast Missouri: “We have pulled together a transportation coalition, to try to get more transportation resources to people in our community that don’t have personal vehicles.”

UWSEMO formed a Transportation Coalition to work on a long-term strategy to improve transportation resources throughout Cape Girardeau.

The “Build-a-Bench” campaign runs through Nov. 29, which also is “Giving Tuesday.”

UWSEMO asks the community for assistance with one solution that can be addressed relatively quickly – to install, or “Build a Bench,” at five bus stops throughout the city.

The “Build-a-Bench” campaign gives the community the opportunity to be part of tomorrow’s solutions today.

Through this campaign, UWSEMO hopes to raise a minimum of $2,500.

That is the cost estimated to cover five benches.

Impact amounts listed on the organization’s donation page vary from $50 toward “nuts and bolts” to $500 for a complete bench, up to $10,000 to provide a covered bus stop. Although any amount may be donated.

Donations may be made at unitedwayofsemo.org/event/bench.

UWSEMO’s Build-a-Bench campaign comes on the end of the Transportation Coalition’s survey asking for feedback from the community.

A link to an online survey and printable version can be found at: unitedwayofsemo.org/transportation-survey. Those wishing to join the coalition and have transportation experience or serves those who struggle with it can call 573-334-9634.

Creating change for Cape Girardeau’s transportation system is going to take effort on everyone’s part.

Shelton concludes: “We know that creating change for our transportation system is going to take a long time. So, something we can do in the immediate time is to help people who are using public transportation have somewhere to sit. This will help now and into the future.”

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