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I’m not really sure which “fact of life” is crazier right now – that it’s been a month since I’ve graduated from Southeast or the fact that it’s been a month since I began working at United Way! Either way, crazy is good for me so I guess I’ll take it.

For those who don’t know me, my name is Kristin Funderburk and I’m the new Community Relations Manager here at United Way of Southeast Missouri. I just graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in May with my Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication, Public Relations. Hopefully you’ve seen me out and about, but if not I’m sure you will soon! I’ll be spearheading the upcoming campaign season, as well as working on some Community Impact events and Marketing pieces.

First and foremost, thank you. Every single person that I’ve met over the course of the last month has welcomed me and been so supportive and understanding as I make this transition and try my hardest to answer all the questions that I can. (When exactly does the “I’m new here” excuse wear off, anyhow?) Honestly, I knew I was becoming a part of a humble and caring community, but this last month has been incredible.

So what have we done over these last 30 days? The real question is what haven’t we done?! I’m so proud to say that our 29th Annual Golf Tournament that took place on June 3rd was one of our most successful tournaments to date. I’d like to give a huge thank-you to Nicholle Hinkle for making everything happen, and the wonderful ladies on the committee for ensuring I made it through the morning in one piece. Also, everyone at Kimbeland went above and beyond to help us execute the “little things,” and we couldn’t be more thankful for their help. Elizabeth and I have already started brainstorming ideas for next year – our 30th year – so be sure your calendars are marked for June 2nd, 2017!

Another piece of the puzzle that I’ve been able to work with is our upcoming United Days of Caring weekend taking place September 9th – 11th. This is your chance to grab your friends, family and/or co-workers and spend a part of your weekend helping out the community. We have so many incredible projects and organizations in need of your help that weekend, and I’m beyond excited to see the impact our communities can make in just three short days. We’re in the final stages of planning this “mini-campaign,” so be on the lookout for more information coming soon!

I’m also privileged to work on a couple of Community Impact events this summer. The 2016 Back to School Kickoff will be taking place on July 26th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Central Middle School, and is sure to be a day full of opportunity and fun for all the families involved. Additionally, the 3rd Annual Stuff the Bus event will take place August 6th at various Walmarts across the region. Both of these events have been a great opportunity for me to work with area businesses and schools to ensure that everyone heading back to school this fall is prepared in every way possible.

Finally – marketing. I’ve spent a decent chunk of time learning how to operate Easy Post and update our website. I’ve added details on all of our events; soon you’ll be able to find updated campaign materials and news pieces on everything we’ve accomplished here at United Way.

Not to mention – I’ve worked alongside Procter & Gamble for their “Who Do You Run For?” 5K, developed a social media strategy that will go live on July 1st and worked with Elizabeth to get the upcoming campaign season planned. I’ve clearly been a busy bee, but I can’t say that I’d have it any other way!

Once again, thank you all so much for your support during this transition. There’s no doubt in my mind that I’m  exactly where I’m supposed to be, doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing. I look forward to meeting more of our wonderful supporters and can’t wait to continue working with each and every one of you!


Kristin Funderburk
Community Relations Manager

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