Callaway United Way to continue to provide services to older adults

The Callaway County United Way will not reduce services to older adults like its Columbia-based counterpart, Callaway County United Way Executive Director Kathy Richey Liddle said Friday.

The Heart of Missouri United Way, which covers Boone, Cooper and Howard counties, plans to reduce funding for senior services agencies starting next year.

Richey Liddle said the Callaway County United Way will continue “to fund agencies serving infants to seniors and all other people in between.”

The United Way of Central Missouri, which includes Cole, Miller, Monieau and Osage counties, also has decided it will not cut the funds for any of its current programs, according to Executive Director Ann Bax.

Richey Liddle said the Callaway County United Way also plans to continue funding all of its current programs, including services to seniors.

Richey Liddle said she understands the Columbia-based Heart of Missouri United Way had a group studying the planned change for more than one year and came up with the recommendation to reduce funding to older adults and the board accepted the recommendation.

Richey Liddle said she believes a better course is to continue funding all agencies the Callaway County United Way now funds.

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