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Grant will help Wright City group help those in need

Unite Wright City receives grant
The Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Board awarded a $1,500 grant to Unite Wright City to connect residents in need with resources that help in a variety of ways. Pictured above is Heidi Box-Halleman, who co-founded the group with Jennie Bueneman.

Nearly every day, a plea for help is made.

It might be a family in need of clothing or other items. It could be a school staff member who is weeks away from losing their home to foreclosure. Or maybe it is adopting families during the holidays and making sure they have presents under the Christmas tree or a turkey at Thanksgiving.

Unite Wright City is connecting those in need with those who can help.

In December, the group was awarded a $1,500 Operation Round Up grant from the Cuivre River Electric Community Trust. The funds will help the agency continue to connect people with a variety of resources that are available in the community.

“We had all these people who need help, we had all these people who can help, so we said let’s find a way to combine it,” said Heidi Box-Halleman, who co-founded Unite Wright City with Jennie Bueneman.

The idea for the group was formed during the summer when the two were trying to help students through the school district’s backpack program, which provides food when classes are not in session. Using the power of social media, the needs of an individual or family are published on the group’s Facebook page. The support comes in many different forms, such as money, time, a mattress or microwave.

“The whole point was the school can’t manage this,” Box-Halleman said. “There are a lot resources in Warren County, but people were having trouble finding these resources. We’re trying to be that connector.”

Organizers are thankful for the support they have received, primarily from individuals and other organizations.

“The community has been awesome,” Box-Halleman said.

While Unite Wright City is not an official non-profit group, they work with other organizations in the community to funnel tax-deductible donations.

To learn more, visit the group’s Facebook page ( or email more information on Operation Round Up, call 636-695-4837 or email

Cuivre River Electric Cooperative is the largest member-owned electric distribution cooperative in Missouri. It provides service to more than 65,000 residential, business, commercial, industrial and agricultural members in Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles and Warren counties.

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