How You Can Help

The Special Learning Center is dependent upon the generosity of many businesses and individuals throughout Central Missouri that support us in the work we do. If you are interested in helping our agency and the children we serve, there are many ways for you to get involved:

Community Involvement

Through field trips, United Way-sponsored activities, and interaction with local businesses and civic organizations, the Special Learning Center is very involved and visible in the community. Interacting with the community gives the children experiences that will help them through life. The outings also help people in the community learn about our agency and see the recipients of their contributions.

The Special Learning Center continuously benefits from the generosity of many businesses and organizations that graciously support the agency by:

  • Helping with special projects or events
  • Purchasing necessary supplies and/or equipment for the program
  • Hosting special holiday parties
  • Providing gifts for the children at Christmas
  • Computer support

The Special Learning Center also benefits from the hard work and generosity of two community groups who sponsor golf tournaments on behalf of the agency.


SLC Foundation Golf Tournament:

For more than a decade, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors - Jefferson City (NAIFA) has hosted a golf tournament with proceeds benefitting the Special Learning Center. For more information about the tournament and sponsorship opportunities available, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 573-634-3070. Beginning in 2019 this tournament will be hosted by the SLC Foundation. 


Tom Henke Golf Classic:

Tom Henke, former major league baseball relief pitcher, and the Jefferson City Cosmopolitan Club host a golf tournament each October that benefits the Special Learning Center. Current and former sports celebrities who play in this tournament have helped to make this annual event a success. For more information, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 573-634-3070.


Volunteer Involvement

The Special Learning Center is grateful for the wonderful volunteers who help our agency on a regular or one-time basis. From playing the piano for group music or baking cookies, to helping in the classrooms or on field trips, our volunteers provide valuable support to our children and our staff.

Our volunteers come to us from a variety of places. Some are individuals in the community who are interested and willing to offer their time and talents. Some are participants in the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce Business/Education partnership program or United Way supported events such as Day of Caring or the United Way at Work Program. Still others are completing Christian or A+ service hours through their high school, or are obtaining valuable career experience by completing a therapy rotation or practicum placement.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Special Learning Center, please contact us.


Funding Needs

As a private, not-for-profit United Way agency, we rely on the generosity of individuals and our community for financial assistance.

Cash donations:

Donations in any amount are sincerely appreciated and are used to help with daily operations and wherever extra funds are needed. Examples are funding for special programs or projects, funding for continuing education opportunities for staff, funding for specialized equipment or educational supplies.

SLC Foundation:

If you are interested in making a gift that will help the Special Learning Center and the children it serves for years to come, click here for information about the Special Learning Center Foundation. Contributions to the Foundation are thoughtfully invested and the earnings from the Foundation funds are used to support current and future needs of the Special Learning Center.

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