The fall fundraising campaign for the United Way of the Mark Twain Area has begun, and three major fundraising events are just around the corner.

Thursday, September 25 is the annual Day of Caring, as volunteers help individuals and community organizations with a variety of work projects. The United Way is in need of volunteers to man the projects that are on the to-do list.

The United Way's annual Radio Auction happens Saturday, October 4, from 8 a.m. till noon on KHMO. Volunteers and community members take over the airwaves, auctioning off a wide variety of merchandise and services provided by businesses from around northeast Missouri.

Then, Wednesday, October 8 brings the annual Taste of Missouri. There's a change of location this year, with the event taking place in the Hannibal High School cafeteria. A number of eateries and nutrition centers will be set up to show off their culinary prowess.

United Way Executive Director Frank DiTillo was a guest on KHMO's Talk Back: