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December 21, 2013

United Way closer to goal

Bob Ringer, campaign chairman for United Way, announced that United Way has reached 80 percent of its $3.5 million goal for the community.

United Way of Northwest Georgia invests 52 percent of its funds in meeting basic needs and health-related services and 48 percent in education. In meeting basic and health-related needs, United Way provides food, shelter and utility assistance to families to prevent homelessness. It also provides meals and other services to the elderly and those with disabilities.

“United Way set an aggressive goal of $3.5 million in September,” Ringer said. “Even though the national news seems to indicate the economy is picking up, we are still seeing so many in Northwest Georgia who are struggling to stay safe and meet basic needs for their families. United Way is the best and most efficient investment I know to help our neighbors in Whitfield and Murray counties. If you haven’t had a chance to give, please consider how you can help. Giving a helping hand to someone in need is one of the best gifts I know to give during the holiday season. Our theme this year was ‘Fill the Gaps,’ because we know we have so many who need our help.”

Here is how your gift fills gaps and helps those in need:

• $260 per year prevents homelessness by providing one month of transitional housing.

• $520 per year provides 176 meals to homebound elderly.

• $1,300 per year supplies 45 boxes of food for hungry families.

“This is the time of year when people look forward to spending time with family members, but it is also the time when we count our blessings and look for ways to help others in need,” said Amanda Burt, United Way president. “Our community has always been a caring and generous one, and United Way is one way to help our neighbors who need it most.”

Ringer added, “I think about the second grade girls I met from Brookwood Elementary who wanted to help others in their community. They were able to raise $108 for United Way from their friends, and Alliance National Bank matched that gift. What an inspiring group of students! Whether your budget allows you to make a gift of $1,000 or $100, every gift will make a difference.”

To invest in United Way’s work in education, basic needs and health, visit ourunitedway.org/give or mail a check to United Way of NWGA, P.O. Box 566, Dalton, GA 30722.

 “If you are not yet a leadership giver, I invite you to join me with your investment,” Ringer said. “For just $100 a month, or $20 per week, a person can become a leadership giver. We have met many needs, but there are still gaps to fill. Remember, you don’t have to wear a cape to be a superhero.”

Many local companies offer their employees the option to give via payroll deduction. You can also give at ourunitedway.org or make a direct gift by stopping by the office at 816 S. Thornton Ave. in Dalton or mail a check to P.O. Box 566, Dalton, GA 30722.

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