September 17, 2013

United Way campaign important for area

The Daily Citizen

— With the days growing shorter and the nights getting cooler, fall is near. And that means it’s time for the United Way of Northwest Georgia’s annual fundraising campaign kickoff.

The kickoff is today at the agency’s Super Power Lunch at 11:30 a.m. at the trade center with author and television host Alison Lebovitz as the keynote speaker.

What sets United Way apart from many other charities is that the agency works as a “clearing house” for distributing donations to 20 agencies in Whitfield and Murray counties that receive funding from the local United Way, many of which may affect you or someone you know.

Know someone who is dealing with a relative who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease? Chances are the caretaker gets assistance from RossWoods Adult Day Services or from the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, both recipients of United Way funding.

Have children in either Boy or Girl Scouts? Both are member agencies.

Others include such diverse organizations ranging from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Georgia Mountains to the Looper Speech and Hearing Center to the Friendship House and Meals on Wheels.

Giving to the United Way isn’t difficult: many workers in the region have a couple of dollars taken from their paychecks throughout the year, while others make a one-time donation. Just ask your employer about payroll deductions.

So if you can spare even a few dollars, this is the time to give to the United Way.