United Way offers aid through pandemic

Greater Valdosta United Way brought the Lowndes County community together during COVID-19. 

Although funding is limited during the pandemic, the United Way team saw an opportunity to bring everyone together. By speaking with faith leaders, business owners, government officials, and other nonprofits, the teams maximized their budgets to help their South Georgia community. 

While Greater Valdosta United Way supports 20 agencies, the team encourages the community to support local and small businesses as all efforts are needed to overcome the pandemic. 

“There’s going to be a lot of local nonprofits that are going to suffer and may not make it through this, too, so support your favorite small business,” said Michael Smith, executive director. 

The agency has provided assistance with Second Harvest of South Georgia, Living Bridges Ministry, a food pantry downtown, and funding agency partners. 

In addition to their assistance, United Way offers disaster utility assistance to people who have either suffered job loss or have been faced with hourly cuts and senior citizens who are 60 years old or older

By teaming up with local businesses such as Jimmy John’s, Relish, Just Love Coffee Cafe, Big Nick’s on Baytree and Jessie’s Restaurant and Catering, United Way has made a difference during the pandemic and plans to continue. 

For additional information on how to get involved, visit unitedwayvaldosta.org, call (229) 242-2208, or visit on Facebook and Instagram.

Source: Valdosta Daily Times “United Way offers aid through pandemic” Article