Greater Valdosta United Way kicks off ‘Community United – Neighbors Helping Neighbors’ to help community Rebound

In the last six months, food insecurity, homelessness, and unemployment has become an increasingly difficult problem in South Georgia. 

Previous to COVID-19, nonprofit organizations have acted as the bridge between people and the resources they need.

“When the pandemic hit in March, out of our 20 partner agencies, there were really only about five that were open,” said Michael Smith, the executive director of Greater Valdosta United Way.

In South Georgia, non-profit organizations have acted as the connection people need when facing difficult times. Greater United Way connects those non-profits with people.

“Nonprofits are very important job creators and they deal with human services issues,” Smith said. “So we need people giving, supporting, and volunteering if they feel safe.”

With fewer resources and a higher demand, local nonprofits need more help than ever. 

A new campaign aimed at helping people heal is providing hope. 

Greater Valdosta United Way and Georgia Power are hosting the Community United – Neighbors Helping Neighbors Campaign on August 27 at the Valdosta YMCA. 

With a socially distanced drop-in breakfast, people can pick up campaign packets and learn about how to get involved. The campaign runs until January 1.

The goal is $850,000, but the teams hope is to hit the million mark if they can inspire enough people to give.

Source: WTXL Tallahassee “Greater Valdosta United Way kicks off ‘Community United – Neighbors Helping Neighbors’ to help community Rebound” Article.