United Way to kick off 2021 campaign

United Way is sponsoring a campaign kick-off breakfast 7-9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at the YMCA gym, 2424 Gornto Road, for Fiscal Year 2021.

With a goal of $850,000, funding from the campaign will help organizations serve needs such as homelessness, hunger, disability, caregiving and education.

In an effort to help the non-profits push through these times, Michael Smith, executive director, says that COVID-19 is affecting much more than people think.

“This is affecting so many aspects of life: school, jobs, housing and health,” Smith said. “We need community support and a public-private partnership to effectively distribute federal, state, local and private dollars to the areas and people that need help the most. This will take resources, relationships and reimagining to get the results we all want.”

Nonprofits have canceled fundraisers, increased costs for personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies, state budget cuts and an increased need from residents. The organizations are trying to adjust to changes, but the stress will keep building as the pandemic continues. 

“If the pandemic and economic closers do continue, some nonprofits, like small businesses, may close and will lay off staff,” Smith said. “There will be more people in need and less places to service those needs and provide assistance and relief.” 

The kick-off breakfast is a free drop-in event for business owners and anyone desiring to support the campaign. Catered by Covington’s Dining and Catering, guests will get United Way swag, meet the United Way staff, pick up company campaign packets and meet the directors of the United Way’s partner agencies.

Georgia Power co-sponsors the event with the United Way.

People can donate by using the United Way’s text-to-give option. Text GVUW1954 to #44321. 

For more information on the event, call (229) 242-2208.

Source: Valdosta Daily Times “United Way to kick off 2021 campaign” Article.

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