United Way breakfast kicks off annual campaign

Greater Valdosta United Way is hosting its annual breakfast next month in order to connect with businesses to take concrete steps toward reaching its $1 million fundraising goal.

The organization is sponsoring a breakfast 7-9 a.m., Sept. 10, at the Valdosta-Lowndes County Family YMCA, 2424 Gornto Road.

Michael Smith, executive director, said the United Way encourages companies to attend the breakfast to get informational packets, learn about hosting a workplace campaign and connect with the United Way and directors from its partner agencies.

The morning of the event , Valdosta Mayor Scott James Matheson will broadcast his radio show from in front of the YMCA, speaking with agencies.

According to documentation provided by Smith, funding is distributed monthly to the United Way’s partner agencies.¬†

In 2020, more than $850,000 was raised through the United Way’s annual campaign.

“Last year, we were able to distribute over 50,000 masks and created eight food pantry boxes. Through our disaster assistance, we are able to assist families with utility assistance and food. We now have a mental health grant that allows us to assist with mental health awareness and training for first responders and partner agency staff,” according to a United Way statement.

For more information, call  (229) 242-2208, or visit United Way at 1609 N. Patterson St.

Source: Valdosta Daily Times “United Way breakfast kicks off annual campaign” Article

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