Greater Valdosta United Way Launches a Community Needs Assessment

In partnership with Resilient Georgia and Valdosta State University’s Center for South Georgia Regional Impact, GVUW is looking to learn about the needs of community members in South Georgia. The assessment is a community research effort to gauge the most critical needs of citizens in the GVUW 11-county service area. At the end of the 30-question […]

Greater Valdosta United Way Surpasses a $1M Goal

Greater Valdosta United Way has recently surpassed the $1M campaign goal. GVUW supports about 20 different nonprofits in South Georgia that help residents in need. These nonprofits also need help and the donations made ensure that the community can get the support that it needs. Congratulations to the people of Valdosta, Lowndes County and South […]

Day of Caring: Volunteers help 12 nonprofits

More than 160 volunteers dispersed throughout the city Friday, helping nonprofits for the semi-annual Day of Caring. Volunteers from different organizations spread out across the area and helped to give back to the community by accomplishing many different tasks. Volunteer locations included Second Harvest, Boys and Girls Club of Valdosta, Camp Rock Georgia, Children’s Advocacy […]

United Way donates to Wiregrass print shop

The Greater Valdosta United Way donated $1,000 to the Wiregrass Foundation to establish a fund for the United Way’s partner agencies. The fund is meant to provide partners access to design and printing resources. The print shop offers a range of graphic design and printing services including – but not limited to – invitations for […]

United Way campaign season underway

The annual campaign luncheon was held at the Boys and Girls Club Gymnasium and lunch was provided by Second Harvest of South Georgia. the event gives business leaders the opportunity to learn about GVUW, meet partner agency directors, and learn how to engage employees. Mayor Matheson and Lowndes County Commissioner Orenstein said the city wanted […]

Habitat for Life: Family moves into new home

Felecia Kohler and her children celebrated the ownership of their new Habitat for Humanity home this past week. Kohler has been homeless twice since 2017. However, she remained determined to provide stability for her family. She is now a homeowner of a Habitat house with her four daughters. She began this journey in 2018 with […]

Nonprofits raise funds for The Haven

The Second Annual U-Nite Dinner was held benefitting The Haven and Greater Valdosta United Way. The event raised money that will provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault while raising awareness for mental health in the community. The dinner grew from the recent COVID-19 pandemic when many mental health concerns had a […]

United Way CEO selected for leadership roles

Michael Smith, president and CEO of the Greater Valdosta United Way, has been selected to serve on United Way Worldwide’s National Advisory Council. Smith also serves on as the 2022-2023 chair of the United Ways of Georgia Association, representing 32 United Ways in Georgia. Smith and the Greater United Way aims to improve people’s lives […]

Former NFL Player visits Valdosta to raise awareness for mental health

Former NFL player, Tra Battle, visited Valdosta to help raise awareness of mental health issues. United Way and The Haven raised money at a dinner to fight against these issues. The money raised can help with funding for special programs. Source “Former NFL Player visits Valdosta to raise awareness for mental health“

City awards local nonprofits ARPA funding

VALDOSTA – More than 30 Valdosta area nonprofits agencies have been awarded their share of American Rescue Plan funds. Valdosta City Council designated $955,000 of the City’s $16.3 million ARPA allocation for assistance to nonprofit organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Chuck Dinkins, city finance director, the city partnered with Greater Valdosta United […]

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