United Way of Southeast Georgia 2019 campaign chair Katie Page and her team of volunteers are excited about the enthusiasm in supporting United Way’s mission as they wind down this year’s campaign.  There is no organization that impacts our community more positively than United Way.  They touch every part of our county by supporting critical non-profits who are focused on improving life by providing over 33,000 services annually to Bulloch County residents.   100% of the funds raised by United Way stays in our community.

Page has set a goal of $375,000, which is $13,000 more than they raised last year.  She has also reinstated a fundraising team to help her with this year’s campaign.  Serving on that team along with Page is Brandy Taylor, Brannen Smith, Chris Wiggins, Christina Harrell, Mandy Edwards, Mandy Fortune, Sam Koppotic, Trish Tootle and Viv Scott.

Together they are conducting over 50 workplace campaigns with large and small businesses with a goal of funding 19 Bulloch County partner agencies.  Click here for a full list of agencies they serve.

With a focus in ending the campaign around Thanksgiving, they are pleased with the results so far.  “It is so heartwarming to see business and individuals support United Way”, said Katie Page.  “Workplace campaigns are reporting increases over last year. Many organizations are reinvigorating their support of United Way.  For example, the City of Statesboro reengaged their employee campaign and kicked off the campaign with lunch and festivities at city hall for all of their employees.  A fantastic event that was well received by their employees. Bulloch County Board of Education completed their campaign raising $83,405, which is a strong increase over last year.  This is trend we are seeing continue throughout the community.”

There is still time to get involved and give.  By giving to United Way you are able to direct your gift to one organization or impact several services (youth & social development, emergency services, health & rehabilitation and elderly services).   United Way is unique because it collaborates with 19 programs throughout the community. By giving to United Way, you are helping to improve every aspect of the community, not just one cause.

No amount is too small and every dollar you give has a powerful impact on our community.  Here are a few examples of what your dollars will do for our community:

  • $1/wk provides in service training for 8-10 Child Advocacy Service volunteers
  • $2/wk provides 42 hygiene kits to victims of natural disasters from American Red Cross
  • $3/wk provides 60 books to children age 0-5 years – delivered to their homes
  • $5/wk provides 1,300 lbs of food to families in need through the Statesboro Food Bank

The United Way’s local board of directors who represent 22 businesses in Bulloch County makes all decisions.  Members of the board include:

Tina Banks, Robert Benson, Marie Burdett, Leslie Cushner, Curt Deal, Shayla Donaldson, Brandi Gaines, Brian Hendrix, Rhett Hickman, Steve Hurney, Michelle Lau, Debby Lee, Sharri       Lindsey, Julie Morrison, Stephanie Neal, Maggie Roesel, William Sanford, Matt Sawhill, Judd Skinner, Russ Taulbee, Phillip Tremble and Chris Wiggins.

If you or your business is interested conducting a workplace employee campaign or making a personal gift, please contact Carey Melton at the United Way office 912-489-8475, cmelton@unitedwaysega.org or visit their website to make a onetime donation.

Herschel DeWayne Grice is the founder of Grice Connect an online news and information company in Statesboro, Georgia. DeWayne has been active in the media for over three decades. He brings a unique insight...