Fulton United Way begins campaign 10.27

Written by David Green.

The Fulton County United Way became visible to many residents last summer when the agency played a vital role in relief efforts following tornadoes.

The United Way may not be that obvious to most county residents, however, 30 local programs receive financial support from the agency, benefitting a wide range of people.

“The past few months have been challenging yet inspiring,” said Gina Saaf, Fulton County executive director. “Our county has continued to struggle with tough economic challenges. A portion of our county was severely damaged by tornadoes. In spite of these challenges, we have seen people from across the area band together to help their neighbors in need. This proves what most of us already knew, we live in a great, caring community.”

In addition to helping in times of a disaster, in the past year the United Way:

• Provided free tax preparation for low income families;

• Assisted cancer clients undergoing treatment;

• Obtained federal grants to assist emergency food and shelter programs, including the Fayette Food Pantry;

• Provided back packs, school supplies, and books to the children of families in need.

Hospice, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Habitat for Humanity, Serenity Haven—those are but a few of the agencies supported by the Fulton County United Way,

“The goal for our fall campaign is to fully fund the 30 programs requesting funds,” Saaf said. “To do that, we must raise $305,000. This can be achieved if everyone works together and gives what they can.”

Every donation, large or small, contributes toward reaching that goal–and to a Fulton County that is ready and able to meet the needs of its citizens, Saaf added.

“Please take a moment and consider what a difference you could make in our community with your donation,” she said. “Together, united, we can inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow. That’s what it means to Live United.”


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