Stephens Co. Kicks Off United Way Campaign

Stephens County kicks off its 2013 United Way campaign.

The annual United Way Campaign Kick-off took place Tuesday at the Gate Cottage on the campus of Toccoa Falls College.

The kick-off gives the United Way an opportunity to show how the money that will be raised helps in the local community.

Local United Way Campaign Co-Chair Gary Donahue said that the money raised in StephensCounty stays in StephensCounty to help a number of different organizations.

“99 cents out of every dollar stays with us and stays to here to help our neighbors,” said Donahue.  “We have 13 agencies that are under our umbrella and it really covers a lot of different areas.”

Donahue said this year’s goal is $120,000, but they are hoping to do even better than that and surpass last year’s total of $123,000.

He said they will raise those funds by getting out into the community in a number of different ways

According to Donahue, those include going to different businesses, the schools, and other areas in the community to raise money directly or help them organize their own campaigns to raise funds to donate to the United Way.

Those in attendance at Tuesday’s United Way campaign kick-off also heard from new University of Georgia Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin.

He said agencies like the United Way help serve the community and that is something he believes is important for everyone to remember.

“We want our kids to have a presence in the community and I think that is important for all of us, to understand the impact that we can have,” said Stricklin.

For more information on the United Way campaign in Stephens County, call Donahue at 706-491-0231.