“The purpose of the meeting was to celebrate the successful campaign that we had in 2016, and to honor donors and give out awards for volunteers and people that [contributed] ... to the campaign,” said Brenda Morehouse, president of United Way of Bartow County.
Officially started on Sept. 1, the Community Impact Campaign primarily secured funds through payroll deductions, which enables employees to donate a minimal amount yearlong, with a portion of their paycheck designated to the local United Way.
Funds raised through the drive will be dispersed, based on need, to United Way’s agencies, which presently include Allatoona Resource Center, Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter, Bartow County 4-H Club, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County, Bartow Civil Air Patrol, American Red Cross, Christian League for Battered Women, The Salvation Army, Good Shepherd Foundation, Bartow Area Habitat for Humanity, Hickory Log Vocational School, North Bartow Community Services, Bartow Health Access, Boy Scouts of Bartow County and Advocates for Children.
According to www.bartowliveunited.org, “Since 1958, The United Way of Bartow County has represented the concerted efforts of our community to meet the needs of the physically, emotionally and financially challenged. ... United Way’s goal is to create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of these problems. Living united means being a part of the change. It takes everyone in the community working together to create a brighter future. Give. Advocate. Volunteer.”
At the meeting, the following accolades were dispersed — Matthew D. Hill Volunteer of the Year Award, Wendy Allen; 2016 Pinnacle Award, Toyo Tire North America and Publix store 554, Cartersville; Commitment to Community Service, John Broussard and James Hawk, Toyo Tire North America, and Bryan Jewell, Publix store 554.
Numerous donations also were presented, including $1,000 — Shop With a Hero; $2,500 — Community Emergency Response Team; $2,500 — Bartow Collaborative for Teen Maze; $2,500 — Bartow Collaborative for Christmas in July/Bartow Give a Kid a Chance program; $5,000 — Bartow Education Foundation; and $5,000 — Bartow Rotary Club for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
For more information about the local United Way, visit www.bartowliveunited.org or call 770-386-1677.
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