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‘We cannot slow down’: United Way makes one last push for $6.9 million goal

Youngsters enjoy the United Way kickoff luncheon

A color guard of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were excited to carry the flags, and a group from area Boys & Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley were just excited to open the annual United Way Campaign Kick Off Luncheon
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A color guard of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were excited to carry the flags, and a group from area Boys & Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley were just excited to open the annual United Way Campaign Kick Off Luncheon

As United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley nears the end of its 2017 campaign, there’s still room for more donations, the organization announced Tuesday.

“We cannot slow down or stop our effort to successfully wrap up this campaign,” said Phenix City Police Chief Ray Smith at a recent United Way loaned executive meeting. “It seems that when employment levels are strong and the stock market is up, people don’t give as much. I ask you to remember in this season of celebration those that are less fortunate.”

Scott Ferguson, United Way President and CEO, said the campaign has reached 91 percent of the $6.9 million goal, which is a little behind last year. at this point.

“As the United Way annual campaign winds down, we are concerned about where we are at this time,” he said. “If we don’t hit the goal, people will go without.”

The campaign raises money for local programs that address people’s socioeconomic needs.

“Because of United Way, children are learning to read, which increases their chances of high school graduation, which in turn decreases their chances of ending up in prison,” according to a news release issued by the organization. “Homeless individuals and families are housed. Veterans receive the support they need. Parents in need receive after school care for their children.”

Donors can give through payroll deduction at their workplace or by visiting unitedwayofthecv.org and clicking on GIVE. They may also write a check to United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, PO Box 1157 Columbus, GA 31902; or drop a check off at the United Way office at 1100 5th Ave., Columbus, GA 31901, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, go to unitedwayofthecv.org.

Alva James-Johnson: 706-571-8521, @amjreporter

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