United Way President Tommy Phelps takes the news in stride that the local campaign has reached 90 percent of its 90,000 goal.
"I'm not surprised at all. We live in a wonderful community where people care about each other and reach out to help each other," he said before joining other United Way board members in posting the latest results on Main Street billboard Tuesday afternoon.
"We are running 10 percent ahead of last year in contributions," noted Charles Bellmann, executive director.
It's true to form that local individuals and companies are donating to the campaign so generously, Mr. Phelps said. Giving to the United Way is a convenient way to support local causes that have been reviewed by a board of directors. The board, made up of local business people, follows a documentation process and screens each organization requesting assistance before allocating funds.
"When someone gives to our local United Way they know the dollars are going to a legitimate service organization in our community," Mr. Phelps said.
The local United Way, which serves both McDuffie and Warren counties, focuses on helping children succeed, providing a source of strength and help for families, assists those seeking to be self sufficient and supports the vulnerable and aging population.
Organizations benefiting include Agape Outreach Ministries, American Red Cross, Boys and Girls Club of Thomson, Georgia-Carolina Boys Scout Council, CSRA Girl Scout Council, GA-TASC, Golden Harvest Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Horsefeathers Therapeutic Riding, Human Relations Commission, MANNA, McDuffie county 4-H, McDuffie County Special Olympics, Partners for Success, Prevent Child Abuse McDuffie County, Salvation Army -- McDuffie County unit, Sand Hills Psychoeducational Center and Thomson McDuffie County Recreation and Leisure Services.
Donations from businesses as well as individuals are welcome and may be sent to The United Way, P.O. Box 87, Thomson, GA 30824.