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Setting their goal: Local United Way effort aims for $90,000 by mid-December

Officials from the McDuffie County United Way kicked off the annual campaign Friday, setting a goal of raising $90,000 to support local agencies.

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United Way Executive Director Charles Bellman puts the final touches on the group's sign.
Photo by Jason B. Smith
Tommy Phelps, president of the organization which serves both McDuffie and Warren Counties, said funds raised this year would benefit 17 local agencies and all decisions on how to disburse the donations are made locally.

This year, the local United Way has tapped Charles Bellmann as executive director. Mr. Bellmann has served as president of the CSRA United Way, president of the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce and president of the CSRA Community Foundation.

"Our United Way has been volunteer driven and having Charlie as director is a big step," Mr. Phelps said.

The campaign will run until mid December and will benefit a number of local organizations that help the needy and foster development of youth and leaders. The funds will be administered by an all-volunteer board of directors.

"Beyond what we give to our churches, this is the most important effort in the community," said United Way board member Dot Knox.

Donations from businesses as well as individuals are welcome and may be sent to The United Way, P.O. Box 87, Thomson, GA 30824.

Organizations supported by the United Way of McDuffie and Warren Counties include:

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United Way board member Dot Knox (from left), Executive Director Charles Bellman and President Tommy Phelps pose in front of the United Way sign on Main Street.
Photo by Jason B. Smith
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.



Web posted on Thursday, October 28, 2004


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