United Way of the Coastal Empire has announced its goal for the 2011 community campaign at the Kick-Off event held at the Savannah Civic Center on Thursday, September 8, with approximately 1,000 people in attendance to help mark the occasion.
The organization has set an ambitious target of $8,255,555 up $255,555 from last year.
Funds raised from the annual Campaign help support over 120 human service programs that improve the lives of people in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties.
Priority funding goes to successful programs in the issue areas of Education and Youth Development, Health and Wellness, Economic Independence and Basic Human Needs.
“The Coastal Empire area is an immensely generous community and is made up of individuals and organizations with the inspiration to do something for others,” said 2011 United Way Campaign Chair Michael C. Traynor, publisher of the Savannah Morning News. “We are moving confidently toward the 2011 campaign season knowing that area companies and citizens will once again generously step forward to help improves the lives of their families, friends and neighbors through their gifts to United Way of the Coastal Empire.”
Recognized at the Kick-Off were volunteers who comprise the Campaign Cabinet, as well as the Loaned Associates who will carry the 2011 campaign message to employee groups across the community.
During the luncheon, local businesses within the community reported results from their campaigns that were conducted in early August These “Pacesetters” got a head start on their campaigns in order to set the pace for the community campaign as a whole. This year’s Pacesetters have helped to kick-off the campaign with $1,021,732 or 12% of this year’s goal. The Pacesetter companies include Bryan Bank and Trust, Colonial Group, Effingham County Board of Education, Georgia Power Company, Live Oak Public libraries, NuStar Asphalt Refining, Sea Island Bank, Seacrest Partners, South University, Target, Terracon, The Coastal Bank, The Savannah Bank, United Way of the Coastal Empire and its funded agencies, UPS and Wal-Mart.
United Way’s 2011 Campaign will run from September 8th through November 18th.
To learn more or to give outside the workplace, please call 912.651.7714 or visit www.uwce.org.
The mission of United Way of the Coastal Empire (UWCE) is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities.
Through partnerships, long-term planning and wise investment of donor contributions, United Way supports community programs and services within four priority issue areas: Education & Youth Development, Health & Wellness, Economic Independence and Basic Human Needs.
United Way of the Coastal Empire serves four counties: Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty.