With several businesses and organizations still waiting for results, the 2013 campaign is at 80 percent of the goal. Last year the goal was reached in time to report the success of the 2012 campaign during the final performance of Mohawk Presents Calhoun’s Dancing with the Stars.
For the last two campaigns 2011 and 2012 Gordon County has contributed and the $500,000 goal was met and exceeded both years.
That accomplishment was made possible from all the citizens in the community providing funds for the 18 United Way agencies in Gordon County.
Though the economy seems to be coming back slowly, people are still out of work and many depend on the resources from these agencies.
The Community Kitchen at the Voluntary Action Center (VAC) provides hot meals every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Guests are lined up before 11 a.m. for the opportunity to receive a free hot meal.
According the VAC Director Stacy Long, approximately 80-100 people eat each day. The food is provided by many volunteers from the community, church groups as well as the VAC.
Homelessness remains a big issue in Gordon County. The Bridge continues working with families with children to find affordable housing. Prevent Child Abuse Gordon County and the Domestic Violence Outreach Office are two organizations that are protecting children and families as well as offering support programs for the community.
Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, City and County Recreation Departments, Camp New Adventure, Special Olympics, LEJO, and the Winners Club work everyday to provide children with safe and appropriate activities. These organizations focus on leadership skills, goal setting, and community involvement. These focus areas are in place to assist with the success of all children in an effort to provide them with the tools they need to break the cycle of poverty that some experience everyday.
Individuals, businesses, and organizations that have contributed this year to United Way of Gordon County are listed below. Thanks to these contributions and others yet to come, the 18 United Way agencies will continue to work for the Gordon County community.
Please send tax deductible contributions to United Way of Gordon County P.O. Box 486 Calhoun, Ga. or for credit card contributions go to www.gordoncountyunitedway.org
Debra Owens, Kroger Employees, Brad and Cherri Rains, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Dempsey Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Mc Carver Mathews and Parlo Carpet, Mr. and Mrs. Mac Wright Ms. Lois Vrhel Billie Jean Erwin, Ruby Tuesday, Elizabeth Dickinson, Kim and Beverley Primmer, Shaw Industries Employees, Dr. Daniel Ahn, Dr. Susan Kim, Edward Jones, Francis Burton Cochran, Brian Burton, Robbie Cox, Ed and Jane Weldon, Joe and Nelda Ragsdale, Marty Holt, Jerry and Teri Carroll, Spivey Foundation, Webb and Karen Tallon, Mr. and Mrs. Ron Purdy, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hall, Bobbye F. Harris Foundation, Tera Lusk, Family Savings Federal Credit Union, Northwest Georgia Red Cross, Jeffrey Putnam, Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie King, Jeanette Mellinger, Shaheen Carpet Mill, Dr. and Mrs. Bert Vaughn, Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Gerard, Minnie Store-All of Georgia, Inc, Gordon County Reality, Southeastern Restoration Group, Wells Fargo Days of Giving Gift, Mother Nature’s Eden, Shaw Corporate Gift, Gordon County Employees, Liberty Tire Recycling, LLC, Bentley Dye Employees, Bentley Dye Corporate Gift, Bank of the Ozarks Employees, J & J Water Works DBA, Natures Big Spring Water, Calhoun KOA’s Smokin Up the Campground, Aaron and Mary Ann Walkover, Matthew Rood, Penny and Stephen Sanders, Boy Scouts of Northwest Ga., Steve and Diane Robbins, Charles and Vickie Spence, T J’s Office Supply, Sue Morgan, Camp New Adventure, Mohawk Employees, Calhoun Auto Parts, Jeff and Kim Clements, Calhoun City Schools Employees, Starr Mathews Agency, NorthSide Bank, Steve and Lynn Meade, Mohawk Corporate Gift, Dr. and Mrs. Will Theus, David and Geneva McLeod, Billy Padgett, Carol and Bob Nance, Mike and Roxann Nance, Dan and Carrie Nance Key, Al Hill III and Erin Nance Hill, Bruce Bowman, Gordon County Chamber of Commerce, Jimmy Phillips, Sharon and Dennis Alexander, Sun Trust Bank, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Inman, Georgia Bank and Trust Employees, North Georgia National Bank Employees, Fitness First of Calhoun, Haley and Pam Stephens, Omnova Corporate Gift, M&S Logistics, Engineered Floors Employees, Greater Community Bank Employees, Greater Community Bank Corporate Gift, Prevent Child Abuses Gordon County Employees, Calhoun City Recreation Department Christmas Basketball Tournament