United Way kicks off campaign

COVINGTON -- When so many are hurting, it's hard to know where to give. But a donation to the Covington-Newton County United Way goes a long way, helping numerous local nonprofit organizations to achieve their missions every year.

From the Salvation Army to Special Olympics, from the Miracle League to the YMCA, from the Community Food Pantry to Newton County READs, just to name a few, United Way covers a lot of ground in Newton County with its annual grant program.

The charity relies on community contributions to continue that service, and to that end, kicked off its annual fundraising campaign Friday with a goal of raising $475,000.

"Thanks for your support of United Way ... Without your help raising these funds, it would be difficult if not impossible for us to do what we do," said Dennis Cheek, president of the United Way Board of Directors and director of a local nonprofit, FaithWorks. Cheek addressed United Way supporters and heads of various local nonprofits at a luncheon at Turner Lake Complex.

Most contributions to United Way are made through employee payroll deductions by local industries and businesses. Civic organizations and individuals may also contribute, however. The campaign typically runs through November.

This year's goal remains the same as last year's, although last year's donations fell short at $430,000. But Cheek said he's keeping the faith.

"I want to meet with you here again when we meet our goal for a victory celebration," he said.

Individuals who would like to contribute should make checks payable to United Way. Checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 1344, Covington, GA 30015.

To learn more about United Way, call 770-786-7638.