Covington-Newton United Way exceeds $400K goal

COVINGTON — Celebrating the 2013-14 campaign’s success, the Covington-Newton United Way held a luncheon on Friday thanking agencies who helped accomplish the $400,000 goal.

The goal remained unchanged since the 2012 successful campaign and this year the board exceeded the goal by $5. About 10 industries and companies within Newton County regularly pledge to the campaign.

United Way Executive Director Doris Strickland said the goal wouldn’t be obtainable without the help of the people and agencies who donate.

“They really stepped up the the plate to make this possible,” Strickland said.

In his first year as campaign director Brian Burgoyne said he’s learned more about the necessity of the funds and the importance of each organization that receives United Way funding.

Allocations to nonprofits will soon be given out to recipients selected by United Way’s board of directors. Organizations that have benefitted in the past include the Salvation Army, Special Olympics, the Miracle League, YMCA and the Community Food Pantry.

Strickland named more than 15 Newton County organizations that apply for the allocations each year.

“I was really unfamiliar with the United Way until I joined the Allocations Committee and there I learned that it’s not just about raising the funds, but more about raising awareness for these local organizations,” Burgoyne said.

“Learning what organizations do for the Newton County community is overwhelming. The funds raised by United Way are definitely going to good use.”

Companies participate in the United Way campaign through voluntary deductions from employees’ paychecks.

Strickland and Burgoyne set their sights on the 2014-15 campaign and hope to raise $500,000. The next fundraising campaign will kick off in September.

Individual contributions can be mailed to P.O. Box 1344, Covington, GA, with checks made payable to United Way.