There are only 30 days left to give to a local group that for years has been doling out money to help dozens of local nonprofits complete their missions.
The United Way of Coastal Georgia annually raises around a million dollars that is given locally to organizations like the Boys and Girls Club, Safe Harbor and Communities in Schools.
There are plenty of other organizations who benefit from the money raised by the United Way as well.
This year, the fundraising goal of the annual campaign was an ambitious one at $1.2 million. So far, only about 30 percent of that goal has been met, so the message is clear — United Way needs your help.
Setting sights on $1.2 million was not out of the question, especially considering the generous nature of our community. Time and again, the charitable heart of our local residents has proven to be something that is truly awe-inspiring. Here is another chance to prove that.
Sure, Hurricane Matthew threw people off their normal schedules in October. We all felt the effects of that. There are also plenty of other worthy organizations out there that deserve our help.
But the United Way has shown it puts its money where its mouth is. Without it, there are some area charities and nonprofits that may not even exist today without the help United Way has provided.
The good news is it is not difficult to give. Any donation will help, but we hope area businesses will follow the lead of King and Prince Seafood, Southeast Georgia Health System and Sea Island Co. in organizing company-wide fundraisers to pitch in and do their part. Offer your employees a dress-down day, sell raffle tickets for extra time off, or auction off a special three or four-day weekend.
It doesn’t really matter how it happens. Either way, the United Way of Coastal Georgia will make good use of the money. Don’t let the short time frame and the number scare you, we have seen our community come together in shorter windows to do great things. There is no doubt in our minds we can all come together to make it happen again.
Let’s go Golden Isles, it’s time to show every one just what we are all truly made of.