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GIVING GUIDE United Way of Northwest Georgia


United Way

brings together social service agencies, faith-based organizations, nonprofits, corporations, private donors, and government organizations to tackle key community social issues for the good of all.

Basic Needs A gift to United Way covers the entire circle of life impacting education, basic needs, and health.

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s I reflect on my time as a volunteer at United Way, as a member of the Board, and now Board Chair, I continue to be humbled by the spirit of our community. Each day members of our community reach out for a hand and find the generosity of the people around them offering to lend a hand. It is this generosity and the willingness of our community to make a difference that has enabled our United Way to reach the 2011 goal of $3.25 million. Our local United Way raised $50,530 more than the previous year, even with fewer individual donors. We are also fortunate to have so many community members who dedicate their time to serving others. In 2011, Our United Way mobilized 3,664 volunteers who gave 30,600 hours of their time. I am proud to be part of a community that reacts to adversity in unity. We react by stretching our existing financial resources and rolling up our sleeves and volunteering. We respond by Giving, Advocating, and Volunteering. We LIVE UNITED. Delyn Ellis, Board Chair

Tim Ausmus William Bronson Brian Carson Celeste Creswell Bill Davies Juanita Edwards Howard Elder Delyn Ellis Haley Fletcher Jim Gordon Angela Moss Gordy David Gregg Kim Harper Jim Hawkins David Jolly Brenda Knowles Lori McDaniel Shawn Molsberger Matthew Moore Monica Palacios Tom Pinson Brian Ramsey Pat Sain Kevin Sanders David Simmons Tom E. Starnes Jerry Watkins Lynn Whitworth Audrey Williams

Shaw Industries, Inc. Dalton Daily Citizen Mohawk Industries, Inc. Miller and Martin, PLLC BB&T Community Volunteer J&J Industries Shaw Industries, Inc. Tandus Community Volunteer Angela Gordy, CPA Alliance National Bank Beaulieu of America Dalton Public Schools J&J Industries Shaw Industries, Inc. Dalton Utilities Hamilton Health Care System Shaw Industries, Inc. La Voz Dalton Parks & Recreation Shaw Industries, Inc. Material Handling, Inc. Shaw Industries, Inc. Wells Fargo Community Volunteer Morehouse Group Brown Industries Whitfield County Schools

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UNITED WAY supports programs that give kids a solid start.

YOUR GIFT WILL: • Enhance school readiness and strengthen family dynamics • Provide mentoring, safe places to play, tutoring, and leadership development • Keep youth on track for school, work, and life Prevent child abuse

Your United Way investment of $1,000 provides two children with kindergarten readiness through a high quality preschool.



nvest in your daughter and the child sitting in the desk next to her. From the time Arianna was two years old, Ms. Carol from Family Support Council, a United Way agency, visited Arianna and her grandmother, Barbara, Arianna’s primary caregiver. Ms. Carol helped Arianna through her formative years. When Arianna had difficulties learning her colors, Ms. Carol suggested that Barbara start pointing out the colors of food that Arianna liked best. Ice cream became the teaching tool, as Arianna learned to associate “pink” with strawberry ice cream and “brown” with chocolate. When Arianna started school, her teacher was impressed by Arianna’s kindergarten readiness skills. Your gift to United Way helps children enter kindergarten ready to succeed. United Way Funded Programs that Impact Education 4-H Clubs, Murray Big Brothers Big Sisters Boys and Girls Club Boy Scouts Family Frameworks Family Support Council Friendship House Girl Scouts United Way Readers, Tutors, and Mentors Whitfield-Dalton Day Care

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BASIC NEEDS UNITED WAY stabilizes families in crisis by supporting basic needs.

YOUR GIFT WILL: • Provide food, shelter, and utilities for families facing homelessness • Help those coping with domestic violence, drug addiction, and teen pregnancy

Your United Way investment of $1,000 prevents homelessness for 40 families by providing transitional housing.



pon a routine check-up, James Robbs’ doctor reached over and took his hand. James was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He had to retire after 30 years of working with a Dalton company to cope with his illness. After undergoing treatment, James found he was spending his entire monthly budget on mounting medical bills and could no longer afford to pay his monthly rent. He faced the threat of homelessness. James contacted the Salvation Army, a United Way partner agency, which provided him with food assistance, getting his bills up to date, and budgeting. Seven years ago, James was given two weeks to live without treatment. However, thanks to the generosity of United Way investors, James was able to stay comfortably in his home throughout recovery and is currently beating cancer and enjoying retirement. Your gift to United Way prevents homelessness and hunger for those in need in Northwest Georgia. United Way Funded Programs that Impact Basic Needs American Red Cross Carter Hope Center NW GA Family Crisis Center United Way Community Connections /211 Salvation Army

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HEALTH UNITED WAY provides independence for the elderly and people with special needs.

YOUR GIFT WILL: • Provide meals for the elderly, adult daycare, and support for families battling dementia • Assist children with birth defects and those needing speech and hearing services • Support adults with mental and physical disabilities

Your United Way investment of $1,000 provides 337 meals for homebound elderly.



unice has lived in Northwest Georgia for over thirty years, spending time in her garden and preparing big meals for her family. Five years ago, Eunice began suffering from arthritis and was forced to give up her beloved hobbies. She was unable to prepare a hot, healthy meal due to the pain in her hands. Fortunately, Eunice received help from Meals on Wheels, a United Way partner agency that provides nutritious meals to homebound elderly. Now Eunice never goes hungry and enjoys a bright moment in her day when a friendly Meals on Wheels volunteer delivers her food. Your gift to United Way fights hunger and ensures that our elderly remain independent.

United Way Funded Programs that Impact Health Alzheimer’s Association Cross Plains Community Partner Boehm Birth Defects Center RossWoods Meals on Wheels - NGCAA Murray Co. Developmental Center

Looper Speech & Hearing Center United Way Play 60

TRUSTWORTHY United Way sets high standards for conduct. Investors and volunteers trust United Way to be a good steward of their investments.

% OF CONTRIBUTIONS SPENT ON PROGRAMS United Way of NWGA Program Expenses BBB Non-Profit Standard*

United Way gives you the confidence that your investment will be used where it’s truly needed, impacting the entire circle of life.

NUMBER OF PEOPLE HELPED Agency Alzheimer’s Association American Red Cross Big Brothers Big Sisters Boehm Birth Defects Center Boy Scouts Boys and Girls Club Carter Hope Center Community Connections/211 Cross Plains Community Partner Family Frameworks Family Support Council 4-H Murray Friendship House Girl Scouts Looper Speech and Hearing Meals on Wheels Murray Co. Developmental Center NW GA Family Crisis Center RossWoods Salvation Army United Way Volunteer Center Whitfield-Dalton Day Care

Whitfield 1,398 1,113 1,432 46 2,030 856 45 23,851 78 1,221 12,783 270 1,038 593 288 5 767 81 10,913 2,437 439

87% 65% *The Better Business Bureau recommends that non-profits spend at least 65% of total expenses on program activities. United Way of NW Georgia spends $0.87 of each invested dollar to directly help those in need.


Murray 278 8,066 101 12 226 498 9 11,926 10 342 3,559 1,142 16 232 235 128 35 276 15 2,886 1,227 5

Over 80 United Way Community Investment Volunteers regularly assess the most urgent needs and set priorities for action. United Way has the capacity and experience to see long-term trends, identify and respond to emerging issues, and put resources in place for optimum results. Donating to United Way is made easy by payroll deduction where your gift is leveraged to bring additional resources to the community.


Bryan Macon, President of Dorsett Industries, has been a member of the Alexis de Toqueville Society for 12 years and served as the United Way Board Chair from 2000 – 2002.

Alexis de Tocqueville Philanthropists whose generous investments of $10,000 or more are the cornerstone of United Way and demonstrate significant commitment to our community.

Kevin Sanders, Vice-President of Shaw Hospitality Group at Shaw Industries, is the 2012 United Way Campaign Chairman. Kevin has increased his leadership gift by more than 5% every year.

Leadership Circle Active community investors who make personal gifts from $1,000 - $9,999 annually.

Lynn Whitworth, owner of Brown Industries, is a long time member of Alexis de Toqueville and is helping start United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council.

Matthew Moore, Legal Counsel at Shaw Industries, is the Chair of United Way’s Young Leaders Society. He and his wife Tracy joined Young Leaders in 2007. Matthew’s grandfather, Harry Moore, chaired the United Way campaign in 1961.

Women’s Leadership Council Community-minded women of influence who generously support United Way with gifts of $1,000 or more annually.

Young Leaders Society

Lasting Legacy Remember United Way of Northwest Georgia in your estate plans and will. Planned gifts allow you to make a lasting impact on those in need over an extended period of time while taking advantage of many benefits: reduce your taxes, conserve your family’s wealth, fulfill your charitable goals, and improve thousands of lives in Northwest Georgia.

Young Leaders Society is designed to further philanthropy and volunteerism for young professionals in their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s who are beginning their philanthropy with a minimum gift of $365 and growing to $1,000+ as their careers progress.


Payroll deduction from your employer Bank draft Credit card/ Check/ Cash

Publicly traded stocks and securities Online at Direct billing Remembering United Way in your will and estate plans



Kevin Sanders, 2012-2013 Campaign Chairman, reads to children at Friendship House, a United Way partner agency.



The United Way 211 Information and Referral service connects those in need of assistance with people who want to help. United Way 211 is staffed by trained, bilingual call center specialists who assist callers by using the most comprehensive database of social services in our community. Dial 211 to get help, to give help, or to volunteer!

UNITED WAY of Northwest Georgia’s mission: To improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our communities in Northwest Georgia.

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United Way of Northwest Georgia 816 S. Thornton Ave. P.O. Box 566 Dalton, GA 30722 tel. 706.226.4357

2012 Giving Guide  
2012 Giving Guide  

United Way of Northwest Georgia's 2012 Giving Guide