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a brighter future.


Annual Report


SUCCESS A Message from our Chairman


The foundation for success in school and life begins early. United Way invests in programs that enhance school readiness and strengthen family dynamics.

United Way programs provide food, shelter, and utilities for families facing homelessness. United Way helps those coping with domestic violence, drug addiction, and teen pregnancy become self-sufficient.

s I reflect on my years as Board Chairman, one theme comes to mind. Even during the most difficult economic times, the generosity of our community is something special. The willingness and desire of those around us to help one another in times of need - to LIVE UNITED - is nothing short of amazing. This can never be recognized enough. This year the United Way movement across the country celebrates 125 years. Our local United Way traces its roots back to the early 1940’s with The Empty Stocking Fund. From just a few hundred dollars to reaching this year’s goal of $3.25 million - our heritage is strong. Thank you to Bill Davies and his campaign team for the amazing job you did in another difficult economic year. Thank you to the 3,664 volunteers who rolled up their sleeves and made a $653,616 impact on our community through volunteerism. Thank you to our United Way agencies who delivered vital services. Thank you to the staff at United Way for your hard work and dedication to the mission. As you review our Annual Report, take a moment to reflect. This report is just a snapshot of the extraordinary things occurring with United Way’s work to meet the education, basic needs, and health of Northwest Georgians each and every day. The real magic happens when someone like you cares enough to put service above self to mentor a child, deliver a hot meal to homebound elderly, or council a victim of domestic violence. Thank you for being a part of the magic. LIVE UNITED. Brian Ramsey, Board Chairman

2011 Board of Directors United Way programs provide meals for the elderly, adult day services and respite for families battling dementia. United Way funded agencies assist children with birth defects, those needing speech and hearing services, as well as developmentally and physically disabled adults.

Tim Ausmus William Bronson Brian Carson Chester Chaffin Celeste Creswell Lee Daniel Bill Davies Juanita Edwards Howard Elder Delyn Ellis

Haley Fletcher Angela Moss Gordy David Gregg Kim Harper Jim Hawkins David Jolly Brenda Knowles Donna Mayo Lori McDaniel Marybeth Meadows

Shawn Molsberger Matthew Moore Monica Palacios Tom Pinson Brian Ramsey David Simmons Tom E. Starnes Lynn Whitworth Audrey Williams

New United Way Board Member Orientation

March 30 Young Leaders Society volunteers paint the USA map at Dug Gap Elementary

Jan. 19

YLS Lunch with Leaders: David Jolly & the J&J Industries’ Leadership team


Kiwanis- United Way Youth Volunteer Awards

May 2

Young Leaders Society volunteers at the National Manufacturing Summit

United Way Community Investment volunteers begin allocation process


May 19

March 23

March 18

June & July

Jan. 20 MLK Service Project: paint a mural & the conference room at Family Support Council

March 22

United Way Annual Meeting and Volunteer Awards

April 28

May 3

BOARDWALK for the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Leaders Class

United Way Board of Directors Retreat

April 29

United Way mobilizes citizens to coordinate relief for tornado victims


Community Investment volunteers have budget conferences with partner agencies

Teens volunteer with United Way at Volunteer Vacation day camp in Whitfield & Murray counties

Aug. 24 Aug. 15

Sept. 13

Bill Davies, Campaign Chair, kicks-off the 2011 campaign at Ryman Hall and at the Superhero Sprint through downtown Dalton

Aug. 26

United Way ensures successful continuation of food bank services in Murray County

United Way Board approves 2012 funding to partners

Dec. 17-24

Nov. 17

Oct. 28

Oct. 21-22

United Way Black Bear Festival & 5k in Chatsworth

Young Leaders Society Lunch with Leaders at IVC US

Oct. 26

United Way launches goal to recruit 100 new readers, tutors, and mentors at Dalton City Hall

Nov. 3

Oct. 22-23

Oct. 11

BOARDWALK: non-profit board service training for volunteers

Four AmeriCorps VISTA members begin service with United Way and are placed at Spring the following schools: Eton Elementary, Dawnville Community Elementary, Eastside Investment Elementary, and with Dalton volunteers tour Public Schools literacy program. agencies

Shaw HR Team paints Cross Plains & the Family Crisis Center

Make a Difference Day, sponsored by Mohawk Industries, mobilizes 571 volunteers who gave 2,229 hours of service

Agency tours for corporate groups

United Way helps with Holiday Assistance through Sharing is Caring & Murray Community Christmas

United Way leads the creation of the Community Volunteers Active in Disasters (CVAD)

Nov. 4

Five AmeriCorps VISTA members begin service with United Way and are placed at the following: the Career Academy, Southeast High School, Morris Innovative, Friendship House, and Whitfield-Dalton Daycare

Oct. 12

The United Way Young Leaders Society helps bring Rebecca Ryan to Dalton to share about recruiting & retaining young professionals

Feb. 2012

Campaign Chairman Bill Davies announces goal attainment: $3.25 million

United Way connects 35,777 individuals with assistance through the Information and Referral Program

By Dec. 31

2011 United Way Community Investments by Focus Area 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/UW 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

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

• United Way surpasses the pledge goal of $3.25 million. • United Way connects 35,777 individuals with assistance through our Information & Referral program.

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 31,224

33% Basic Needs

48% Education



Receipts Campaign Pledges

$ 2,945,619

Other Income

84,140 $ 3,029,759


Disbursements and Expenses Program Expenses Fundraising Administration

$ 2,658,272 167,393 201,014


$ 3,026,679

Change in Net Assets



• United Way mobilizes 3,664 volunteers who give 30,600 hours of their time. This translates to a community impact of $653,616.* *based on the Independent Sector value of a volunteer hour

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United Way Annual Report 2011  

United Way of Northwest Georgia Annual Report

United Way Annual Report 2011  

United Way of Northwest Georgia Annual Report