After a record breaking campaign last year, the United Way of Toombs, Montgomery and Wheeler Counties is off to a strong start this year.


Vidalia, GA (September 15, 2016) – More than 225 citizens gathered at the Vidalia First Bapt. Church to kick off the annual campaign for United Way of the Toombs/Montgomery/Wheeler Co. and celebrate what the organization does to improve lives in our community. The energized crowd of United Way supporters gathered for lunch where this year’s campaign lunch where this year’s campaign chair, Joel Hussey, Co-Chair Thomas Bowers, announced the sky-high goal of $605,000. Contributions to the 2017 United Way campaign ensure that every child has potential to succeed, adults can provide for their families, and everyone can lead a healthy life.

After a record breaking campaign last year, the United Way of Toombs, Montgomery and Wheeler Counties is off to a strong start this year.

Last year the campaign raised $572,000 for 23 community service agencies and this year’s campaign chairman, Joel Hussey, is confident this year’s goal of $605,000 will be met.

Pacemaker collections were tabulated at the campaign’s kickoff and Hussey reported, “We’re at 65.8% of our goal right now.  Because of what just happened here, the people here and how our community comes together to help the United Way, I believe we can do it.”


United Way Executive Director Patricia Dixon says 99% of the money donated is spent locally, “We have complete control over that and nobody outside of our three counties can tell us where to use those funds.  We’re just there to help somebody who hits a hard spot in the road and needs a hand up and not a hand out.”

During the luncheon, local businesses reported results from their campaigns that were conducted in early August. These “Pacesetters” got a head start on their campaigns in order to set a high bar for the community as a whole.

The campaign has already raised $375,353 with contributions from employees of $145,163 from Trane, $80,000 from Plant Hatch, $51,700 from Dot Foods, $30,000 from Meadows Regional Medical Center, $17,500 from TUMI and $10,000 from Vidalia City Schools.

Fund raisers so far have generated $18,585 from Dancing Wtih the Stars, $14,465 from the Spring golf tournament and $8,000 from the test rides at Vidalia Ford.

The work the United Way does in this community is far reaching and creates lasting, positive change by addressing critical issues such as family financial stability and early childhood education  It’s crucial for everyone  to share the message of United Way’s impact on our community and, most importantly, BE THE ONE to give, advocate, or volunteer to make a difference.

United Way funds more than 23  non-profit organizations in our three county service area – Toombs, Montgomery, Wheeler.  Priority funding goes to successful programs in the impact areas of Education & Youth Development, Economic Independence, and Health & Wellness.

United Way campaign will run from September 8th through November 10th.