“We’ll have live music, coffee, donuts and cookies and lots of celebration,” said United Way of Bartow County President Brenda Morehouse. “It’s a place to get excited about kicking off the campaign.”
Morehouse said throughout the kickoff, there will be live broadcasts from WBHF Radio and a special message from chair Fred Kittle.
Kittle said United Way does a great deal for many local organizations, with the support of a hard-working board of directors, to help raise money and awareness.
He said support from the community is vital as well.
“Everybody wants to help as long as they know where it’s going and you give them a chance to plug in,” Kittle said. “It’s just in our county’s DNA.”
Morehouse said Kittle, who serves as a board member for the Bartow County School System, is a great fit as chair given that United Way is a strong supporter of education.
“One of the main focuses of United Way is education [so] we figure it all ties together,” Morehouse said. “We are happy to have Fred working with the campaign this year.”
Morehouse said the goal of this year’s campaign is $510,000 and she hopes the community will rally to help reach the mark.
“We hope to blow it out of the water,” Morehouse said.
The campaign runs from Sept. 1 through Nov. 30 and Morehouse said there are many ways to donate, either through personal donations or the popular payroll deduction program, in which several local businesses take part.
Morehouse said the payroll deduction program is a great option because it allows companies to unite employees and give back to the community they serve.
“I encourage all businesses in Bartow County to give their employees the opportunity to give [through payroll deduction],” Morehouse said. “Most people want to give. All you’ve got to do is ask them. It’s a good way to get employees on the same page.”
To find out how to involve your company in the payroll deduction plan or to donate to the campaign, call (770) 386-1677.