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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Agencies that get money from the United Way of Southwest Georgia will only get about half the money they expected this year because donations are down so much.

The United Way sent e-mails to all 42-partner agencies Tuesday afternoon informing them of the bad news. In 2008, most of those agencies saw increases for the first time in a long time, but with donations already down $400,000 this year and unexpected layoffs at Cooper Tire there just isn't enough funding to go around.

"We can't determine what it is because people continue to layoff and this has never happened at this level before," said Dwayne Myles, United Way Director.

The United Way is also bracing for another cut in donations that could come later this year from one of their biggest supporters Procter and Gamble. P&G announced last month they would cut 300 jobs, possible by the end of summer. The United Way has also cut their staff to make up for the shortfalls.

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