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United Way on the way to reaching goal

November 10, 2005

Valdosta - There's a long road left to 1.25 million, but the Greater Valdosta United Way is confident they'll get there. "We are forever optimistic we're going to reach our goal," said Karen Costlow-Nolan, United Way Director.

After a rocky start to the campaign, things are finally picking up, and they're picking up fast. "The last week has been phenomenal in our office, the donations have poured in like nothing we've ever seen," said Costlow-Nolan.

Right now the count stands at about 700,000 dollars. That's about three percent lower than where they were this time last year, but Costlow-Nolan says it's not bad considering the recent hurricanes. "We've been put off in some of our presentations because of the hurricane relief efforts, we had utility companies who said we normally do this but we can't because most of our people are gone," said Costlow-Nolan.

With less than a month left in the campaign, the United Way still needs a lot more donations to reach their goal, and help fund programs in the 25 agencies they serve. The money goes towards everything from building Habitat for Humanity homes to feeding the hungry and providing mentoring services for kids. "These agencies could not survive without the United Way," said Jay Prince, Campaign Chair.

And most of the money stays local to help your friends and neighbors. "Ninety eight percent of that stays right here in our community, its not sent off to national, it stays at home and you're helping real people right here in our community," said Prince.

This year's campaign ends on December 3rd.

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