United Way gives thousands of dollars to organizations in Southwest GA

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - United Way awarded  $80,000 in grants to organizations that helped with disaster relief in Southwest Georgia after the January storms last year at its awards program and annual meeting on Monday.

United Way CEO LaKisha Bryant Bruce said the grants were given to seven organizations who helped answer their 211 helplines during last year's storms.

Bruce said the groups can now use the large grants to continue to help United Way when they get calls to the referral line.

United Way, with the help of the organizations, will answer calls from the line and will get people the help they need, like it did during the storms.

"But it's equally exciting to be able to say we've got some extra funds that are going into the community because there's always a need in Southwest Georgia, specifically right here in Dougherty County. So it's exciting to know that we've got seven organizations that are going to help us when we get calls to the 211 referral line," said Bruce.

The nonprofits who received the grants are the First United Methodist Church, Cutliff Grove Family Resource Center, Inc., The Lord's Pantry, Mission Change, Neighbor's in Need, St. Claire's and Mt. Olive Outreach Center.

United Way also gave out six awards to companies and organizations in Southwest Georgia at the meeting Monday.

Bruce said these companies have raised a lot of money for charity and for United Way this year.

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