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Released On: 7/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
Columbus, GA –On Monday, July 21, the “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive concluded with a celebration as volunteers stuffed United Way partner agency vans and buses with school supplies at Char-Broil. A total of 88 volunteers began sorting school supplies on Tuesday, July 15 in preparation for the distribution to United Way partner agencies.
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Released On: 6/20/2014 12:00:00 AM
One of the best parts about getting ready for the start of the school year is picking out new school supplies, but with a number of families in the Chattahoochee Valley living in poverty, some can’t afford the necessary materials. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count, 16 to 48 percent of families with children under 18 years old living within the United Way footprint, live below the federal poverty level.
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Released On: 5/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
United Way’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the funding recommendations of the volunteer teams.
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Released On: 2/14/2014 12:00:00 AM
United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley celebrated a record-breaking campaign total Thursday night, at Columbus State University’s Riverside Theatre. Heath Taylor, Russell County Sheriff 2013 Campaign Chair, announced to a crowd of nearly 200 donors and volunteers that United Way raised $7,030,034 through its 2013 annual campaign, surpassing its goal of $7 million by $30,034 and setting a record for the highest amount raised in its campaign history. The United Way also manages the Combined Federal Campaign at Fort Benning, which raised an additional $623,146.98 this year.

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Released On: 12/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was noted at today’s United Way report meeting that the campaign is at $6,221,072 or 88.9 percent of the goal. It was the last report meeting for the 2013 campaign. The report meeting was held at Goodwill Opportunity Center to discuss the progress of the campaign. United Way’s campaign cabinet and loaned executives met to discuss their accomplishments and obstacles during the campaign.
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Released On: 12/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Columbus, GA (December 5, 2013) – United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley announced it will offer the Coast2Coast RX discount card. As the cost of prescription drugs continue to climb, this new Rx card will offer persons the prospect to save on prescriptions as well as other health related expenditures. The discount prescription card program will offer better health-related benefits to consumers. It is a resource that can increase health and financial stability for all of Georgia.
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Released On: 9/11/2013 3:18:29 PM
Two Live United Youth Council members will attend a briefing and discussion on in-and out-of-school supports for student success at The White House on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 2:30pm. Emily Flatt and Gracen Wood, Columbus High School seniors, will attend the Student United Way Leadership Retreat in Alexandria, VA, September 6-8, which is funded through a grant. They will be accompanied by United Way staff, Candace Poole, campaign associate, and Brittney Barefield, accountant.
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Released On: 9/3/2013 9:51:03 AM

United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley kicked off its 2013 fundraising campaign today at the Columbus Georgia Convention and Trade Center. About 1,000 community and business leaders attended this year’s luncheon. Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor, 2013 Campaign Chair, along with Scott Ferguson, President of United Way announced a community goal of $7 million. This represents an increase of $200,000 over last year’s goal of $6.8 million. United Way feels confident with the volunteer leadership in place and community support the goal is attainable.

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Released On: 7/23/2013 10:45:14 AM
United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley is pleased to announce nine new members of the Board of Directors.

"Our United Way's strength is found in its volunteer leadership,” said Scott Ferguson, President & CEO of United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley.  “These new board members represent the diversity of knowledge, experience and expertise we need as we increase our focus on our community's greatest needs. We're proud to have these passionate and enthusiastic leaders join the team." Learn More
Released On: 5/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley announced today it will award funding to 50 local programs through 27 agencies, raising the total community investment to nearly 3% more than last year. 

United Way’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the funding recommendations of the 62 Community Investment volunteers and 8 financial review volunteers. Three new programs, Chattahoochee Valley Jail Ministry’s Trinity House of Columbus, Open Door Community House’s Circles in Columbus Program, and Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services’ Truancy Intervention Program, were approved for funding this year.  Learn More
Released On: 4/29/2013 12:00:00 AM

Today the Live United Youth Council, a program of United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, presented a check to The Family Center of Columbus – FAST (Families & Schools Together) Program for $2,210 and Open Door Community House - Mathews Promise Academy – R.E.A.C.H. Program $2,210.

The Live United Youth Council (LUYC) is comprised of fifteen high school juniors and seniors attending schools in our area.  LUYC is in its second year and includes students from Phenix City, Muscogee and Harris County School Districts, as well as Glenwood, Pacelli, and Brookstone. 

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Released On: 4/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Every year in our region something remarkable happens – thousands of individuals and companies donate money to help our friends and neighbors in need here at home and then volunteers work hard to invest those funds to specific programs within agencies across the valley. 

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Released On: 4/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Leadership Columbus has installed a new Born Learning Trail at Boxwood Community Center. With the installation of this trail, United Way has installed 9 Born Learning trails in the Chattahoochee Valley. The Born Learning Tail is a fun, easy way for parents and caregivers to use outings to build learning that is critical for school readiness. Learn More
Released On: 4/9/2013 12:00:00 AM

On Saturday, April 13, local middle-school students from the Live United Youth Camp will have the opportunity to give back to the community and participate in Global Youth Service Day. Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is the largest service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth.


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Released On: 3/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley and the FamilyWize Community Service Partnership have teamed up to make prescriptions more affordable for those without insurance or even those who have insurance that doesn’t cover their medicine. FamilyWize cards have provided needed relief with great success, saving 5,127 people in our community more than $421,890 on the cost of their medicine.  Learn More
Released On: 2/15/2013 12:00:00 AM

Sixteearea 7th graders will have the opportunity to experience homelessness as United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley hosts the fourth annual Live United Youth Camp, which is sponsored by Aflac. One student from each of the 12 Muscogee County Middle Schools, Faith Middle School at Fort Benning, Harris County Carver Middle School, St. Luke and St. Anne Pacelli will attend the camp. 


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Released On: 10/19/2012 12:00:00 AM
Columbus, GA (October 19, 2012)In the 2012-13 campaign’s second report gathering today at the United Way office, United Way volunteers, were told their pledge totals now stand at $2,499,108 or 36.4% percent of the goal. Learn More
Released On: 10/9/2012 12:00:00 AM
It was reported at today’s United Way report meeting that the campaign is at $1,998,974, or 29.3 percent of the goal.  The report meeting was held at Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers to discuss the progress of the campaign. Learn More
Released On: 6/28/2012 9:24:31 AM
Run for the Valley on September 15, 2012 and support United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley!
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Released On: 5/31/2012 12:00:00 AM

Today, the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley released the results of the 2012-2013 Community Investment process. Based on recommendations from 74 community volunteers, 50 programs provided by 26 agencies who serve the eight-county area will receive $4,948,677 (funding is provided July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013). The program investment plus donor designations and other grants are $5,021,101.  

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Released On: 3/1/2012 12:00:00 AM

United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, in partnership with the city of Columbus, appoints Christie Bevis as the executive director for the 10—year Plan to End Homelessness. To accomplish the 10-year Plan to End Homelessness, the city of Columbus’s task force on homelessness was established and Columbus State University’s Cunningham Center for Leadership Development was commissioned to prepare the plan.

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Released On: 2/16/2012 12:00:00 AM

Columbus, GA (February 17, 2012) David Passman, 2011 Campaign Chair announced to a crowd of over 200 donors and volunteers at the campaign celebration that the goal of $6,600,000 was reached for a total raised of $$6,636,544.

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Released On: 2/16/2012 12:00:00 AM

United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley held a campaign celebration for Phenix City on Monday evening at the Central Activity Center. Sheriff Heath Taylor, 2011 Phenix City campaign chair, announced during the campaign celebration that the donors of Phenix City raised $346,242 for the 2011 United Way Campaign, exceeding its goal by $46,000. 

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Released On: 12/19/2011 8:13:06 AM
As we celebrate the beginning of the holiday season by giving thanks for the many blessings in our lives- for our friends and family that surround us, I write this letter to remind us all of yet another reason why we all should be thankful this holiday season: United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley.
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Released On: 12/19/2011 8:09:50 AM
 It was reported at today’s United Way report meeting that the campaign is at $ 6,219,920 or 94.2 percent of the goal. Learn More
Released On: 11/18/2011 9:32:18 AM
 It was reported at today’s United Way report meeting that the campaign is at $ 4,584,018, 69.5 percent of the goal.  The report meeting was held at Lieutenant’s in Hollywood Connection/Ritz 13 to discuss the progress of the campaign. United Way’s campaign cabinet met to discuss their accomplishments and obstacles during the campaign. Learn More
Released On: 10/24/2011 10:39:28 AM
It was reported at today’s United Way meeting that the campaign is at 36.4% percent of the goal, for a total raised to date of $2,404,631.  The report meeting was held at Lieutenant’s in the Hollywood Connection/Ritz 13 to discuss the progress of the campaign.
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Released On: 10/13/2011 9:13:53 AM
United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley will kick off its student United Way program with the first meeting on Thursday, October 13 at 4 p.m. at Easter Seals. Fourteen students from area high schools have been chosen as the inaugural Live United Youth Council.
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Released On: 10/7/2011 9:12:10 AM
It was reported at today’s United Way report meeting that the campaign is at $1,890,759, 28.6 percent of the goal.  The report meeting was held at Lieutenant’s in Hollywood Connection/Ritz 13 to discuss the progress of the campaign.
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Released On: 9/19/2011 12:00:00 AM

Russell County, AL- If you ever wanted to get back at a Russell County sheriff's deputy for that speeding ticket Friday was your chance.

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Released On: 9/1/2011 12:00:00 AM
More than 1,000 guest attended United Way's Kick Off at the Columbus Georgia Convention and Trade Center Thursday, September 1st.  Learn More
Released On: 8/26/2011 2:54:07 PM
Columbus Water Work's Run for the Valley Learn More
Released On: 2/18/2011 12:00:00 AM
The United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley is hosting the second annual Live United Youth Camp for fourteen area 7th grade students, one from each of the twelve Muscogee County School District middle schools, Faith Middle School at Fort Benning and St. Anne Pacelli School.
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Released On: 8/26/2010 12:00:00 AM
In good spirits, City Manager Isaiah Hugley, on behalf of all Columbus Consolidated Government employees, has “challenged” City Manager Wallace Hunter and employees of Phenix City Government to a United Way City Challenge. The “challenge” was presented today during the Columbus Consolidated Government campaign kick off at the Columbus Georgia Convention and Trade Center.
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Released On: 7/2/2010 12:00:00 AM
Today, the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley released the results of the 2010-2011 Community Investment process. Based on recommendations from community volunteers, 49 programs provided by 26 agencies who serve the eight-county area will receive $4,990,639 funding is provided July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011). These programs and funding amount is in addition to $54,801 to Columbus Hospice and Goodwill, and $36,826 that was designated for other local community agencies as part of the 2009 campaign.
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Released On: 5/13/2010 12:00:00 AM
The United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley is kicking off an initiative to recognize and promote philanthropic giving to, and involvement in United Way, among women. The Women’s Leadership Initiative’s goal is to unite women and demonstrate their ability to effect positive change as philanthropists, role models, mentors and leaders in the community.
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Released On: 5/6/2010 12:00:00 AM
The United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, Tocqueville Society was recognized last week in Washington D.C. for having the highest percentage of donors who increased their giving more than 10 percent in 2009. Last year, 34 percent of the local Tocqueville Society (88 members) increased their contribution to United Way. The members pledged $1,585,000, which is 23 percent of the 2009 United Way campaign. (The United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley was recognized in the category of serving an area of 300,000 - 500,000 people.)
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Released On: 4/25/2010 12:00:00 AM
Local artist Derek McCrae is donating 30 percent of his proceeds from an online art auction to United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley. The online art auction to benefit the organization is through April 25.
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Released On: 4/23/2010 12:00:00 AM
Youth from the Chattahoochee Valley are invited to reach out in their communities to make a difference during Students Care Day April 23-25. Part of the worldwide Global Youth Service Day, the campaign celebrates and encourages youth to make a positive impact in their community by volunteering.
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Released On: 4/19/2010 12:00:00 AM
Six high school students are painting two rooms at the Muscogee County Autism Hope Center. An additional 20 middle school students, with adults leaders, will pack food boxes at the Feeding the Valley Food Bank.
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Released On: 4/19/2010 12:00:00 AM
The United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley will recognize more than 50 donors who have been supporting the United Way for more than two decades during a breakfast celebration. Sam Rawls, president, Knight-Rawls, Inc., will speak during the program.
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Released On: 2/18/2010 12:00:00 AM
Billy Blanchard, 2009 Campaign Chair announced to a crowd in excess of 200 at the campaign celebration that the goal of $6,450,000 was exceeded by over $218,725 for a total raised of $6,668,725.
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Released On: 2/18/2010 12:00:00 AM
Columbus, GA (February 18, 2010) Dr. Tim Mescon, 2010 Campaign Chair announced to a crowd of over 300 donors and volunteers at the campaign celebration that the goal of $6,500,000 was exceeded by over $250,000 for a total raised of $6,753,365.
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Released On: 9/4/2009 12:00:00 AM
By ALLISON KENNEDY
Ledger-Enquirer

Kjrsten Letourneaux put a face on United Way on Thursday, as the annual Chattahoochee Valley campaign kicked off in the ballroom of the Columbus Convention & Trade Center.
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Released On: 9/3/2009 12:00:00 AM
September 3, 2009
11:30 a.m.
Columbus Georgia Convention and Trade Center Ballroom To make reservations call Geri at 706-327-3255, ext. 214
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Released On: 8/21/2009 12:00:00 AM
By Cheryl Rodewig / The Bayonet

The Combined Federal Campaign will kick off at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 2 in the Benning Conference Center. The annual fundraising campaign for federal employees lasts through Oct. 16.
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Released On: 8/16/2009 12:00:00 AM
By Mike Haskey
Ledger-Enquirer

No task seemed too big or small for volunteers from Columbus State University who spread across the community Saturday morning during a “Day of Service.”
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Released On: 8/15/2009 12:00:00 AM
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By Katie Holland Posted on Sat, Aug. 15, 2009

This weekend Columbus State University will honor President Timothy Mescon with an inauguration ceremony in conjunction with the annual freshman convocation.
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Released On: 8/14/2009 12:00:00 AM
BY LARRY GIERER
Ledger-Enquirer
As part of the inauguration weekend, Columbus State University and United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley are partnering to provide a CSU Day of Service.
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Released On: 7/2/2009 12:00:00 AM
By: Chauncy Glover, wtvm.com

The Urban League in Columbus is scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to money, according to the Director Reginald Pugh.

He says donations are down and now they've taken a $125,000 hit, after the United Way cut off its contributions.
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Released On: 6/3/2009 12:00:00 AM
By Denise DuBois
Online Editor

United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley announced the recipients of the 2009-2010 grants recently. The Community Investment Grants are distributed in five different priority areas: Helping Children and Youth Succeed, Providing Basic Human Needs, Economic Independence, Promoting Health, Wellness and Healing and Disaster Relief and Access to Community Resources.
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Released On: 2/27/2009 12:00:00 AM
wtvm.com

In a world that has so much bad news these days it is good to hear some really great news.
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Released On: 2/23/2009 12:00:00 AM
Mr. Rob Doll, Rob Doll Nissan presents Mr. David Robinson of Buena Vista, Georgia with a 2008 Nissan Altima. Mr. Robinson won a two-year lease on the vehicle when his name was drawn at random from all eligible entries at the United Way Campaign Thank You Celebration on Feb. 23, 2008. Mr. Robinson was made eligible for the drawing by increasing his previous year’s pledge to $4 per week. He is employed at Tyson’s in Buena Vista Georgia.
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Released On: 1/28/2009 12:00:00 AM
BY DUSTY NIX

When Scott Ferguson, president of United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, observed Monday that “it’s tough out there,” he could have been referring strictly to the area his organization serves, or to the whole recession-shocked country. The “out there” where things are tough encompasses a lot of territory and a lot of people.
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Released On: 11/19/2008 12:00:00 AM
By Larry Gierer

The playground was built with children ages 2-5 in mind. A new addition now makes it a place for adults to play, as well. The United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley along with Aflac and the Columbus Consolidated Government have opened a Born Learning Trail at Shirley Winston Park on Steam Mill Road.
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Released On: 11/8/2008 12:00:00 AM
BY LARRY GIERER - lgierer@ledger-enquirer.com

When working to gather money pledges for the United Way during a campaign, workers are given different groups to collect from. Somebody has lawyers. Somebody has doctors. Others have accountants, schools, etc. Regular reports are given on what percentage of the goal each group has raised.
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Released On: 11/7/2008 12:00:00 AM
Organization has raised more than 46% of targeted $6.9M
BY LARRY GIERER - lgierer@ledger-enquirer.com
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Released On: 10/5/2008 12:00:00 AM
By ROBIN TRIMARCHI
Posted on Sun, Oct. 05, 2008
More than 150 students and adults volunteered their time and labor for Hands On Georgia Week.
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Released On: 9/18/2008 12:00:00 AM
BY ANDREA V. HERNANDEZ
Ledger-Enquirer
For busy people, doing volunteer work may be desirable, but almost impossible to fit in their schedule -- or so they think. Learn More
Released On: 9/5/2008 12:00:00 AM
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Goodwill, Red Cross, the YMCA, the Salvation Army, Second Harvest Food Bank and about 50 other local organizations and services receive funding through the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley.

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Released On: 1/1/2006 12:00:00 AM
                                           
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