The United Way of Bryan County kicked off its 2011 “Everyday Heroes Make a Difference” campaign Tuesday by hosting a special luncheon at the Dixie Harn Community Center in Pembroke.
The campaign, which boasts the big red thermometers, is set to raise more than $8.2 million through November in Bryan, Liberty, Chatham and Effingham counties, the four counties that comprise the United Way of the Coastal Empire.
Bryan County’s goal for the campaign is $72,000, which Bryan County Campaign Chairman Scott Alexander described as very “modest and achievable.”
Money raised will help keep Bryan County programs like the Teen Line, Clothes line, Shepherd’s Supper and Ready, Set, Grow alive, he said.
“We put an emphasis on programs for education, health and wellness, economic independence and basic human needs,” United Way of the Coastal Empire Director Greg Schroeder said.
The guest speaker was Kate Jacobs, director of programs for the United Way of the Coastal Empire Big Brothers Big Sisters. She told attendees of the importance of that program throughout the Coastal Empire and said how the theme of the 2011 campaign worked with the Big-Little program.
Read more in the Sept. 17 edition of the News