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UW campaign under way, seeks support
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Dear editor: The Bryan County Office of United Way of the Coastal Empire has kicked off its 2011 campaign with a goal of $72,000. The enthusiasm and energy is contagious! Our theme is “Everyday Heroes” – because even a modest gift of time, money or advocacy can make a difference.
Already, we’re seeing acts of everyday heroism in the tremendous support of the employees of Bryan County, Richmond Hill, Pembroke and the Bryan County Board of Education. Bryan Bank and Trust, our pacesetter heroes this year, has conducted its campaign with outstanding results. Hobart Corp. and its employees are demonstrating a level of energy and creativity that’s inspirational.
Bryan County has donated the use of a Richmond Hill building for United Way, Family Connection and other agencies and programs. Last weekend, 38 volunteers, employees of Gulfstream, cleaned and prepped the building for painting. Thank you. You are everyday heroes.
But there’s much to be done. So far, we’ve received pledges totaling about 10 percent of our goal. As you plan charitable donations for 2011, consider:
• One gift to United Way can impact as many as 120 programs and services like Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, YMCA, Rape Crisis Center, Family Connection and Helen’s Haven Children’s Advocacy Center.
.• Each year, the benefits received by Bryan County residents exceed the amount raised within Bryan County.
• You can designate specific programs to receive your contribution or you can specify that your gift will be used within Bryan County.
• The majority of United Way’s administrative costs already are covered. Your gift goes to the people who need your help.
• Bryan County United Way sponsors programs like Shepherd’s Supper, delivering meals to low-income elderly and disabled recipients; the Clothes Line and Teen Line, offering no-cost and low-cost clothing; and Ready, Set, Grow, providing literacy, GED and life-skills training.
I’m honored to chair this year’s local campaign, and I hope you’ll join me in helping a neighbor in need. Call area director Janice Blunt at 653-5344 to find out how you can help. Visit to learn more or donate online (no matter how modestly). Be a hero. Together we can make a difference.

Thank you,
Scott K. Alexander
2011 campaign chair, United Way of the Costal Empire,
Bryan County Office

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