Dear United Way,

As the holiday season approaches, there are working families in our community facing challenges and uncertainties. Many are diligently striving to make ends meet, yet circumstances can shift in an instant. Let me share a story with you that represents the families in Central Georgia who need our support during this time.

Melanie, a remarkable single mother of two, is currently working, but only getting 20-25 hours a week. She's doing everything she can to provide the best quality of life for her family. However, she faced an unexpected setback when her children's daycare temporarily closed due to code violations in August this year. This circumstance forced her to spend extra money on a babysitter to watch her children while she worked. With rent increases, reduced work hours, and other financial obligations, she's unsure how she'll be able to give her kids the Christmas she hopes for them.

This holiday season, families like Melanie's need our support to ensure that their holiday season is filled with hope and happiness. Your generosity can make all the difference in providing them with a joyful and memorable holiday season.

Here are a few ways you can get involved:

Giving Tuesday for Brookdale: Let's come together as a community on November 28, 2023, for Giving Tuesday, to ensure that every child and family at Brookdale Resource Center experiences the warmth, joy, and hope of the holiday season. Our goal this year is to raise $10,000 to bring joy to children and families who need it the most at Brookdale Resource Center.

Donations can be made here

Glad Rags Golf Tournament: Join us for the 14th annual Glad Rags Golf Tournament, hosted in partnership with the Gibson Family Foundation. This tournament was founded with a mission to help deserving families experiencing financial difficulties by force of circumstance. Your participation will make a meaningful impact this holiday season.

Register to play here

United Way Jeff Smith Auto Raffle: Your participation in our 16th annual auto raffle not only gives you a chance to win a brand new car but also directly benefits programs and initiatives that uplift working families in Central Georgia, enabling them to reach their full potential and thrive.

Purchase your tickets here

Your contribution matters, and it's a beautiful way to share the spirit of the season. Thank you for your continued support!

With heartfelt gratitude,

George McCanless

President & CEO

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: United to End Homelessness

United to End Homelessness has joined forces with the Macon-Bibb Emergency Management Agency to tackle encampments in our region. Our collaborative team, featuring homeless service providers, mental health professionals, and law enforcement, assesses and prioritizes responses based on public health and safety. We're mapping known encampment locations and developing resources in partnership with code enforcement, the Department of Public Health, and River Edge. Our outreach efforts and encampment decommissioning ensure a holistic approach to this pressing issue. Your support is invaluable as we work together to make a positive impact on homelessness in our community.

Learn more about United to End Homelessness

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