What is United Way?
United Way is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) agency that brings people together to help our community reach its full potential. Our local United Way of Northeast Georgia partners with local nonprofits, government agencies, policy-makers and businesses to motivate and mobilize resources to meet the highest priority needs of the people living in Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Franklin, Greene, Hart, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Oconee, and Oglethorpe counties.
United Way of Northeast Georgia works to create a region where every man, woman, and child has access to quality education, financial stability, and a healthy lifestyle. Since 1954, United Way of Northeast Georgia has had one mission – to advance the common good.
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Are United Ways related?
There are 1,800 community-based United Ways across the world and each is separately incorporated and independently governed by local volunteers. Many of these organizations are similar in their mission and structure, but have the ability to respond to needs in the local communities.
We are a part of and support the community impact goals of United Way Worldwide, an umbrella organization that addresses the same problems on a national and global level, and provides guidance, training and development services to local United Ways.
Contributions raised in our 12-county service area support local organizatins, and decisions about which programs to invest in and which partnerships to pursue are made here in our local community.
What’s the difference between designated and undesignated gifts?
A designated gift directs your gift to a specific fund. You can choose to direct your gifts to a specific United Way of Northeast Georgia pillar, a United Way of Northeast Georgia specific program (211 or Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Clarke or Oconee County), or the United Way Endowment Fund.
An undesignated gift allows you to help the most people and do the most good for our entire community, by taking advantage of United Way of Northeast Georgia’s thorough, research-based program selection that distributes money to the areas that need it most.
Why would I want to give an undesignated gift?
An undesignated gift to United Way of Northeast Georgia allows you to help more people than a gift to a single pillar or specific program could. Our community’s problems are interrelated and United Way of Northeast Georgia’s diversity of programs work to address the interrelated and complex causes of poverty and other social issues, and direct funds to the areas that need it most.
How is my donation used?
Donations are used to provide grants to programs in one of our three focus areas - basic needs, early childhood success, or workforce development; to support our internal programs - 211 and Dolly Partons Imagination Library programs; to host educational opportunities and trainings for local nonprofits; and to connect our community. In 2021, we have 22 grant recipients we fund and those grantees can change each year. Grant recipients are reviewed via an application process on a yearly basis to ensure fiscal and programmatic integrity.
What’s the difference between United Way and other nonprofits?
Making a gift to United Way of Northeast Georgia is the most effective way to help our whole community. Our unique ability to work across complex issues with community partners is unmatched.
We mobilize volunteers and convene nonprofits, corporations, community leaders and policymakers to make broad, systemic changes like no other organization can on its own.
Our programs help people in crisis get back on their feet, help prevent future problems and build a stronger community for all of us.
Who are United Way of Northeast Georgia’s partners in fighting these tough, local issues?
United Way of Northeast Georgia works to motivate and mobilize resources to meet the highest priority needs of the individuals and families living in the Northeast Georgia region by investing in local nonprofits.
Where can I go for help?
United Way 211™ connects callers with a trained, bilingual Contact Center agent who helps assess callers' needs and provides detailed information and referrals to governmental and community service agencies. Our 211 database contains community resources ranging from job training programs to childcare to counseling services to financial assistance. This free, confidential help line is available by dialing 211 from any phone. In the event that dialing 211 does not connect you to our call center, you may reach a 211 call agent by dialing 706-353-1313.
For texting service, please text your zip code to 898-211.
How do I find my local United Way?
There are more than 1,800 United Ways across the country. United Way of Northeast Georgia helps people in Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Franklin, Greene, Hart, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Oconee, and Oglethorpe counties.
To find the United Way that serves your zip code, visit United Way Worldwide.
How do I become a corporate partner with United Way?
Hundreds of companies in Northeast Georgia are making a difference by partnering with United Way of Northeast Georgia through workplace campaigns.
To learn more, contact Elizabeth Earl via email or by phone at 706-543-5254 ext.107 to get started now.