Your contribution to United Way of Gordon County supports 18 agencies that work with children, families, senior citizens, animals, and the disabled population as well as supports agencies providing emergency assistance. 1% of the funds raised, not pledged, goes to United Way Worldwide. That 1% is paid by the Board of Director's contributions to United Way of Gordon County. Last year that amount was approximately $7,350.00. Each year United Way agencies must re-apply for funding and go through an allocation panel review process. Members of the community volunteer to serve on allocation review panels that assist in recommending the amount of funding for each agency and evaluate the mission of each agency. Last year 125 volunteers participated in this process.
United Way of Gordon County has two main events each year - the Unity Run (1K Kids Run & 5K Run/Walk) always happens the last Tuesday in September as the Kick-off Event for the Annual Fund-Raising Campaign and Mohawk Presents Calhoun’s Dancing with the Stars GETS SCHOOLED in May. YLS Gordon County also hosts Food Trucks & Friends & YLS Gordon County Color Run throughout the year.
- Over 58,500 people received help or services from one or more of our 17 agencies. Nearly 200 dogs were rescued by our 18th agency, Animal Rescue League after being abandoned.
- 330 children who were sexually or physically abused told their stories to trained investigators in a child-friendly environment, with their interviews recorded to spare them multiple questionings.
- 399 Boy Scouts and 159 Girl Scouts were served in Gordon County.
- 355 children received partial or full scholarships allowing them to participate in various sports at the Gordon County Recreation Department.
- 273 individuals were helped through The Bridge Program's Homeless Initiative.
- 1,465 individuals received disaster, health, and safety classes, Armed Forces assistance, or gave blood for the Red Cross.
- 797 individuals used shower and laundry facilities at the VAC
- Last year, 25,034 individuals were served a hot meal from the VAC's Community Kitchen and 9.987 received food bags from the VAC.
- 2,237 children and senior citizens received assistance at Christmas from the VAC
- 397 children between the ages of 6-18 were served by the Boys & Girls Club of Gordon County last year.
- 507 new referrals were made to the Gordon County Domestic Violence Outreach Office last year.
- 1,074 parents of babies born in Gordon Hospital received a visit from First Steps, a child abuse prevention program offered by Prevent Child Abuse Gordon County, if necessary the families may continue into the Healthy Families Program until the child is 4 years of age.