United Way gives more than half a million dollars to help community

United Way gives more than half a million dollars to help community./ Photo: Alexandria Ikomoni

The United Way of Southwest Georgia continues to improve the lives of people in the area.

They had their annual meeting and awards program on Monday.

United Way gave seven organizations a total of $80,000 dollars in grants.

President and CEO LaKisha Bryant Bruce says even though it's been more than a year and half after the 2017 January storms, there are still people who need help.

"We get a lot of calls to our 211 help line for things like utilities assistance, food, rent and mortgage assistance,” Bryant Bruce said. “We're distributing funds to organizations that do that work in this community so we can help citizens rebuild and thrive."

United Way also raised $600,000 that will go to 24 different programs within United Way. They'll be focusing on education, health, income and other basic needs.

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