Wiregrass United Way

Enterprise City Schools Assistant Superintendent Zel Thomas and Enterprise State Community College Dean of Instruction Danny Long are the board chairman and campaign chairman, respectively of the 2020 Coffee County Wiregrass United Way Campaign.

“Due to COVID-19, this year’s Wiregrass United Way campaign will begin with a creative kickoff,” WUW Chief Executive Officer Walter Hill said. “We are unable to have a traditional kickoff event with several hundred people in attendance.”

Past kickoffs centered around a massive service project—packaging thousands of meals for the Wiregrass Area Food Bank. “Even though packaging meals is not possible this year, the WUW is still seeking to help fight hunger in our region through a different service project,” Hill said.

Friday, July 31, the WUW will hold a Drive Thru Food Drive at the office in downtown Dothan. The parking lot will be set up for vehicles to enter from Foster Street and exit on St. Andrews Street. Volunteers will be available from 6 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., so that donors will not have to exit their vehicles.

Hill said approximately 100 area businesses and organizations are expected to participate as Pacesetters which means that they are jump-starting the annual campaign by conducting their WUW employee campaign between early August and mid-September.

“These businesses ‘set the pace’ for the rest of the campaign,” Hill said. “It is not too late for other companies to register to be a Pacesetter.”

This year’s campaign will focus on the slogan, “The Way to a Better Wiregrass.”

“The WUW goal for this year will be announced at noon during the kickoff event,” Hill said “In addition, the Wiregrass Foundation will be in attendance to announce a Challenge Pledge to the local United Way.

During the kickoff event, attendees will be able to view the new campaign video produced locally by Marketing Services featuring Family Services Center Barbour, Coffee County Family Services Center and Wiregrass 2-1-1.

The Wiregrass United Way has served the Wiregrass area since 1938, currently funding 39 member agencies serving Barbour, Coffee, Dale, Geneva, Henry and Houston counties.

Funds raised by Wiregrass United Way are utilized locally in the six county area. A committee of local volunteers determines how the funds are distributed among the member agencies. For more information call 792-9661 or visit the website at www.wuw.org.

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