Thursday’s guests on the “Mornings unPHILtered” show were Bob Olliff, executive director of the United Way in Bulloch County and David Beaubein, the 2010 United Way Campaign chairman. Every fall United Way holds a fund raising drive to support 19 community groups in Bulloch.
The group includes the Food Bank, Red Cross, the Boy and Girl Scouts, Concerted Services and their Home-Bound Meal program.
Georgia Southern head football coach Jeff Monken has agreed to serve as the group's Co-Chair.
Monken will be the keynote speaker at a fund raising kick-off breakfast Tuesday, at 8 a.m. inside the Bishop Field House at Paulson Stadium. More than 100 people are expected to attend the breakfast.
Olliff said United Way has established a Campaign Cabinet, which is a group of individuals who will travel around to area businesses in the community. In addition, they are asking companies in Bulloch to run an automatic payroll deduction donation to United Way program.
The pre-tax donation made in small amounts make the donation a lot less painful than just giving it in one large lump sum, Olliff said. Beaubein mentioned getting companies to give their employees a “Fair Share” day off, for employees that donate one hour of pay per month.
Another way to reward employees, Olliff said, is through a program run by Dr. Lewis Holloway, superintendent of Bulloch schools. Holloway allows the staff at the Board of Education to wear blue jeans on Friday if they donate $5 to United Way every month.
Olliff said many times, the company will agree to match all of or a portion of their employees donations as well.
Also, Beaubein said Lynn Morris at UPS will hold a golf tournament to raise money for the United Way at the Willow Lake Golf Course in Metter. The four-man scramble tournament is set for Saturday, Oct. 2 and costs a donation of $50 per person.
For more information about attending the breakfast, participating in the golf tournament, or arranging for donations to the United Way, Olliff said to call Carey at the United Way office at 489-8475 or drop by the office which is located at the Outreach Center on Denmark Street.
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