United Way opens in new location
by Clay Neely
On Tuesday, United Way officially opened the doors of its relocated headquarters in Newnan, giving Coweta County an office designed for community outreach.
The ribbon cutting event, held from noon to one, was a celebration for United Way staff, board members, Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce members and agencies working with the United Way in the local community.
“The opening of this building is very exciting,” said United Way board advisor Andy Dunn. “Through the recession, there’s been some tough times for this organization, like it has been for many. Our board did a great job at looking at new and better ways of doing things.”
Jennifer Young, who is assuming the position of regional director at the new office in the 75 Jackson Street complex, Suite 400, shared Dunn’s enthusiasm.
“This new office allows us to grow and look for new ways to continue serving the community,” Young said. “We’re looking forward to growing and developing programs to better serve individuals and families of Coweta County.”
Some of those programs will focus on education, like the re-started Communities in Schools program. The United Way in Newnan, according to Communities in Schools member Lisa Smith, will bolster those efforts.
“Some community leaders got together to revitalize efforts like education,” Smith said of Communities in Schools. “It wouldn’t be possible without United Way, and to have them here, involved in Newnan, it’s great. We’re excited to support from United Way for improving our community.”
“We faced challenges as an opportunity,” Dunn said. “We’ve really grown together and now we point forward. We’re looking forward to helping a lot of folks in the community who need a helping hand.”