United Way Women’s Legacy Council raises $22,959 to help low-income women and children find dependable transportation

United Way Women's Legacy Council Check Presentation 2012

Wren Mills, Women’s Legacy Council Chair and Sam McCachern, Campaign Chair

Savannah, GA (July 10, 2012) – United Way Women’s Legacy Council raised an impressive $22,959 in its 4th Annual Give-a-Way project.  Funds raised will be used to provide CAT bus passes and transportation assistance for women and children who do not have a car or other means to access programs and services in our community, such as a local food bank, health services, childcare and life skills training classes.

Wren Mills, Chair of United Way Women’s Legacy Council, thanked members of the group for their hard work and generosity and presented a check to Sam McCachern, Chair of 2012 United Way Campaign.  The funds raised represent the first dollar in toward the 2012 campaign.

“The Give-a-Way project is truly about women empowering women to make a difference in our community.  I’m pleased that the funds raised will be used to provide women and children with the transportation they need. Access to transportation leads to employment, enabling them to help themselves and their families and get training and education to improve their livelihood,” says Wren Mills, vice president and general manager of NuStar Asphalt Refining, LLC and United Way Women’s Legacy Council Chair.  Mills further encouraged members to continue their work in advocating on behalf of issues facing women and children.

United Way Women’s Legacy Council was founded in 2009 to bring local women leaders together to invest philanthropically in helping one another.  Growing from a founding group of 10 members to its current ranks of 225 local women, the giving circle members have each contributed $1,200 or more annually to United Way.

The Give-a-Way fundraising drive officially kicked off on Mother’s Day (May 13, 2012) and culminated on Father’s Day (June 17, 2012) with a goal of $16,500. To date, Give-a-Way project has raised over $52,000 since its inception.  Give-a-Way donations will be used to provide funds for transportation and Chatham Area Transit (CAT) bus passes for women and children who are being served through United Way programs and services.

United Way sincerely thanks the Savannah Morning News for hosting the luncheon to announce the results of the Give-a-Way project.

For more information or to learn about becoming a member of the United Way Women’s Legacy Council, please contact Julie Cyr, Vice President of Resource Development, at 912.651.7714.

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