OZARK, Ala. (WTVY) -- Wiregrass United Way is gearing up for its fundraising campaign season.
Wiregrass United Way Bus
Tuesday volunteers and staff visited six counties to raise money for the local agencies in the Wiregrass area.
United Way volunteers from all over, are excited to kick off the fundraising campaign season.
Six counties were Tuesday’s goal, as volunteers piled off the bus at Vivian B Adams School in Ozark, they were shocked by the turnout.
Director of Vivian B Adams School Hannah Parker said, “We're very excited they chose us to stop for the bus tour they have in the past but we were excited and when Dale County band and cheerleaders said they'll come it just made it a special event for us."
So where's the money going?
CEO of the Wiregrass United Way Walter Hill said, “Were raising for health and human organizations in South-East Alabama and they really depend on these funds to operate many of them would either have to close or cut back tremulously, on the programs and services they offer without the funds we raise."
Vivian B Adams relies on united way funds for its survival.
"When they reached the challenge grant we've been able to purchase things that we could not purchase without that money last year we got a minibus with it we've been able to redo our pool here so we're really excited about it."
Organizers tried to make the presentation fun, by encouraging participants to wear their favorite team colors.
Resource Coordinator Susan Owens said, "For our students at Adam School everything is all about football so it was easy to get pumped up we were following our theme and everybody was wearing their team colors."
So far Vivian B Adams has raised more than nine thousand dollars and they're still collecting donations.
"United We Win”
The total number collected today was more than one million dollars which came to 41.46% closer to their ultimate goal of more than two million dollars.
The other counties were Henry County, Barbour, Dale, Coffee, Geneva, and Houston.