Georgia Ports Authority recognized for support of UWCE

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has been a big supporter of United Way of the Coastal Empire for a long time. This year, the GPA and its workers gave more than $561,000 to the United Way campaign during the Fall Giving Campaign.

During the campaign, GPA held more meetings with employees than ever before and even made a powerful movie to get more employees to donate to United Way. This led to more employees participating.

Georgia Ports Authority President and CEO Griff Lynch said, “We are passionate about giving to the United Way to help our neighbors get through life’s challenges.” “Both as individuals and as a group, we have been blessed, and I am proud of how our GPA team responds to the call to help people in our community.”

The Georgia Ports Authority runs Savannah and Brunswick, Georgia’s two deep-water ports, as well as a number of inland sites. About 1,700 people are directly employed by GPA, and the organization is an economic engine whose effects can be felt all over the state.

CEO of GPA, Lise Altman, said, “We give to United Way of the Coastal Empire because it is a trusted organization with the reach and depth to help solve some of our community’s most difficult problems.” “We are confident that these funds will be well spent and have a big effect on our communities and the surrounding area.”

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A lot of people from United Way, like 2023–2024 Campaign Chair Jay Wilson and Board Chair Ken Rabitsch, got together at GPA in Garden City to praise the amazing amount of giving that Georgia Ports Authority did this year.

“Georgia Ports Authority is an important partner.” “We depend on the help of their wonderful team, and we’re proud to see how their kindness is improving our community,” said Mandy Parsons, interim president and CEO of United Way of the Coastal Empire. “We want to thank the GPA leadership and all of the employees who gave money or time. We can help improve people’s lives in our community by giving the weakest a safety net and giving everyone a way to move up. Your support makes this possible.

During the presentation, United Way leaders praised the GPA team for all the ways they help United Way of the Coastal Empire and the community. These include their inspiring workplace campaign, generous corporate gift, sponsorship of United Way events, and extra donations in times of great need.

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Along with GPA’s usual support, Eli Vandiver, who is the Assistant Manager for Employee Relations and HR Technologies, was a United Way Business Champion for the third year in a row, giving his time and skills to help raise money for United Way.

Vandiver said, “It is an honor to be a United Way Business Champion and help lead the Greater Atlanta United Way Campaign.” “I think everyone should be able to give at the level that works best for them, and payroll deduction makes that easy.” I’m grateful that my bosses and the leaders of our company put their trust in me to do this important job. I’m also thankful to all of my teammates who helped with this year’s campaign.

This year, GPA is one of only three local groups that got more than $500,000 in donations from employees and businesses. United Way gets money all year to make life better in the Coastal Empire. There will be a United in Gratitude event on May 14, 2024, where the campaign’s totals will be shown.

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