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Greater Valdosta United Way Launches a Community Needs Assessment

VALDOSTA, Georgia – Greater Valdosta United Way (GVUW), in partnership with Resilient Georgia and Valdosta State University’s Center for South Georgia Regional Impact, is looking to learn about the needs of community members in South Georgia.


The “GVUW Needs Assessment” is a community research effort to gauge the most critical needs of citizens in the GVUW 11-county service area.

“Our goal with this assessment is to find out what the most pressing needs of our community members are, from their perspective,” said Michael Smith, CEO of GVUW. “This information will allow us to align our funding with the areas in our community that are experiencing gaps in resources. We are asking everyone to share this survey with the people in your community; it’s for a good cause.”


At the end of the 30-question anonymous survey, participants are directed to a separate survey to enter for a chance to win a gift card.


The survey is open now and will run until May 1st, 2023. When the data is complete, GVUW will share the results with other nonprofits and community organizations.


“Data of this sort is invaluable to nonprofits, and we plan to share this with all who may benefit. One of the best criteria for receiving grants is proving the need exists,” said Susan Nebel, community impact director of GVUW. “We hope that the information gathered from this survey will help us advocate for South Georgia and gain the support of larger companies and foundations, assisting them in understanding the needs that are unique to rural communities.”


The mission of Greater Valdosta United Way is to improve people’s lives by mobilizing the caring power of the community. The focus is on advancing the common good by investing in education, income, and health- the building blocks for a good quality of life and a strong community. For more information on the organization, please visit its website at

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