07-12-2017 · Mission United · Cole Society


Throughout Donald Gilner’s career as a medical doctor and a Colonel in the Air Force, he and his wife Celia have been contributing annually to United Way. Long-standing members of the Cole Society as well as Legacy Leaders, they’ve made a commitment to including United Way in their will. It is important to both of them to sustain their giving beyond their lifetimes as they recognize the important role that United Way plays in our community. Last year, while touring the 2-1-1 Contact Center facilities, they learned about Mission United – a program that helps connect homeless veterans with resources including housing, medical assistance and job training. At the time, research showed that 21 percent of the homeless population in Atlanta were veterans. With the support of Don and Celia, our Mission United program has helped reduce that number by 70 percent.

An active member of Jewish War Veterans Post 112, Gilner and his post support many organizations that help veterans as well as providing events and services. In addition to his personal gift, Don also won over his post to support Mission United because of the tremendous success the program has had on reducing the number of homeless veterans in our community and connecting them to services.

United Way of Greater Atlanta is extremely grateful to have such a committed friends in Don, Celia and Jewish War Veterans Post 112. For information about how you can leave a legacy of hope in our Greater Atlanta community, please contact Eve Powell at epowell@unitedwayatlanta.org.