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United Way helps uplift those who are struggling

Augusta Chronicle – January 28, 2017 – Scott Elledge – Guest Columnist

Twenty-two years ago I was offered an opportunity to take on a management position with WJBF-TV in Augusta. This was a very exciting time for my wife and two small children – a new city, a new job and all the challenges that come with a new beginning. Read More

Give to United Way, gain ‘new perspective’

Augusta Chronicle – January 14, 2017 11:26 pm – Scott D. Johnson – Guest Columnist

Each year, the United Way of the CSRA produces a campaign video to educate donors on the importance of giving. The 2016 video was about gaining a “New Perspective.” Perspective can be defined a number of ways, but for the purpose of this column I want to focus on perspective as a particular attitude or outlook one has toward another person or object. Read More

Donating to United Way offers many opportunities to help those in need.

Augusta Chronicle – Saturday, January 9, 2016 – Scott Peebles – Guest Columnist

I’ve been in law enforcement for 24 years so I’m usually not the one giving a confession, but I do have one to make. For 15 years a part of my paycheck has gone to United Way of the CSRA, but I had no idea the impact those dollars made. I simply gave because it sounded like a worthy cause, and that was enough for me.

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Citizens should stand with corporate sponsors to support United Way By Randy Johnson

The Augusta Chronicle – Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 – Randy Johnson – Guest Columnist
As a longtime nuclear plant operator and engineer, and current United Way of the CSRA board member, I know the importance of teamwork.

It takes everyone pulling together to achieve established goals, much the same as the United Way brings people together to address our community’s most important issues.

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United Way Donations Meet Many Needs by Tom Blanchard III

The Augusta Chronicle – ‎Dec 14, 2013‎ – Tom Blanchard III Editorial
As we begin to enter the joyous holiday season and start to think about being generous with our loved ones, it is imperative that we not forget the less fortunate individuals in our community. With today’s ever-changing economic and social challenges, it is 

One person’s courageous story typifies United Way’s successes

Augusta Chronicle, Nov. 3, Richard Hillman Editorial
I have a story to tell – about Willie and the Kroc. This is not a story of a hunter surviving in the jungle, but the story of a man surviving – actually thriving – in inner-city Augusta.

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Local non-profits could take a hit from federal changes

News 12 at 6 o’clock / Friday, May 31, 2013

AUGUSTA (WRDW) — Summer camp’s in full swing at the Boys and Girls Club of the CSRA.

“It is just such a blessing to be able to be there and to watch these kids have a positive place that they can go,” says Debby Kalliokoski, the resource director.

She says it’s a place where every penny counts. Read More

United Way of the CSRA Hosts Debriefing at Annual Meeting

AUGUSTA, GA – A sold-out crowd of more than 650 local business leaders and community volunteers attended United Way of the CSRA’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday, February 26, at The Augusta Convention Center.  The meeting wrapped up the organization’s 2012 campaign effort to raise $4.15 million for locally funded health and human service programs.  Continuing with the suspense of its Mission: Possible theme, which was unveiled at their 2012 Kickoff last August, United Way debriefed the audience to reveal that $4,153,921 was raised by the community.

The event was presented through the generosity of several local corporate sponsors:  Premiere Sponsor:  Savannah River Nuclear Solutions; Presenting Sponsors: American Family Insurance and Southern Nuclear Operating Company-Plant Vogtle; Presidential Sponsors: Georgia Power and University Health Care System; Executive Sponsors:  Atlanta Gas Light Company, Electrolux, and Savannah River Remediation, LLC.

Mike Hogan, United Way’s 2012 Campaign Chair, acknowledged the remarkable accomplishment stating that, “We’ve seen great successes and yes, a few challenges, but overall this has been a tremendous year”.  He also thanked “the ‘Special Agent’ volunteers for working together to accomplish this mission” and for being “on the front lines every day fighting the effects of poverty, hunger, homelessness, and so much more”.

Hosted by WJBF News Channel 6 personality Brad Means, the event’s theme was “Mission Possible Debriefing”.  Set against a backdrop of the Italian Riviera, guests celebrated as if dining in a quaint café complete with an authentic Italian meal.  To add to the illusion of being in an exotic location, members from the Italian American Club of the CSRA and The Ballroom Dance Center performed an Italian folk dance, the Tarantella.

In other event news, United Way chose the Annual Meeting to present several key awards:

The 2012 Alvin W. Vogtle Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Christine “Chris” Edenfield.  Randy Johnson, Operational Readiness Vice President of Southern Nuclear Operating Company – Plant Vogtle, presented the award along with a check for $2,000 to be donated to a charity of choice.  Ms. Edenfield, who was nominated by Rape Crisis Sexual Assault Services of Augusta, is well known throughout the community and has volunteered for Rape Crisis since 2001.

The 2012 Overall Hospital Competition Award was presented to University Health Care System for the fourth consecutive year.  The award is based on total per capita giving inclusive of the corporate gift.  And, a Per Capita Award and Leadership Award were presented to Georgia Regents Health System for having the largest increase in per capita and leadership giving.

The 2012 Spirit of Community Award, which is given to the company who is committed to running a model United Way Campaign, was presented to Georgia Bank & Trust Company.  They were chosen because of their leadership and commitment with corporate and employee contributions.

The Award of Excellence was presented to Savannah River Nuclear Solutions for their outstanding support of 11 United Way’s throughout the CSRA.  Through all the changes they have experienced, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions continues to keep community in the forefront.  And, a special award was presented to Savannah River Remediation, LLC for their leadership and commitment to United Way of the CSRA as well as United Way’s around the region.

United Way passes fundraising goal

The United Way of the CSRA completed its Mission Possible campaign by exceeding its $4.15 million fundraising goal.

The grand total, $4,153,921, was revealed top-secret style at the conclusion of its annual meeting Tuesday at the Augusta Convention Center. Read More

Leading by example

Award-winning volunteer exemplifies giving nature of United Way

They call it an “annual meeting.” But it may be the closest thing a community has to a family meal.

The United Way of the CSRA luncheon Tuesday at the new Augusta Convention Center, as usual, was more celebration than meeting. Read More