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Join United Way and CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority (EOA) on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, for a Community Resource Networking Opportunity. Come share what you do in service to those in need in our local community.

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Make plans now to join Club Car and United Way for the Charity Golf Classic on Monday, June 5, at Champions Retreat Golf Course.


Talbot’s and United Way invite you to shop for classic styles on May 5, all for a cause.

The AmeriCorps VISTAs will be hosting a Community Opportunity Fair on March 23, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, at the Henry Brigham Community Center.

Companies will be present to take applications and interview on the spot, and local organizations will be on hand to provide information on healthcare, education, career services, childcare, and public assistance.

United Way is having a Book Drive for local kids and we need your help.

Please make plans to join us for the 5th Annual United Way Basketball Tournament on March 25. Don’t miss out on this fun event where 8 local teams will by competing for the championship!

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the 2017 Annual Meeting at the Marriott on Tuesday, February 21.

United Way of the CSRA Hosts 2017 Annual Meeting

A full house of almost 600 local business leaders and community volunteers attended United Way of the CSRA’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday, February 21, at The Augusta Marriott Hotel at the Convention Center.  Scott Elledge and Mark Haddon, United Way’s Co-Chairs, announced that United Way and the community had raised $3,312,613 for the 2016 Campaign.  They also reported that the Combined Federal Campaign and the Federal workforce raised $480,615.  They acknowledged the remarkable accomplishments stating that, “We’ve seen great successes and some challenges, but overall this was a good campaign”.  They thanked the many volunteers and supporters who worked together to accomplish this outstanding goal. 

The event was hosted by WJBF News Channel 6 personalities Jennie Montgomery and Brad Means.  Anne Ealick Henry, Director of Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services (a United Way partner agency) was guest speaker for the event.  She shared about the importance of United Way funding for the partner agencies and how they are changing the lives of local residents for the better every day through the generous donations of the community.

In other event news, United Way chose the Annual Meeting to present several key awards.  The 2016 Alvin W. Vogtle Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Andrew Allgood.  Karen Fili, Vice President, Vogtle 3 & 4, presented the award along with a check for $2,000 to be donated to a charity of choice.  Dr. Allgood, who was nominated by Hope House, Inc., is well known throughout the community for his passion and drive to make a difference in the community by working with various nonprofits. 

The 2016 Spirit of Community Award, which is given to the company who is committed to running a model United Way Campaign, was presented to Club Car, Inc.  Their high standards for giving back to the community through contributions and volunteerism exemplify true leadership at all levels, corporately and individually.

For the first time, United Way presented the Pinnacle Award to the company who raised over $400,000: Savannah River Nuclear Solutions.  SRNS continues to keep community forefront and is committed to supporting local needs. Their spirit of philanthropy is a year round effort.

The Pillar Circle Award of Excellence was presented to the companies who raised over $300,000: Club Car and Southern Nuclear Operating Company. Both of these companies value the communities in which they work and live. Their fundraising efforts and support impacts the quality of life in the CSRA in a positive way.

The Award of Distinction was presented to the company who raised over $ 200,000 or more: Publix Supermarkets. The Award of Outstanding Achievement was presented to four companies who each raised over $100,000 for the 2016 Campaign: Elanco, International Paper, Kellogg’s, and Savannah River Remediation.

Special awards were presented to four Employee Campaign Managers whose enthusiasm, leadership, and passion resulted in thriving campaigns. The recipients of this award were: Judy Beltz – Club Car; Diane Cooper – Georgia Bank & Trust, now South State Bank; Carpii Edenfield – Queensborough National Bank; and Derek Sumter – Southern Nuclear Operating Company. 

United Way’s campaign team awarded four Superlative Awards to companies who demonstrated a FUN and innovative campaign.  The recipients of this award were Columbia County Government – “Furthest Reach for the Stars”; Elanco – “Best Theme Song”; John Deere – “Best Outside the Box Thinking”; and State Bank & Trust Company – “Best Pumpkin Carving”.

The event was presented through the generosity of several local corporate sponsors:  Premiere Sponsors:  Savannah River Nuclear Solutions and Augusta University/AU Health; Presenting Sponsor: Southern Nuclear Operating Company - Plant Vogtle; Presidential Sponsors: Doctors Hospital, Electrolux Major Appliances, Georgia Power, MAU Workforce Solutions, and University Health Care System.   

Photos from the 2017 Annual Meeting

Fernando and Tieashia Velasco recently taped a new Public Service Announcement for United Way that will be airing on WJBF TV6.   Fernando is a  former University of Georgia and NFL Offensive Lineman.  Check out the PSA HERE. 

Calling all volunteers! Mark the date for the 2017 Project Serve Day of Caring….Friday, April 28, 2017.

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Thanks to everyone who joined United Way at Bell Auditorium on Monday, August 29, to blast the 2016 Campaign into infinity and beyond.

UNITED WAY BLASTS OFF 2016 CAMPAIGN!

Augusta, GA – United Way of the Central Savannah River Area entertained almost 600 guests today at the 2016 Campaign Kickoff. Hosted at Bell Auditorium, the Kickoff was presented through the generosity of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, American Family Insurance, MAU Workforce Solutions, Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Doctors Hospital, Georgia Power, Savannah River Remediation, and University Health Care System. Jennie Montgomery and Brad Means of WJBF News Channel 6 presided over the event.

This year’s themed event was “Blast Off Into Outer Space” with guests being encouraged to aim for the stars as they launch their campaigns to raise funds for the needs of the local community. Dancers from Augusta West Dance Company, under the direction of Megan Luquire, were on hand to entertain guests with a lively “Alien Encounter”.

Eight companies were recognized for running Pacesetter Campaigns this year, campaigns which were launched prior to the Kickoff: The Family YMCA, Palmetto GBA, JCPenney, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Savannah River Remediation, Target, UPS, and Walmart.

Each year, United Way is fortunate to have assistance from a number of local companies who loan key employees that will work with United Way for the next 12 weeks helping to run campaigns throughout the community. This year’s Loaned Professionals (LPs) were introduced as: Ebony Hicks, Global Personnel Solutions; Jamie Hill, Southern Nuclear Operating Company – Plant Vogtle; Richard Hillman, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions; Larry Laughlin, Community Volunteer; and Rita Stubblefield, Community Volunteer. Blanchard and Calhoun, MAU Workforce Solutions, and SRP Federal Credit Union graciously agreed to provide sponsorships for the LP program.

Mikey Coffman, a recipient of services at a United Way funded program at Friendship Community Center, shared her inspiring story with the audience. Through the support and encouragement she found at Friendship, she was able to turn her life around. Today, as Office Manager of the same agency that got her back on her feet, she eagerly shares her story to help others find the help and encouragement they need.

Campaign Co-Chairs, Scott Elledge with WJBF News Channel 6, and Mark Haddon, Beasley Broadcast Group, addressed the audience dressed as Obi Wan Kanobi and Han Solo, respectively. They encouraged guests to aim for the stars – to infinity and beyond - as they launch their campaigns to raise funds for the support of health and human service needs in the local community. United Way’s 2016 campaign goal was announced as $3.5 million, and the Combined Federal Campaign goal is $650,000. The 2016 Campaign Video, “It’s Time for a New Perspective” was premiered at the event. The video encourages everyone to look beyond themselves to see the needs of others and to give to make a difference in the lives of those in greatest need in our community.

Scott Johnson, Columbia County Administrator and United Way’s 2016 Board Chair, made a special appearance. Dressed as Captain Kirk from the Starship Enterprise, Mr. Johnson closed the meeting by commenting, “When you give to United Way, you’re not just giving to an agency or a program, you’re giving the gift of hope to an individual in desperate need. So, when you’re asked to donate this year, remember that you have the capacity to change a life.”