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United Way entertained over 170 guests recently at the Burke County United Way Campaign Kickoff luncheon held at the Augusta Technical College Waynesboro campus. The “Football” theme of this year’s kickoff was a huge hit for participants as they reminisced about winning last year’s state championship title. United Way rallied its guests with a “Come On Burke County!” tagline while explaining how they could score a “touchdown” for United Way by supporting the 42 health and human service programs it funds.

Mr. Mike Hogan, CEO for John Deere Commercial Products and United Way’s 2012 Campaign Chair, stated, “United Way’s impact in the community can be seen by the success of the programs it funds and the lives that are changed in our community. The dollars raised through your company’s campaign make a difference every day.” He also said, “Our success is the countless number of lives that will be touched next year by a community working together.”

Coach Eric Parker of Burke County High School was the keynote speaker for the event. Having been a high school football coach for 22 years, he not only understands what it takes to lead a team, but to lead a team to victory. He encouraged the entire team of Burke County to work together to help those who are most in need in our community. Members of the audience also previewed the 2012 Campaign Video, “A Case for Living and Giving United”, which was produced by Seigler Productions.

Ms. Lindsai Mobley-Gentry, the 2012 Campaign Cabinet Chair, introduced the Burke County Campaign Cabinet members: Ms. Beverly Black, Capital City Bank; Mr. DeAndre Davis, Communities in Schools of Burke County; Ms. Valerie Kirkland, City of Waynesboro; Mr. John Nichols, Purification Cellutions; Ms. Amy Nunnally, Burke County Board of Education; Ms. Ashley Roberts, Burke County Chamber of Commerce; Ms. Suzanne Sharkey, Georgia Power; and Ms. Trinetta Skinner, City of Waynesboro.

Several members of Burke County High School’s JROTC Color Guard were in attendance to lead the pledge of allegiance,and in keeping with the football theme, the crowd was entertained by cheerleaders from Burke County High School and Edmond Burke Academy.

WAGT NBC 26 News Anchor, Ashley Campbell, presided over the event sponsored by Southern Nuclear Operating Company. Other sponsors included Capital City Bank and Augusta Technical College – Waynesboro Campus. The event entertained local community and business leaders, health and human service agencies, government officials, and representatives from many Burke County businesses.

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2012 Campaign Video – A Case for Living and Giving United

United Way is Looking for Volunteers

United Way Citizens Review panels are composed entirely of community volunteers and are responsible for visiting United Way’s partner agencies annually to review the funded programs and services as well as make funding recommendations bi-yearly. These panels are vital in maintaining United Way agency credibility and accountability to the community and ensuring that community outcomes are being effectively evaluated. The time commitment is as follows:

Late fall/early winter: 1 hour of training at United Way.

Late winter/early spring: 2-3 half days of program site visits

Review of information: 1-2 hours (on your own).

Other visits and meetings as needed. Panel members serve a three year term, with an option for an additional term and/or rotation to another panel. There are six separate panels from which to choose, and all are in need of new members. These panels represent a diverse group of community volunteers with a commitment to United Way and the entire CSRA.

Contact Brooke Steele at for more information.



United Way recently entertained over 600 guests at the 2012 Campaign Kickoff. Hosted at Bell Auditorium, Paige Tucker and Brendan Robertson of WAGT NBC 26 presided over the event.

This year’s themed event was revealed as Mission Possible with the community being recruited as “special agents” for the UWCSRA (United Way Certified Spy Recruitment Agency). As special agents, the community was assigned the task of working to fight against such barriers as illiteracy, homelessness, unemployment, and hunger to name a few. With people dressed in spy gear and the stage set for the unknown, it appeared that a covert operation was in the making.

Stan Shepherd, United Way’s 2012 Board Chair, presented United Way Worldwide’s “Spirit of America Award”, which is United Way’s highest national honor recognizing corporations and their employees for exceptional philanthropic commitment and community involvement. The coveted award was presented to Procter and Gamble Manufacturing Company. He also presented United Way Worldwide’s “Summit Awards” to Publix Super Markets for Philanthropic Engagement and Community Impact, Bank of America for Volunteer Engagement and Community Impact, and Wells Fargo for Volunteer Engagement.

Mike Hogan, United Way’s 2012 Campaign Chair, announced United Way’s 2012 campaign mission of raising $4.15 million. He challenged everyone to consider giving back and to “go forth and work throughout the coming months to make this mission a reality”. He also stated, “As we believe that nothing is impossible, you will find that this is indeed a mission possible”.

Mr. Hogan also announced that Bob Richards of Bob Richards Auto Group has donated a 2013 Nissan Versa Hatchback for this year’s campaign. When you donate a minimum of $260 per year (just $5 per week), you become eligible for a ticket to win the car. And, the more you donate, the more chances you have to win! The winner will be announced in a drawing at the 2013 annual meeting next February. More information will be available soon at <> .

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 include: Tracy Birmingham, Publix Super Markets; Richard Hillman, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions; Larry Laughlin, Retired; Shannon Newton, Elliott Davis, LLC; Jean Stump, U.S. Department of Energy; and Sharn Vericella, AmeriCorps Volunteer In Service to America.

Seventeen companies were recognized for running Pacesetter Campaigns this year, campaigns which are launched prior to the Kickoff: Augusta Service Company; Austin Industrial; Boy Scouts of America, Georgia-Carolina Council; Columbia County Community Connections; Columbia County Government; Macy’s; Palmetto GBA; Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta; SafeHomes; The Salvation Army; Sam’s Club; Savannah River Remediation; Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta and the CSRA; Target; United Way Board of Directors; United Way Staff; and Walmart Stores.

The Kickoff was presented through the generosity of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Comcast, Georgia Power, Kendrick Paint and Body, Procter & Gamble Manufacturing Company, and University Health Care System.

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AmeriCorps VISTAs recently had a great day visiting with Congressman John Barrow!

On Monday, August 27th, AmeriCorps*VISTAs serving through United Way of the CSRA’s intermediary sponsorship had a great day with Congressman Barrow! The Congressman was in Augusta, GA touring some of United Way’s VISTA host agency sites, like the American Red Cross (ARC), as part of his Georgia Safe Tour. At ARC, the Congressman met one of United Way’s former VISTAs, Tiffany Tyree, who was hired at the site after her term of service. He then met with current VISTA, Olivia Garrison, Joan Stoddard, United Way Community Building Coordinator and VISTA Supervisor, as well as ARC staff, where he gained valuable knowledge about the local VISTA program and how Olivia is helping ARC build safety and disaster services throughout the CSRA. As Hurricane Isaac moves across the Gulf Coast, she and the ARC disaster team are helping ready volunteers to deploy to help in the aftermath. Locally she has been working with area flooding victims after heavy rains fell in the CSRA Saturday. A total of 12 families affected by flooding, including 20 adults and 9 children have been helped with emergency shelter and supportive services. After touring ARC, the Congressman joined 22 VISTAs at the 2012 United Way Kickoff Luncheon to learn how other VISTAs are serving. He was very impressed to learn that five VISTAs have been offered employment after their term of service is completed in November 2012, one of which is a Veteran serving at the Augusta Warrior Project. Upon leaving, Congressman Barrow stated he was very impressed with all of VISTAs, their hard work, and thanked them for their volunteer service. He stated we can count on his vote in Congress to continue the Corporation for National & Community Service and our AmeriCorps*VISTA program!

CSRA United Way Video – Humorous