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Over 500 local business leaders and community volunteers gathered at The Augusta Marriott on February 27 for United Way’s 2018 Annual Meeting where Tom Blanchard announced that United Way and the community had raised $3,324,713 for the 2017 Campaign.

United Way of the CSRA Hosts 2018 Annual Meeting

Over 500 local business leaders and community volunteers gathered at The Augusta Marriott Hotel at the Convention Center on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, for United Way of the CSRA’s 2018 Annual Meeting.  Tom Blanchard of Blanchard and Calhoun and United Way’s 2017 Campaign Chair, announced that United Way and the community had raised $3,324,713 for the 2017 Campaign. He acknowledged the remarkable accomplishment stating that, “We’ve seen great successes and some challenges, but overall this was a good campaign.  We were pleased to see an increase from last year’s campaign”.  He 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.  Lynn Smith, President and CEO of Easter Seals East Georgia Anne (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 2017 Alvin W. Vogtle Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Jeffery Partridge.  Daniel Komm, Plant Manager of Vogtle 1 & 2, presented the award along with a check for $2,000 to be donated to a charity of choice.  Mr. Partridge, who was nominated by Jefferson County Community SHIPS for Youth, Inc., is well known throughout the community for his passion and drive to make a difference in the community. 

The 2017 Spirit of Community Award, which is given to the company who is committed to running a model United Way Campaign, was presented to the City of Augusta / Richmond County.  With the manpower of a committee comprised of individuals from every department, this organization worked tirelessly to think outside of the box, motivate their fellow colleagues, and most importantly show the impact that we can all have when we come together and uplift others in our community. Through all of their work this organization not only surpassed their initial goal but they also had their largest campaign to date. 

The Pinnacle Award was presents 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 Award of Distinction was presented to the companies who raised over $200,000 or more: Club Car, Publix Super Markets, and Southern Nuclear Operating Company – Plant Vogtle.

The Award of Outstanding Achievement was presented to two companies who each raised over $100,000 for the 2016 Campaign: Graphic Packaging International and Kellogg’s.

Special awards were presented to four Employee Campaign Managers whose enthusiasm, leadership, and passion resulted in thriving campaigns. The recipients of this award were: Jennifer Miller with Graphic Packaging International; Melissa Nelson and Melvis McCullough with Samsons Manufacturing Corporation, and John Murray with SunTrust Bank.

The event was presented through the generosity of several local corporate sponsors:  Premiere Sponsors:  Augusta University / AU Health and Savannah River Nuclear Solutions; Presenting Sponsors: Doctors Hospital and Southern Nuclear Operating Company – Plant Vogtle; and Presidential Sponsor: Georgia Power.   

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United Way would like to thank Teleperformance and Feed the Children for the 450 boxes of food and personal hygiene items recently donated to local families with children in need.

TELEPERFORMANCE UNITES WITH UNITED WAY OF THE CSRA, AMERICORPS VISTAs, AND LOCAL NONPROFITS TO FEED THE CHILDREN

400 Families to Receive Food and Essentials

On Thursday, November 16, 2018, FEED THE CHILDREN, one of the largest international charities in the United States, delivered a semi tractor-trailer full of food and essentials to help local children in need, thanks to the generosity of a local company, Teleperformance.  Each year, Teleperformance employees give into a fund, and every third year they arrange for FEED THE CHILDREN to bring food, water, and other life essentials to local families in poverty. 

Teleperformance staff and volunteers, along with ten (10) AmeriCorps*VISTAs (Volunteers In Service to America) and United Way staff were on hand in the Teleperformance parking lot to help distribute over 20,000 pounds of food and essential hygiene items to 400 families with children, to include Veterans and military families, experiencing the effects of poverty in Richmond, Columbia and Burke Counties. 

United Way, sponsoring agency for the regional VISTA program, and ten (10) VISTA members partnered with local nonprofit agencies to pre-identify and approve families in need of food assistance. Of this total, 50 families will be served from Burke County, a county in United Way’s service area that the U.S. Census Bureau has ranked No. 1 in the nation in child poverty.

Participating agencies included:

  • Action Ministries – Maxwell House Apartments
  • Augusta Partnership for Children
  • Augusta Warrior Project
  • Communities In Schools of Burke County
  • Columbia County Community Connections
  • Concerned Women
  • Downtown Cooperative Church Ministries
  • The Lydia Project
  • New Bethlehem Community Center
  • Safe Homes, Inc.
  • The Salvation Army
  • Senior Citizens Council
  • Wymberly House – Burke County

Hunger’s roots go deep and hurt kids every day.  In fact, more than 22 percent of Georgia’s children live in food insecure households. According to Georgia KIDS COUNT, the number of children living in poverty has reached more than 610,000.   “The goal of this community service project is to bring awareness to the community about childhood hunger while providing hope through giving food and other life essentials for families with children living in poverty. 

“We are so thankful to Teleperformance and their employees and FEED THE CHILDREN for helping to provide food and essentials to children and their families in the CSRA.  United Way and our VISTAs are eager to provide assistance in helping fight the battle of hunger,” said Angela Collins, United Way’s Community Impact Director.

AGENCIES INVOLVED:

Teleperformance  – The world’s leading provider of outsourced CRM and contract center services, has been serving companies around the world by developing and managing customer acquisition, customer care, technical support, and debt collection programs.  www.teleperformance.com

FEED THE CHILDREN – Since 1979, Feed the Children has consistently ranked as one of the largest international charities in the United States.  Their mission is providing hope and resources for those without life’s essentials.  www.feedthechildren.org

United Way of the CSRA – For over 80 years, United Way has played a key role in the Central Savannah River Area identifying, funding, and administering effective community programs.  Their mission is to unite people and mobilize community resources to create lasting changes that transform lives.  www.uwcsra.org

AmeriCorps*VISTA – PROJECT UNITE – (United Way of the CSRA – Intermediary Agency) –  In its eleventh year, United Way’s PROJECT UNITE continues to be a successful, regional, capacity building program with strong outcomes, helping to increase the impact of national service on community needs and fighting poverty throughout Richmond County.  www.americorps.org

United Way would like to thank everyone who came out on November 13 for Columbia County Chamber After Hours.

2017 Columbia County Chamber After Hours, November 13, 2017

United Way would like to thank everyone who came out on Monday evening, November 13, for Columbia County Chamber After Hours hosted by United Way. We had a great time making new acquaintances, partaking of some great food provided by Silver Palm, and enjoying the soothing jazz tunes provided by Fred Williams. And, thanks to the folks at Security Federal for allowing us to host the event at your beautiful facility. Great event!

United Way is seeking new members for the Citizen Review Panels for 2018.

2018 Citizens Review Panels

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 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 seven 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 Angela Collins at acollins@uwcsra.org or Cheryl Odom codom@uwcsra.org for more information.

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The Burke County Carnival Kickoff was a huge success. Hope you were able to attend and participate in the fun!

UNITED WAY HOSTS 15th ANNUAL BURKE COUNTY KICKOFF LUNCHEON 

United Way of the CSRA entertained nearly 150 guests on August 9, 2017, at the 15th Annual Burke County Kickoff Luncheon held at the Augusta Technical College Waynesboro Campus.  The “Carnival” theme of this year’s luncheon was a hit.  Mr. Tom Blanchard, United Way’s 2017 Campaign Chair, thanked the local businesses for raising over $350,000 last year.  

United Way’s 2017 Campaign Video, “Imagine”, was premiered at the event.  The video encourages everyone to imagine the community without the aid of the local health and human service programs, without United Way, and without the many supporters who all come together to help change lives for the better…and then to imagine a community where everyone does their part to help improve conditions in Burke County…does their part to make Burke County a better place to live, work and raise our families.  

Suzanne Sharkey, Georgia Power and Burke County Campaign Cabinet Member, thanked the Cabinet members for their hard work and presented them with a special gift.  Recipients were:  Lindsai Mobley-Gentry, The Mobley-Gentry Firm; Valerie Kirkland, City of Waynesboro; Amy Nunnally, Burke County Board of Education; Ashley Roberts, Burke County Chamber of Commerce;  Trinetta Skinner, City of Waynesboro; John Nichols, Purification Cellutions; Laura McKerley, Deloach-McKerley-Prescott Funeral Home; and Mrs. Sharkey.    

Ms. Sharkey also shared the results of the United Way Stuff the Bus school supply drive at the Waynesboro Walmart on July 22.  School supply items that were collected that day had an estimated value of $3,300.  Supplies collected will be distributed to students in need of assistance in Burke County.  She thanked Walmart and the community for their generous support and encouraged those who have not given to drop off their donations of school supplies or cash at the Burke County Board of Education’s Central Office.

Chaplain Brennan Francois, Founder and CEO of the public speaking organization, DYNAMIC LIVING, inspired, motivated and challenged everyone about the importance of supporting the local community. Ms. Mikey Coffman shared her experience as a recipient of services provided through a United Way funded program at Friendship Community Center.  She shared that when you give to United Way, you are not giving to an agency or a program, you are giving to change the life of people just like her. 

WJBF News Channel 6 News Anchors Jennie Montgomery and Brad Means presided over the event sponsored by Southern Nuclear  Company.  Other sponsors included Augusta Technical College – Waynesboro Campus and D.J. Productions. 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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United Way thanks the community for their outstanding support of the 2017 Stuff the Bus school supply drives in July.

United Way Thanks Community for Stuffing the Bus for Local Students!

United Way would like to thank the community and local businesses for the tremendous support of the 2017 Stuff the Bus School Supply Drives.  The drives conducted on July 22 at the Waynesboro Walmart, July 28 at The Kroc Center, and July 29 at the Bobby Jones Walmart collected over 30,618 school supplies valued at over $41,755 for students in Burke, Columbia, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Richmond Counties. 

The Stuff the Bus initiative is just one way the community rallies together to help local children.  With the community’s support, we are able to prepare our local students to achieve success in the new school year. 

This year’s event saw over 30 local companies stepping up to contribute to this worthy cause.  These local businesses ran internal school supply drives within their companies and then dropped off their collections to one of the three drop-off sites.  Buses from Burke, Columbia, and Richmond counties were on hand to load the supplies and deliver them back to their respective Boards of Education (BOE).  The BOEs will now distribute the supplies to the schools in their districts with the greatest need.   Parents wishing to receive these school supplies for their children should contact the Board of Education in their child’s school district.

This event is made possible through the generosity of our many partners:  The Augusta Chronicle, Augusta University/AU Health, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Doctors Hospital, Electrolux Major Appliances, Fifth Third Bank, Georgia Power, MAU Workforce Solutions, University Health Care System, Walmart, WJBF News Channel 6, and their Giving Your Best Partners: South State Bank and Solvay Specialty Polymers. 

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Save the Date: Make plans now to help United Way Stuff the Bus with school supplies on July 22 and 28.

Thanks to the 414 volunteers who generously gave of their time on April 28 to lend a day of labor to help local nonprofits.

LOCAL VOLUNTEERS LEND A HELPING HAND

Friday, April 28, 2017, marked the date when over 400 volunteers from local organizations gave of their personal time to perform light maintenance and construction projects for 19 very grateful health and human service agencies. 

United Way of the CSRA’s annual day-of-caring, Project Serve, kicked-off at 7:00 a.m. with the volunteers gathering at The Salvation Army Kroc Center for a hearty breakfast.  Four hundred fourteen (414) volunteers spent the day working in 19 non-profit agencies performing 22 projects ranging from painting and landscaping to building repair and equipment assembly.  Participating companies included: AmeriCorps VISTA; Atlanta Gas Light; The Augusta Chronicle; Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce; Club Car; Countersync;  Doctors Hospital; Fuller, Frost & Associates; John Deere; Kellogg; MAU Workforce Solutions, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; SME CPAs; Savannah River Nuclear Solutions; Savannah River Remediation; Solvay Specialty Polymers, LLC; Southern Nuclear Company; South State Bank, State Bank and Trust, and WJBF News Channel 6.

The agencies receiving the donated labor were: American Red Cross of Augusta, Boys & Girls Clubs of the CSRA, Child Enrichment, Easter Seals of East Georgia, Family Counseling Center, Family Promise, The Family YMCA, Fireside Ministries, Friendship Community Center, Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, Heritage Academy, Hope House, The Jud C. Hickey Alzheimers, Lydia Project, MACH Academy, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Safe Homes, The Salvation Army, and St. Stephen’s Ministry of Augusta.

Without the help of these generous volunteers, most of these agencies could not afford to have this much-needed work done.  Because of the generosity of the volunteers, the local health and human service agencies are able to direct their resources to helping those in need in our community.

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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.

Download Agency Program Questionnaire for Community Resource Meeting

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