United Way of the CSRA doesn't rest when it comes to making an impact in local lives. Here are just a few highlights over the past few months of what YOUR United Way has been up to.
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7.28.18 - United Way held their 11th Annual Stuff the Bus School Supply Collection Drive events. Hosted at the Kroc Center, Waynesboro, and Bobby Jones Walmarts our community successful donated over 20,000 supplies valued currently at over $26,000. These school supplies are distributed to the local Board of Education Offices for less fortunate students and classes to have the tools needed to be successful.
7.23.18 - We welcomed our new President & CEO, Brittany Burnett, to the CSRA community. Brittany comes to United Way with more than 14 years of fundraising, strategic planning, management, and leadership experience in the non-profit sector - to include leading United Way of Atlanta's Resource Development and Campaign Departments. We are excited to work along such an accomplished leader and advocate that will continue our legacy and commitment to our community.
7.19.18 - Academy Sports in Evans reached out to United Way to help provide 30 local students with back to school items. United Way wanted to highlight local high school students as they often get overlooked when thinking about school supplies.
Cierra, our Students 2 Work 2018 Summer Intern, created Project Z where she asked local high school students what kind of volunteer activities they would like to see in the CSRA. From those responses, we randomly selected 30 students to receive a $100 gift card to Academy Sports to help start their back to school shopping. We are happy to announce that Academy Sports even provided more supplies to go towards our Stuff the Bus Collection Drive next week that will benefit local CSRA students! Thank you to Academy Sports, Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, and all the Gen Z'ers who took our survey and helped build Project Z!
7.16.18 - United Way of the CSRA ran their internal employee fundraising campaign raising over $10,100. Employees of United Way donate and invest in our community just as we ask our workplaces and individual contributors. We are just as invested in making our community a great place to live and work as you are!
7.2.18 - United Way's 2-1-1 Department kicked off their Operation Seats & Feet sock and underwear collection drive. All summer long, they will be collecting socks and underwear for boys and girls PreK-8 who often go to school without the basic essentials. Please contact our office if you wish to make a donation to this cause.
7.1.18 - Ten (10) Summer VISTAs started their summer assignments at various partner agencies and our office as part of Project Unite. These students were able to help facilitate summer camps, skill workshops, and more while gaining valuable leadership and community experience.
6.22.18 - We launched our redesigned website! In order to make sure we continued to be one of your nonprofit organizations of choice, we conducted an anonymous survey asking for feedback from our donors, volunteers, partners and board members so we could evolve in today's world. Our new website is the result of YOUR feedback and expectations. Remember to follow us on social media for the latest news related to your community. Be prepared to see what YOUR impact looks like!
6.12.18 - United Way of the CSRA was honored, and grateful, to be a part of the Augusta Metro Chamber's "Students 2 Work" internship program. Cierra McCullough, a senior at Laney High School, joined our team to foster a new project (Project Z) to get our younger generations involved in volunteering.
6.8.18 - United Way of the CSRA and the AmeriCorps VISTAs hosted the 2nd Annual Book Bash on the Kroc Center lawn June 8, 2018. With the help of CareSource, Amerigroup Insurance, GoodBooks and Hire Grounds, we successfully distributed over 350 backpacks to local children to help curb summer reading loss along with providing fun outdoor activities to promote healthy living. See PHOTO GALLERY HERE!
6.4.18 - Club Car held their 7th Annual Charity Golf Classic at Champions Retreat Golf Course benefitting United Way of the CSRA. With over 50 teams competing, the tournament raised $165,000 for local people in need. See PHOTOS HERE!
5.11.18 - SRNS hosted their 15th annual golf tournament benefitting local United Ways. Over the past 15 years, this tournament has helped raise over $225,000.
5.4.18 - United Way of the CSRA welcomed Ben Schorr from United Way Worldwide to the Augusta area for the day. Ben came to visit the employees of Kellogg's manufacturing plant and launch the national campaign for #BetterDays. Kellogg's and United Way will continue to collaborate to ensure our communities have better days.
4.27.18 - Project Serve, United Way of the CSRA's Day of Caring in its 18 years of existence, brought together over 420 volunteers from 21 companies to provide labor of love across the CSRA. Approximately 29 projects, from painting to building ramps to gardening and putting together play sets, were completed for local nonprofits. Thanks to over 3,000 hours of volunteer labor, these nonprofits are able to focus on helping those in most need. See PHOTO GALLERY HERE!
4.14.18 - United Way of the CSRA was able to help Delta celebrate being in Augusta for 19 years by joining in on their employee fair day. Delta has been a tremendous supporter of our mission and we hope to celebrate 20 more years with them!
3.8.18 - Thankful Thursdays, a four-week celebration, started its second year of surprising our community champions that help support us all year round. This year we highlighted Richmond County Board of Education, State Bank & Trust, MAU Workforce Solutions, and Beasley Broadcasting Group. From hiding in elevators and stairways to popping up in board meetings, our UWCSRA Thank You Crew, lead by radio host Fenway from HD 98.3, brought goodies from the Sweet Suite as a way to show our appreciation for being a part of our mission. See the surprise VIDEOS HERE!
3.1.18 - We officially kicked off our 2nd Annual Book Collection drive with the goal to gather 6,000 books. Partnering with Goodwill, GoodBooks, Hire Grounds, Georgia Military College, Augusta-Richmond County Library, and more we hope to curb summer reading loss. Our book drive will eventually create free book packets for local children to be distributed at our Book Bash in June. Donations can be dropped off at our office at 1765 Broad Street, Augusta, GA 30904.
2.27.18 - 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”. 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 the guest speaker for this 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. United Way chose the Annual Meeting to present several key "Campaign Champion Awards" that highlighted local companies and individuals who went above and beyond raising donations for our 2017 campaign.
2.23.18 - Rural Sourcing Inc. and Enterprise Mill hosted its first ever "Hack-a-thon" in Augusta where United Way of the CSRA benefitted from the IT competition. UWCSRA provides a digital database and website that over 30 other nonprofits utilize to ensure families in need receive assistance and toys for their children during the holidays. This website needed enhancements and new features to stay efficient and beneficial. Over 12 teams, both amateur and professional coders, competed to fix as many tasks as they could in 4 hours. Thanks to RSI, two teams were selected as our winners and received a $500 cash prize.
2.20.18 - Our UWCSRA crew visited all four Publix locations as part of a national Publix Appreciation Day. Each location has been raising funds through payroll deductions for many years. In 2017, our local Publix locations raised over $250,000 for local residents in need across the CSRA. Publix continues to be a tremendous supporter and advocate for helping others in need.
1.31.18 - Rollins Elementary's school Principal Dr. Sharon D. Ray, and her Employee Campaign Managers Mrs. Tabitha Ellison and Mrs. Melissa Brantley, were surprised by the UWCSRA team with a recognition award for having a record-breaking year raising the most they ever have in over 20 years of fundraising for United Way of the CSRA. The entire school, 21 classes, took part in our first annual "Gather to Give November" initiative where students competed in Coin Wars by bringing in coins of all kinds as a donation while learning about local philanthropy. Mrs. Staley's 3rd-grade class collected over $900 in just coins alone and received a free pizza party.
1.20.18 - Burke County's Museum and the Burkeland Garden Club of Waynesboro collected over 200 pairs of socks and underwear for our "Operation Seats & Feet" drive for those less fortunate children in Burke County. This is the first year for our sock and underwear collection drive. This initiative was created to help our less fortunate children in grades Pre-K to 6th grade that often go to school without necessities such as underwear, socks, or clothes that fit.
1.19.18 - The AmeriCorps VISTAs lead a toiletry drive in late 2017 as a precursor to their MLK Service Day Project. Over 4,000 toiletry items were collected to create 680+ hygiene packs for local homeless and severely impoverished. 20 local nonprofit agencies, along with 8 schools, received these packets in addition to handing some directly out to our homeless in downtown Augusta.