About

A strong community is one where everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential.  

 

Building a strong community is like building a sturdy house.  It requires many people working together.

 

Just like you would bring contractors, carpenters, and other specialists together to build a house, United Way of Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Counties brings organizations and individuals together to address the health, education, and financial stability needs of our community.

Our Mission

United Way of Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Counties mobilizes resources and leaders that strengthen our communities.  We fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community.

 

We believe that together, we can

positively impact our communities.

Our Values

  • Integrity - Leading with moral fortitude

  • Compassion - Genuine concern for people's human condition

  • Transparency - Sharing and receiving information openly and honestly

  • Accountability - Sound financial management, mission-driven decision-making and servant leadership

  • Collaboration - Forging strategic partnerships to produce mutually beneficial outcomes

  • Excellence - Providing outstanding service across the entire organization

  • Inclusion - Organization culture where diversity is valued and everyone is genuinely considered

 

Our Board

Your United Way of Sumter, Clarendon & Lee Counties is locally governed by an independent volunteer Board of Directors, dedicated to creating lasting change in our region. These volunteers live in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Counties, and serve together as your United Way's primary decision-makers.

  • Jay Montgomery, Safe Federal Credit Union  (Chairman)

  • Howie J. Owens, City of Sumter  (Treasurer)

  • Ginny Dority, Caterpillar Inc. (Allocations Chair)

  • Celestine Huggins, Eaton Corporation

  • Erricka Jones, Coldwell Banker Commercial Cornerstone

  • Chris McKinney, Santee Lynches Regional Council of Governments

  • Dr. Vanessa Smith-Canty, Sumter School District

  • Danielle Thompson, Hamptons

  • Sandy Vining, BD

  • Ron Whetsel, EnerSys

  • Chuck Wilson, Universal Benefits Inc.

 
 

Our Team

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Mindy Popovich

President

mpopovich@uwaysumter.org

773-7935 ext. 107

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Kari Cruse

Chief Operating Officer 

kcruse@uwaysumter.org

773-7935 ext. 108

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Pamela R. Buddin, M.Ed.

AmeriCorps Program Director

pbuddin@uwaysumter.org

773-7935 ext. 102

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Melanie Dees

Diamonds Youth Development Director

mdees@uwaysumter.org

773-7935 ext. 113

Bettie Anderson

Office Assistant

banderson@uwaysumter.org

773-7935 ext. 101

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