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.
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.
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
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.
773-7935 ext. 107
Chief Operating Officer
773-7935 ext. 108
Pamela R. Buddin, M.Ed.
AmeriCorps Program Director
773-7935 ext. 102
Diamonds Youth Development Director
773-7935 ext. 113
773-7935 ext. 101
Frequently asked questions
Why should I support the United Way?
Simply put, giving to United Way is the right thing to do for the long-term health of our community. Your contributions ensure that people have an opportunity to break the cycles of poverty, violence, and hopelessness and replace them with self-sufficiency, security, and hope.
Where does the money go?
Unless you specify differently, your contribution stays right here in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Counties to help those with basic needs (food, shelter, utility assistance), as well as assistance for victims of home fires, sexual assault or domestic abuse, and tutoring for young children.
Who decides how much money each program partner receives?
Based on current community needs and issues our Volunteers decide which agencies are funded by United Way. If you would like to participate as an Allocations Volunteer, please contact us at 803-773-7935.
How can I help make a difference?
In addition to charitable donations, your local United Way can help you find other ways to take action. We're here 365 days a year and invite you to Give, Advocate and Volunteer to help us fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community.
How is United Way changing lives?
Our work is personal enough to change individual lives and powerful enough to improve conditions across our community. United Way donors are able to address multiple social issues with one easy contribution. At the same time, United Way partner agencies are better equipped to advance their mission and help more people in more-meaningful ways.
We are committed to drive lasting, positive change in priority issues within the areas of Basic Needs, Education, Income and Health. These are the building blocks for a good life and the cornerstones of a strong community. When you contribute to United Way of Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Counties, you make one of the most powerful philanthropic investments possible ... one that is magnified and multiplied, letting you create deeper and more-lasting impact than you could accomplish by making a single donation to a specific cause.