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)

  • Detra Mardis, Eaton Corporation

  • Erricka Jones, Coldwell Banker Commercial Cornerstone

  • Stephanie Swindon, BD

  • Dr. Vanessa Smith-Canty, Sumter School District

  • Danielle Thompson, Quixote Hospitality (Derby Day Committee Chair)

  • Sandy Vining, BD

  • Chuck Wilson, Universal Benefits Inc.


Our Team


Vicki Singleton



773-7935 ext. 107


Kari Cruse

Chief Operating Officer 


773-7935 ext. 108


Pamela R. Buddin, M.Ed.

AmeriCorps Program Director


773-7935 ext. 102


Melanie Dees

Diamonds Youth Development Director


773-7935 ext. 113

Bettie Anderson

Office Assistant


773-7935 ext. 101