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2017 Campaign Kickoff

United Way of Sumter, Clarendon & Lee Counties is kicking off its Campaign Season again which runs August 1st through November 30th. The Sumter Item announced our Wizard of Oz Campaign theme in an article last month highlighting our slogan, There’s No Place Like Home – Give Where You Live!   The United Way display with its Wizard of Oz props has already stirred quite a bit of interest in Employee Workplace Campaigns in our local area.    

Caterpillar Hydraulic Workplace Campaign Kickoff began with an all-employee meeting featuring Caterpillar Division VP’s praising the Sumter Plant’s incredible campaign results from last year.  Campaign coordinator Teresa Livingston and her team introduced employees to United Way’s 2017 campaign video featuring encouragement from Sumter’s Mayor Joe McElveen, volunteer board members, and community supporters.   Plant manager, Matthew Johnson increased their campaign giving goals, proposing challenges to employees with local donation matching.  United Way Staff was on hand to share personal stories of United Way’s work.

Caterpillar PINS kicked off their Workplace Campaign August 2nd with United Way staff present to talk with employees and answer United Way questions.  Campaign coordinator Ginny Dority drew employee names for kickoff prizes, as shown in the picture below, and announced incentive prizes for employee giving.

(Caterpillar PINS employees, Felder Poplin, Lee Beaty, Wes Murphy, and Craig Hodge.)

United Way of Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Counties participated in International Paper’s Agency Fair and Campaign Kickoff at their Eastover Plant with United Way of the Midlands, Kershaw County, Harvest Hope Food Bank, and Sumter Behavioral Health Services on August 10th and August 17th.  First time campaign coordinator Venus Bracey and the campaign committee engaged employees with games, presentations, prizes, and local information.

(United Way Campaign Coordinator, Patti Welday at International Paper - Eastover Plant Agency Fair.)

UPS and Duke Energy, longtime supporters of United Way, launched both Corporate and local United Way campaigns in August.

Synovus-NBSC bank is preparing to kickoff September 1st, currently hosting United Way displays for employees and customers in the lobbies of both Palmetto Plaza Branch and Main Branch on Washington Street.  Campaign coordinators Allison Gainey and Jody Taylor promote various fundraising events throughout the six Synovus-NBSC branches in our 3-County region. 

(Synovus-NBSC United Way Campaign Coordinators, Allison Gainey and Jody Taylor.)

International Paper-Sumter Plant will host its annual Agency Fair throughout the month of September to kickoff its United Way Campaign.  Laura Williams, campaign coordinator, and her campaign committee, have committed to the “Wizard of Oz” theme at this event, which will increase enthusiasm and interest for supporters and partner agencies.  Plant Manager, Frank Adams welcomes United Way and its Partner Agencies each Wednesday in September. IP employees have an opportunity to interact with agencies during lunch to learn about services made available through United Way funds. 

Eaton Corporation is kicking off their United Way Campaign in September with a pancake breakfast for all employees.  Eaton campaign coordinator, Elaine Hutson, received the United Way Campaign Coordinator of the Year Award at our Campaign Celebration earlier this year. 

Carolina Filters, Inc. campaign coordinators, Patsy Coulter and Gail Lemon, are rolling out a September campaign at several locations in South Carolina. 

Sumter County School District (Shelly Galloway, Campaign Coordinator) and Lee County School District (Beverly Caldwell, Campaign Coordinator) are leading employee campaigns in each of their respective areas.  They are working with each school in their district to increase United Way support. 

Piggly Wiggly Central supported United Way with its 2017 United Way Round up campaign June 15 – July 16th. Cashiers asked Piggly Wiggly patrons to ‘round up their change’ for United Way and top cashiers won Piggly Wiggly sponsored prizes to Carowinds, as well as donated gift cards from local restaurants.  We thank Piggly Wiggly Management and staff, patrons, and local restaurants (Moe’s Southwest Grill, Applebee’s, Zaxby’s, and D&H Bar-B-Que) for their United Way support! 

(Piggly Wiggly Store #88 at S. Guignard Parkway Round Up Top Cashiers, Ashley Coker and Rhonda Ahtonen.)

We are looking forward to many more Employee Workplace Campaigns in the next quarter to support United Way, to include Becton Dickinson, Sumter Packaging Corporation, Enersys, Sumter Coatings, ORR Corporation, Belk, City of Sumter, and more.

If you would like to run a United Way Employee Workplace Campaign, please contact Patti Welday, Fundraising Coordinator, at (803) 773-7935, Ext. 116 for assistance.  Visit our website at to view our local videos on our home page and see some of our campaign tools on our campaign tabs. 

Thank you to all of our coordinators, supporters, and volunteers for the wonderful work you do.