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United Way Diamonds

United Way Diamonds is preparing for another awesome year of serving students in our community.   

United Way’s initiative, Men's Day Wednesday focuses on the importance of fathers and male role models in the lives of children.  Fathers have a significant and positive effect on their children’s lives. There is a connection between father absence and social problems according to the National Fatherhood Initiative.  Children with an absent father are more likely to deal with poverty, teen pregnancy, juvenile delinquency, physical abuse, suicide, substance abuse, alcohol abuse, and more.

United Way Diamonds continues to seek opportunities to partner with the community, promoting positive change in the youth served.  Our Men's Day Wednesday program is looking for male volunteers to visit a local school one Wednesday a month for a few hours during the school year. 

Our male volunteers mentor small groups of teens, meet and greet students in the hallway, and shake student’s hands when passing. Men's Day Wednesday volunteers are a positive influence that students can look up to and relate to.

The Men's Day Wednesday program is currently serving 6 Sumter Schools (Brewington Academy, Chestnut Oaks Middle, DeLaine Elementary, Furman Middle, Lemira Elementary, and Mayewood Middle).

If you want to be a role model in your community, and you are interested in having a significant and positive effect on a child's life, then this program is for you!

For more information about becoming a Men's Day Wednesday volunteer, please contact Melanie Dees at (803) 773-7935.