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United Way is currently serving to connect volunteers to Disaster Relief efforts. The recovery efforts from this disaster will be longterm.  If you would like to volunteer with United Way or receive asistance with volunteer placement in the community, please contact United Way at (803)773-7935.

The premiere event for Sumter takes place on May 5, 2018.  The Derby Day Sumter party features a live broadcast of the fastest 2 minutes in sports, followed by an evening of Southern grace, charm, and hospitality that would not be complete without the food, fashion, music, and a silent auction that makes any derby event memorable!  We are always looking for event volunteers for our annual fundrasing event, Derby Day Sumter.  If you would like to particpate by volunteering to set up, tear down, or help during the event, please contact United Way at (803)773-7935.


Partner Agency Volunteering Opportunities:

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 hallways, and shake hands when passing.  Men's Day Wednesday volunteers are a positive influence that students can look up to and relate to.  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!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer contact Melannie Dees at (803)773-7935 ext.113 or email her at

Reading Success AmeriCorps understands that early grade reading is the key to academic achievement.  United Way is working to support the education of all children in our communities.  The Reading Success AmeriCorps Program provides literacy tutoring to children in kindergarten through third grade at service sites in Lee and Sumter Counties.  Individuals commit to a one-year term of service by becoming a member of the AmeriCorps Program engaging in small group and one-on-one tutoring. 

For more information on how you can become involved contact Pamela Buddin at (803)773-7935 ext 102 or email her at


Additional Volunteer Agency Connections:

Sumter United Ministries
Volunteers Needed, to learn more visit or call Kathy Hunter at (803)775-0757