United Way kicks off fundraising campaign in McDuffie
By Caitlin Boland

Riley Stamey is the local executive director for United Way of McDuffie County Inc.
United Way of McDuffie County Inc. has begun its annual campaign with a goal of raising $125,000.
The campaign, which runs from October through December, raises money for local nonprofit organizations that provide services and programs that help those in need in our community. The United Way in McDuffie County is independently organized and is one of 37 in the state of Georgia, according to Riley Stamey, executive director of the local United Way.
Stamey said the United Way in McDuffie County has partnered with 16 local organizations, including the American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Club of Thomson, Georgia-Carolina Boy Scout Council, CSRA Girl Scout Council, Family Y, GA-TASC, Golden Harvest Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, MANNA, McDuffie County 4-H, McDuffie County Special Olympics, Partners for Success, Salvation Army-McDuffie County, Sand Hills Psychoeducational Center, Thomson-McDuffie County Recreation and Leisure Services and SafeHomes of the CSRA.
“Ninety-two cents out of every dollar stays here,” Stamey said. “That’s really important because that means that money given for the local campaign stays here.”
The McDuffie County chapter of the United Way was organized in 1965, and Stamey said it has had a fundraising campaign every year. Stamey himself has been a volunteer with the organization for 40 years and has served as the local executive director since 2011.
The organization is led by a volunteer board of directors that is composed of 11 people -- Bobby Hildreth, Sean Kelley, Julie Langham, Stephen Sewell, Jaye Jones, Don Powers, Lenny Schaeffer, Pecola Wiley, Skip Griffin and David Jopling.
“We participate because we want people to know we are a quality organization,” Stamey said. “United Way is known as one of the most efficient public charities in the country, and we conform to solid business practices of good governance and transparency. The United Way gives us that credibility so people know that their money will go to good use.”
Stamey said after the money is collected by the United Way in McDuffie County, the local board decides how the money is given to the partner organizations, and then the organizations receive grants to help people in both McDuffie and Warren counties.
To make a contribution to the United Way in McDuffie County, you can contribute with a check, making it payable to McDuffie County United Way and mailing it to P.O. Box 87 Thomson, GA 30824 or by calling 706-597-8373. All donations are tax deductible.
FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, see the full story in the Nov. 2, 2017, issue of The McDuffie Progress. To have The McDuffie Progress delivered to your home or business each week, simply call 706-595-1601 to subscribe. Or, follow the link on our home page to subscribe.





McDuffie Progress




McDuffie Progress

McDuffie Progress





McDuffie Progress