Our Mission: To serve as a catalyst to improve the lives of people in our community.
Our Vision: To be the leader that has united the community toward positive change.
A solid education is a pathway for success in life – in finding a job-which in turn leads to financial stability and a greater chance for good health. A high school degree is a milestone in a young adult’s life. It is a measurement of success that we all value and is critical to making sure our children succeed in life.
We invest so that families have their basic needs met, job opportunities and financial stability.
United Way's investments help keep food on the table, strengthen job skills and equip people with budgeting and financial tools to build for that unexpected emergency and their future.
United Way is in the unique position of being able to connect people through giving, volunteering, and advocating to make a difference in the community. Energy is focused on identifying underlying problems and knocking down barriers to create opportunities in education, income, and health. Additionally, United Way works closely with other community organizations to not only address problems in these three critical areas, but to uncover the causes, with a goal of helping people make permanent, lasting changes that will truly improve their lives.
In an effort to provide the community with real and measurable improvement to emerging needs, our local United Way of Greater Augusta has shifted to a new investment model that focuses on the three pillars of education, income, and health. This new model focuses on results, defined by non-profit partners, which they must achieve through the improvement in at least one of those three focus areas, to be eligible for funding. In order for non-profits to continue receiving funds in subsequent years, these non-profit partners will have to show measurable results for the services they provide in the community based on their anticipated outcomes.
This year, we eclipsed the $1,000,000 mark in terms of goods and services returned to our community through the efforts of the United Way, our passionate partner agencies, and our many amazing donors. As we celebrate this success, we also know that our journey to transform the Greater Augusta region is in many ways just beginning.
There’s a fundamental question that challenges United Ways. For that matter, it pushes almost all nonprofit organizations: How do you measure IMPACT? For UWGA, we’ve settled on a model we love. Our efforts to impact center on (1) hiring exceptional talent, (2) recruiting premiere volunteers, (3) serving as uncompromising advocates for our agencies, and (4) wisely reinvesting resources into programs and projects that matter.
Our growth is rooted in a history of hiring exceptional talent. Cynthia Pritchard has tirelessly served the organization for the last five years. Each year, she has led the UWGA as we’ve raised more dollars, funded more programs, and positively influenced more lives. Over the last year alone, Ms. Pritchard has been called upon to share our successes at the regional, state, and national level. She’s been called upon often by United Way Worldwide to facilitate global conversations about impact and to mentor others as they face barriers in building the UW brand in their own communities. She promotes professional development for her team and works hard to assure that Jody Beelendorf, Paul Vaughn, and Evelyn ____ are put in position to excel.
A second foundation is a strong corps of volunteers. Our volunteers are engaged, invested, and committed to transforming lives. Our current Board of Directors offers a skill set that is a superb match for the needs of the organization. The breadth and depth of organizations and subsets of the community that have representation on our Board ensures that we hear voices from the sectors that matter as we make decisions about how best to impact our friends and neighbors.
UWGA’s partner agencies are the lifeblood of our work. They go to battle on the front-lines of the community, identifying and responding to the most pressing needs in the areas of health, income, and education. These agencies have rallied around the financial stability initiative unrolled over the last several years and have shown strong progress in the measures of accountability they’ve been issued. Our agencies are often overworked, but the grace and class they put into accomplishing their missions is beyond admirable.
Finally, we focus on being wise stewards of the dollars our donors pledge. We know these gifts could well be used for so many other reasons. Yet, you’ve made a personal sacrifice to help needs much bigger than you. To you, our donors, we are grateful beyond words. You are the reason we can do what we do. The concept of maximizing resources has caught on with our agencies, also. As times and dollars have gotten tighter, agencies has focused on proposing collaborative efforts which stretch dollars farther and increase impact. These innovative ideas will continue to set the standard for funding priorities moving forward.
David Urso, Board President
Knowledge & Experience
The Greater Augusta Volunteer Center demonstrates how volunteering also encompasses more than just the individual giving back.
By working and building a strong network of volunteers, nonprofits and businesses, The Greater Augusta Volunteer Center helps improve the local community.
The Volunteer Center is a “one-stop-shop” for organizations. Access our vast array of recruitment resources, and consulting and training services to support your work with volunteers.
Financial Stability Initiative
Working Mission: To partner with residents to become financially independent by reducing dependence on entitlement programs, reducing debt level and increasing earned income
· Family-sustaining employment
· Safe, affordable housing
· Income supports and subsidies
· Manageable expense
· Savings and Assets
1. Increase access to tools and resources needed to foster economic stability and advancement (community resources, job training, vocational skills, computer skills)
2. Adult literacy skills and knowledge to enable all citizens to be successful (Literacy skills reading and math).
3. Increase preparedness in making responsible choices and conscientiously managing personal resources (financial education, retention of income, habitual stability)
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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