Thursday, July 30, 2015

Meet Mt. Olive's Cafeteria Manager, Evelyn Long

Meet Evelyn Long 
Evelyn Long, Mt. Olive Cafeteria Manager
Ms. Evelyn Long, Cafeteria Manager at Mt. Olive Elementary, was super excited to have United Way Staff be a part of improving the appearance of the cafeteria.  She is thankful and grateful to witness this experience.  Evelyn does not take anything for granted, especially since going through a medical scare last year.
Her thankfulness is beyond any boundaries now.  She lives by "It's the little things that matter".  As she watched United Way staff and volunteers work together to re-paint the walls, she started to tear up knowing how this was something she wanted for the school since working as the manager.  
Her goal is to continue to upgrade the cafeteria.  Before retiring she wants to make sure all of the improvements are made. Making a positive impact for the children is her heart's desire. 

United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley staff was able to witness her joy! These opportunities to do hands on work is how the United Way staff gets to see our community's work come full circle.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

TSYS Stuff the Bus Celebration!

TSYS Stuff the Bus Celebration Results


TSYS employees had exciting news about their Stuff the Bus Drive. TSYS is proud to be a part of local initiatives that support education, and United Way’s Stuff the Bus provides a huge impact to area school children.

TSYS Stuff the Bus Celebration results

Completed backpacks donated by TSYS employees - 1,070 
Extra supplies were donated to fill 60 more backpacks
Money was for an additional 43 completed backpacks was donated  
Total - 1,173 backpacks!


Congratulations to TSYS Award Winners for contributing to 1,173 backpacks
MVP

McKesson Building Team
This very small team stuffed 22 backpacks ($660 worth of supplies)

Above and Beyond 
East Data Center
Set a goal of 50 backpacks but collected an additional 65 on top of the 50

Overachiever
 Corporate Ridge  
 Exceeded their goal for backpacks stuffed by 300%

    Spirit 
 North Center Creativity in getting donations from team members

    Right on Time 
South Center Didn't get to start until after everyone else but still met their goal of 50 backpacks.

     Bring it On 
Diane Herndon, Adam Elia, and Adam Thornton  
All are members of the Client Training team, which is part of North America Implementations. 
They led the effort to rally 5 divisions at the campus to donate a total of 517 backpacks.

      Campus Division Winner 
 Client Services 
Stuffed 181 backpacks with only 137 people (1.3 backpacks per person)



Bill Pruett



Thursday, July 23, 2015


We still need your help to "Stuff the Bus" with school supplies for local kids in need. We have a large number of backpacks that will go a long way in meeting the need in our community.  This means that we are in great need of school supplies to fill those backpacks. 

UNITED WAY still needs school supplies to
 “stuff the Bus”
The Stuff the Bus school supply drive is coming to a close soon, but United Way still needs school supplies to fill backpacks.

We have received a large number of backpacks that will go a long way in meeting the need in our community, but we are in need of more school supplies to fill those backpacks. 
How can YOU help?
·         Donate supplies at one of the public drop-off sites. Make a monetary donation for supplies at unitedwayofthecv.org.

Drop-off sites for supplies, Monday-Friday:
  • United Way, 1100 5th Ave. Columbus
  • Columbus Chamber of Commerce, 1200 6th Ave. 
  • Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, 945 Broadway 
  • Central Activities Center, 1500 14th St., Phenix City
  • Phenix City Library, 1501 17th Ave., Phenix City
  • Urgent Care, 4328 Armour Road, Columbus 
 Suggested School Supplies
Thank you for your support!
 

(Alabama Elementary Schools)

Backpacks – clear or mesh preferred

3-Ring Binder (2”)

Notebook paper (wide ruled)

Composition notebooks

Tissues – I box (oblong )

Index cards

Markers (washable)

Crayons (24 pack)

Erasers

Glue sticks

Scissors (for young children)

# 2 Pencils (1 Dozen)

(Georgia Elementary Schools)

Backpacks – clear or mesh preferred

3-Ring Binder (1½” )

Notebook paper (wide ruled)

Composition notebooks

Tissues – I box (oblong )

Index cards

Markers (washable)

Crayons (24 pack)

Erasers

Glue sticks

Scissors (for young children)

# 2 Pencils (1 Dozen)






















Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Faces of United Way


Meet Natalia Provorov 
Accountant at United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley

What is it like working for United Way?

Working for United Way is a life changing experience for me. It is a possibility to make a difference in somebody’s life. My own personal impact might be small, but combined with everybody that works or helps in some way to United Way it becomes stronger. As the Russian proverb says: “Little and often fill the purse”. I know that working here helps someone’s life a little bit better every day. 

How has United Way impacted your life?

It made me appreciate people around me more. United Way gave me the possibility to meet and work with many different people. I was greatly impressed by the United Way volunteers – their commitment, sense of responsibility and compassion for the community is inspiring. They genuinely want to make this community better. It also gave me a sense of pride knowing that I am a part of something important.

What do you like to do for fun?

I like to spend time with my family and travel to other countries. It gives me a different perspective on life. Even though cultural values and traditions might be different we are still a lot the same. We care about our families and want a better future for our children. 

Friday, July 17, 2015

CONNECT WITH UNITED WAY!



Here at the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, we see social media as a way for us to help people carry out the United Way mission every day.
You can connect with us on the social networking sites you like to spend time on. We’re proud to be part of such a diverse, passionate group of people in our community. 
Follow us on Facebook, we have 1074 Likes so far, JOIN THE MOVEMENT!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Board of Directors Meeting

United Way Welcomes
Russell County Sheriff as New Board Chairman



United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors recently elected Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor as 2015-2016 Board Chairman.  Heath also served as the 2013 United Way campaign chairman.

United Way welcomes seven new board members:


 Steve Davis
CEO, Columbus Water Works

 Dan Ellis
Sr. VP, General Counsel and Secretary
Carmike Cinemas

 Lorette Hoover
President, Columbus Technical College

 Jensen M. Melton 
Counsel, U.S. Legal Affairs, AFLAC

Allen Pettis
EVP, Major Account Relationship Management, TSYS

 Valerie Richardson
President, Chattahoochee Valley Community College

 Len Sexton
Executive Vice President, Synovus Securities, Inc.
Senior Vice President, Columbus Bank and Trust Company

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Faces of United Way

            Meet Edith L. Giles
Administrative Assistant at United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley



What is it like working as the Administrative Assistant?

As the Executive Administrative Assistant for United Way, I get to wear many hats and there is never a dull moment. I thoroughly enjoy my role and I consider it an honor and a blessing to be a part of the United Way mission and to serve in this capacity.  I have the opportunity to serve and work with great people from all walks of life, to include the people who call or come by our office everyday needing assistance, our President and CEO, Scott Ferguson,United Way staff, our partner agencies, our board of directors, community volunteers, United Way donors, various vendors, and all others that are connected in any way to United Way. 

How has United Way impacted your life?

I have been a financial supporter on and off through payroll deduction through my previous employers since the 90’s. However, until I came to work for United Way, I really had no idea of the importance and the impact that United Way has in our community. I have had the opportunity to tour several of our partner agencies and hear the success stories of lives that have been changed by a United Way agency.

Last year, I had the opportunity to work on a Community Investment team with community volunteers as they made funding recommendations for the monies raised during the United Way campaign.  This past school year, I had the opportunity to work with our Youth Council as they visited partner agencies and learned about the fund raising and fund allocation process. I am just humbled and thankful to be a part of this great organization.



What do you like to do for fun?


I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and my church family. I enjoy reading, movies, museums, stage plays, concerts, good food and sightseeing.