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Melodie Lane’s Story

Feeding Children with United Way and Backpacks of Love  Melodie Lane has devoted her professional life to children. An employee of McAllister Elementary School in Richmond Hill, Ga., she has been with the Bryan County school system for almost 20…

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Jamie McLendon’s Story

Veteran United Way Donor Gains New Perspectives Jamie McLendon has been involved with United Way for nearly thirty years. She and her family own Pineora Handi-House, a builder and manufacturer of portable storage structures in Effingham County. In the mid-1990s,…

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Katrina Bostick’s Story

Working with United Way to Give Families a Home   Katrina Bostick sees the difference United Way makes in people's lives every day. She is the executive director of Family Promise of the Coastal Empire, a United Way-supported nonprofit organization…

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Sarah Jones’ Story

Turning Expertise into Service Growing up in Orlando, Fla., Sarah Jones was always passionate about supporting her community. When her career brought her to Savannah, Ga., in 2008, she wanted to connect to her new city. A portfolio manager for…

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Garrett Shelton’s Story

Becoming the Best You Can Be As a teenager living in a small town just outside New Orleans, La., Garrett Shelton struggled. He lacked direction and found himself in and out of trouble with the law. He needed a fresh…

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Dottie Carswell’s Story

Coming Full Circle Dottie Carswell worked hard her entire life. A single mother of a college student, her years of employment at a major hospital in Savannah came with long hours and a lot of dedication and sacrifice. As a…

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Craig Harney Award Honoree: Dr. Sandra Nethels

With great optimism, Dr. Sandra Wallace Nethels, Special Programs Coordinator for the Effingham County School District, welcomed the opportunity to be a part of the United Way of the Coastal Empire Effingham County Advisory Board in 2013. She happily took…

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Craig Harney Award Honoree: Nathan Benson

When Nathan Benson arrived in Savannah, Georgia five years ago, he hadn’t the slightest idea that he would one day be known as “Mr. United Way." However, there was one thing he was sure of upon his arrival and that…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Larry Show

Larry Show, General Manager of Lineage Logistics in Effingham County, is leading his life with purpose. A military veteran, Larry has dedicated much of his time to serving others and he continues to do so wholeheartedly. For nearly 10 years…

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