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Hands Up


The United Way of Stephens County's mission is to improve our community's quality of life by uniting resources in support of programs dedicated to helping people. 


The United Way of Stephens County was formed in 1954 as a Community Chest by two local businessman, T.H. McCasland, Sr. and Eric Murray. They created a consolidated fundraising effort that supported six local nonprofit agencies. These men helped create a lasting legacy that we proudly continue to promote this day.


Today, the United Way of Stephens County supports 20 agencies and programs providing a wide range of human services directly to the residents of Stephens County. Over 98% of funds invested in the community, go directly to these supported agencies. Agencies supported by the United Way, must be nonprofit, tax-exempt, practice sound financial management, have at least 18 months in operation before being considered and must be non-discriminatory.

While our name has changed a couple of times since 1954, our mission stays the same. The United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community. 

Diversity Statement

As a human services organization continuously seeking to deliver community impact and maintain quality service to our donors and clients, the United Way places high value on the concept of diversity.

The United Way values the uniqueness of the individual, the power of the collective good and the importance of communities. We promote a climate that welcomes, understands and respects the diversity of our clients, donors, staff, volunteers, agencies and community partners. Dimensions of diversity include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, cultural orientation, national origin, language, religious belief, disability, gender, sexual orientation, and age.

The United Way is committed to incorporating practices that enhance diversity into all areas of activity, including the recruitment and retention of staff and volunteers from diverse backgrounds. Staff and volunteers are supported through training to address the needs of all individuals and communities served.

The Board of Directors and Executive Director will provide leadership and collaborate with donors, staff, volunteers, agencies and community partners to ensure an environment that values diversity.

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