About Us

Our Mission


Our Mission

With so many issues facing our community, it's not always easy to figure out how to help. So many groups ask for your support and you want to be sure your time and money are making a difference. Our focus is on education, income and health—the building blocks for a good quality of life and a strong community.  We ensure your generous donations go to help the people right here at home in the most efficient and effective ways possible. 


About United Way


United Way is based on the principle that united, we are stronger than we can ever be alone. There are over 1,400 United Way organizations across the country. Each United Way is autonomous. The Habersham County United Way is a local, volunteer-driven organization that raises and distributes funds to meet the needs of our community. Volunteers from all walks of life work to make sure your money is well spent. The volunteer Board of Directors select and monitor agencies and programs that provide critical human care services, services that make a real difference in people's lives here in Habersham County.

Money raised locally, stays local! Ninety-nine cents of every dollar you give to the Habersham County United Way stays right here in our community. It's a simple formula that works. You give to the United Way. The United Way uses the money collected to fund a wide variety of programs and services that help people in our community year round. 

But United Way isn't just a fund-raising organization. We work closely to partner with private businesses, local government, and non-profits to pinpoint and address critical community issues. United Way builds and maintains human service support structures that create a healthier, stronger community.


Staff & 2019 Volunteer Board of Directors



Carrie Akers, The Torch Christian Academy

Michelle Blackburn, Habersham County Schools

Bob Cook, Retired

Phil DeMore, Retired

Kerry Edwards, The Orchard Golf & Country Club

Connie Foster, Fieldale Farms Corporation

Vicky Frankum, North GA Technical College

Laura Garrett, Garrett Family Medicine

Adam Harper, United Community Bank

Pam Hendrix, Windstream Communications

Linda Henry, Retired

Amy Hulsey, North GA Technical College

Matt McClurg, South State Bank

Heather NeSmith, Preschool Music/Librarian The Torch Christian Academy

Alex Paris, Ethicon

Vinitha Robinson, Habersham County Government

Kent Rothwell, Weaver Parts

Heather Sinyard, Fieldale Farms Corporation

Margie Sirmans

Zane Stewart, McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home

Chris Strals, South State Bank

Ann Sutton, Piedmont College

2019 Executive Board Officers & Committee Chairs

Executive Board Officers

President - Heather Sinyard

President Elect - Bob Cook

Treasurer - Ann Sutton

Secretary - Laura Garrett

Committee Chairpersons

Allocations Chair - Bob Cook

Allocations Co-Chair - Carrie Akers

Campaign Chair - Connie Foster

Campaign Co-Chairs - Kerry Edwards & Chris Strals

Public Relations & Social Media Chair - Margie Sirmans

Finance Chair - Ann Sutton