For the last 63 years, this organization has been working to improve lives in LaGrange and the West Georgia area.

First as the United Fund Appeal, then as the United Way of the LaGrange Area and finally in 1990 as the United Way of West Georgia, Inc. we have been working to support and improve the quality of life for all citizens in this area. The United Way of West Georgia is led by a Board of Directors, of local volunteers who care deeply about this community. They employ a President who with her staff run the day to day operations of the organization.

The United Way of West Georgia is one of 1250 local United Ways in the United States affiliated with United Way Worldwide. United Way Worldwide has membership standards which every United Way must adhere to in order to be licensed to use the United Way Brand. Each United Way is autonomous, in that they support the local organizations their board selects, they are registered with their Secretary of State and they are certified as a 501(c)(3) organization.

Currently, the United Way of West Georgia supports 25 local nonprofit organizations. Through the annual allocation process, the United Way of West Georgia facilitates a citizen review of all of the organizations they fund. Individuals are encouraged to volunteer to participate in this process where they learn about the inner workings of the funded organizations. This process occurs every February.


We improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of the West Georgia communities serving Troup, Heard and Meriwether counties.


We serve as the community’s catalyst for improved education, health and income for West Georgia area citizens, and we serve as the lead community organization to enhance the capacity and ability of partner agencies to provide for basic human needs in the community.


We value accountability, integrity, transparency, efficiency, effectiveness and diversity, and we embrace our role as the philanthropy of choice in West Georgia.


Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Rhonda Mitchell


Mandy Hill

Vice Chairman
Troup Family Connection Authority

Martin Pirrman, Jr

Jr. Treasurer
Community Volunteer

Meredith Key

Chairman Magnolia Society
The Veal Group

Jan Edwards

Well Star West Georgia Medical Center

Nicole Smith

Realtor, Remax Results

Bill Stump

Community Bank and Trust

Board Members:

John Asbell

Georgia Power

Dr. John Beyers

First United Methodist Church

Patrick Bowers


Curtis Brown

Build the Crowd, LLC

Debbie Burdette

Certified Literate Community Program

Jeremy Canady

Kimberly Clark

Dawn Coker

Community Volunteer

Kevin Donovan

Community Volunteer

Bryan Drozd

Publix Supermarket

Kathleen Ernest

Community Volunteer

Drew Gay

Synovus Investments

Coleman Foss

Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center

David Higgins

Higgins LaGrange Chapel

Henry Hutchinson


Brent Matthews

Hutchinson-Traylor Insurance

Dr. Erin Meeks

Hometown Family Medicine

Dr. Roy Nichols

Community Volunteer

Dana Shumate


James Woodruff

Troup County Sheriff

Ley Wynne

LaGrange Police Department


Patty Youngblood


Sharon Alford

VP of Finance and Development

Barbara Harris

Office Manager

Gail Gordon

Success By 6 Coordinator

Pam Vaughn

Success By 6 Assistant

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