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

Dr. Susanna Baxter

LaGrange College

Shandaleia Shephard

Vice Chairman

KeJuana Campbell



Megan Hudson


Spinks, Brown Durand Realty

Meredith Key

Past Chairman
The Veal Group

Mandy Hill

Magnolia Representative
Troup Family Connection 

Brent Matthews

Oakbridge Insurance

Bill Stump

Community Bank & Trust

Richard Williams


Board Members:

Dr. John Beyers

First United Methodist Church

Dr. Holly Dawson


Kathleen Ernest

Retired Occupational Therapist

Coleman Foss


Drew Gay

Synovus Investments

Irisha Goodman

Troup County School System

Deborah Hall

Retired LaGrange College

Connie Hensler

LaGrange Troup County Chamber of Commerce

Mandy Hill

Troup Family Connection Authority

Shirley Hines

Meriwether County

Lt. Robert Kirby

LaGrange Police Dept.

Kyle Lovejoy

Roberts and Lovejoy, PC

Eddie Mabe

Hyundai Transys Powertrain

Cheryl Magby


Dr. Eric Marks

C-3 Counseling

Jud Newman

Troup County School System

Lennice Parker

Retired Educator

Ron Richardson

Kimberly Clark

Dale Smith


Stewart Smith

Troup County Sheriff’s Department

Kelvin Thomas

Enrichment Services Program

Adrienne Tickle

Georgia Power


Sharon Alford


Barbara Harris

VP of Campaign and Finance

Office Manager

Gail Gordon

Success By 6 Coordinator

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