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

Meredith Key

The Veal Group

Brent Matthews

Vice Chairman
Oakbridge Insurance Agency

Bill Stump


Community Bank & Trust

Dr. Roy Nichols

Past Chairman
TCSS Superintendent, Retired

Megan Hudson


Spinks, Brown Durand Realty

Debbie Burdette

Magnolia Representative
Community Volunteer

Richard Williams


Board Members:

Susanna Baxter

LaGrange College

Dr. John Beyers

First United Methodist Church

Curtis Brown

Build the Crowd, LLC

Holly Dawson


Kathleen Ernest

Retired Occupational Therapist

Coleman Foss


Drew Gay

Synovus Investments

Irisha Goodman

Troup County School System

Connie Hensler

LaGrange Troup County Chamber of Commerce

Mandy Hill

Troup Family Connection Authority

Shirley Hines

Meriwether County

Kyle Lovejoy

Roberts and Lovejoy, PC

Cheryl Magby


Ron Richardson

Kimberly Clark

Shandaleia Shepherd


Dana Shumate

Shumate Consulting

Dale Smith


Stewart Smith

Troup County Sheriff’s Department

Kelvin Thomas

Enrichment Services Program

Ley Wynne

LaGrange Police Department


Patty Youngblood


Sharon Alford

VP of Finance and Development

Barbara Harris

Office Manager

Gail Gordon

Success By 6 Coordinator

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