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Diana Watson

Diana Watson is best known as an anchor for The Five O'Clock News and FOX Carolina News Tonight, but she is also a long-time United Way supporter and this year's Campaign Chair. Diana has deepened her personal connection over the years through volunteerism and one-on-one mentoring with Greenville County students.

"The more I've learned about United Way and the more I've learned about the agencies,” shey says, "I'm more passionate than ever and more confident than ever that the money I give is truly making a difference in each person's life."

Kady Jacobs

Life was good for Kady Jacobs. With an education, a career and a supportive church community, she never thought she would be the one needing help. However, one day her life was shattered. The worst part? It was the love of her life that caused the pain.

Overwhelmed with feelings of depression, she and her son didn’t know where to turn. They found the support they needed to begin the healing process thanks to United Way and the Julie Valentine Center.

Lamont Sullivan

Growing up in the City Heights neighborhood 30 years ago, Lamont Sullivan could have gone down a different path. 

Instead, as the youngest of six children, Lamont became the first in his family to graduate college. He credits United Way of Greenville County and its donors for helping him succeed.

“When I think about the United Way, it has really impacted my life full-circle,” he said. “I truly consider myself the United Way story.”

Brad Nivens

Brad Nivens is proud to say he has overcome his drug addiction and has been clean for five years. However, he still faces many challenges.

As a single father with two autistic sons, Brad has been longing for a safe and secure place his family could call home.

Holly Gonzalez

Six years ago, Holly Gonzalez came to Greenville to recover from addiction with just two duffle bags in hand.

In order to make ends meet, she began working a minimum-wage fast food job, but as a young woman who once had a scholarship to Francis Marion University, she craved more. She knew she had potential.

It was when she became a mother to Carmen that she knew it was time to make a change.

“I knew I was intelligent enough and had the drive to do something better and I wanted to make her proud,” said Holly. “I just needed a little push, a little bit of help.”

Isaac and Rommel

During his adolescent years, Isaac needed someone to look up to. As someone who experienced a challenging upbringing, there was nothing more he wanted than someone to have fun with — someone to bring him out of his shell.

Enter the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

Through United Way’s partners at Big Brothers Big Sisters, Isaac was partnered with Rommel who was seeking a way to get involved and give back.

Catching Up With the YPs

Happy spring from the Young Philanthropists of Greenville County!

I have the honor and privilege of leading the YP Council for 2017. For those who do not know, the YP Council is a group of volunteers chosen to lead the efforts and initiatives of Greenville County’s Young Philanthropists (United Way leadership donors aged 40 and under). In 2016, the YPs came together and raised more  $1.2 million for our community. In addition, our membership increased to over 950 generous individuals. That's a great accomplishment, but I am confident we can do even more this year.

More than a funder: United Way in our community

United Way of Greenville County’s mission is to promote the Cycle of Success in our community. This Cycle of Success starts with School Readiness and making sure that children from enter school prepared to learn and succeed so that they may go on to the next major milestone, High School Graduation. A high school diploma is an essential part of post-high school success and creating Financial Stability, where households are self-sufficient and able to weather financial troubles more easily.

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