Spotlight on Reading
The joy of reading is one United Way of Northeast Georgia believes in fostering. Through our Dolly Parton's Imagination Library programs and grant recipients like Books for Keeps and YWCO, children across our region have opportunities to engage in reading from an early age.

Studies have shown that 85% of brain development occurs before age five. Through one of our impact areas - early childhood success - we are excited to help programs that equip and encourage these young children and families with support and healthy learning environments.

On March 2, we celebrated Read Across America Day by sharing various read-along videos and insights on childhood literacy. We were so honored to celebrate this holiday, encouraging children and adults alike to open a book and experience the joy of reading. We hope you joined us but if not, visit our Facebook page to see these videos that you can use with your child anytime.

Thank you for your continued support of our mission to serve the highest priority needs, and for your commitment to encouraging a love of reading in our youngest neighbors.

One Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library parent said it best when talking about her daughter receiving books: "She expressed more interest to read, to look for images in books and try to understand the story. She definitely developed progress and now that she is in Kindergarten, she loves to read!"
Join us on March 25 at 11:30 a.m. for our Annual Celebration. We look forward to sharing the great work we were able to do together in the past year and celebrate how we will continue to LIVE UNITED.
Register here to receive the Zoom link to attend the event. When you sign in, remember to join with your camera on so we can all wave hello!
Board Spotlight: Jason Smith
Jason Smith, Chief Operating Officer of Piedmont Athens Regional, understands how to care well for people. He's served in a variety of roles within this healthcare system since joining them 2009. Prior to his time at Piedmont Healthcare, he worked as a traveling nurse.

A Board member for United Way of Northeast Georgia since 2019, Jason is now serving as the Board Chair through 2022.

When asked why he believes in United Way of Northeast Georgia and its mission, Jason says it's because "a healthy, educated, and supportive community is the key to successful generations and an environment where everyone can thrive." He loves the Athens and greater Athens area, and is dedicated to being an active member of the community through his volunteerism and work.

Thank you for serving our community through your work and volunteerism, Jason. We are excited to welcome you as our Board Chair!
Nonprofit Jobs & Opportunities
Our local nonprofits are working hard to serve our community members and they need your help. Tune in to our newsletter to see the newest job opportunities at our local nonprofits.

Open Positions
Books for Keeps
  • Family Literacy Coordinator - part time permanent position to help with expanded activities. Applications will be accepted through March 12.

Children First, Inc.
  • CASA Advocacy Coordinator - full time position responsible for the administrative case management of the open dependency court cases serviced by CASA.

Family Promise of Athens

Peace Place, Inc.
  • Legal Advocate (part time), PT Overnight Women's Advocate (part-time) and Weekend Advocate positions open. Email Traci or Ashley with your resume if you are interested in applying.

Project Safe, Inc.
  • Shelter Advocate - full time position providing direct services to victims of domestic violence and ensuring overall Emergency Shelter and Hotline support. 

  • Office Manager, a full-time position with the Administrative team playing a vital role in the day-to-day operations of the YWCO.
Nonprofit Leader Call - March 18, 2021
In March 2020, each of us embarked on journeys of uncertainty and urgency. For many weeks, we hosted a “Nonprofit Leader Call” designed to be an open invitation to provide space for the important: constructive dialogue intended to share and shape best practice, provide encouragement and support to nonprofit leaders, and help us begin to see and map the future together.
One year later, please consider joining a similar conversation again. Intended only for those who currently hold nonprofit leadership positions, we want to create intentional time to reflect, celebrate, and share ideas for tomorrow. Hosted by Sarah McKinney of the Athens Area Community Foundation and Kay Keller of United Way of Northeast Georgia, we invite nonprofit leaders in our Northeast Georgia region to share time together, dialogue in small breakout groups, and think about the future, together. For those looking to attend, please fill out this form with your contact information so we can provide you the Zoom link and follow up information. The two questions are optional, but we hope you'll share your thoughts!
Mark Your Calendars

March 18: Nonprofit Leader Call, via Zoom, is at 10 a.m. Information for joining is above. We hope all local nonprofit leaders will join us!

March 25: Annual Celebration - Join us for our virtual celebration as we honor our community for the work we have done together.

March 26: Nonprofit Training Series - Topic and speaker details, as well as registration will be open soon on GivePulse. Nonprofit Training Series are opportunities for specialists from areas in nonprofit development, fundraising, board management and more to leverage their insight and expertise to help organizations build capacity and show impact. All previous Nonprofit Training Series sessions are available here.
Just a friendly reminder to submit your 2020-2021 Workplace Campaign results form to Elizabeth Earl via email. Thank you for your contributions to United Way of Northeast Georgia.