Now recruiting for Pickens County AmeriCorps VISTA CODES 2013-2014 Positions!
Want to apply to become an AmeriCorps member? Send a resume and cover letter to Katey Buechler, email@example.com. Visit our recruitment pages for position descriptions and stipend/benefits information: AmeriCorps VISTA: CODES
Frequently Asked Questions
Note: Please click on a question to display the answer.
1. Why Palmetto Society?
The Palmetto Society is a way to recognize those who make what United Way has defined as a "leadership gift" of $1,000 or more.
2. Can I combine my gift with my spouse?
Yes. Palmetto Society was developed to recognize individual gifts of $1,000 or more but if a couple wishes to combine their gifts from two different workplaces they may. One spouse must give a minimum of $100. Each company is recognized for the employee as a Palmetto Society member. You must notify United Way directly of your wish to combine your gift.
3. Do I need to be an executive or manager in my company to be a Palmetto Society member?
No, the Palmetto Society is for any individual who gives $1,000 or more to the United Way on an annual basis. For as little as $20 per week, you can change lives and improve the overall quality of life in our community.
4. My company does not have a United Way campaign. How can I join the Palmetto Society?
You may pledge online or simply call United Way 850-7094 x104 and ask to speak to Candi Foreseter Smith and she can advise you on making a gift or pledge.
5. If I designate my gift to an agency is there a fee for making that designation?
In some cases there is a fee of 13% for the processing of donor designated dollars. The fee is capped at $130. There is no fee for a designation to other United Ways in Upstate SC, or for contributions of $10,000 or more.
6. Who is Alexis de Tocqueville?
Tocqueville was a French aristocrat who came to America in 1831 and traveled all over our nation. His observations formed the basis of Democracy in America, a detailed study of American society and politics.
7. I'm already a Palmetto Society member. How can I become more involved?
If you wish to become involved directly with a United Way committee call 850-7094 x101 and ask to speak with Julie Capaldi. If you want to volunteer with a community agency, sign up with "Get Connected" on our website for opportunities.
8. As a Palmetto Society member how can I be involved in funding decisions?
United Way volunteers look carefully each year at agency programs requesting funding. These volunteers look at the program's objectives and outcomes to determine how effective that program is at meeting the goals of our community. The recommendations for funding are submitted to the United Way Board of Directors for approval. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Karen Culley, Vice President of Community Impact, 850-7094 x102.
9. Why so many events? Can't United Way make better use of those dollars?
United Way uses its events to cultivate new donors and recognize current donors for their contributions. Thanking donors is crucial to maintaining good donor relations. While events do cost money, the dollars raised as a result ultimately exceeds the cost. Event Sponsors and in kind donations make the events possible. View our calendar of events for details on upcoming events.
10. How do I make a gift or pledge?
Many companies in Pickens County are involved with United Way through employee campaigns. If your company runs a campaign you may simply sign up by asking your campaign coordinator for a Palmetto Society pledge card or use the official United Way of Pickens County 3 part pledge form. If you are not at a company running a campaign, you may call United Way at 850-7094 x104 and a pledge card will be mailed to you or you may go to the pledge online section of this website to make your contributions.