We Are

When we first opened in 1957, we were known as The Community Chest. Our first year, we raised $48,176.85. Since then, we have raised $25.95 million! We’ve changed a lot over the years, but our goal hasn’t. Since day one, our mission has been to engage and inspire communities to create a shared vision for the future and set goals for collective action in the areas of health, education, and income. And that’s exactly what we do. Every year, we’re amazed by the generous hearts and continued support of those in our community. It’s amazing what happens when we LIVE UNITED!

Mission & Vision

To positively impact lives in Putnam and St. Johns Counties.

To inspire and lead a community in providing transformative health, education and financial stability for all generations by collaborating with donors, partners and volunteers. 


Meet our inspiring board of directors who are dedicated to Living United! 

Kelly Green


Peace Love Home

Dick Williams

Campaign Chair


Lori Brandel

Community Impact Chair

Vystar Credit Union

John Regan


City of St. Augustine

Melissa Nelson


United Way of St. Johns

Joy Andrews

Board Member

St. Johns County Government

Mark Bailey

Board Member

The Bailey Group

Bobby Crum

Board Member

Anastasia Baptist Church

Dr. Gilbert Evans

Board Member

St. Johns River State College

Steve Hill

Board Member

Perigean, LLC

Brittany Keith

Board Member

Law Office of Brittany Keith, PLLC

Gina Mangus

Board Member

Flagler Health+

Jay Owen

Board Member

Business Builders

Joe Pickens

Board Member

St. Johns River State College

Susan Ponder-Stansel

Board Member

Alivia Care, Inc.

Matt Reynolds

Board Member

Putnam County Clerk of Courts

Bev Slough

Board Member

St. Johns County School District

Cynthia Williams

Board Member

St. Johns County School District


Melissa Nelson

President and CEO

Jenny Harvey

Director of Community Impact

Becca Crum

Director of Finance

Lorie Shvets

Director of Communications

Kim Simon

Resource Development

Richard Bashaw

Administrative Staff

Na'Tiece Anderson

Administrative Staff

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