Theresa Counts-Davis, an Always United member, has been volunteering with United Way of the Midlands since around 2011 after SC Mission: Midlands where she helped anywhere she was needed. SC Mission: Midlands, a two-day free medical, dental and vision clinic was held to provide services and match patients to a medical home where they can continue to receive the care they need.
She then served on the Education Council which oversees all the education investments that United Way of the Midlands makes within the community.
Now, as an Always United member, Theresa continues volunteering with United Way. Always United provides opportunities for individuals who are at or near retirement to continue their relationship with United Way and make the Midlands a better place to live.
"Giving back and being of service is my responsibility,” Theresa said. “The Lord has ordained us to use the resources we have to do good.”
As an employee of Richland School District Two, she has spent the past 20 years working to positively impact the wellbeing and educational experiences of adolescents and their families.
“I am an advocate for children and teens,” Theresa said. “It has enriched me personally and enhanced my skills to be of better service to others.”
Working in education and through community service work with her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Theresa continues to mentor students and young professionals.
“It’s important to have mentors and surround yourself with capable, trusted colleagues,” she said. “You do not have to know all the correct answers, just where to find them.”
Community service and giving back to your local community are important to Theresa. Throughout her life she has volunteered with United Way of the Midlands, Junior League of Columbia, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated as well as other organizations.
Theresa’s tips to get started volunteering and getting involved in your community:
- Talk with your family and peers who participate in community activities.
- Start at your comfort level.
- Give at least two hours a month of your time to a community project.
- Identify a group that supports your values and beliefs regarding serving your community.
Outside of work, Theresa enjoys endless days at the beach and baking in her kitchen.