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Row 1 (l-r): Annaclair Kiger, Rhonda Midgette, Sue Berkowitz
Row 2 (l-r): Jim Head, Ray Drew, Percy Mack, Leighton Lord III

Members of Merge emphasized addressing the current needs of non-profit organizations in Columbia that utilize the diverse talents of local professionals. Their focus was to give beyond monetary donations by also giving of their own time and talents. Members of Merge achieved this goal by creating a pool of volunteers consisting of themselves and colleagues to volunteer at various non-profit organizations that would most benefit from advisory work. A database of volunteers was created and provided to the United Way Compassionate Grant facilitator as well as the South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations (SCANPO) to be distributed to non-profit organizations. The ongoing goal of Merge is to “drive” the effort to keep recruited volunteers actively participating in aiding non-profit organizations.