United Way of the Midlands Names New Internship in Honor of Mel Stebbins

Staff Report From Middle Georgia CEO

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

United Way of the Midlands has created an internship fund in honor of Melbourne "Mel" Stebbins, who passed away on August 18, 2017. The Mel Stebbins Marketing and Communications Internship signifies the importance of both his professional career in communications and media, as well as his years of dedicated community service.
Stebbins was the General Manager of WIS-TV, retiring in 2008. In his retirement, Stebbins graciously gave thirteen years of volunteer leadership to United Way of the Midlands through serving on its Education Council, Campaign Committee and Board of Directors. While serving as Chairman of the Education Council, Stebbins was instrumental in the creation of the Midlands Reading Consortium that now serves over 500 at-risk children in the Midlands each year. In addition, Stebbins volunteered with Girl Scouts, Junior Achievement, Palmetto Health Foundation, the Guardian Ad Litem program, the Cultural Council, Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, American Red Cross, and was a member of the Spring Valley Rotary Club.
Sara Fawcett, United Way of the Midlands President and CEO, stated, “We are humbled to have the opportunity to honor Mr. Stebbins and keep his philanthropic spirit alive through this internship. He was a genuine advocate for education, and we look forward to honoring his passion through this opportunity for college students and our overall mission as an organization.”
United Way of the Midlands is currently accepting donations to fund the internship in honor of Stebbins. Donations can be made online by visiting www.uway.org/mel. If you wish send in a donation by mail please contact Mike Gray at mgray@uway.com or 803-733-5422. The internship will begin in fall 2018 and continue as funding is available. Additional details on the application process will be released in 2018.