Vickie and Joe Chandler are members of the GGC Foundation's Double Helix Society recognizing their annual philanthropic contributions. Both are natives of South Carolina. Vickie was born born in Lancaster and Joe in the Greenwood-Ninety Six area. They met at Erskine College and married 40 years ago, and as Vickie shares, "We had similar upbringing which has helped us very much."
They have 2 daughters, a grandson, a granddaughter and a grandson due in June. Joe has had success as a majority stockholder of a local construction business, and they both believe it is important to be involved in and give back to the community, as "This is our home so what benefits the Greenwood area benefits us and our employees."
Vickie and Joe have been active members of Main Street United Methodist Church for over 35 years. Joe currently serves on the boards of Self Regional Healthcare, Wesley Commons, Hospice of the Piedmont and Greenwood County Community Foundation. Vickie has recently joined the GGC Foundation's "Gene League" to help bring awareness of and raise funds for the Greenwood Genetic Center. The Gene League is responsible for planning the annual 'Jammin' for Genes Lawn Festival' held at GGC each fall.
They said they have always known GGC was here but never fully appreciated it until a loved one was seen there 9 years ago. Vickie shared, "Our family received great service while being treated with dignity and respect through the experience. From the minute you walk in the clinic door you are treated like family. Friends in other areas are amazed when we tell of our experience at GGC. Nothing like it exists elsewhere."
Vickie and Joe donate to the GGC Annual Fund because they believe it is one of Greenwood's greatest assets and, as such, needs to be supported by the community. "The continued growth of GGC would definitely place Greenwood in a positive light."