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Causes: Federated Giving Programs, Philanthropy

Mission: The United Way Association of South Carolina is the common voice of the 29 independent, locally-governed United Ways in the Palmetto State working together to create long-lasting opportunities for everyone to have a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.

Programs: United way of sc has partnered with south carolina department of social services to restructure and enhance the operations of the sc child care resource & referral network (sc-ccr&rn). The sc-ccr&rn shall encourage and undertake efforts to promote quality child care policy, funding, and service coordination. The network shall serve as an advocate for ccr&r services, provide training to ccr&r agencies, and facilitate collection of data relevant to the provision of the ccr&r services. In december 2007, by executive order of governor mark sanford, the united way association of south carolina was appointed as the governing authority of the south carolina commission on national and community service. The commission is south carolina's lead agency on volunteerism and national service. The goal of the commission is to strengthen the state through the power of volunteers who help their communities meet the most critical needs.

americorps - the united way association is the governing authority for the south carolina commission on national and community service, which is the state's leading agency for national service programs and volunteerism. Our goals is to strengthen our state through the power of volunteers who help their communities meet the most critical needs. We provided grants to local communities, focusing on increasing high school graduation, financial stability for working families, access to health care, and improving nonprofit capacity. More than 450 americorps members gave more than 150,000 hours to improve their communities during the year.

sc 2-1-1. The association is the technological and data hub for south carolina's 2-1-1 information and referral service and operates the state's three call centers. The sc 2-1-1 network is a free service which provides links between community services and the people who need them. Sc 2-1-1 is a vital part of the south carolina's emergency information system, helping to link volunteers and donors to the communities following disasters. The association has expanded its work through sc 2-1-1 to reduce food insecurity and increase access to healthcare through innovative and groundbreaking partnerships with the south carolina department of social services, the south carolina department of health and human services, and the south carolina department of health and environmental control.

memeber service includes strategic planning, board governance and development training, best practice training for staff and volunteers, training in marketing, resource development and advocacy and hands-on technical assistance with key staff and volunteers. The south carolina state employee campaign is where all state government employees in south carolina make united way contributions through payroll deductions.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I've always felt comfortable donating to United Way Association of SC because I see the impact they make in our community. In a state that is often striving to show off what we do well, United Way Association is one non-profit that always works hard and it shows!

Donor

Rating: 4

The United Way Association of South Carolina is super helpful, efficient, and honest. They made it so easy for my co-workers and I to donate and really demonstrated how even a little amount per pay period adds up, and will be used for great purposes. I liked how they showed that my donation will go right back to my community! I love donating to United Way and will continue to try to convince others to do so as well!

BMerritt

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The United Way of the Midlands helped me when I returned to SC in 1987, a single mother with two children, ages 3 and 4 months old. The United Way and it's agencies is the "rock" of our community when we or our neighbors need assistance. Since that year I have been volunteering for the campaigns and with the agencies. Please help support the United Way to help ensure those in need are supported when they need it most.

Board Member

Rating: 5

United Way Association of South Carolina provides services that improve lives across South Carolina. The organization provides a 2-1-1 information and referral line for human social services programs across the state; administers the Americorp program for South Carolina; and provides assistance for Medicaid beneficiaries. The association provides support for local United Ways and administers the State Employees United Way campaign. The Association also takes a leadership role in public policy issues.

Bob_21

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with U/W for 25 years as a board member and volunteer throughout. I have worked with the SC Association since I retired in 2007. I have been impressed with the large impact the SC Association makes with the small SC Local UW's. through communications, training , leadership and ability to actively network the state's social service needs with the SC State Government. The Governor of SC actually asked the Association to take over AmeriCorp and doing so has grown it's very positive impact in SC. Since then, as a result of 211's success in SC, Dept of Social Services has outsourced their service call center to the Association. The Association is staffed with 21st Century Out of Box expertise who have made the Association a World Class Non-profit.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I hI have had a long and positive experience with the United Way Association of South Carolina. Earlier in my career I had the honor of working with them on a major initiative to improve child welfare services in South Carolina, an initiative that resulted in my co-location in the United Way Association's office. This experience linked me forever with the creative and mission-oriented staff and leaders associated with the organization; and today I am pleased to be able to help the organization as a board member. I am particularly proud of the leadership and ground-breaking direction of the United Way Association of South Carolina in becoming the driving force behind the state's 211 system; for taking on the programs that help citizens access governmental services in a welcoming, respectful and supportive way; the organization's advocacy for the poor who do not have enough of a voice to effectively advocate for themselves but need assistance in their lives; and our strong support for local United Way efforts and programs. The United Way Association of South Carolina is the type of organization that one hopes all entities would try to emulate. I believe our organization is progressive, its leadership outstanding, and the citizens of South Carolina fortunate to have an organization like ours to help to bring together diverse groups and ideas for the betterment of our state.

Tom_21

Board Member

Rating: 5

The United Way Association of South Carolina serves a critical, but low-profile, role in the service and safety net structure of the state. Its primary function is to enhance the effectiveness of local United Ways by providing, as needed and as requested, backroom technical and administrative support; by cordinating regional and statewide initiatives; and by administering federally funded programs. My previous experience with local UWs has enabled me to appreciate all the more the work of the UWASC. My interactions with other United Ways reinforces this perception. The 2-1-1 program is a perfect example of an initiative that improves both the quality and efficiency of services available to the residents of South Carolina. I consider it an honor to have been asked to be a part of this organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It has been my pleasure to get to know the employees of the United Way Association of SouthCarolina. I've spent a career observing and interacting with organizations of all types. Rarely have I met people who are so committed to doing good things for the right reasons, like those of the UWASC. Every program and service is planned and acted upon in the most professional manner; and every person has an attitude and approach that clearly comes from the heart. Our community is fortunate to have this organization serving us.

Moss B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The UWASC has helped countless numbers of citizens in SC thorugh its management of the the 211 system--a call system that provides critical human service information to the public. It is a leader in advocating for children and providces a support structure for critical programs like A,ericorp. The UWASC, with its statewide reach is able to help connect and support programs that would be out of the reach of individual United Ways. The networking and support of the UWASC guranetees that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and that is essential in South Carolina, a State with significant social, economic and health issues. Perhaps the best way to consider its value is to imagine what the State and the inidivbual United Ways would be like without it. It would have to be invented.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The UWASC provides leadership for local UWs across SC. This organization identifies needs of local UWs, and provides a cost-effective way of providing for that need. The association provides education and training for local UWs, it provides leadership in advocacy for the United Way's major focus areas of health, education, and income. The UWASC provides call center functions for a number of UWs, as well as for certain segments of state government. And, the UWASC acts as the point of coordination for grant funding for Americorps, which is a resource for all of SC.