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United Way of Pickens County

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Federated Giving Programs, Philanthropy

Mission: To mobilize the caring power of Pickens County to improve communities and individual lives in measurable and lasting ways.

Target demographics: individuals meet their basic needs, children and youth achieve their potential through education, and individuals become financially stable and independent.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 27 local agencies serving Pickens County residents, 1300 taxpayers through our VITA program, 66 children in Camp iRock

Geographic areas served: 3 impact areas: Community Basic Services, Education, and Financial Stability. We work to figure out what our community needs and create solutions. Addressing the root causes of our problems is a priority for us and the way we can make real change.

Programs: Camp iRock, a summer learning loss camp for below-grade level readers, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Money Smart financial literacy classes, Family Promise of Pickens County and Born Learning.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was an intern at the United Way of Pickens County this past summer, from May - August 2015. My experience at this United Way was second to none, and opened my eyes to all of the wonderful things this small but mighty staff does within the community.

I saw firsthand, the dedication and passion the staff has in their mission and work. This is not just a 9-5 job for them, but a way to make a significant change. In the 3 short months I was able to help, the United Way of Pickens County funded a revolutionary summer learning-loss camp with the partnership of the YMCA and school system. They raised over 1,000 books in a book drive, met their goal of raising almost 1 million dollars, initiated the first women's leadership council and coordinated with it's founding members, among many, many other things.

My internship at the United Way of Pickens County was one of the most positive experiences throughout my college career, and has made me want to pursue a job that makes a difference, and gets me excited to wake up in the morning. As Julie Capaldi, the president, said to me that stuck with me "you should run to work, and walk home."

Neil S.

Donor

Rating: 5

Contributing to this United Way feels like I am making a real, impactful difference in the community. They utilize their resources efficiently and effectively. I am proud to support their work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had an excellent experience with the Pickens County United Way! I was a volunteer and everyone I worked with was very enthusiastic and passionate about their roles. Through my volunteering, I was able to witness the great things they are doing in our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have been working with the United Way of Pickens County for over 25 years as a volunteer .

this organization comes to the extreme limit to help all citizens of Pickens County with their basic needs required. Keep living "United'

Board Member

Rating: 5

United Way of Pickens County does an excellent job serving those in need of help. They have an outstanding staff dedicated to providing compassionate service in many ways throughout the county. This service is provided in a caring and cost effective manner which reflects the goals of the organization.

Ken_49

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been working with United Ways, in one way or another, for over 40 years. Hands down, this group from Pickens is the most dedicated and fully engaged group I have ever had the pleasure to work with.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The United Way of Pickens County located in Easley, SC makes great strides to involve the entire Pickens County community. Staff members have partnered with the Cliffs Residents Outreach-Vineyards Non-Profit to tie blankets for the elderly and in supporting their various educational fundraisers. Currently,they are funding a PALS-Parents As Learners Program teaching parents how to help their children be successful in school. In partnership with the School District of Pickens County and the YMCA they sponsored a 2015 summer learning loss IRock Summer Camp for at-risk children. The reading results are phenomenal. Their dedication to children, families, the school district, and education in general is to be commended. United Way of Pickens County is a fun group of people on a real mission who understand that "none of us is as good as all of us!!! "

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very efficient United Way and energetic leadership team!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love United Way of Pickens County and their commitment to serving our community. Proud to serve alongside them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The United Way has a long and storied history of service to the community, and I'm proud of the work its Education Council does to ensure educational opportunities and resources are provided to those citizens, agencies and programs that are rendering effective services throughout Pickens County. It does indeed, as the adage goes, take a village to raise a child--the United Way continues to invest in the people that are the dutiful stewards of the greater Pickens County village, and our children are the ultimate beneficiaries!

Winston E. Holton
United Way Education Council Member
Call Me MISTER - Clemson University

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent organization serving various demographics in Pickens County. Large percentage of funds donated goes directly those in need. Children to adults benefit from the many agencies that UWPC funds.

Strong leadership team that has set priorities through advisory groups to assure that funding is allocated to the most needy, not only by meeting folks immediate needs but also by giving them a hand up so that they can help themselves.