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Posted By Administration, Monday, September 9, 2019

We've made it to a new week. We hope you are home, settled and are able to take on the week ahead!

With the impacts, stress and unbelievable heartbreak from Hurricane Dorian behind us, we are now ready to come together and start out the week refocused. 

In the midst of it all, we are thrilled to welcome some new Allies to join us in our efforts to strengthen this great state! 

We also welcome back several Allies for another year of advocacy and leadership!

Tags:  Allies for Good  Hurricane Dorian  New Members  Renewing Members  Together SC 

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Central Carolina Community Foundation's Grant Applications are Open!

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 6, 2019

Central Carolina Community Foundation's fall grant applications are open!

There are over $2M available in grants this fall – some are local to the Midlands, others are statewide.

Apply today!




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AmeriCorps 25th Anniversary/City of Columbia Volunteer Fair

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 5, 2019

Help AmeriCorps celebrate their 25th anniversary by joining them for the Columbia City Serve Volunteer Fair on September 28th at 9 AM.

The AmeriCorps 25th anniversary is coming up on September 12th.  In line with our mission to promote volunteerism in our communities, we are pleased to present the Mayor’s proclamation and a video featuring Mayor Steve Benjamin where he talks about the importance of volunteerism in the Midlands!  You can watch the video here.

Additionally, there will be a volunteer kickoff on September 28th that AmeriCorps is sponsoring in partnership with United Way of the Midlands, United Way Association of SC and the Mayor’s Office.  The event will host around 25 community organizations and will showcase their causes. 

Hopefully, those organizations will also be able to recruit volunteers who are dedicated to helping them continue their good work!

AmeriCorps / Columbia City Serve VOLUNTEER FAIR
When: Saturday, September 28, 2019, 9am - 12pm
Where:  Boyd Plaza at the Columbia Museum of Art on Main Street


Please reach out to Rosland Powell at with any questions.

Tags:  AmeriCorps  Mayor  Volunteerism 


Diversity and Inclusion Workshop with Dr. Derrick Gay

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Dr. Derrick Gay, an internationally recognized consultant to organizations on issues of diversity and inclusion, cultural competency, and global citizenship, will speak Oct. 14 at the Richland Main Library.

Gay, a proud graduate of Whitney Young Magnet High School; Merit School of Music; Oberlin College (BA in Romance Languages); Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BM in Opera); Columbia University (MA, Klingenstein Program, Educational Leadership in Independent Schools); and The University of Pennsylvania (Ed.D Educational Leadership), is being sponsored by the Montessori School of Columbia. Space is limited to 150 people.

Dr. Gay has written articles for New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, and El Tiempo Latino. He has been interviewed on NPR and 60 Minutes, and he has produced two TED Talks: The Double-Edged Sword, which explores the irony that the word diversity often undermines diversity goals; and Why Elephants Hold the Key to Success in the 21st Century, which explores the nature of racial discourse in the United States.

Recognizing the 21st-century reality of an interconnected global society, Gay partners with organizations around the world, to promote global citizenship.

“The Montessori School of Columbia invited Dr. Gay to our community to discuss critical issues. We want our students to understand the interconnected nature of our world, and we believe promoting these discussions in our community builds better leaders for our future,” said Karen Kuse, head of school.

This event is free and open to the public. It will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 14, in the auditorium of Richland Library Main, 1431 Assembly St. To attend, register on Eventbrite:

To learn more about Gay, consult his website,, or view him on Twitter (@derrickgay) or Instagram (@derrick_gay).

Note: Dr. Gay is available for interviews. Please call (803) 783.8838 to schedule.

For information, contact Karen Kuse
(803) 783.8838 or

For more information about the Montessori School of Columbia, visit the website: The mission of the Montessori School of Columbia is to offer an authentic Montessori education that challenges students academically and fosters each child’s social, emotional, and intellectual growth in order to prepare them to serve as responsible citizens of the greater community. Montessori School of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, color, creed, or national and ethnic origin.

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Hello September!

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 3, 2019

If you observe Labor Day, we hope you had a nice long weekend! We know the Lowcountry spent their time prepping for Hurricane Dorian and we are here hoping it will be kind to our coastal Allies. As we welcome September, we want to give a shout out to some new Allies for Good joining our ranks: 

And a big hello to our renewing Allies for this week: 

Tags:  Allies for Good  New Members  Renewing Members  Together SC 

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Summer’s Coming to a Close…

Posted By Administration, Monday, August 26, 2019

Labor Day is just around the corner and cooler weather is already starting to make its way through South Carolina. We’re so excited for what fall has to offer! Especially when it’s kicking off with these great new members:

Be sure to follow them on social media to receive all the latest updates! This week, we also welcome back these returning Allies for Good:

Tags:  Member News  New Members  Renewing Members  Together SC 

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Stanley Named New ESMMSC Executive Director

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 22, 2019

The Board of Directors of Eat Smart Move More South Carolina is pleased to announce that Meg Stanley has been named Executive Director. Meg will begin leading the organization in its efforts to increase access to healthy eating and active living resources in South Carolina at the end of August. She is a seasoned professional who has worked on public policy campaigns, organizational wellness, and board development. In the past, she worked on several political and issue campaigns as a fundraiser and communications advisor. She also has experience in the fitness and nutrition industry.

Board Chair Jen Wright said, “The Board of Directors is thrilled to welcome Meg as the organization’s next leader. She brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and a unique perspective that gives us confidence she will be a highly effective leader and a passionate advocate for our organization in our efforts to create environments supportive of healthy eating and active living.”

Before accepting the executive director position, Meg served as a school representative for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and a member of ESMMSC’s Advocacy Committee. She has extensive experience in the development and promotion of healthy lifestyles, leadership, education, and health equity.

Meg received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master of Mass Communications degree from the University of South Carolina. She holds certifications from the Corporate Health and Wellness Association, National Academy of Sports Medicine, and Aerobics and Fitness Association of America.

Meg lives in Columbia with her husband, Chip, two of their children, Isabel and Porter, and two dogs, Molly and Henry. She is a member of St. Martin’s in the Fields Episcopal Church in Columbia. Meg enjoys spending time outdoors, especially on the South Carolina Coast.

Tags:  Eat Smart Move More  New ED 


SC First Steps 20th Anniversary Celebration

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 20, 2019
You're Cordially Invited!
20th Anniversary Celebration Invitation

Tags:  Anniversary  Celebration  SC First Steps 


SCAVA and the SC Governor's Office are currently accepting nominations for the 2019 Annual Governor's Volunteer Award

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Nominate your outstanding volunteers today!

SCAVA and the SC Governor's Office are currently accepting nominations for the

2019 Annual Governor's Volunteer Award

Nominee categories include:

  • Community Leader Volunteer
  • Direct Service Volunteer
  • Volunteer Group
  • Youth Individual Volunteer
  • Volunteer Family
  • Workplace Agency/Association
  • Legacy Volunteer
  • Volunteer Administrator of the Year

The Governor's Volunteer Awards honor the true spirit of volunteerism by recognizing individuals and groups that make significant contributions to their communities through volunteer service.


Please take the time today to nominate your dedicated volunteers! All nominees will receive a recognition letter on behalf of SCAVA and the Governor's office.


Click here for eligibility requirements and the nomination form:

2019 Governor's Awards.docx


Nomination forms must be submitted electronically to

no later than midnight, August 15, 2019.

Tags:  SCAVA 


United Way launches Resiliency Team at Jackson Creek Elementary School

Posted By Administration, Monday, August 19, 2019
Columbia, S.C. (August 15, 2019) – United Way of the Midlands received nearly $158,000 from Richland County Government to fund the launch of a pilot program placing a Resiliency Team, part of United Way of Midlands Resilient Richland initiative, at Richland School District Two’s Jackson Creek Elementary School.

“We’re excited to partner with Richland School District Two to launch our first Resiliency Team at Jackson Creek. We’ll be working with a great school led by Dr. Mosso-Taylor and nonprofit partner Richland County Public Education Partners, known as RCPEP,” said Sara Fawcett, President and CEO of United Way of the Midlands. “We are incredibly grateful for Richland County Government’s support and belief in the power of building resiliency. This grant allows us to build on our existing partnership with the District that currently includes access to children’s dental care through WellPartners Dental Clinic and emergency financial assistance for struggling families. We’re also excited to add Jackson Creek to the list of schools participating in our Midlands Reading Consortium volunteer tutoring program to help striving readers improve literacy skills.”

Resilient Richland aims to reduce the stigma of trauma and equip individuals and organizations with information and skills to build resilience among children and youth who experience traumatic incidents, referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), during childhood and teen years. These include physical, verbal, sexual abuse, and physical or emotional neglect.

Based on research provided by Children’s Trust of South Carolina, 67 percent of people living in Richland County – approximately 212,000 adults – have experienced at least one ACE and 14 percent have experienced four or more. People who experience four or more ACEs are vulnerable to poor health outcomes as adults including heart disease, stroke, cancer, COPD, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and suicide.

The Resiliency Team includes a behavior interventionist and a social worker. The interventionist will be based at the school and be available to provide immediate support to children exhibiting disruptive behavior and ideally prevent disciplinary responses that can re-traumatize the child while at school. A social worker will be based in the community to provide case management and connect families to resources in the community based on specific needs.

“We are excited about the Resiliency Team pilot at Jackson Creek Elementary as well as our partnership with United Way of the Midlands and the Richland County Government. Addressing the whole child is the responsibility of the entire community in which that child lives and learns,” said Dr. Baron Davis, Richland School District Two Superintendent. “Our teachers are equipped and are ready to provide the academic as well as the social-emotional support that our students will need to pursue their pathway to purpose. This partnership will provide support inside and outside of the classroom, support that will allow our students to increase their levels of resiliency in school and beyond.”

The funding received will provide a resiliency team at Jackson Creek for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years. An event will be held August 20, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at Jackson Creek Elementary School located at 7150 Trenholm Rd Ext., Columbia, SC 29223 to introduce the new team members to the community. News media and local community members are encouraged to attend.

In addition to the support from Richland County Government, Resilient Richland has also received support from Children’s Trust of South Carolina, Nord Family Foundation and Sisters of Charity Foundation. To learn more about Resilient Richland, visit 

About United Way of the Midlands
United Way of the Midlands is the most collaborative, efficient and accountable model for investing in the improvement of the Midlands community. With 65 Community Impact Partners, United Way works to identify and respond to the critical human service needs of Calhoun, Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties. Funds are raised through workplace campaigns, grant writing and individual donations and are directed to fight for causes including childhood literacy, economic mobility and dental and eye care for those without resources. For more information, please visit

Richland County Public Education Partners was founded in 2018 to ensure that Richland County becomes an educational leader in the state. RCPEP will provides a consistent presence that supports and strengthens public education in Richland County schools. RCPEP works closely with the schools and key community stakeholders to identify, support and develop innovative initiatives to assist teachers, students, and families. 

Tags:  Resilient Richland  United Way of the Midlands 

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