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Beyond the Table Grants

Posted By Shayne Kinloch M.A., Together SC, Monday, November 11, 2019

Applications are currently being accepted for the Beyond the Table grants.

These grants help ideas from On the Table become reality.

The deadline to apply is 11/20 

Tags:  Central Carolina Community Foundation  Grants 


Pamela Lackey named 2019 Humanitarian of the Year by United Way of the Midlands

Posted By Shayne Kinloch M.A., Together SC, Monday, November 11, 2019

United Way of the Midlands has selected Pamela Lackey as the 2019 Humanitarian of the Year, the organization’s highest award and the highest single honor of philanthropic achievement in the Midlands.

The Humanitarian of the Year Award is given each year to individuals who clearly demonstrate extraordinary leadership in philanthropic and human services.

“I have had the distinct honor and privilege to work alongside Pam on several initiatives to better our community,” said Tim Arnold, President and CEO of Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company. “Whether it be in business, health issues, or education, Pam uses her skills and knowledge to make positive changes that last. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor and recognition.”

Ms. Lackey retired as President of AT&T South Carolina, where she brought a diverse background to the position. In her more than 20 years in the telecommunications industry, she was instrumental in establishing the state’s first broadband network to provide high-speed internet service to all schools and libraries and worked directly with members of the S.C. General Assembly on public policy matters as AT&T’s Director of Government Relations.

Prior to her leadership at AT&T, Ms. Lackey was a professional educator beginning her career as a school library media specialist. Serving in the role of Senior Executive Assistant to the South Carolina State Superintendent of Education, she directed a division responsible for technology, curriculum standards, testing and professional development for teachers and administrators.

Ms. Lackey has held various leadership roles with local and state organizations to include the role of co-chair of Transform SC; past chair of the South Carolina State Chamber of Commerce; and was nominated by Governor Nikki Haley and appointed by the Senate to chair the S.C. Ports Authority Board. She was the first woman chair of the Palmetto Business Forum and the S.C. Ports Authority Board.

Ms. Lackey has served United Way of the Midlands in multiple leadership positions including her role on the Board of Directors, Community Impact Committee and Executive Committee. From 2009-2011, she led the role of co-chair for United Way’s Campaign Committee when she and her counterpart raised over $20 million. While co-chairing the Campaign Committee she contributed over 140 hours of volunteer leadership that involved recruiting, building and energizing a team of more than 200 volunteers to call upon over 600 businesses.

“Pamela has been instrumental in establishing public policy and legislation aligned with United Way’s goals to improve the life of every person in the Midlands by fighting to make sure every child succeeds in school, that uninsured adults and children have access to healthcare, that people experiencing financial crises receive help, and that all individuals and families have the ability to reach their full potential in a thriving community,” said Sara Fawcett, United Way of the Midlands President and CEO. “Pamela has received countless honors and awards, and we’re looking forward to honoring all of her accomplishments and service that continue to improve the Midlands.”

Ms. Lackey has been extensively engaged in civic and community organizations serving in voluntary leadership positions for the Junior League of Columbia and Greenville, the South Carolina ETV Midlands Citizens Advisory Committee, the Palmetto Center for Women’s Business Advisory Committee and more. In 2011, she was named the Business Leader of the Year by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the highest award bestowed by the state’s largest business and industry association representing over 18,000 businesses and more than one million employees.

Ms. Lackey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education, a Master of Library Science degree and an education specialist degree, all from the University of Alabama.

Ms. Lackey will be honored at United Way’s annual Humanitarian of the Year Dinner and Award Ceremony on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at the University of South Carolina Alumni Center. Ticket information will be available online at a later date at


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 nearly 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 

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Thank You, Veterans! 🇺🇸

Posted By Administration, Monday, November 11, 2019

"There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism." - Alexander Hamilton

Today, we recognize, celebrate, honor and remember our veterans. For those who fought fearlessly and tirelessly to keep us free, thank you for your service!

And thank you to our renewing Allies for Good who we welcome back for another year of service to SC! 

Tags:  Allies for Good  Renewing Members  Together SC 

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Nicole Echols Named Harvest Hope - PeeDee Executive Director

Posted By Shayne Kinloch M.A., Together SC, Friday, November 8, 2019
        Nicole Echols has been named executive director for Harvest Hope Food Bank of the Pee Dee.

Nicole had been a donor development manager with the organization for more than 5 years. In her new role, she has overall responsibility for the operation and day-to-day management of the Harvest Hope Pee Dee Branch in the Pee Dee State Farmers Market in Florence.

Nicole was recognized as the 2019 recipient of the Fred R. Sheheen award for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership. Nicole earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from South Carolina State University and has experience with the American Red Cross and HopeHealth.

In her previous roles, she cultivated and solicited support from corporations and foundations to meet annual fundraising goals, as well as developed ongoing relationships with major donors. She chairs several boards, including MINGLE of the Pee Dee (which she co-founded), Pee Dee First Steps and Together SC People of Color Nonprofit Leaders Advisory Committee.

“My past experiences and community involvement have imbued me with a passion to fight hunger and improve the Pee Dee,” said Nicole.

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Tags:  Executive Director  Harvest Hope  New EDs 


FALLing for Our Allies 🍂❤️

Posted By Administration, Monday, November 4, 2019

With the holidays approaching, it's the time of the year where we amp up our giving power and come together for those in need. We're thankful to have incredible Allies partner with us every day to make our state, and our world, a better place. 

This week we welcome some new Allies to our family: 

And welcome back: 

Tags:  Allies for Good  New Members  Renewing Members 

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Inclement Weather Center open on nights with a forecast of 40 degrees beginning November 1

Posted By Shayne Kinloch M.A., Together SC, Monday, November 4, 2019
Columbia, S.C. (November 1, 2019) – United Way of the Midlands is reminding the community that the Inclement Weather Center at 191 Calhoun Street is open on any night that temperatures are expected to drop to 40 degrees or below between November 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020 to provide shelter for adults 18 years and older.

The Inclement Weather Center is operated through a partnership among the City of Columbia, United Way of the Midlands, Transitions, and Salvation Army of the Midlands to provide safe shelter for adults experiencing homelessness. In 2018-2019, the Center sheltered 783 guests when temperatures dipped below 40 degrees at the Inclement Weather Center.

Through a new partnership, The Comet will provide free transportation for guests seeking shelter at the Center. A new pick up location has been established for this season and is located at COMET Central located at 1745 Sumter Street and across from the Clean of Hearts. Guests should board the bus on Laurel Street at bus stop #1122 using Route 7.

“We’re excited about partnering with The COMET to provide free transportation to the Center and are grateful to be able to provide an indoor waiting space with restrooms at the new pick up location, COMET Central,” said Sara Fawcett, President and CEO of United Way of the Midlands.

The Inclement Weather Shuttle will have pick-ups between 5:45 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and service will operate every 15 to 20 minutes. Guests should arrive no earlier than 4:45 pm to ride Route 7. No one is allowed to walk to the Center; all guests must ride the bus from the COMET Central location for safety reasons.

The Salvation Army will provide a hot dinner and breakfast. Showers are also available. The shelter will close every morning by 7:00 a.m.

The decision to open the Center will be made daily at 1:00 p.m. To find out if the shelter will open on a particular night, call 211.


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 nearly 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 

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Governor announces initiative to recruit qualified women serve on state boards and commissions. to

Posted By Shayne Kinloch M.A., Together SC, Monday, October 28, 2019




At a press conference this morning in the State Capitol, Governor Henry McMaster introducedSC Women in Leadership’s SC Gubernatorial Appointments Project (SC GAP). The SC WIL initiative is designed to recruit capable women to serve on state boards and commissions. Lou Wood Kennedy, who’s company, Nephron Pharmaceuticals joined Aflac in sponsoring the SC GAP, noted that increasing diversity in the workplace and on governing boards creates a positive impact on the health and welfare of our state.

The Governor’s office has partnered with SC WIL to expand the pool of qualified women interested in serving in hundreds of open positions that are appointed by the Governor’s office.

When speaking about opportunities on boards and commissions, local and statewide, Gov. McMaster said, “Seek them out, ask questions and get involved.”

Lt. Gov.Evette referenced her service on the Small Business Regulatory Commission, selecting a board relevant to her interests and her skills, and encouraged other women to step forward and do the same. She noted that she was able to serve while also raising a family and running a company

Now that the press announcement is past, we are ready to start recruiting and need your help to spread the word about SC GAP. Women make up 51.5 percent of South Carolina’s population. This project is our best opportunity to move the proportion of women serving on governing boards closer to our proportion of the population. You can share the call-to-action through word-of-mouth, social media, email, and communication with family and friends. We look forward to a flood of applications!

Following the press conference, our co-chairs, 
Melinda Davis Lux, and Candace Shiver, restated their pledge to making this project successful and will continue to encourage women to sign up to serve on state boards and commissions. We thank them for their ongoing pledge commitment to diversity and progress.

Again, we would like to formally thank Gov. Henry McMaster and Lt. Governor Pamela Evette for their efforts to bring more qualified women into leadership positions (refer to his letter ofcommitment below).

Together, we will build a better state, one woman at a time.

Thanks again to our Sponsors, Lou Wood Kennedy of Nephron Pharmaceuticals, and Virgil Miller of Aflac!

Tags:  Boards  Governor  Recruitment 


The Hive Community Circle Board of Directors Opportunity

Posted By Shayne Kinloch M.A., Together SC, Monday, October 28, 2019

Board of Directors Opportunity

The Hive Community Circle (The Hive) is currently seeking highly driven, passionate, and skilled professionals with interests in reducing sexual assault and intimate partner violence within the state of SC.

As a local peer advocacy organization our mission is to increase access to services and reduce barriers for historically underserved survivors. As we continue to actively grow, we are dedicated to ensuring that communities and survivors are equipped with effective education, resources, and support that will foster safe communities and healthy lives.

The Board of Directors is currently identifying perspective board members to assist The Hive in its efforts to expand our capacity, impact those we serve, and support our sustainability.

We are seeking passionate individuals with a breadth of one of the following areas of experience:
• Public Relations/Marketing
• Governance
• Development
• Technology
• Legal
*Previous Board or Council Experience Preferred*

If you would like to express interests in becoming a Board Member of The Hive or have any questions please email

Board Interest Meeting will be held November 5, 2019 6-7:30 pm @ 2730 Devine St. Suite B. Columbia, SC 29205.

Tags:  Board Governance  Board of Directors 


SCCLF Seeks Candidates to Join Board of Directors

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 28, 2019


 South Carolina Community Loan Fund (SCCLF), a 501(c)3 nonprofit community development finance organization, is now seeking candidates to join our Board of Directors. This is an opportunity for community leaders to contribute their experience to the community development finance field, and to our mission of advancing equitable access to capital across the state of South Carolina. We would appreciate if you would share this announcement with your networks, or nominate any individuals you believe would be interested and successful in this role. 

 SCCLF Board Members are elected for two-year terms, and can serve a maximum of three consecutive terms. The Board seeks gender, racial, and geographic diversity, and individuals committed to advancing resources for communities of color, women, low-income communities, and rural communities are strongly encouraged to apply. Additionally, we work to continuously expand the expertise and perspectives represented on the Board. The Board is particularly interested in recruiting individuals whose expertise includes healthy food access and food security, and/or legal experience, especially in corporate, commercial real estate, or securities. View the full list of Board Member responsibilities and preferred qualifications in the attached Board Member Position Description.

Nominations for positions on the SCCLF Board of Directors will be accepted through December 1st. If you wish to be considered as a candidate for the Board of Directors, or to submit a nomination, please complete the attached Board Member Interest Form and submit it to Jennie Stephens, Governance Committee Chair, at A member of the Board will be in touch to discuss the position further. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thank you,

 Anna Lewin

 Chief Executive Officer

South Carolina Community Loan Fund

1051 A Gardner Rd. Charleston, SC 29407

p. 843-973-7285, ext. 404 l f. 843-277-9133

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Trident Literacy Awarded at South Carolina Department of Adult Education Luncheon

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 28, 2019

We’re proud to share incredible news from our allies at Trident Literacy!

Last week, Trident Literacy receive eight awards from the South Carolina Department of Adult Education's "Celebrating Our Success" Luncheon which positions their organization as one of the top-performing literacy programs in the state. 

The awards:

1. Facility Enhancement Award - for our Goose Creek location *this would not be possible without the help from their Berkeley County neighbors. Special thanks to Google for a total renovation of the facility!* 

2. Collaboration Effort Award - for the highest number of referrals with Trident Workforce Development Area 

3. Adult Basic Education (ABE) Performance - All Six Measures Met (only 6 programs met all these measures)

 4. English as a Second Language (ESL) Performance - Highest Aggregate Average (award given to the top 5)

5. ESL Performance - All Six Measures Met (only 8 programs met all these measures)

6. ABE and ESL Overall Performance - Highest Aggregate Average (award given to top 5)

7. ABE & ESL Overall Performance - All 12 Measures Met (only 3 programs awarded)

 8. State Goal Post-Testing Percentage Award (only 16 programs got this award - out of 57)

Trident Literacy has been in existence for 47 years. In addition to English As A Second Language, Trident Literacy provides basic literacy and GED instruction to adults age 17 and up who do not have a high school credential. 

Their goal is to help adults gain the skills they need to go on to higher education or other training programs with the ultimate goal of joining the workforce, thus providing the pathway not only to financial stability but also establishing the foundation and skills to help their children. This is a critical component of childhood literacy. When parents can help their children develop school-readiness skills, the cycle of illiteracy and poverty is stopped in its tracks.

A job well done, indeed!

Tags:  Allies for Good  Education  ESL  Trident Literacy 

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