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United Way’s Young Leaders Society calls community to Be a Book Bunny and fill literary totes for students

Posted By Administration, 14 hours ago

The United Way of the Midlands Young Leaders Society is calling for the community to gear up for the second year of Be a Book Bunny, a literary program sponsored by Gregory Electric Company, Inc. that promotes literacy by filling totes with books and school supplies for local kindergarten through second grade students.

“Supporting Be a Book Bunny allows us to provide new, age-appropriate books for underserved children in the Midlands to build libraries at home,” said Elizabeth Cardell, Young Leaders Society Be a Book Bunny Volunteer Co-Chair and PR Specialist for Chernoff Newman. “Our goal is to encourage healthy reading habits inside and outside of the classroom, which is especially important during summertime when students may experience learning loss.”

Book Bunny supporters are asked to fill reading totes provided by the Young Leaders Society with eight new, age-appropriate books and either a set of crayons, markers or colored pencils. There is no limit to how many totes a business, family or individual can provide. Supporters can pick up totes at United Way of the Midlands located at 1818 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201. All Book Bunny totes are due back to United Way of the Midlands by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 8.

Those interested in sponsoring students as a Book Bunny can sign up by visiting www.ylsmidlands.com/bookbunny.

Be a Book Bunny distributes literacy bags to over 500 students served by Midlands Reading Consortium (MRC), a United Way of the Midlands volunteer tutoring initiative to help children learn to read on grade level by third grade. Students receive 8 new, age-appropriate books, one set of markers, crayons or colored pencils, ruler and a new coloring book donated by the Office of State Treasurer Curtis Loftis.

To learn more about United Way of the Midlands, visit uway.org.

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About Young Leaders Society

Young Leaders Society, an affinity group of United Way of the Midlands, is a passionate group of donors ages 21- 40 years old who work to ensure every person in our community has a safe place to call home, every child succeeds in school and everyone has access to quality health care. Donors of the Young Leaders Society enjoy exclusive professional development activities, social and networking events and volunteer

opportunities to further United Way’s mission. For more information or to join, visit ylsmidlands.com.

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BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Publix take home top honors at United Way of the Midlands’ Live United Awards

Posted By Administration, 15 hours ago

United Way of the Midlands recognized hundreds of organizations and individuals for their generosity at its annual Live United Awards ceremony on Thursday, March 7 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Midlands corporations and agencies were honored for their successful 2018-2019 United Way of the Midlands employee fundraising campaigns. United Way’s Live United Awards are given based on the level of employee and corporate participation in the annual campaign for contributions and volunteerism. The ceremony was led by Joan Gabel, Provost, University of South Carolina and John Singerling, President, Prisma Health - Midlands, who served as United Way’s Campaign Committee Co-Chairs for the last two consecutive campaign seasons.

“We are incredibly grateful for the work Joan and John have done to lead our campaigns for the last two years,” said Sara Fawcett, President and CEO of United Way of the Midlands. “Leading the annual Campaign Committee takes unbelievable dedication and time, and I cannot thank them enough for working to ensure a successful campaign season.”

Although the campaign year does not end until June, the event signaled an important milestone for this year’s campaign by recognizing local businesses that completed their fundraising by January 15.

Among the awards given were two Community Champion Awards and the Division Chairman Awards. United Way recognized BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, who had a record year raising $2.8 million, as the Community Champion for Most Dollars Raised; Publix was honored with the Community Champion Award for Best Overall Performance raising over $622,000.

Lexington Medical Center, Michelin, AgFirst Farm Credit Bank, Family Connection of South Carolina, University of South Carolina, Richland School District Two and Regal Columbiana Grande were recognized with the Division Chairman Awards for making the most impact on the outcome of their division’s campaign for the 2018-2019 fundraising season.

“The impact each of these companies brings to the Midlands through raising money to support the mission of United Way is incredible,” said Fawcett. “United Way of the Midlands is the only organization that acts as a convener in the community by bringing people, organizations and resources together to address the most critical needs of the Midlands. I am humbled by the generosity of the companies recognized tonight and thankful for their employees’ participation to make a positive impact in our community.”

The funds raised through the annual campaign allow United Way to award grants to community impact partners, as well as invest in services and programs to meet the most pressing needs in the areas of health, education and financial stability. Community volunteers in three councils focused on Education, Economic Mobility and Health develop and review a community-wide

needs assessment to determine key issues in the community. Based on priorities, opportunities and resources, the councils offer competitive grants to United Way’s local Community Impact Partners who best address these needs.

To learn more about United Way of the Midlands, visit www.uway.org.

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Give back during United Way of the Midlands’ annual Volunteer Week

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Give back during United Way of the Midlands’ annual Volunteer Week

Volunteer registration starts March 6

United Way of the Midlands’ annual Volunteer Week, in partnership with presenting sponsor Wells Fargo, brings community members together to complete a variety of different projects for nonprofits in the Midlands. United Way hopes to fill 360 volunteer spots for 29 different projects that will be held from Monday, April 8 to Saturday, April 13 in honor of National Volunteer Month.

“Volunteer Week is the perfect time for individuals or groups to come together and pay it forward,” said Jordan Pridgen, United Way of the Midlands’ Volunteer Center Manager. “This week gives those who do not regularly volunteer an opportunity to see the amazing things that can happen when we live United. For our local agencies, this week gives them the extra hands they need to complete projects, as well as increase their visibility in the community and connect with new volunteers.”

Volunteer Week provides the community with a way to give back while maintaining their normal schedule as multiple projects are offered each day at various times and places. This year’s projects include sorting clothing items, packing boxes of food, painting and cleaning agency facilities, serving breakfast at local shelters, building a house, delivering meals to seniors, beautifying walking trails and more.

Visit United Way’s online Volunteer Center at volunteer.uway.org to learn more and register for Volunteer Week projects. Registration for Volunteer Week projects opens on Wednesday, March 6 and closes Thursday, April 4.

United Way’s online Volunteer Center offers year-round volunteer opportunities for over 120 nonprofit agencies across the Midlands. Over 7,000 Midlands residents used the online system to get connected in the community and find local opportunities to serve the Midlands last year.

To learn more about United Way of the Midlands, visit uway.org.

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Another Awesome Summit in the Books!

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 18, 2019

Wow, what a great Summit! With another fantastic year under our belts, we’re feeling exhausted, but on top of the world! We couldn’t have done without our amazing Allies for Good. With that, please join us in giving a warm welcome to our new members:


South Carolina Community Health Worker Association (Columbia)

Fifth Third Private Bank (Greenville) -- Business Partner - Ally

Nika White Consulting (Greenville) -- Business Partner - Advocate


Be sure to follow these organizations on social media to receive all the latest updates! This week, we also welcome back these returning members:


Spartanburg Interfaith Hospitality Network (SPIHN) (Spartanburg)

Cancer Survivors Park Alliance (Greenville)

South Carolina Archaeology Public Outreach Division (Cayce)

Richland County Recreation Foundation (Columbia)

One80 Place (Charleston)

Memory Matters (Hilton Head)

Richland County First Steps (Columbia)

The Therapy Place, Inc. (Columbia)

Dickerson Children’s Advocacy Center (Lexington)

GoldenCare (Lancaster)


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It's here! It's here!

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 11, 2019

We hope everyone is enjoying their time at Summit today! We wouldn’t be able to put on such a comprehensive, intensive program without the help of our allies! Please join us in warmly welcoming our new members:



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



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One More Week!

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 4, 2019

March is here! We are about one week away from Summit and we couldn’t be more excited! We wouldn’t be able to create such an impactful event without the help of our new and renewing members, and we thank you all for all of the hard work that you do for our state.


Join us in warmly welcoming our new members:


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


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Ed Mullins Honored as United Way of the Midlands 2018 Humanitarian of the Year

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 28, 2019

Ed Mullins honored as United Way of the Midlands 2018 Humanitarian of the Year

United Way of the Midlands honored Edward W. Mullins, Jr. as the 2018 Humanitarian of the Year at its annual dinner and award ceremony on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at the University of South Carolina Alumni Center.

“Ed has been a champion for United Way and our community for many years,” said United Way President and CEO Sara Fawcett. “We were delighted to have the opportunity to recognize him for his generosity, his passion and his commitment to making the Midlands and the state of South Carolina a better place for everyone.”

The Humanitarian of the Year Award is given each year to individuals who clearly demonstrate extraordinary leadership in philanthropic and human services. It is the highest single honor of philanthropic achievement in the Midlands.

“The annual Humanitarian of the Year dinner and award celebration is an occasion for us to come together and celebrate the tireless efforts of our community’s most prolific philanthropists, and I’m thrilled that this year’s recipient is Ed Mullins,” said Andy Folsom, Chairman of the United Way of the Midlands Board of Directors. “It was a great honor to celebrate his tremendous impact on the Midlands.”

Mullins recently retired after 58 years with Nelson Mullins, where he was among the firm’s leaders who began the growth that would lead to offices in other cities and states, an expansion of legal practice areas, a more diverse work environment, and a significant commitment to pro bono and community service. Mullins came to the firm in 1959 as the fifth lawyer, and it now consists of more than 750 attorneys in 25 offices across 11 states and the District of Columbia. 

"Ed will be remembered as a razor-sharp litigator with an encyclopedic knowledge of the law who brings out the best in others,” said U.S. District Court for South Carolina Judge Joe Anderson. “It's been said that what you leave behind is not what's engraved on stone monuments, but what has been woven into the lives of others. Ed's been a strong gold thread in the brilliant tapestry of our lives."

Watch the 2018 Humanitarian of the Year film to learn more about Mullins and his philanthropic service and impact in the Midlands community. 


Ed Mullins and Family

 


Past United Way of the Midlands Humanitarians

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About United Way

United Way of the Midlands is the most organized, efficient and accountable system for investing in the community. With more than 70 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. For more information, please visit www.uway.org.

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SCACED’s 25th Anniversary Story Contest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 28, 2019

In celebration of South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development’s (SCACED) 25th Anniversary, we are creating a hard-covered book to showcase our members’ accomplishments over the past 25 years. SCACED wouldn’t be here without its members’ leadership and knowledge making an impact every day in local communities. 

This hardcover, bound book will feature 25 SCACED member stories and photos from the past 25 years. SCACED is asking its’ member organizations to submit narratives highlighting their achievements. 

Stories can be related to:
• Community Impact • Personal Success Stories • Partnerships • Community Success • Organizational Impact • Facilities

PRIZE:

Each organization (25) who is featured in the 25th Anniversary Publication will receive a complimentary copy of the book. Stories will also be highlighted throughout 2019 on SCACED’s website, Weekly Wednesday, and Facebook page.

A committee will select three finalists from the 25 stories. These stories will be featured at the Gala dinner on November 14, 2019. Gala attendees will vote live and the winner will receive $2,500. The top three finalists will receive ten complimentary copies of the publication. 

ELIGIBILITY:

Current SCACED member as of April 12, 2019.  

GUIDELINES: 

Email your narrative, pictures, and organization’s logo to Amber Stewart at amber@scaced.org. Please use the subject heading “25th Anniversary Story-‘Organization Name’.” 

Submission requirements: 

1. Narrative must include organization’s name, brief description of what you do, and a success story. Minimum of 150 words and a maximum of 500 words. SCACED reserves the right to copy edit. o Success story does not have to be during the past year. We will accept any story from the past 25 years.

2. Organization’s logo (.png, jpg or .gif formats)

3. Pictures (as large as possible in .png or jpg format)

DEADLINE:  

Friday, April 12, 2019 

Thank you for participating in commemorating the occasion. 

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Furman University Women's Leadership Institute

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 28, 2019

Women's Leadership Institute 

WOMEN'S CONFERENCE SERIES 

The Women’s Leadership Institute at Furman University provides educational advancement through a research-based curriculum and shared learning experiences with aspiring leaders. The Institute's Women’s Conference Series offers a unique and impactful opportunity for women to broaden their level of awareness on a wide range of topics, address real world challenges in the workplace and community, expand their professional network and support the continued progression of women in our society.  

WHAT WE OFFER

In today’s global business society, the ability to perform in complex economic and political environments is essential. We are driven to do more, have more and become more. 

Who Should Attend

Women who aspire to become stronger leaders in their workplace and/or their community 

Program Objectives

  • Learn practical leadership skills from women leaders among Furman’s faculty and the Greater Greenville business community
  • Grow your professional network
  • Compare your experiences with other rising women leaders  

Why Furman

  Distinguished faculty  Nationally recognized quality education  Access to high quality peer network  Track record of successful women's leadership development  Collaborative approach to program development 

Key Program Modules

Know your power and edge. Kim Keefer, Director, Shucker Center for Leadership Development

Cultivating presence and voice. Dr. Cynthia King, Chair and Associate Professor of Communication Studies; Dr. Meghan Slining, Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

Be aware! Dr. Sarah Worth, Chair and Professor of Philosophy; Dr. Maegan Azar, Associate Professor of Acting and Directing

Create awareness, create change. Dr. Beth Pontari, Associate Provost for Engaged Learning and Professor of Psychology; Dr. Shaniece Criss, Assistant Professor of Health Sciences  

2019 Program Dates

  • March 27, 2019, 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
  • April 10, 2019, 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
  • April 24, 2019, 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
  • May 1, 2019, 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
  • May 22, 2019 (Graduation), 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

2019 Program Cost 

$1,595 per participant  


For more information, contact Sam Tisdale at 864-294-2156 or sam.tisdale@furman.edu, or visit www.furman.edu/wli 

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Let's work together for good.

Posted By Administration, Monday, February 25, 2019

When we all come together to work for the greater good, that’s when we can make lasting changes. We are so grateful for the new and renewing members that help us reach our mission of making the world a better place. Join us in warmly welcoming our new members:



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


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