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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 resilientrichland.org. 

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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 www.uway.org.


About RCPEP
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. 

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The Dog Days Are Here 🐶

Posted By Administration, Monday, August 19, 2019

Late August in the South calls for a certain amount of humidity and pop-up storms. Let’s embrace the moisture and the heat and keep up our efforts to make a difference in our community. With that, let’s welcome our newest member:



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:  Allies for Good  Member News  New Members  Renewing Members  Together SC 

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Nonprofit Sublet Opportunity with My Sister's House!

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 16, 2019

 

 My Sister's House is growing!

 

They have recently secured a new administrative location with two goals in mind:

 

1) To grow their preventative services and better support clients (i.e. therapy, support groups).

2) To create a space to build a stronger connection among staff.

 

On November 18, they will move out of their current admin building and into their new space at 3775 Spruill Avenue. With this move, they are gaining a great deal of space and are looking to sublease a portion of this space (approx. 1,100 sqft) to a nonprofit or business with natural synergies so that they can better serve their clientele and greater community.

 

If you have any ideas of organizations that would be a good fit or are interested in discussing the options, please reach out to Tosha Connors, CEO at tosha@mysistershouse.com.

 

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Float On 🌊

Posted By Administration, Monday, August 12, 2019

The world’s a crazy place, but here at Together SC, we’re proud to make a difference with our members who truly care about leaving their community (and the world at large) in a little better shape than they found it. Hats off to our new members this week:



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:  Allies for Good  Member News  New Members  Renewing Members  Together SC 

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My Sister’s House is Growing!

Posted By Tosha Connors, CEO My Sister's House, Friday, August 9, 2019

My Sister’s House is Growing!

 

We have recently secured a new administrative location with two goals in mind: (1) to grow our preventative services and better support our clients (i.e. therapy, support groups), and (2) to create a space to build a stronger connection among staff, as many of our shelter staff will re-locate to this new site. Only those staff who have direct responsibility for daily shelter activities will continue to work from the shelter, which remains fully operational in its current, private location.

On November 18, we will move out of our current admin building and into our new space at 3775 Spruill Avenue. With this move, we are gaining a great deal of space. We are looking to sublease a portion of this space (approx. 1,100sqft) to a nonprofit or business with natural synergies so that we can better serve our clientele and greater community.

 

If you have any ideas of organizations that would be a good fit or are interested in discussing the options, please reach out to Tosha Connors, CEO, at tosha@mysistershouse.com

 


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

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 8, 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 scavaawards@gmail.com no later than midnight, August 15, 2019.

 

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Bank of America Charitable Foundation invests $75,000 to support housing connected services in the Midlands

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Columbia, S.C. (July 29, 2019) – Bank of America Charitable Foundation awarded $75,000 to United Way of the Midlands to support programs and services to help break common barriers to long-term employment and stable housing.

“We are grateful for Bank of America’s consistent investments into our local community. Their investments allow us to support vital programs and services aimed to ensure everyone has the opportunity to achieve their potential,” said United Way of the Midlands President and CEO Sara Fawcett. “These funds will allow us to work with our community partners to expand programs that focus on those struggling to improve their current living conditions due to barriers like homelessness and mental illness.”

United Way will work with its community partners MIRCI (Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc.) and Richland Library to implement programs that help adults with persistent mental illnesses, have formerly experienced homelessness or are currently experiencing homelessness.

“Bank of America has a long history of supporting the United Way of the Midlands and early in my career, I was honored to serve as a loaned executive for six weeks to help support the United Way giving campaign,” Said Kim Wilkerson, South Carolina market president, Bank of America. “We understand that individual paths toward economic mobility differ, but job skills, training and housing are a fundamental building block and first step in achieving long-term success. We’re proud to help elevate this community by giving our neighbors the power to achieve long-term financial sustainability.”

“Richland Library is extremely proud of the work surrounding its New Hope Project. The initiative allows our staff to invest in the lives of local residents,” said Melanie Huggins, Richland Library Executive Director. “We’re giving them a second chance to thrive in our community by offering encouragement and connecting those who are experiencing homelessness with both social services and career assistance.”

The New Hope Project will provide resources and services to include in-depth case management, assessment of employment barriers, assistance with job placement and a Certified Career Coach for at least 50 adults currently experiencing homelessness. Additionally, the funds will help provide these adults with needed supplies like work boots, appropriate clothing and bus vouchers for interviews.

MIRCI will use the investment to support 450 formerly homeless adults living with serious and persistent mental illness and substance use disorders through homeless outreach, behavioral healthcare and assistance in obtaining benefits. The emphasis of this program is placed on getting homeless individuals and families engaged in treatment and transitioned into permanent supportive housing.

“Bank of America previously provided support to many youth experiencing homelessness through MIRCI’s Drop-in Center, and we are thrilled to now have the opportunity to partner to provide outreach, behavioral healthcare and supportive housing for adults experiencing mental illness and homelessness in the Midlands,” said Julie Ann Avin, MIRCI’s President and Executive Director. “Without United Way of the Midlands and their partners like Bank of America, MIRCI would not be able to assist hundreds of individuals, families and unaccompanied youth each year.”

Learn more about United Way of the Midlands and its community partners at uway.org.

About United Way of the Midlands

United Way of the Midlands is the most organized, efficient and accountable system for investing in the community. With nearly 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 uway.org.

Bank of America
Bank of America is one of the world’s leading financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 66 million consumer and small business clients with approximately 4,400 retail financial centers, including approximately 1,800 lending centers, 2,200 financial centers with a Consumer Investment Financial Solutions Advisor, and 1,500 business centers; approximately 16,400 ATMs; and award-winning digital banking with more than 37 million active users, including over 27 million mobile users. Bank of America is a global leader in wealth management, corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations across the United States, its territories and approximately 35 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. For more Bank of America news, including dividend announcements and other important information, visit the Bank of America newsroom.

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Happy August! ☀️

Posted By Administration, Monday, August 5, 2019

It’s August, folks! It’s the last month of summer vacation and we’re going to make the most of every minute of it! This week, we hope you’ll join us in welcoming our new member:


  • Southern Clemente Community Alliance (Charleston)

We also welcome back our returning Allies for Good. Be sure to follow them on social media to receive all the latest updates! 


Tags:  Member News  New Members  Renewing Members  Together SC 

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We Are Family!

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 29, 2019

I got all my Allies with me! We are singing loud and clear this Monday morning in appreciation of our new and renewing members! 

  • Toni Jernigan Consulting (Plantation) -- Business Partner - Ally

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:



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United Way of the Midlands honors top volunteers for 2019

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, July 24, 2019

United Way of the Midlands announced the recipients of its annual Volunteer Awards honoring local community members for their outstanding volunteer efforts.

“United Way is proud to serve as a connection between our community partners and agencies to build a stronger Midlands for every person,” said United Way of the Midlands President and CEO Sara Fawcett. “Dedicated volunteers like our award winners make it possible for us to continue making long-term impact through services and programs that fight for the education, health and economic mobility of everyone in the Midlands.”

This year, Nancy Stoudenmire received the Alyce Kemp Dewitt Award, United Way’s highest recognition for volunteerism in the Midlands. Stoudenmire has been a tireless advocate for homeless and housing work through community service and as lead for homeless programs at the Columbia Housing Authority for over 40 years.

“Growing up as the oldest of seven children, I heard at a young age the famous Audrey Hepburn quote: ‘You were given two hands. One to help yourself and one to help others up,’” said Stoudenmire. “The thing I like the most about United Way of the Midlands is that it is the best way to find ways to help others and make positive changes. I was honored to meet Alyce Kemp DeWitt in the early ‘90s, and she epitomized what volunteering at United Way is all about. It's an honor to receive an award in her name because she was all about making a difference. I hope that's what I've done.”

In addition to her professional association with United Way, Stoudenmire has served United Way as a volunteer in multiple capacities. Stoudenmire has dedicated years to serving in leadership positions including six years on United Way’s Financial Stability Council where she served as chair, its local homeless coalition chapter for five years and the local Emergency Fund and Shelter board for four years. She has also served on the board of directors and community impact committee.

In addition to her leadership service, Stoudenmire is an active Midlands Reading Consortium (MRC) volunteer tutor working with elementary students to improve literacy skills, promotes the organizations mission as a United Way Storyteller and is a member of Always United, United

Way’s affinity group for retirees or those nearing retirement that wish to remain active supporters, as well as maintain the relationships created while participating in the employee giving campaigns at their former workplace.

The LIVE UNITED volunteer awards are received by members of the community nominated for their spirit of volunteerism and service to United Way. JaQuan Riley and Brittany Owen of Elliott Davis received 2018 LIVE UNITED awards for positively impacting local agency programs and projects that support human service needs in the Midlands.

United Way’s Community Impact Award honors individuals or groups nominated by United Way’s certified agency partners for demonstrating a commitment to volunteering and positively impacting causes, programs or projects led by United Way’s Community Impact Partners that support human service needs. Recipients of the 2018 Community Impact Awards were Elbert Pearson, who was nominated by the Columbia Urban League; Ruthie Saunders, nominated by MIRCI; and Linda Salane and Sharon Bramlett, who were both nominated by Transitions.

United Way of the Midlands thanks Wells Fargo for its investment and support of the Volunteer Center that connected over 3,700 area residents with volunteer opportunities in the Midlands over the past year; these volunteers committed over 12,100 service hours estimated at $265,000. In addition to Wells Fargo, United Way is grateful to Dominion Energy and Enterprise Holdings for their investment in this important resource.

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About United Way of the Midlands

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.

About United Way of the Midlands Volunteer Center

United Way of the Midlands Volunteer Center acts as a resource for the community to find volunteer opportunities that fit with their schedules, skills and passions throughout Calhoun, Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties. Over 100 nonprofit organizations post a variety of volunteer projects and opportunities for all ages, abilities and passions. To learn more and find volunteer opportunities, visit volunteer.uway.org.

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