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United Way of the Midlands is now accepting applications for its Blueprint for Leadership professional development series

Posted By Shayne Kinloch M.A., Together SC, Tuesday, October 8, 2019

United Way of the Midlands is accepting applications for Blueprint for Leadership, a comprehensive leadership and board development training program, today through January 21, 2020.

Blueprint for Leadership is designed to prepare participants to become effective board members and leaders in the nonprofit sector and is the only professional development course with a specific focus on nonprofit leadership.

“The goal of Blueprint for Leadership is to help our future community leaders develop leadership skills and knowledge of how nonprofits operate effectively,” said Sara Fawcett, President & CEO of United Way of the Midlands. “We also work to connect our Blueprint for Leadership graduates with leadership opportunities in the Midlands for them to apply these skills in leadership roles on nonprofit boards of directors.”

Blueprint for Leadership uses a structured, progressive curriculum integrated with practical, hands-on activities over an 8-week period. Class topics including nonprofit law, the roles and responsibilities of board members, strategic leadership, best practices in programs and nonprofit governance.

Classes begin in February 2020 and end in May 2020 with graduation held in June. Companies are encouraged to sponsor an emerging leader at their workplace. The cost is $500 for a corporate sponsorship and $250 for a public sector or nonprofit sponsorship.

All applications must be submitted by January 21, 2020. An early decision will be made for those who submit applications by December 12, 2019. Space is limited.

Learn more about Blueprint for Leadership and apply online at uway.org/events. Please contact Karen Oliver for more information or any questions at 803.733.5416 or koliver@uway.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 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 uway.org. 

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United Way of the Midlands grows its professional development programs with the launch of new leadership series on October 9

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 7, 2019

Columbia, S.C. (October 2, 2019) – United Way of the Midlands expands its professional development opportunities with the launch of a new program called the Leadership Learning Lab Series for local small business professionals.

The Leadership Learning Lab Series, known as 3LS, provides relevant, interactive discussions on the trends and day-to-day challenges that local business leaders face.

“3LS is a great opportunity for our local small business owners to gather in a welcoming environment and share ideas they may otherwise not make time for,” said Sara Fawcett, United Way of the Midlands CEO and President. “We find that offering a variety of professional development opportunities is an important part of engaging our community in a meaningful way.”

United Way will host its first event of the quarterly series on Wednesday, October 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The first event is an Employee Engagement Bootcamp with a guest panel including Tara Davis of AppleOne, Robin Revels of Lexington Medical Center and Christina Thoesen of Terminix; the discussion will be moderated by Erin Vassallo of AppleOne. This focus of this event is on hiring, employee retention and employee engagement.

“3LS will give small business owners an opportunity to learn about common issues in the business community, gain access to mentorship from established business leaders, and network with like-minded individuals,” said Zach Minton, Partner of K2Tech Group and founding member of United Way’s Small Business Alliance and co-chair of the Alliance’s professional development committee. “We’ve designed this series to provide valuable insight into business operations for small business owners who may not otherwise have time to dig deep into topics that will help them succeed.”

The event will be held at United Way of the Midlands located at 1818 Blanding Street, Columbia, South Carolina, 29201. Registration is required due to limited space. To learn more and register, visit uway.org/events.

Professional development programs offered by United Way include the Caffeinated Conversation quarterly networking events, Blueprint for Leadership, a professional development program to prepare individuals for volunteer leadership service in the nonprofit sector, training events that provide Continuing Education Unit credits and other opportunities through Always United, Women in Philanthropy and Young Leaders Society groups.

Terminix Services, Inc. is the official Welcome Sponsor for the October 9 event.

COST: $20


 

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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 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 uway.org.

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United Way of the Midlands continues to gain support for its Resilient Richland movement as a recipient of Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC’s 2019 Community Enrichment Grant

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 1, 2019

United Way of the Midlands continues to gain support for its Resilient Richland movement as a recipient of Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC’s 2019 Community Enrichment Grant

 

Columbia, S.C. (September 20, 2019) – United Way of the Midlands was one of 23 nonprofit organizations to receive a Community Enrichment Grant funding from Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. The Community Enrichment Grant is issued to South Carolina nonprofits who implement best practices to address the root causes of poverty.

 

“Our Community Enrichment grantee partners go beyond the expectation of assisting people who experience poverty – they work to interrupt the cycle of poverty altogether. The Foundation applauds their work to address the root causes of poverty in their respective communities,” said Tom Keith, president of Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina.

 

United Way of the Midlands received the $25,000 grant to support its Resilient Richland movement. Specifically, United Way and the other Resilient Richland partners provide youth and resiliency trainings that are targeted for anyone who interacts with children and youth on a regular basisResilient Richland aims to reduce the stigma of trauma and equip individuals and organizations with information and skills to build resilience among children and youth. A list of trainings can be found by visiting uway.org/events.

 

“We’re incredibly grateful that Sisters of Charity supports the work we have been doing in our community to bring awareness to the damaging effects of childhood trauma,” said Sara Fawcett, United Way of the Midlands President and CEO. “This grant allows us to continue offering important trainings to help those who work closely with our youth to have the knowledge and skills to identify when a child has experienced or is experiencing trauma, and the knowhow to provide proper resources.”

 

This year’s Community Enrichment grant recipients serve 27 South Carolina counties, and several of these nonprofits provide services across the state. 

 

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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 Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, founded in 1996. Their mission is to address the needs of the poor and underserved throughout the state of South Carolina. Through the strategic use of resources they seek to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.

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United Way of the Midlands and Peter Buffett Accelerate Community Change with Special Concert in Columbia This Fall

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 19, 2019

Columbia, SC (September 19, 2019) – United Way the Midlands is rallying community members to work together in new ways to solve complex social issues by hosting A Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffett, son of investor Warren Buffett, in Columbia, S.C. on Tuesday, October 22 at 7 p.m. at the Columbia Museum of Art. The event is free and open to the public, however, space is limited and registration is required at uway.org/future.

United Way is partnering with Peter Buffett, musician and philanthropist, as part United for the Future, a cross-country event to ignite new thinking and energy around community issues.

“We’re excited to welcome Peter to the Midlands and South Carolina, and we hope this unique opportunity will inspire new donors, new volunteers and new, creative ideas to transform our community into a place where everyone has a chance to reach their full potential,” said Sara Fawcett, President and CEO of United Way of the Midlands.

United Way has years of experience galvanizing people and organizations to find solutions to the toughest problems, and we continue to engage more and more individuals – of all ages, races, genders, political affiliations and backgrounds. Girls’ and women’s rights, community-led change, equity and justice are especially important to Buffett, which makes this an ideal partnership and opportune time to spark new ideas and momentum for community transformation. 

“We can accomplish much more together than any of us can alone, and I am looking forward to listening to the conversations during Peter’s visit with some of the Midlands’ most passionate advocates and supporters,” said Fawcett. “This event will be a catalyst for increasing engagement around our community’s most daunting social issues.”

The concert is part of United Way of the Midlands’ efforts to work with community partners to engage more people more deeply in building a stronger community. Through A Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffett, United Way of the Midlands is ensuring individuals are engaged and lending their voices and perspective to strengthen communities. 

Space is limited, so remember to reserve your seat and learn more about the event or United Way’s community impact programs, uway.org/future



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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 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 uway.org. 

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

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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, Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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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