Talking Together Special Edition: Become a DEW Connection Point!

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Thursday, May 21, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
All registrants will receive a link the day before the event.

Event Details

United Way Association of SC and Together SC are joining together to host this special edition of Talking Together with Nonprofit Leaders for those who are interested in assisting clients file for unemployment benefits.

A "Connection Point" is a site, like libraries, identified by the SC Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW), which offers marketing material and/or electronic access to Unemployment Insurance (UI) services.

Host organization staff can assist clients with DEW's online services onsite or virtually. 

With thousands seeking unemployment, frontline nonprofits are uniquely positioned to help clients file.

Sign up to hear what's involved and determine if your organization can help.

DEW staff will provide an overview and training on becoming a Connection Point.

Participating organizations must:

  • Identify a computer or computers that can be designated as the “Connection Point” and put bookmarks on the landing page for DEW’s website, the benefits portal, and the job search portal
  • Designate a place where relevant fliers can be posted for job fairs, hiring events, trainings, etc.
  • Install Connection Point Signage

DEW will provide:

  • Training
  • Signage to identify your partnership (we can accommodate size, type and placement)
  • Laminated desk guide with step by step instructions for any of the main functions a job seeker would use
  • List contact information and location for the closest brick and mortar SC Works location where customers needing one on one attention or more intensive services can go
  • Rotation of a staff that will come by onsite monthly just to check in, answer questions and update any literature


Amber Jackson
Amber Jackson Executive Director/CEO United Way of Lancaster County, Inc.
Blakely Roof
Blakely Roof President & CEO United Way of Horry County
Debbie Robertson
Debbie Robertson Chief Partnership Officer South Carolina First Steps
Donna V.S. Ortega
Donna V.S. Ortega Community Investment Officer J. Marion Sims Foundation
Emily Parrish
Emily Parrish Executive Director Children's Attention Home
Jessica Chiles
Jessica Chiles Team Lead/Financial Stability Center Coordinator Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina
Kim Barnett
Kim Barnett Operations Director Middle Tyger Community Center
Kim Parsons
Kim Parsons Executive Director family justice center
Melena Hood
Melena Hood Care Coordinator Little Steps
Pam Temple
Pam Temple Program Director J. Marion Sims Foundation
Rieta Drinkwine
Rieta Drinkwine Executive Director Union County Carnegie Library
Ronda Boyd
Ronda Boyd CEO/President Passion 2 Pay Project
Stacey Denaux
Stacey Denaux CEO One80 Place
Stephanie McGuire
Stephanie McGuire Chief Community Relations Officer SC Thrive
Tricia Richardson
Tricia Richardson CEO SC Thrive
35 Other Registered Attendees

For More Information:

Madeleine McGee
Madeleine McGee
President/CEO Together SC (803)929-0399x11


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