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What We Do

United Way of the Midlands serves a vital role in our community, filling in the gaps between government services and smaller, niche nonprofits. Only United Way has the resources to provide large-scale solutions to pervasive community problems, like homelessness or lack of basic health services.

Our Causes

Complex problems require complex solutions, which frequently involve multiple partners providing support to create lasting change. United Way researches the issues, then coordinates volunteers, organizations, and funding to follow through with the best ideas.


YLS Oyster Roast

Our annual Oyster Roast will feature food stations, an open bar and musical selections from Jeff Pitts (of Prettier Than Matt) and Charles Riley (of Seventy Six and Sunny). A silent auction and raffle will take place to benefit Be a Book Bunny, and we're accepting cold-weather donations for Point-in-Time Count. We can't wait to see you on January 20, 2022, from 5:00-8:00 PM at City Market Place!

Presenting Sponsor: McDonnell & Associates

Supporting Sponsors: Marc Brown Law Firm, Miller Valentine Group, Elliott Davis, Resource Financial Services

Event Sponsors: Columbia Metropolitan Magazine, The Moore Company, Sound and Images, Wyche Law Firm

Individual Event Sponsors: Peyton Bryant, Commercial Real Estate Advisor for NAI Columbia; Drew Stevens, Private Wealth Advisor for Northwestern Mutual; William Velasco, Jr., Senior Financial Advisor for Merrill Lynch



The Self-Sufficiency Standard for South Carolina is a measure of income adequacy that is based on the costs of basic needs for working families: housing, child care, food, health care, transportation, and miscellaneous items, as well as the cost of taxes and the impact of tax credits.

Need help?

Resources are available for you. We can help you find food, shelter, healthcare, and more. Don’t wait to call.

Upcoming Events

Feb 07

Driving Down Main - Fore the Kids

February 7 - 8, 2022 | 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Since its inception, Driving Down Main has brought essential industries within the small business space together so they can connect through friendly competition and experience the joy of giving back to their community. This year, the event will be benefiting the Midlands Reading Consortium (MRC)...

Feb 17

2022 Humanitarian of the Year Dinner and Award Ceremony

Thursday, February 17, 2022 | 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM.

United Way of the Midlands cordially invites you to attend the Humanitarian of the Year Dinner and Award Ceremony honoring James A. Bennett. Cocktail Reception will begin at 6:30 PM and program and dinner at 7:30 PM. Location: University of South Carolina Pastides Alumni Center | 900 Senate Street |...

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