United in Hope

For almost 100 years, United Way of the Midlands has been the most collaborative, efficient, and accountable way to invest in our community.

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.

Breaking Barriers Employment Fair

With a focus on helping individuals with barriers to employment, this event is geared to individuals who are disabled, homeless, have criminal backgrounds, lack transportation or other issues. The event will feature employers who are currently hiring positions for this group and other organizations that provide employment resources and job skills training. Please join us on Friday, October 4 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

United for the Future with Peter Buffett

Peter Buffett, co-president of the NoVo Foundation, has an acclaimed career that spans more than 30 years as an Emmy Award winning musician, composer, philanthropist and author. He is the youngest son of investor Warren Buffett.

To bring the message of his New York Times best-selling book Life Is What You Make It to life, Buffett has crafted a live music event. Using his own life story and experiences as illustration, Buffett ultimately conveys that it is one's values - and what we are able to give back to society - that shape and define us as individuals. Buffett's integrity, candor and musical talent make for an uplifting and rewarding evening.

Blueprint for Leadership

Blueprint for Leadership, a professional development course targeting future community leaders. The program prepares diverse groups of individuals for volunteer service in the nonprofit sector.

Class topics include: Nonprofit law, the roles and responsibilities of board members, strategic leadership, best practices in the programs and nonprofit governance.

Blueprint for Leadership course meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month beginning in February and ending in May. Class graduation in June.

Need help?

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

Upcoming Events

Sep 25

Caffeinated Conversation-Risky Business: Insurance Misconceptions Debunked

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM

We invite you to spend your morning with us at United Way of the Midlands, so that you may stay informed on relevant trends within the small business space. Our panelists and some of the Midlands community leaders will be touching on common insurance misconceptions, best practices, overall benefits...

Oct 02

Learning with Leaders

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join United Way's Young Leaders Society at The Venue on 1626 Main, for a professional development event with a guest panel and group discussion on the revitalization of Columbia's Main Street district and it's ability to attract and retain young professionals. Panelists: Matt Kennel (City Center...

Oct 04

Breaking Barriers Employment Fair

Friday, October 4, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

United Way of the Midlands and Richland Library, host the fourth annual Breaking Barriers Employment Fair at Richland Library on October 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. With a focus on helping individuals with barriers to employment, the Breaking Barriers Employment Fair is geared to individuals who...

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