Our Stories

United Way of the Midlands created this visual storytelling library to share stories that bring people together and distill the issues affecting our communities.  It is a resource for the community. 

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    What does it mean to Live United?

    At United Way, we do more than raise funds. We lift up communities, together. One person at a time. What do you fight for?

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    J. Mac Bennett - 2017 Humanitarian of the Year

    United Way is proud to honor J. Mac Bennett as the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year.

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    Restoring Hope - Johnnie Mae

    In October 2015, South Carolina experienced a devastating and destructive 1,000-year flood. As a result of hurricane Joaquin more than 11 trillion gallons of water engulfed the area and swallowed everything in its path – including thousands of homes in Richland and Lexington Counties. Now, more than a year has passed. There are more than 1,200 families in Richland and Lexington counties who still need help repairing their homes. Through United Way of the Midlands’ Restoring Hope project, we are asking our generous community to re-energize their spirit of generosity and giving to create enough volunteerism, donations and hospitality to restore 250 or more households in the next year so that they become safe and livable. Join our cause at restoringhopesc.org and help more people like Johnnie.

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    Brianna Davis - MRC testimonial

    Hear Brianna's MRC testimony and consider becoming a tutor at volunteer.uway.org.

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    Bill Harmon - MRC testimonial

    Just 30 minutes a week can make the difference between whether a child advances to the next grade and graduates from high school on time. Our Midlands Reading Consortium (MRC) program is a volunteer tutoring initiative targeting pre-kindergarten through second-grade students. Tutors focus on improving language skills and reading proficiency. Hear Bill's testimony and consider becoming a tutor at volunteer.uway.org.

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    United we fight. United we win.

    We're more than fundraisers, we're hand-raisers.

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    Volunteer Center 2017

    Join the movement at volunteer.uway.org.

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    WellPartners testimonial - Angie

    WellPartners Dental and Eye Clinics serve uninsured and under-insured children and adults in Richland and Lexington counties free of charge. WellPartners was created by United Way of the Midlands with the support of local hospitals and health departments around the Midlands.

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    2016-2017 Campaign Community Impact Recap

    A quick snapshot of our impact when we LIVE UNITED! Together we are changing lives!

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    2016 Humanitarians of the Year - Stewart and Steven Mungo

    Congratulations to our 2016 Humanitarians of the Year, Stewart and Steven Mungo of Mungo Homes. Stewart and Steven are such deserving, yet humble, recipients and we think our 2016 HOY Film, by Cinema Couture Films, perfectly portrays that.

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    Humanitarian of the Year - Paul Fant

    United Way of the Midlands is proud to honor the 2015 Humanitarian of the Year, Paul V. Fant, Sr., President of Fant Consulting LLC. This award is given each year to an individual who clearly demonstrates extraordinary leadership in philanthropic and human services. It is the highest single honor of philanthropic achievement in the Midlands. This black tie event was held at the University of South Carolina Alumni Center on February 25, 2016.

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    Before, During and After the Flood

    Before, during and after the severe flooding that devastated the Midlands in 2015, United Way is here to respond to the most critical human-service needs of our community.

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    What We Accomplished in 2015

    Thank you to the organizations and companies that helped us make a big difference this year in the lives of people from all walks of life in the Midlands!

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    Brian Larue from KraftHeinz Company

    Brian Larue from KraftHeinz Company talks about campaign success

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    Karen Oliver's Testimony

    Karen Oliver, Senior Director of Community Resources at United Way, gives her testimony on the need for affordable healthcare in the Midlands.

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    Making the Midlands Smile

    United Way of the Midlands and the Children's Dental Clinic have been partners for more than 50 years. Find out how United Way, 140 volunteer dentists and hygienists and local school districts are working together to provide free dental care for uninsured children in the Midlands.

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    How Heather McCue Lives United

    Heather is a United Way volunteer with the Midlands Reading Consortium. Find out how she shares her love of reading with her students.

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    What We Accomplished in 2014

    Thank you to the organizations and campaigns that partnered with us this year to make a huge difference in the Midlands!

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    Creating Affordable Housing

    United Way of the Midlands has been successful in moving people off the streets and into affordable housing. Join us, and help ensure that everyone has a safe place to call home.

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    Michael Deese's Story

    A story of how United Way of the Midlands helped a local man out of homelessness

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    How Nate Klein Lives United

    Nate Klein, a former tutor in United Way's Midlands Reading Consortium (MRC), tells his moving story about how volunteering changed one child's life and, ultimately, how that child changed his.

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    Cecilia: Mi Testimonia

    Cecilia Rodriguez shares her personal testimony about United Way

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