Always United

Always United provides opportunities for individuals who are at or near retirement to continue their relationship with United Way and make the Midlands a better place to live.
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What is Always United?

Always United was formed in 2017 with 100 charter members who understand that just because they are retired, their work isn't done. Our members want to do something meaningful with a lifetime of expertise, and Always United provides the perfect outlet for that experience. We offer social events, community-building and volunteer activities, and mentorship opportunities. No donation is required to join, and everyone is welcome!

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Find meaning through volunteering for good causes! United Way’s Volunteer Center offers many opportunities for Always United volunteers to match your skills with the unique needs in your community. 

Opportunities include:

  • Helping first graders learn to read through Midlands Reading Consortium
  • Serving hot meals to individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Teaching life skills, such as gardening, to children in foster care
  • Giving companionship to hospice patients 

Volunteer Opportunities

Impact Project

AARP Ride@50+

Finding transportation alternatives can be intimidating, confusing, and overwhelming. The lack of transportation prevents our seniors from maintaining independence and getting to necessary health care appointments. For over a year, Always United members have worked as part of AARP and Feonix Mobility Rising's Mobility Leadership Council to help inform the development of a new pilot program called Ride@50+. This innovative program called Ride@50+, developed by AARP and powered by Feonix – Mobility Rising, is a one-stop shop for access to local transportation options.

Upcoming Events

Jan 27

Always United Luncheon: 2020 Vision Creating Clear Legal, Financial and Philanthropic Plans

Monday, January 27, 2020 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM.

Always United is pleased to kick-off 2020 with an engaging panel to answer questions about how to start or review your plans. Take a moment at the start of the new decade by learning about steps you may want to take to determine whether your current legal, financial and philanthropic activities are...

Feb 10

Driving Down Main: Part Deux

Monday, February 10, 2020 - Tuesday, February 11, 2020

United Way's Small Business Alliance invites you to the 2nd Annual Driving Down Main Topgolf Swing Suite Charity Tournament from February 10-11, 2020 at Main Course, 1624 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201. Gather a foursome for a 9-hole scramble tournament on the legendary Ocean Course at Kiawah Island...

Feb 20

Humanitarian of the Year Dinner and Award Ceremony

Thursday, February 20, 2020 | 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 Pam Lackey. Cocktail Reception will begin at 6:30 PM and program and dinner at 7:30 PM. Location: University of South Carolina Alumni Center | 900 Senate Street | Columbia, SC...

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