We care for our community.
A few years ago, United Way of the Midlands was serving hundreds of people over the course of one weekend, once a year at SC Mission. The demand in our community for access to healthcare was unbelievable.
With the help of our partners, we recognized that the smarter way to address access to critical dental and vision care was to band together and provide services five days a week. We opened our WellPartners clinics, offering dental and vision care to those in need, in 2016. The result? Five times as many people are being served, and there has been a 50 percent reduction in emergency room visits for dental needs.
Dental and Vision Clinic
Last year, 5,089 underinsured, uninsured or low-income people received dental services through our WellPartners clinics. WellPartners offers dental and vision health services that provide preventive and restorative care to children and adults in the Midlands. WellPartners is owned and operated by United Way of the Midlands with support from Lexington County, Lexington Medical Center, Prisma Health Midlands and Richland County.
The South Carolina Eye Care Initiative is a partnership between United Way of the Midlands, Palmetto AccessHealth, South Carolina Optometric Physicians Association and Robertson Optical Laboratories, Inc. The program was established to provide quality vision care to low-income, uninsured working adults 18 years old and older in South Carolina. Volunteer optometrists from the South Carolina Optometric Physicians Association perform complete eye exams and, if necessary, provide eyeglasses with single vision or bifocal lenses for only a $35 fee. Residents of Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, and Richland counties should call 803-296-2220 or just dial 211 for more information.
The FamilyWize Prescription Drug Card is a national initiative that was established to help people save money on their prescription drugs. United Way of the Midlands is one of nearly 1,000 United Ways in all 50 states that coordinates the local distribution of FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards. The card is absolutely free, is available to everyone and reduces the costs of medications by an average of 43%. There are no age restriction, no income restrictions, no limits on how many times you can use the card and no waiting to get a card.
United Way of the Midlands supports programs that provide quality health care, eye care and dental care to uninsured adults and children in the Midlands and work to help seniors maintain independence.
- 2,800 patients used services at local free medical clinics
- 61% showed improvement in one or more health concerns (like diabetes or high blood pressure)
- United Way’s WellPartners Dental Clinic provided over 5,110 patient visits to adults and children, a service value of $2.4 million
- WellPartners Eye Clinic provided 1,426 patient visits and 1,196 pairs of eye glasses, a service value of $250,000
- 2,201 seniors participated in programs in Fairfield, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties
- Nearly 300,000 meals were provided to seniors
- 65% of seniors in United Way-supported programs stayed in their homes and maintained Activities of Daily Living for at least six months
South Carolina 2019 County Health Rankings
The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps brings actionable data, evidence, guidance, and stories to communities to make it easier for people to be healthy in their neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces.
Healthcare and Homelessness Report
A study released by the South Carolina Coalition for the Homeless (SCCH) and United Way of the Midlands reveals that people who are homeless in South Carolina consumed more than $1 billion in health care between 2010 and 2012.
The report reveals factors contributing to the high cost of homelessness, including the insurance coverage gap between Medicaid and the Health Insurance Marketplace; showing that about one-third ($342 million) of all charges were billed to individuals without insurance.
Want to help?
Local Healthcare providers understand local needs.
We provide funding for local organizations and nonprofits that are providing health services in their areas. Last year, we gave over $700,000 to these worthy organizations.
Total Funding $747,500
- $7,500 to Babcock Center
Babcock Center purchased medical and sanitization supplies for residential centers, and deep cleaned work activity facilities.
- $25,000 to Free Medical Clinic of Newberry County, Inc.
Access to Health
The Free Medical Clinic of Newberry County provides a medical home for uninsured patients in Newberry County. The clinic offers healthcare, diagnostic, specialty care, treatment, educational services, dental and eye care.
- $10,000 to Harvest Hope Food Bank
Harvest Hope purchased PPE and fuel to enable food pantry staff and mobile food drops to safely meet the increased need for services.
- $10,000 to Newberry County Council on Aging
NCCOA delivered meals to 23 seniors for 8 weeks. Each senior received five frozen entrees, two shelf-stable boxed meals, fresh bread and milk.
- $10,000 to Orangeburg County Council on Aging
OCCOA provided meal packs (two meals meals per day for 7 days) to seniors at six drive-thru sites.
- $19,000 to Orangeburg-Calhoun Free Medical Clinic
Access to Primary Care
Orangeburg-Calhoun FMC provides free primary healthcare for uninsured individuals who live in Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties and whose incomes are at or below 200% the Federal Poverty Level.
- $141,000 to The Free Medical Clinic, Inc.
Access to Care
FMC provides on-site primary and specialty care and medications to those without healthcare coverage whose incomes are at or below of 175% Federal Poverty Level. FMC maintains partnerships within the community that contribute to patients' continuity of care and access to other resources.
- $25,000 to The Good Samaritan Clinic
GSC's Diabetes Education Program
GSC diagnoses, treats, and provides accompanying comprehensive education to pre-diabetic and diabetic patients in the Midlands.
- $445,000 to WellPartners
Adult & Children Dental Care
WP connects community volunteers and partners to help uninsured and underinsured adults and children in the Midlands gain access to a complete range of dental care.
- $55,000 to WellPartners
Adult Eye Care
WP connects community volunteers and partners to help uninsured and underinsured adults in the Midlands gain access to a complete range of vision care.