February 1, 2022 - February 28, 2022

UOFSC Campaign Challenge

Let's join forces with United Way to strengthen our community. Give today and help provide programs and services to local individuals and families who need it most.

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$34,256.05 pledged toward our $50,000 goal

Support Our Community

United Way of the Midlands serves a vital role in the community. They bring together businesses, volunteers, government services and other nonprofits to address large-scale issues as well as emergencies, like the coronavirus pandemic.

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, United Way mobilized immediately, serving those in need due to closed schools, shuttered workplaces and overwhelmed hospitals. They continue to safely bridge gaps caused by COVID-19. Here are just a few ways your gift makes a difference.

Helping Those Most in Need

  1. Helping Children Read

    United Way's Midlands Reading Consortium (MRC) is a tutoring program that helps pre-K to 2nd-grade students improve their reading proficiency. Last year's volunteers tutored 691 kids in 27 different schools. This school year, we’re adapting our work by offering virtual tutors and guest readers. 

    A strong foundation of reading greatly impacts a child’s success in school and beyond. We've offered a library of literacy services including one-to-one tutoring, book donations, book nooks, parent engagement events, guest reading opportunities for individuals and companies and summer reading camps. 

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  2. Reducing Homelessness

    United Way serves the 1,500 people experiencing homelessness in our community. In fact, United Way and partners have reduced homelessness by 40% since 2013. COVID-19 created a surge in demand for these services, and we're doing everything we can to follow health guidelines and support those most in need.

    When people don't have their basic needs met, it's difficult for them to plan for the future. Our goal has always been to help them get back on their feet so they can thrive by fighting homelessness, funding emergency shelters and helping low-income families file income taxes.

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  3. Providing Healthcare

    United Way started offering dental and vision care to those in need in 2016. The result? Five times as many people are being served and a 50 percent reduction in emergency room dental visits. Currently, our clinics are at full capacity with procedures in place to screen patients and maintain a safe environment.
     

    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. With the help of our partners, we've recognized that the smart way to address access to critical dental and vision care was to band together and provide services five days a week.

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Stay Tuned!

Information about our global events will be coming soon! Check back often to find out fun ways to get involved with our campaign!

Message From Interim President Pastides

As a part of the greater Columbia community, the University of South Carolina has partnered with United Way of the Midlands for many years to raise funds that assist thousands of our neighbors. During February 2022, I hope you will consider supporting the university’s United Way campaign and the many programs it funds in our community.

Last year, 7,490 people were enrolled in programs supported by United Way of the Midlands. Many were first-time recipients, reaching out for help during difficult times. Some were members of our university community. Through United Way of the Midlands in 2021:
- 1,212 students participated in quality literacy and youth programs.
- 2,673 people obtained important medical, dental and eye care.
- 3,476 people received income-building and financial-stability services, including benefits assistance, career coaching, job-skills development, shelter outreach and housing support.

Members of our University of South Carolina community can use this website to make a one-time gift or donate through a periodic payroll deduction. Your unit ambassador can tell you more about how you can contribute in the ways that mean the most to you.

I’m proud of all the ways Gamecocks support our Midlands community. Thank you for all that you do.

Harris Pastides
Interim President
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Recognizing Our Leadership Society Donors

Gifts $500 And Greater

  • R. Jason Caskey: $10,000.00
  • Charles Bloom: $600.00
  • Gail Pruss: $500.00
  • Pam Dunleavy: $500.00
  • Jan Smoak: $500.00
  • Marlys Lipe: $1,000.00
  • Mary Alexander: $500.00
  • Bridget Leslie: $500.00
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2022 Campus Campaign Ambassadors

Have a question about the campaign? Want to find out how your school or department is participating in this year's United Way Campaign? Contact your United Way Ambassador! To find your ambassador, click the link below to be taken to the list. 

Ambassador List

Our United Way Goals & Awards

2021 UofSC United Awards

Division Chairman Award - Higher Education
University of South Carolina 

2022 Goal:

Increase awareness of United Way's efforts to help both the greater Midlands community as well as the university community. 

2022 Goal:

Increase participation not only through monetary means but also through volunteerism. 

2022 Goal: 

Stronger engagement with 7% increase in giving levels with affinity groups and giving societies such as Women in Philanthropy (WIP), Young Leaders Society (YLS),  Tocqueville Society and Palmetto Society. 

Your UofSC United Way Campaign Team

Dean Joel Samuels, Palmetto Society Leader for faculty and deans; Grace Salter, Employee Campaign Director; Mary Alexander, Women in Philanthropy (WIP); Bridget Leslie, United Way Campaign Team for Higher Education; Jack Claypoole, United Way Team for Higher Education; Will Elliott, United Way Campaign Team for Higher Education; Latanza Duncan, United Way Campaign Team for Higher Education

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Together, we can improve the lives of millions of people, because we are more than just fund-raisers. We are hand-raisers. Sign up to help.

Groups & Giving Levels

Deepen Your Engagement

Check out our engagement network and leadership giving societies. We offer ways to donate, serve and get involved for all ages, stages, and giving levels. Give generously, make new friends, expand your network, and help those in need.

Always United
Women in Philanthropy
Young Leaders Society
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Your Gift Matters

$150 Buys Eye Exams and Glasses for 3 Uninsured Patients

$500 Buys School Supply Packages for 50 Students

$20 Provides Shelter and Case Management to Someone Experiencing Homelessness

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We do what needs to get done.

Local Help for Local Problems

The United Way has always had a broader mandate to serve the community, which means they're agile enough to address emergency needs like flood relief. And they have the expertise and resources to tackle complex, widespread problems like youth homelessness. Their ability to take on our most important local problems is unmatched.

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Help Change Lives in the Midlands

Giving to United Way is a great way to support multiple causes with one click, knowing that your money will stay right here in the community.