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GIDDY UP AND GIVE WITH UNITED WAY
Originally published in the 2016 October edition of Diversity Works Magazine


You’re in the saddle and holding the reigns when you choose to donate money. That decision can be stressful because you want to help others, but you may not be sure where to give to do the most good. That is why we here at the United Way strive to make your giving journey as smooth a ride as possible with our annual campaign.

 Each year, the United Way of Florence County holds an annual campaign to help raise donations for our seventeen local partnering agencies. We have selected these agencies to partner with because they are providing services that are addressing the most pressing needs right here in Florence County. These needs include therapy sessions for children who have been abused, home delivered meals to the elderly, shelter and meals for the homeless, and leadership and character development programs for youth. We also require each agency to go through a rigorous application process to ensure they are operating at a high standard and that your donations are being spent wisely. When you donate to the United Way, you can be confident that your donation is being used to impact the lives in our community in the most efficient way possible. Below are just a few examples of what our agencies were able to achieve with the donations they received from last year’s United Way campaign.

  • 3,545 individuals were provided either a meal/and or a night’s stay in a shelter
  • 90% of youth in youth development programs are expected to attend college, a figure 27% higher than the national average
  • 503 children who were the victims of abuse or neglect received counseling & therapy services
  • 8,085 individuals received financial assistance to prevent eviction or keep utilities connected
  • 1,400 individuals with disabilities or special needs received intervention/prevention services, medical supplies, or respite care
  • 3,066 youth received guidance, homework help, and leadership development
  • 1,278 un-insured individuals received necessary dental and/or medical treatment
  • 52,482 meals were delivered to home-bound seniors

Although our agencies were able to assist over 25,000 individuals in the Florence County area last year, there are many individuals who still need our help. That is why we selected our 2016-2017 campaign tagline to be “Giddy Up and Give”. It not only emphasizes the urgent need to reach out and help our neighbors, but it also encourages people to give through their donations, their voice, and their time. In the spirit of our Western theme, we are also encouraging everyone to consider rounding up their donation by 10% as part of our “Round Up Challenge” to help us serve as many individuals in need as possible. Through your giving our community is made stronger, and our collective achievement is that we are changing lives and making this a wonderful place to call home.

For more information about the United Way or to make a donation, please call 843-662-2407 or visit our website at www.uwflorence.org. You can also view this year’s campaign video on our website to hear the stories of several individuals who have been helped through the United Way campaign.

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