Working together with a broad range of community partners - partner agencies, schools, faith-based groups, businesses, energized individuals, local government, and more - we're seeking results that no one can accomplish alone.
To highlight, the United Way of Florence County supports 48% of the program costs for the Youth Mentors of the Pee Dee, a one-on-one relationship building program geared towards “at-risk” children. In 2017-2018, this program boasted great success with the help of the United Way, with 86% of participants showing improvement in abstaining from anti-social behaviors of violence, illegal drug use, early parenting, and poor attitudes towards school. Our support of the Meals on Wheels and Family Support Services in our region in 2017 resulted in over 414 senior citizens and individuals with lifelong disabilities being able to stay in their homes with their families. Last year, The Salvation Army in Florence, SC and Lighthouse Ministries were able to provide 7,382 individuals with emergency housing or utility assistance because of our support. The availability of these programs prevented homelessness in our area and allowed families to maintain the dignity of having access to basic needs. In 2017, we were the second largest funding source for Mercy Medicine Free Clinic, which offers one of two accesses to free health care in our region – their free retinal clinic is one-of-a-kind in the state.
Directly out of our office, we sponsor several programs and initiatives that have tremendous impact in our community. Burn and Learn's Biggest Loser program occurs each January. Last year, we provided 55 individuals with nutrition classes, weekly workouts, and other tips to lead a healthy lifestyle that resulted in a combined loss of 893 pounds and 535 inches. Our annual Day of Caring has been a staple of the United Way for 26 years. On September 21, 2018, we coordinated 370 people in works of volunteerism through 78 projects across our county. This initiative has become a great asset to our partnering nonprofits, allowing them to retain thousands of dollars for direct use in their programs rather than pay for these necessary projects to be completed.