Community Partners

We're proud to partner with the following Florence community agencies and to ensure to you that your United Way contribution supports programs and organizations that make a difference.

American Red Cross - Eastern SC Chapter

1601-A W. Lucas Street
Florence, SC 29501

www.redcross.org/sc
843-662-8121

The American Red Cross’s Disaster Services provide for the immediate emergency needs of food, clothing, and shelter for those suffering a disaster such as a home fire, tornado, or other like situations. Recovery support for up to sixty days after the disaster is also provided along with community education in the areas of prevention and response to emergencies.


Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area

310 W. Roughfork Street
Florence, SC 29503

bgcpda.org
843-662-1142

Provides a comprehensive youth development program designed for youth ages 6-18. Clubs located in Florence, Timmonsville, Pamplico, and Lake City are open daily, after school, and all day on non-school days. Our mission is "To inspire and enable all young people from throughout the Pee Dee Area, especially those who need us most, to become productive, responsible, and caring citizens." Our clubs focus on five key areas: education & careers, character & leadership, health & life skills, the arts, and fitness & recreation. Qualified youth development professionals deliver these programs, which lead to positive youth outcomes in the areas of academic success, good character & citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. Our Clubs provide...A safe place to learn and grow; ongoing relationships with caring professionals; life-enhancing programs, character development experiences and the hope and opportunity to “Be Great.”


CARE House of the Pee Dee

360 North Irby Street
Florence, SC 29501

thecarehouse.com
843-629-0236

CARE (Child Abuse Resource and Evaluation) House of the Pee Dee is a child advocacy center dedicated to promoting healing, in a nurturing environment to child abuse victims and their families, through supportive services and prevention. Services that are provided include forensic interviews, counseling, advocacy, training, and medical.


Civil Air Patrol

100 Cap Drive
Florence, SC 29502

www.gocivilairpatrol.com
843-732-0227

The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the official U.S. Air Force Auxiliary. It is a civilian volunteer, benevolent, nonprofit organization with three primary missions: Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs, and Emergency Services. Aerospace Education to CAP members and the General Public. Cadet Programs for youth ages 12 to 18. Emergency Services such as Search and Rescue, Disaster Relief, and Humanitarian Services. CAP volunteers and cadets handle over 90 percent of inland search and rescue missions and save approximately 75 lives per year. The Florence Squadron has performed several emergency services functions and developed hundreds of young leaders through the cadet program.


Florence Area Literacy Council

240 South Dargan Street
Florence, SC 29506

www.florencearealiteracycouncil.com
843-667-1908

The Florence Area Literacy Council is an adult education facility that provides computer assisted and small group based learning for adult learners ages 18 and up. One-to-one tutoring is available for low level readers who want to learn to read or improve their reading skills. The Florence Area Literacy Council also offers Pre-GED preparation instruction for adults desiring to obtain a GED as well as class and computer assistance for those preparing for college or military entrance exams. An ESL (English as a Second Language) program is also available for adults desiring to learn to speak conversational English.


Florence Co. Disabilities & Special Needs Board

1211 National Cemetery Road
Florence, SC 29506

www.fcdsn.org
843-678-8576

The Florence County Disabilities and Special Needs Board supports people throughout Florence County with intellectual disabilities, autism, and head and spinal cord injuries. Our mission is: Respecting; Educating; Supporting; Person's Expectations; Choices with Trust. The Family Support Services provides services and supports that enable people with severe lifelong disabilities the opportunity to remain at home with their family members. This service is directed toward those families who can care for family members with severe, lifelong disabilities at home but cannot afford the cost of services or supports to meet his/her special needs.


Florence Family YMCA

177 S. Rutherford Drive
Florence, SC 29505

www.florenceymca.org
843-665-1234

All programs focus heavily on character development – caring, honesty, respect, responsibility.

  • After School Program
    This program offers an enriching environment with fun activities especially designed to enhance the development and self-esteem of the school age child. The program is structured to address the interests and developmental levels of children in grades 5K through 6th grade. Because the program offers choices, children gain independence and have the freedom to learn more about what interests them.

  • Preschool Program
    Preschool is a fun, nurturing environment for 3 and 4 year olds where parents can have peace of mind that their children are safe and thriving even while they are away. Preschool focuses specifically on foundation skills for later academic success, physical health and movement, social skills enhancement and emotional development through play, games, music activities and learning centers.

  • Summer Camp
    This program offers a variety of activities that are age and developmentally appropriate for the school age child. A variety of weekly thematic units with corresponding activities and field trips keeps a child interactive and busy. The camp is designed to be exciting and fun with music, games, drama, arts and crafts, science, games, outdoor activities and exploration within our state and community.


Girl Scouts of Eastern SC

181 East Evans Street Suite 400
Florence, SC 29501

www.girlscoutsesc.org
843-669-5174

Girl Scouts is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls – all girls – where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adults, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives – like strong values, social conscience and conviction about their own potential and self-worth. In Girl Scouts, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Through the many enriching experiences provided by the Girl Scouts, they can grow courageous and strong. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina serves girls aged 5-17 throughout 21 counties.


Lighthouse Ministries

1416 West Evans Street
Florence, SC 29501

www.lighthouseflorence.org
843-629-0830

Lighthouse Ministries is a faith-based non-profit social service agency. Our goal is to serve families and individuals in Florence County who are struggling to meet their basic needs during a financial crisis. Lighthouse Ministries serves by:

  • Offering core support services and financial help in the form of rental assistance and deposits, utility assistance and deposits, life-sustaining prescription medications, and travelers’ aid for persons stranded in Florence County.

  • Building ramps for disabled individuals.

  • Providing diapers, wipes, and parenting and life skills classes through our Strengthening Families Program.

  • Creating special programs that target support for the entire family.

  • Collaborating with over 30 agencies to serve homeless families and individuals during the First Friday Homeless Connect Event.

  • Giving 1 on 1 assistance to participants including financial guidance, wrap-around support, food, hygiene kits, books, fans, blankets, and referral services.


Mercy Medicine Free Clinic

500 South Coit Street
Florence, SC 29501

www.mercymedicine.org
843-667-9947

The Mercy Medicine Free Clinic mission uses Judeo-Christian values of love, faith, compassion and integrity to provide a free medical home for low-income, uninsured, working poor and homeless adults from Florence and Williamsburg Counties. Volunteer Physicians and our Nurse Practitioners staff manage non-life-threatening chronic diseases and short-term acute illnesses with life-sustaining medications. Our Volunteer Dentists treat pain, infection and more. Patients meet Mercy Medicine Free Clinic’s eligibility qualifications by providing proof of income and no health insurance source. The Clinic is open Monday - Friday, with appointments made in advance. Mercy Medicine is not a walk-in clinic. Applications are taken between 8:30 - 11:00am every Monday. Once eligibility is obtained, Mercy Medicine Free Clinic becomes the patients’ provider of medical and/or dental care.


Pee Dee Area Council Boy Scouts of America

702 South Coit Street
Florence, SC 29503

peedeescouts.us
843-662-6306

Provides programs for the coed youth (ages 6-21 years old) of Florence and neighboring communities. Scouting is a character educational program that accomplishes its goals through family-centered and outdoor activities. It concentrates on developing youth, physically, mentally and morally. Scouting also develops character and leadership skills in youth members.


Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault

220 South Irby Street
Florence, SC 29503

peedeecoalition.org
843-669-4600

The Community Victim Assistance program provides 24-hour crisis intervention, individual and support group counseling, medical/legal/criminal justice advocacy and accompaniment, information, and referral to victims and their families through 24-hour crisis line and crisis centers.

The Emergency Safe Shelter is an anonymously located, emergency safe shelter for abused women and their children. Accessible 24 hours a day, the shelter provides 24-hour crisis intervention, individual and support group counseling, resource procurement, information and referrals, living skills training, advocacy, and accompaniment. Children’s services include educational support, recreation, and counseling.

The Durant Children’s Center utilizes a child friendly setting designed to reduce the trauma experienced by victims and witnesses of abuse or neglect, Durant conducts clinical and forensic assessments and provides therapy for children and adolescents as well as advocacy and services to the non-offending parent and guardian. Parent Education Parent Support – a 12-week parenting education and support group; Training for professionals, multidisciplinary case management and community education presentations are available.


Pee Dee Speech & Hearing Center

153 E. NB Baroody Street
Florence, SC 29503

www.peedeespeechandhearing.com
843-662-7802

Our Audiology services provide a wide range of hearing health care for individuals of all ages. Our professionals are skilled in the areas of childhood hearing loss, adult diagnostic procedures and hearing aid selection and provision. Our Speech Language Pathology offers diagnostic and therapeutic speech and language services for children with a variety of communication disorders.


Senior Citizens Association

600 Senior Way
Florence, SC 29505

www.seniorcitizensassociation.com
843-669-6761

The Senior Citizens Association in Florence County (SCA) provides a full range of services to Florence County’s Senior Citizens. These services promote the physical, mental, and social well-being of senior citizens, enhancing their quality of life and providing assistance in maintaining independence. Services offered are:

  • Homebound Services: Services are available to seniors (60 years of age and older) who cannot leave their homes unassisted and do not have anyone to assist them with basic needs. Available services include: Home Delivered Meals, Light Housekeeping, Transportation and Telephone Reassurance.

  • Group Dining and Activities: SCA operates four Group Dining Sites throughout the county where seniors enjoy a hot, nutritious meal while socializing and participating in planned activities designed for the body and mind. Sites include; 104 N. Kershaw St., Timmonsville, 198 N. Acline Drive, Lake City, 503 E. Main St., Pamplico and 304 S. Hampton St., Johnsonville. Each location has specific hours and days, please call for appropriate information.


The Chrysalis Center of Circle Park

601 Gregg Avenue
Florence, SC 29502

www.circlepark.com/chrysalis-center
843-673-0660

Circle Park’s Chrysalis Center is a unique, extended-term residential treatment facility for chemically dependent women and their young children. Designed to provide a nurturing therapeutic community, it offers an opportunity for children to continue to live on-site with their mothers during the entire treatment process. This approach offers women the choice of seeking help with less fear of losing their children. Children residing at the center receive professional support and counseling while their mothers gain a new chance at life...a chance to break the cycle of addiction. Chrysalis Center has room for 16 women and 32 children, up to two children per mom, at one time. In one recent six-year period, Chrysalis Center celebrated more than three dozen births. Births of babies who, in the absence of treatment, could be born with drug dependencies themselves. Treating one pregnant woman in effect doubles the savings for society because two human beings are helped instead of one.


The Salvation Army

2210 Hoffmeyer Road
Florence, SC 29501

www.salvationarmycarolinas.org/florence
843-662-4461

The Salvation Army is a Christian-based organization that strives to provide food, clothing, shelter, financial aid & spiritual support to the impoverished in the surrounding communities. Faith is the basis in which all of our services are founded.

  • Food: Our goal is to help reduce the growing number of hungry persons in our area. In an effort to accomplish this goal we distribute food boxes containing non-perishables, pantry staples, and any extras available, to all who qualify.

  • Financial Aid: By helping pay electric bills, which are in danger of being disconnected, and delinquent rent/mortgage, for those in peril of eviction, we are enabling the struggling families/individuals to move forward after hard times.

  • Clothing: We provide access to clothing (at no cost) to bereft or vagrant families/individuals, newly place foster children, individuals recently released from prison and any emergency situation.

  • Homeless Shelter: We provide relief to displaced individuals with temporary lodging, hot meals, personal hygiene items and access to our shower facilities.

  • Fire Victims: When fire wreaks havoc on a home, we aim to alleviate the strain of disaster by supplying food, clothing & temporary shelter. Furthermore furniture can be provided once victims of fire have procured a permanent residence.


Youth Mentors of the Pee Dee

110 Toledo Road
Florence, SC 29505

www.facebook.com/pages/category/Nonprofit-Organization/Youth-Mentors-of-the-Pee-Dee-225873324247801
843-662-7081

The Youth Mentors of the Pee Dee provides much needed guidance and friendship to boys without fathers and girls from single parent homes. We also provide therapeutic outings, counseling and advocacy for children and parents.