Monday, December 2, 2013
This week's blog post is from Karen Oliver, Senior Director of Community Resources. This is a season of lists. Grocery lists. Holiday card lists. Shopping lists. To do lists.
Monday, November 25, 2013
More powerful than the mere shock value of a dangling hand of a sleeping homeless person protectively clinging to her only possessions in this world, Banning’s work proved that homelessness has no face. Homelessness cannot not be perceived so naively any longer.
Monday, November 18, 2013
This week, November 16-23 is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. As many of our readers must know, one of the primary strategic goals of United Way of the Midlands is reducing homelessness in the region. We shared with you last week about some key strategies we use to work towards this goal, and this week we want to share an easy way to learn about the work that other groups in our area are doing.
Monday, November 11, 2013
One of the primary strategic goals of United Way of the Midlands is reducing homelessness in the region. Here are some of the different strategies used by UWM to solve homeless and housing issues, compiled by Community Impact Program Assistant, Halie Brazier:
Monday, November 4, 2013
It seems obvious, but permanent housing solves a homeless person’s most emergent need. However, Columbia must first recognize the value of Housing First as a viable alternative to the status quo of continually sheltering, jailing, and hospitalizing people who are homeless.
Monday, October 28, 2013
At United Way of the Midlands (UWM) we fund critical community programs, but we also strive to create systems level change. About a year we began administering the community’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). HMIS is a federally required web-based client and bed management system. Each community has a single, federally approved system for local agencies to share bed and client information.
Monday, October 21, 2013
More than 200,000 uninsured South Carolinians living in poverty will make up a new coverage gap created by our state’s rejection of the ACA’s Medicaid Expansion. They make less than $11,490 a year so they are not eligible for financial assistance to purchase insurance in the Marketplace, and they don’t qualify for our existing Medicaid program because they aren’t aged, blind and disabled, in very low income families or pregnant. More than 30,000 in this coverage gap live in the Midlands.
Monday, October 14, 2013
The goal the Midlands Reading Consortium Program (MRC) is to collaborate with local school districts, businesses, and community volunteers, to improve the language development and reading proficiency of students in grades Pre-K through Second. Last year 308 volunteers tutored 424 students.
Monday, October 7, 2013
Well folks, the Affordable Care Act enrollment period is here. Yes, it landed on October 1. Are you ready to purchase health insurance? You might ask do I want to participate, should I participate or have to participate. Here are a few facts to answer those questions.
Monday, September 30, 2013
This week we want to talk about infant eye care, something that many parents don't realize need attention beyond standard checkups. To do so we've asked Jennie Zolman, the State Leader for InfantSEE in South Carolina, to share some information on InfantSEE and infant eye health.
Monday, September 9, 2013
To me, volunteering has always been something that was done. I don’t ever remember being taught about civic responsibility or ever having someone tell me I needed to do it. For me giving back has always seemed to be something that people just did.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
September is National Attendance Awareness Month, and United Way wants to send the message to parents, students and teachers that going to school every day matters for success in school and future success in life.
Monday, August 26, 2013
As MRC volunteers, we become a part of a community of caring. Our involvement supports overwhelmed teachers who have more students than time. That is why I help prepare kids to succeed in school and life. I do this by investing a half a half hour a week tutoring at one of the local elementary school’s 1st grade class.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
It’s official: Summer is over and school has started for students in the midlands. University students moved into their dorm rooms over the weekend, and younger students headed off to their first days of 4 and 5 year old kindergarten this morning. Teachers and parents prepare all summer for this day, making sure classrooms are equipped and students have school supplies they need to be successful.
Monday, August 12, 2013
Families with children are the hidden face of homelessness that is not seen in one-day count reports. They are reported by the Department of Education's McKinney Vento Homeless Program, which reports on children in the school system who are living in ‘doubled-up’ or unaccompanied youth housing situations. The 2011 annual count in South Carolina was 13,155 school-aged children in public schools living in shelters, cars, severely substandard housing, motels, and doubled up. This reflects a 17% increased from 2010.
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