Monday, February 17, 2014
This week's blog post is from Chandni Patel, a community volunteer who decided one day that she would embark on a mission of giving back every day for an entire year. Along the way, Chandni discovered that serving her community was indeed a passion for her and serving others has become a huge part of her life. She shares some comments on the journey below:
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Research is clear that children of poverty often enter school missing many academic skills because their families have not had access to the resources that are essential for optimum development. Even though parents living in poverty or low income love their children and have high hopes for their future, they are often unable to provide the kinds of experiences that are critical for success in school.
Monday, February 3, 2014
It’s here again – not the Super Bowl – tax filing season. Here’s information on how to save money and time as you prepare to file your tax return for 2013.
Monday, January 20, 2014
Give. Advocate. Volunteer – these are central tenets to United Way’s work. And United Way is committed to advocacy work at international, national, state and local levels. To kick off our statewide advocacy efforts, local United Ways will converge on the Statehouse January 22 for our annual Public Policy Day. Education is a priority for local United Ways who serve children and families across the state. UWM will be there with volunteers and staff to communicate the importance of early education to our lawmakers.
Monday, January 13, 2014
United Way of the Midlands loves to hear about volunteerism in our community! Last semester, Blythewood High School (Richland School District 2) English teacher Kim Stokes incorporated philanthropy into her class lessons.
Monday, January 6, 2014
This week's blog post is from Karen Oliver, the Senior Director of Community Resourcs, and the staff member in charge of Blueprint for Leadership, a professional development opportunity offered by United Way. One of the most important business sectors in this country is the independent sector.*
Monday, December 23, 2013
Wishing your family a happy and safe holiday season!
Monday, December 16, 2013
This week's blog post is from Theresa "TJ" Wallace, Director of the SC Book Festival. Visit their website at SCBookFestival.org.
Monday, December 9, 2013
This week's blog post we'd like to share comments from two United Way donors and volunteers who believe in the importance of giving during the holiday season and year round. Each of these women do something incredibily important each year around the holidays. Yes, they give to others, but they also create a culture of giving and sharing for their loved ones by inviting them to do the same!
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.
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