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United Way

What they do?

The mission of United Way of the Midlands is simple: We unite people and resources to improve the quality of life in the Midlands.

United Way of the Midlands work to determine and respond to the critical human service needs of the community. Community volunteers in three councils focused on EducationFinancial Stability and Health develop and review a community-wide needs assessment to determine key issues in the community.

Based on priorities, opportunities and resources, the councils offer competitive grants to partner agencies who best address the need. Occasionally, United Way of the Midlands sponsors initiatives to implement large scale solutions. Funds are raised through a workplace campaign, grant writing and private, individual donations. Their work is achieved by a four-part process:

  • Determining community needs
  • Prioritizing community needs
  • Developing community resources
  • Distributing community resources

A volunteer tutoring initiative targeting pre-kindergarten through second-grade students that aren't reading on grade level.  Tutors focus on improving language skills and reading proficiency to close the achievement gap.  If you are interested in volunteering, MRC provides all training and tutoring materials you need to tutor and it is designed so that working professionals can leave their office, tutor and be back in an hour.  Find out more about the Midlands Reading Consortium and volunteer. 

This group ensures that everyone has a safe place to call home, every child succeeds in school and everyone has access to quality health care.   View more about the Young Leaders Society.

This group ensures that everyone has a safe place to call home, every child succeeds in school and everyone has access to quality health care.   View more information about Women in Philanthropy.

Join Us

Each year USC participates in United Way's annual campaign,  You can help advance this important work in our community through your donation.

Last year, with our help, 44,000 of our community members were served through programs supported by United Way. This year’s campaign runs from November 1 - November 30, 2019!

If you would like to donate, we truly appreciate your contribution! 

There is strength in numbers. Let’s show that as Gamecocks, our compassion has no limits!


  • October 16, 2019 – Cocktails that Care Event at the Capital City Club. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance.
  • November 1-30, 2019 – Midlands Reading Consortium Book Drive. Drop off locations are 1600 Hampton Street lobby area and the Korn Building 1300 Pickens Street Columbia, SC 29201 lobby area
  • November 19, 2019 – Craft & Draft Social Event sponsored by the Young Leaders Society (YLS).
  • November 20, 2019 – Meet & Greet with Ms. Caslen at the Spigner House
  • November 22, 2019 – Exercise with President Caslen from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (actual exercise time 30 minutes)

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