UofSC kicks off 2017 United Way campaign next week

Beginning Monday (Oct. 2), University of South Carolina faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate in the annual United Way campaign.

According to Sara Fawcett, president and CEO of the United Way of the Midlands, university contributions are used to support four major focus areas.

“Through both cash donations and volunteer opportunities, USC helps support programs for education, financial stability, health and flood relief in the six counties served by United Way of the Midlands.”

And no matter the size of the gift, every dollar counts.

For example, education funding primarily supports early childhood education, after-school programs, mentoring and summer reading camps.

Financial stability dollars are used to provide services and long-term housing for the homeless, free tax preparation services and support to unaccompanied youth released from foster care.

United Way funds also are earmarked to support health issues in the community such as a children’s dental clinic, home delivered meals and home health services.

Finally, following 2015’s devastating flood, United Way dollars are being used to rebuild homes damaged by the floodwater. “We are seeing a lot of homes that remain uninhabitable because of mold that is making the residents very sick,” Fawcett said. “So far we have rebuilt more than 200 homes here in the Midlands."

How to pledge

Donating requires only a few minutes of your time:

  • Visit the secure web portal, which has been created exclusively for USC donors.
  • After you register, make your pledge through payroll deduction, check or credit card.
  • Donors who used the site last year will be required to register again.

Learn more

More than 50 trained representatives, from both academic and non-academic units across campus, have brochures and other materials with additional details about these life-changing programs. You can also explore the option to give to more than 70 community impact partners.

As Gamecocks LIVE UNITED, together, we can make a difference.

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