Friday, April 12, 2013
Dream Center of Pickens County and United Way teaming up for community awareness breakfast that will offer charities and churches resources to help their clients help themselves.
The Dream Center of Pickens County and United Way are teaming up for a community awareness breakfast at the end of the month. The topic of the breakfast is “How Cities, Churches, and Charities Often Hurt Those They Help and How to Reverse it.” The breakfast will be held 8:30-10am Tuesday, April 30 at the Easley Campus of Tri-County Technical College. Tickets are $10 and includes breakfast provided by Taste of Distinction and a copy of the book “Toxic Charity” by Robert Lupton. Chris Wilson with The Dream Center of Pickens County said the breakfast came about after she and others with the Dream Center and United Way attended a SC Association of Non-Profits Conference in Greenville. Lupton held a workshop at the conference Wilson said the …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Clemson University's 2012 United Way Fundraising campaign raises more than $95,000
Clemson University’s annual United Way employee fundraising campaign earned more than $95,000 in 2012, surpassing the original goal of $85,000. It was the largest amount raised at Clemson since 2006. Chief Diversity officer Leon Wiles, who oversaw the campaign, has worked with the United Way campaign for five years. He created a committee with representatives from every department and had competitions between departments to encourage giving. “I am personally elated at the success and support we received and the extraordinary effort put forth by the individuals involved,” said Wiles. “The United Way of Pickens County is proud to be a part of the Clemson family," said Julie Capaldi, president of the United Way of Pickens County. Clemson …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance will be held at area library branches. Call 211 to make an appointment.
Need help with your taxes? United Way and Americorps are teaming up again to provide free tax help through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Those whose annual household incomes are under $50,000 qualify for this free tax assistance. The 2013 program kicked off January 23 and will be hosted by area library branches. Tax returns are filed by IRS trained and certified volunteers. VITA tax assistance will be held 11 – 2pm Mondays and Wednesdays, 4-8pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am-3pm Fridays and 10am – 3pm Saturdays at the Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library in Easley. The Village Branch Library in Pickens will hold appointments from 11am – 3pm Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays and 10am – 2pm on Tuesdays. Appointments will be …
Friday, January 25, 2013
Non-profit agencies that would like to be considered for United Way allocations should submit a pre-certification application by Feb. 15
United Way of Pickens County is continuing their efforts to address wide-spread need with a strategic approach to community investment. Through a partnership with community-based organizations, United Way is working to ensure that Pickens County residents have access to basic, necessary services while asking how we can work toward eliminating this need. To put this system into practice, United Way is collaborating with local leaders, volunteers, and community representatives to identify the most urgent needs in Pickens County, develop and implement strategies for positive change and provide accountability through measuring results across our communities. The focus of the United Way is to identify community priorities and then work with …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Community Assistance is Needed
United Way of Pickens County will conduct a street count of homeless individuals in Pickens County on January 24th, 2013, as part of the 2013 Point-In-Time Count coordinated by the South Carolina Homeless Coalition. The Point-In-Time Count is a survey of homeless persons in every county in the state. During last year’s count, 81 homeless individuals were counted in Pickens County. Unfortunately, homeless persons use a variety of public systems in inefficient and costly ways. While it may not be obvious, the chronically homeless create significant costs to local service programs. A recent cost study on homelessness found that placing four chronically homeless persons into permanent supportive housing saves more than $80,000 a year. An …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
United Way of Pickens County, Dream Center of Pickens County and Bowers Signature Services-Waverider team up to get employees and students where they need to go.
United Way of Pickens County along with the Dream Center of Pickens County and Bowers Signature Services - Waverider (Work Assistance & Vocational Education Transportation Services) announce their partnership for transportation services for employment and education in the Greater Easley, Liberty, and Pickens areas. Services are available for all employees and students. These services will begin Monday, November 5th, 2012. For $50 a week (which must be paid in advance no later than the first day of transportation), employees and students in the Easley, Pickens, and Liberty areas of Pickens County, SC, will be transported to their school or place of employment up to six times a week (round-trip). Services will operate 24 hours a day and …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Surveys will help determine if each polling place has basic accessible features needed by voters with disabilities.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Jason Evans
Thursday, November 1, 2012
United Way of Pickens County, in partnership with Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. (P&A), will conduct accessibility surveys on November 6, 2012 at all polling sites in Pickens County. Representatives from United Way of Pickens County, the Pickens County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs, and community volunteers will evaluate each polling place to determine if it has basic accessible features needed by voters with disabilities. The survey focuses on areas of a polling site that are important to all voters including parking, the entrance to the polling place, the voting area, and the availability of assistance, if needed. HAVA (the Help America Vote Act of 2002) is a law whose goals include making access to…
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Meet and Greet meeting will be held 6-8pm Thursday, November 1, an opportunity for new volunteers to learn about about VITA and sign up for trainings.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Jason Evans
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
With tax season right around the corner, United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is looking far and wide for volunteers who are interested in becoming IRS-trained and certified tax preparers. This will be the third year VITA has been available to Pickens County residents and we have high hopes for the program. Last year our VITA program completed 969 returns and refunded $1,037,748 back into Pickens County residents’ pockets. These numbers couldn’t be achieved if it wasn’t for the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. VITA offers free income tax preparation to low- and moderate-income individuals and families in seven counties across the Upstate: Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Laurens, Pickens, Spartanburg and …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Attendees will hear from an attorney and housing counselors on steps they can take to save their homes.
Are you falling behind on your mortgage payments? Do you fear that you may lose your home? An event held in Clemson next week may provide you with the help you need. A Mortgage Assistance Workshop will be held 6pm Tuesday, Sept. 18 at Clemson Community Care, located at 105 Anderson Highway in Clemson. The workshop is sponsored by SC Home Ownership and Employment Lending, Clemson Community Care, United Way of Pickens County and the Upstate Homeless Coalition. Attendees will hear from a SC Legal Services Attorney and Certified Housing Counselors about steps they can take to save their home. Families should bring basic household budget information and copies of recent communications from lenders with them to the workshop. To register for the …
Sunday, July 15, 2012
United Way involved in efforts to help feed hungry and bring fresh food to those living in "food deserts."
Steve Lambright, Manager of Initiatives and Programs at United Way of Pickens County, sees his job simply. “My job is to end hunger and homeless in Pickens County,” Lambright said. “And it can happen.” The job description may be simple and straightforward, but the task is a difficult one. “I can’t do it myself,” Lambright said. “United Way can’t do it by itself.” He said United Way as a whole has begun reexamining its mission and its focus in recent years. United Way has begun “taking huge strides” at examining its home communities and their needs, Lambright said. “We’ve always been known as the way source for gathering money and then filtering it out to agencies, partnering with the agencies in the area” Lambright said. “We still do that…