- What does United Way of York County, SC (UWYC) do?
Our bold goal is to help 3,000 York County families achieve financial stability by 2030. A financially stable family is one that can meet their needs without assistance. For more than 75 years, United Way has been the community solutions provider in York County. We are a locally-based organization dedicated to strengthening lives, helping people, and improving conditions in our own community.
- What is the relationship between United Way of York County, SC and United Way Worldwide?
United Way Worldwide (UWW) is a national training and service center providing services to local United Ways across the country. UWW is not a governing body for local United Ways. United Way of York County’s Board of Directors chooses to participate with UWW and we pay membership dues to UWW in return for services which include use of the United Way name and logo, market research, promotional items, national advertising and training for staff. There is no national United Way, and United Way Worldwide does not act as a parent organization to local United Ways.
- I don’t use any of the agencies’ programs, so why should I give through United Way?
When we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. UWYC believes that as a community, we can get things done when we work together. United Way of York County believes financial stability is vital not only for a family to succeed but for our community to rise.
- How do I know that my dollars are being spent most effectively when I give to United Way?
When you give to United Way of York County, you can be assured that your gift is:
- going to meet local needs. Your dollars stay local to meet local needs
- addressing the most pressing needs in our community
- supporting partners that are financially sound and vetted by experts
- being used to support families and individuals with multiple needs
- reducing the fundraising costs of funded partners
- making the greatest difference for your neighbors in need
- How do you ensure that the agencies you fund are financially secure and sustainable?
All UWYC funded partners are required to complete an annual financial certification. This certification requires all partners to submit documents including Audited Financial Statements, internal financial statements, and IRS Form 990.
- How much should I give?
Only you can decide how much you can give. United Way offers several giving and recognition opportunities. Many people elect to give 1% of their annual salary. Payroll deduction makes giving easy and is available if your workplace holds a United Way Campaign.
- Can I be billed directly for my gift?
Yes, you can. Direct bill requires a minimum donation of $25. Just check the direct bill option on your pledge form or online donation and indicate your billing schedule preference.
- How do you decide how much money a United Way funded partner receives each year? What is the Grants Process?
Through a Grants Process, which includes over 30 community volunteers, United Way volunteers determine where the greatest needs are and which agencies and organizations are best positioned to address those needs for lasting impact.
- Wouldn’t giving directly to the agencies cut out the overhead costs and expense of United Way?
The time and effort that United Way puts into fundraising and collection reduces the fundraising expenses of our funded partners. Our funding allows partners more time to focus on what they do best- serve their clients in need. Overhead costs are reduced in part because of the fundraising and development work we do on their behalf.
- Who does UWYC serve?
Partners receiving United Way funding serve residents of the entire York County area. These families and individuals are living at or below the federal poverty level.
- If I stop working or change companies, what happens to my payroll deduction pledge?
Should you stop working or change companies, your payroll deduction pledge stops as well. Your pledge through United Way is made in good faith based upon your employment. When you start a new job, ask to sign up for payroll deduction again or call UWYC for additional options. If you are retiring, please contact United Way to continue your contributions and volunteer your time.
- How can I contribute to United Way?
United Way offers several convenient options: