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UWYC announces 2020-2021 grant recipients


United Way of York County, SC is proud to announce funding to 22 community programs providing critical services in York County. Our commitment to helping families on the path to financial stability is more important than ever. We know that even in stable times, a single, unexpected expense can send a family into a devastating financial situation from which it is difficult to recover.

This community investment was made possible by the generosity of individuals, businesses, and foundations who contributed to United Way of York County during the campaign for 2019-2020. The United Way staff and board would like to thank the generous donors for helping to ensure our local non-profits can thrive in our community.

Annually, a committee of local volunteers allocates general and donor-directed campaign funds to community agencies and organizations that apply for program funding. This allocation cycle offered two grants for agencies to apply for funding; Traditional Grant and Financial Stability Grant. 

Agencies that applied for the Traditional Grant support a variety of services throughout York County including senior meal support, advocacy for victims of domestic violence, youth education, and resources for the homeless population, to name a few. After announcing the transition to an issue-focused United Way, we committed to fund programs under the Traditional Grant for three years, with the last cycle ending in 2020. United Way has been impressed and delighted to witness the impact of these agencies over the years. Each agency serves a critical purpose and remains an integral part of the York County community. This year, UWYC awarded Traditional Grant funds to Safe Passage, York County Council on Aging, RideAbility Therapeutic Riding Center, The Palmetto School, The Haven, and Serenity Club of York County. 

This is the first year UWYC has offered a Financial Stability Grant. Over the course of three years, UWYC has transformed into an issue-focused United Way. By adopting one critical issue to address in York County we are able to focus not only United Way’s efforts but the whole community’s efforts to accomplish a shared goal. This Bold Goal is to help 3,000 York County families achieve financial stability by 2030. 

The programs requesting funds through the Financial Stability grant were overwhelmingly strong. The selected partners demonstrated key indicators United Way is looking to address in the fight for financial stability. Addressing the need for financial literacy and workforce development are the root causes the UWYC staff and board believe will make the most impact on families. 

UWYC awarded Financial Stability Grant funds to Clover Area Assitance Center, Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club, A Father’s Way, Alston Wilkes Society, Adult Enrichment Center, Children’s Attention Home, Upper Palmetto YMCA, Oakland Day School, Rock Hill Schools Education Foundation, York School District One, Catawba Regional COG, and Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation. UWYC is confident the programs submitted by these organizations will move the needle in moving working families toward financial stability. 

Understanding the Bold Goal can only be achieved as a community, we are excited to create partnerships through grants, committees, financial stability task forces, referral programs, and more. Our efforts must go beyond funding. We must come together as a community to tackle poverty from all angles. 

The United Way of York County’s mission is to help 3,000 York County families achieve financial stability by 2030. Through our leadership in the area of Financial Stability, we are leading the charge in combating the cycle of poverty, providing an alternative to government assistance, and addressing the stigma around getting help.

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