We would like to thank our 2016-17 campaign sponsors!
 The Self Family Foundation

United Way Helps our Communities Achieve Financial Stability



As many as one-third working Americans do not earn enough money to meet their basic needs. Wages have not kept pace with the rising cost of housing, healthcare, and education, and currently, 40 million Americans are working low-paying jobs without basic health and retirement benefits. For families walking a financial tightrope, unable to save for college, a home, or retirement, United Way is here to help.


Working families continue to face economic challenges. At the lcoal level, United Way has achieved measurable success putting individuals and families on the road to finanicial stability. Only by coming together can we advance the common good in a way that builds opportunity for all. We are focused on empowering people with the financial resources they need to improve their lives and care for their families.


Our local United Way addresses INCOME through the following programs:


Volunteers make our tax assistance and financial education programs possible.


  • VITA is a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program that involves community volunteers preparing community residents' tax returns FREE of cost.
  • In 2016, nearly 2000 federal and state tax returns were prepared by community volunteers and Lander University Accounting Interns.
  • Our VITA program is the reicipient of Federal funds for multiple years to bring this much needed service to our communities.
  • The goal is to increase the number of residents that e-file their tax returns, to empower taxpayers by providing them the opportunity to keep ALL of their refund and not fall prey to refund anticipation loans, and to ensure taxpayers receive all qualifying tax deductions and credits.
  • In partnership with our VITA program, taxpayers receive financial education and asset building skills. 
  • All taxpreparers are IRS trained and certified.
  • Taxpayers eligible to receive this FREE service must have a household income of $52,000 or less.



 Financial Stability

Financial education and asset building classes help families meet their basic needs, while gaining the financial capability to plan for and accomplishe their long-term financial goals. 

  •  With so many individuals and families living on fixed or limited income, it is oftertimes challenging for them to see past their immediate needs to plan for a future.
  • Through our financial budgeting classes, we partner with other nonprofits to identify those in our community who could benefit from one-on-one budgeting assistance and/or groups sessions to maximize their household income. Budgeting classes are opened to the public as well.
  • We also offer credit counseling classes to assist residents in understanding their credit reports and scores, as well as, provide guidance in repairing challenging credit. 
  • During the 2013 VITA season, we offered a Finanical Fair comprised of local banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions to provide infomation and guidance to taxpayers necessary to become more financially stable.  



 Emergency Food and Shelter Program

Supplemental income and services go a long way in providing financial stability.


  • The Emergency Food and Shelter Program is a federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
  • Funds provide shelter, food, rent, and utility assistance to residents in Greenwood, Abbeville, and McCormick Counties.
  • A local board of directors meet quarterly to assess community needs and allocate funds to eligible organizations.
  • Our local United Way serves as the conduit for the federal funds awarded and coordinates the ad functions of the EFSP's local board.