Did you know that only 40% of Americans have the funds to respond immediately to a $1,000 emergency?
The financial stability of every individual and family that makes up Greenville County is imperative to the vibrancy and equity of our community. United Way of Greenville County works to empower people on the journey to financial stability by providing education and training programs that lead to higher-paying careers. We also aim to increase access to financial services and benefits — giving people the tools to save and protect themselves against a personal financial crisis, while gaining long-term assets like a home or business.
Despite a strong local economy and continued growth, financial stability is an elusive dream for many in Greenville County.
Nearly 60,000 people in Greenville County are living in poverty – 1/3 of which are children. People of color in Greenville County are disproportionately affected by poverty, with 21% of Black and 22% of Hispanic people living below the poverty line, compared to 9% of whites.
Across our community today, many families struggle to stretch their wages to meet the cost of basic needs. Though often not deemed “poor” by official poverty measures, these families lack enough income to meet the rising cost of essentials such as food, housing, transportation and health care.
Approximately 17,400 Greenville County families have an income of less than $25,000, which according to the Self-Sufficiency Standard in South Carolina, would barely be enough to make ends meet for a single person, let alone an entire family.
This visualization shows what monthly budgeting on $25,000 a year looks like for a local family of four:
|Item||Monthly Cost (averaged)|
|Rent/Housing||$1,200 (2 bedroom home)|
|Transportation||$108 (two bus passes)|
Powered by United Way of Greenville County, the center is a one-stop resource hub to improve financial stability and economic mobility options for individuals and families in Greenville County.
For more than a decade, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program has been one of United Way of Greenville County's most impactful financial stability initiatives.
United Way of Greenville County works to empower people on the journey to financial stability by providing education and training programs that lead to higher-paying careers. We also aim to increase access to financial services and benefits — giving people the tools to save and protect themselves against a personal financial crisis, while gaining long-term assets like a home or business.
United Way strategically invests in 18 organizations working to increase financial stability in Greenville County.
Able South Carolina
Alston Wilkes Society
Center for Community Services
Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands
Greenville County Human Relations Commission
Greenville County Schools Career and Technology Education and Lifelong Learning
Greenville Literacy Association
Greer Relief & Resources Agency
Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County
Homes of Hope
Mill Community Ministries
Slater Marietta Health and Human Services
Soteria World Outreach Ministries
Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources (SHARE)
Upstate Fatherhood Coalition
Whether you give $5 or $5,000, your impact creates lasting social change. See just how far your donation can go.
Support a local student through the OnTrack Greenville College Fund
Schedule free VITA appointments for qualifying taxpayers
Provide a meal for a family of four
Hire a Student Learning Coach
File four tax returns for local families
Purchase a month's worth of groceries for a family of four
Support one OnTrack student for the school year OR Support two teachers for the school year
Provide financial counseling for two families
Sponsor a Propel Greenville attendee to build strong nonprofits in our area
Support one child through summer camp
Open a Promise Account to provide matched savings and asset management training for one family
Sponsor a Grassroots Leadership Development candidate / Fund a neighborhood empowerment series
Provide two academic tutors for local students
Fund a VITA program site for one year
Sponsor an AmeriCorps member for a full service year
Provide an annual learning workshop for Greenville County teachers
Provide a down payment for homeownership (2 families of 4)
Sponsor grassroots community projects in local neighborhoods for one year
Hire an intervention specialist or graduation counselor
Hire a full-time financial coach to serve 150+ families per year
Provide housing assistance for three AmeriCorps members during a service year
Hire a full-time school case manager OR Student Health Services employee
Fund our predatory lending protection program
Support United Way partner organizations meeting basic needs for our most vulnerable neighbors
Your neighbors need your help to overcome poverty in Greenville County. When you support United Way, your gift creates economic opportunity for those who need it most, helping increase income, build assets and save for the future. Give now or sign up to volunteer for one of our many opportunities throughout the year — and help more of our neighbors thrive, not just survive.
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