GREENVILLE, S.C. — United Way of Greenville County is looking for additional community support to meet its campaign goal of $17 million before the end of the year.
So far, nearly 30,000 people have made pledges totaling just over $16.4 million, or 96 percent of this year’s goal. United Way is hoping to raise the final four percent with gifts from Greenville County citizens not yet reached through its workplace campaigns.
Donations can be made via United Way’s website, unitedwaygc.org/donate, or its mobile app, which is available to download for free from Apple’s App Store. Donations can also be made by texting UWGC to 41444.
“The people of Greenville County are showing why we are recognized as one of the most caring communities in the country,” said volunteer Campaign Chair Kurt Rozelsky, partner at the law firm of Smith Moore Leatherwood. “The level of generosity from Greenville County’s corporate community, small businesses, public employees and nonprofit partners has once again been outstanding.”
Support from approximately 600 United Way workplace campaigns has been strong, bringing the $17 million goal within reach. Rozelsky said raising the remaining $600,000 would be a big victory for the community and would translate into thousands more lives helped.
“The energy behind this year’s United Way campaign has been amazing, but we recognize that many people in our community still have not had the opportunity to contribute. Our hope is to rally people outside of the traditional workplace campaign who want to give back in support of Greenville County,” he said.
Achieving this year’s $17 million goal is more important than ever. Right now, 1 in 3 people in Greenville County can’t meet basic financial needs; 1,200 people are homeless; 70,000 people, including 20,000 children, live in poverty; and 1 in 6 families have food insecurity and are facing hunger.
“These are big issues that will take all of us working together to solve, so we need more people to join the fight,” Rozelsky said.
Contributions to United Way of Greenville County are strategically invested to build a Cycle of Success where children start school prepared to learn and go on to graduate, well-educated graduates find good jobs and create stable homes, and children from stable homes continue the cycle because they start school on track and prepared to learn.
Last year, contributions to United Way helped more than 100,000 people in the areas of basic needs, education and financial stability. The success of this year’s campaign will support the continuation of this important work, which includes funding to more than 100 programs and initiatives provided by United Way and its partner agencies.
Companies that would like to get engaged by running a workplace campaign can call United Way at 864-467-3509.