FLORENCE, S.C. – The United Way of Florence County 2018-2019 “Play A Starring Role” campaign concluded in June with donors raising $812,300 in funds to be allocated to 25 nonprofit agencies and programs along with $9,950 in future grants.

These funds, plus $54,836 in Hurricane Florence Relief FEMA funds, equal a total of $882,086 that will be spent in Florence County to help people in need.

“We increased the funding that was available to be allocated to the agencies by just over seven percent from what the funding totals had been for the past few years,” said interim president Kevin Russell. “After talking to the local nonprofits and seeing what needs were out there, we felt like it was crucial to be able to increase the amount of funding we give to the programs we already support while also funding new agencies and programs. I think our Community Investment Committee and board of directors did an excellent job with their funding recommendations, and I cannot wait to see all the amazing things these agencies will do with their funding.”

In an effort to better address the needs of Florence County, the United Way of Florence County bases funding decisions on programs and agencies that fall within one of six impact areas. The six impact areas that will be focused on for the 2019-2020 year along with the funding that each area received: financial stability, $88,000; health, $239,050; education, $120,425; emergency services, $180,536; special needs, $55,000; and youth, $184,125.

The nonprofit agencies and programs that were allocated the $812,300 in funding for the 2019-2020 year:

>> American Red Cross-Eastern SC Chapter (Disaster Relief), $55,000.

>> Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area (Florence County club sites), $100,000.

>> CARE House of the Pee Dee (Counseling), $20,000.

>> Children's Cancer Partners of the Carolinas, $6,000.

>> The Chrysalis Center of Circle Park, $20,850.

>> Civil Air Patrol, $3,500.

>> Florence Area Literacy Council, $40,000.

>> Florence County Disabilities & Special Needs board (Family Support Services), $45,000.

>> Florence Family YMCA (Child Care & Safety Around Water), $21,500.

>> Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina (Positive Youth Development), $20,000.

>> Lighthouse Ministries (Ministry Service Aid & RAMP Program), $50,000.

>> Mercy Medicine FREE Clinic (Free Medical & Dental Services), $75,200.

>> Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Assault (Victim Assistance, Safe Shelter, and Durant's Children Center), $81,250.

>> Pee Dee Speech & Hearing Center (Audiology & Speech Pathology), $60,000.

>> The Salvation Army (Emergency Services & Homeless Shelter), $51,000.

>> Senior Citizens Association in Florence County (Home Delivered Meals & Group Dining), $70,000.

>> Youth Mentors of the Pee Dee, $73,000.

Russell said the United Way of Florence County is extremely grateful for every individual who gave, advocated, and/or volunteered during the 2018-2019 campaign and allowed them to be able to make such meaningful contributions to the community.

“We hope to continue to address even more impact areas and raise even more funds to be distributed to these life-changing nonprofits and programs when our 2019-2020 campaign kicks off in September,” he said.

If you would like to stay updated on how these funds are being utilized to better serve our community and those who live here, sign-up for their e-newsletter at uwflorence.org.

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