United Way of Horry County, along with A Father’s Place, officially opened the Born Learning Trail located next to 1800 Racepath Ave. in Conway. Many children, parents and caregivers enjoyed dressing up in costumes and interacting with each other using the prompts from the 10 signs of the trail. The trail offers the opportunity for a learning experience with a young child, asking them to identify, use their imagination and be active. On Halloween, when a child offered a correct response or engaged in an activity, they were rewarded with a treat.
United Way of Horry County’s Board of Directors have identified the need to make early childhood education a focus in their efforts. Installing Born Learning Trails throughout Horry County is one of many ways United Way plans to create change. This was the second trail to be built, the first trail being at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex. United Way volunteers from HTC and Santee Cooper built the trail on Day of Caring, September 15th.
Join United Way of Horry County and Black River United Way on Thursday, November 9th, 2017 from 10AM-11AM for the 2nd annual literacy event! On this day, over 300 volunteers across, Horry, Georgetown, and Williamsburg Counties will be reading to over 300 elementary classrooms. Horry County will have a focus on all first grade classrooms! Please consider signing up to read to a classroom in your community.
To register for event, click here!
You must also be registered as a volunteer with Horry County Schools. Please fill out the online application, here!
VISTA Education and Impact Specialist at United Way of Horry County
United Way of Horry County is excited to announce we are recruiting for one AmeriCorps VISTA member to support our work in Horry County schools and provide impact training to our partners.
Our Education work is focused on early grade excellence by helping to increase the number of children who are reading on grade level. The VISTA member will develop and implement volunteer engagement initiatives to recruit volunteer readers/tutors/mentors for our existing partner elementary schools. The VISTA will implement a system for regular recruitment of volunteers including tracking volunteer data and contact info, compiling orientation materials, providing support to volunteers, and implementing a system for following up with volunteers. The VISTA will work under the supervision of the Community Impact Staff to develop and implement plans for a six-week summer reading camp to take place at predetermined schools within Horry County beginning summer 2018. Additionally, the VISTA will coordinate with Community Impact Staff to visit funded partners and provide training on subjects such as program evaluation, logic models, and completing grant applications.
This position is very dynamic and will require an individual with the ability to handle challenges and work effectively in a cross-functional environment. Must have strong oral and written communication, presentation, interpersonal and project management skills. Must be comfortable taking the lead on projects with high visibility in the community. Must be a strong team player but also possess the ability to work independently.
Must be personable and interested in early education and nonprofits. A background or experience in education, social work, or communications is helpful. The ability to problem-solve and establish relationships is also helpful. Must have a desire to serve the community and improve skills. A valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and proof of insurance are required.
- Living Stipend – $11,676 (taxable)
- Education Award – $5,775 (taxable)
- Healthcare Insurance – Included
- Childcare, if qualify
- Mileage reimbursement (from your UWHC to meetings, forums, trainings, etc.)
We collaborate with Black River United Way on VISTA positions. Applications will be done through them, but the position will be at United Way of Horry County in Conway, SC. Go to https://my.americorps.gov/mp/login.do and create an application. Once you log in to your account, click “Search Listings” and enter “Black River United Way Americorps VISTA Collaborative” in the program name and then select SEARCH.
For questions regarding this position, contact Rosanne Dates at email@example.com. Learn more about being an AmeriCorps member at: http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps.
Horry United Way sets higher goal for 2018 campaign
The United Way of Horry County board of directors approved financial support totaling $744,200 for 36 programs and initiatives providing a variety of vital education, financial stability and health services.
The UWHC directors also set a goal of $1.375 million for the 2018 fundraising campaign which will begin in September. The new goal is $50,000 higher than for the campaign that ended April 30 with a total of over $1.4 million in contributions and pledges.
“As we encourage our partners to do more, we will do more ourselves,” UWHC President Genie Sherard said of the higher goal, which has been increased the past several years as fundraising reached goals again after some lean years following the recession of 2008.
The final figure for fundraising drives includes pledges not ultimately paid because of people leaving a job or moving away; UWHC has shrinkage of 10 percent, or $140,000, Sherard said. Operating costs total about $213,000.
Recipients of United Way money undergo a rigorous process of application and investigation.
“Our investment committee only puts money out there that is asked for and earned,” Sherard said. The investment volunteers “are committed to maximizing our supporters’ dollars in their investment recommendations.”
The entire process, formerly known as allocations, is more efficient, enhanced by Rosanne Dates, community impact coordinator.
New Directions of Horry County received $75,000 for its Back to Work /Back to Life programs in Myrtle Beach. New Directions is the result of merging several safety net programs now classified as financial stability services. They include five of the six nonprofits receiving the largest financial allocations: Helping Hand of Myrtle Beach, $52,500 for its food pantry and client assistance; American Red Cross Eastern S.C. Chapter, household fire response program in Horry County and North Strand Helping Hand, both $40,000; Churches Assisting People of Conway, $34,200.
Allocations were made to 12 financial stability programs, including Back Pack Buddies of Help 4 Kids, $25,000; North Strand Housing Shelter, $19,500; South Strand Helping Hand, $20,000; Community Kitchen of Myrtle Beach, $19,500; and A Father’s Place Pathways to Employment program, $20,000.
In health services, Friendship Medical Clinic was awarded $65,000. Other allocations include Family Outreach of Horry County’s Parents on Point, $28,500; Neighbor to Neighbor senior transport programs, $24,000; Classy Smiles (dental care for at-risk children), $23,000; and Horry County Disabilities & Special Needs, $20,000. Fourteen health programs received allocations.
Education programs include those of the Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Strand, $26,000; Claire Chapin Epps Family YMCA, $25,000; and Freedom Readers, $20,000. The funded education programs include seven of the United Way, such as summer reading camp and reading & tutoring with Horry County Schools.
Other UWHC initiatives include the 2-1-1 helpline to services, Get Connected and Charity Tracker, which likely will be a requirement for future funding. The board also directed about $275,000 to reserve funds, which were depleted during lean years after 2008 and to initiatives such as the HCS reading and tutoring program.
The 2-1-1 program is “becoming more and more critical,” Sherard said.
In May, there were more than 4,000 calls about access to health care and more than 1,000 about food.