GivingTuesday is a global day of generosity that takes place on December 1, 2020 this year. GivingTuesday strives to build a world in which the great power of generosity is at the heart of the community we build together, unlocking the dignity, opportunity, and equity around the globe.
This year, United Way of Horry County is showcasing our donors and the reason why they are so passionate about giving to United Way. Our mission is to improve access to health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community.
People can show their generosity in a variety of ways during GivingTuesday – whether it is helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes, everyone has something to give and every act of generosity counts.
At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, generosity is what brings people of all races, faiths, and political views together across the globe. Generosity gives everyone the power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, UWHC has raised over $237,000 in COVID-19 Relief funding. This money was used to assist individuals affected from the pandemic. Since April 20th, 2020, UWHC has been involved either through planning, funding, or volunteer recruitment of 22 mass food distributions including 6 in Myrtle Beach, 3 in Conway, 4 in Aynor, 5 in Loris, 2 in Socastee, 1 in Longs, and 1 in Bucksport. All together, UWHC has fed over 18, 200 families.
GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past 8 years, this idea has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
During the last campaign season, members of our community came together to raise $1.1 million dollars, through payroll deduction pledges and one-time gifts, to help improve the lives in Horry County. With this money, UWHC was able to fund 13 health programs, 7 education programs, and 10 financial programs which had an overall impact of over 52,000 people.
United Way of Horry County partners with elementary schools in Horry County for our internal programs: Caring for Kindergartners, United to Read, and United to Learn. These programs involve reading and mentoring to young students to help improve literacy scores. UWHC purchases books for every kindergarten and first grade classroom involved in these programs.
In summer 2021, UWHC will fund Camp United, a summer learning camp at Loris Elementary. First grade and kindergarten students will be referred to Camp United, based on DIEBELS and MAP scores. Once in the program, students will be given instruction and guidance to improve their literacy and math skills and to prevent the summer slide.
It is due to our community’s generosity that UWHC is able to fund this program for our students. Our students should be able to have the resources needed to succeed along with their peers.
Community and corporate donations to United Way of Horry County make it possible to invest resources toward our community’s most pressing issues. For the 2019-2020 Campaign Year, United Way of Horry County allocated $707,322 to our partners in the community that focus on issues related to our three impact areas. UWHC allocated $109,418.66 towards disaster relief and $60,490.23 towards United Way of Horry County impact programs. Collectively, $877,680.89 was invested in Horry County in the last year.
Make a difference this GivingTuesday and donate to United Way of Horry County!