Conway, SC – United Way of Horry County (UWHC) was recently awarded $100,000 from The One SC Fund: COVID-19 Response, a fund housed at Central Carolina Community Foundation. The grant will assist six local organizations as part of a coalition, headed by UWHC, to give direct assistance for those affected by COVID-19.
UWHC submitted an application as part of a coalition with six other area nonprofit agencies including Catholic Charities Pee Dee, Churches Assisting People, Community Kitchen, Eastern Carolina Housing Coalition (ECHO), Helping Hand of Myrtle Beach and North Strand Helping Hand. All funds will be dispersed by UWHC to the six agencies and then be used to help those individuals and families affected as a result of COVID-19 to help have their basic needs met, including food and assistance for rent and utilities.
“This is a difficult time for all of us as we continue to fight this pandemic. As a result, we are seeing a significant need in our community and don’t expect that to go away anytime soon,” said Blakely Roof, president & CEO of United Way of Horry County. “We’re committed to getting funding in our area and disperse it out where it is needed most. The funds from One SC Fund will make a huge impact throughout Horry County and are already being utilized.”
“COVID-19 has placed a growing financial burden on communities around the state,” said Mac Bennett, director of community impact and strategic initiatives at Cyberwoven, LLC. “The grants will help meet the rising needs spawned by the COVID-19 pandemic in our state.” Bennett is chairing the executive committee for the One SC Fund: COVID-19 Response.
The One SC Fund was established in 2015 by former Governor Nikki Haley as a statewide disaster relief fund and has directed donations to relief efforts for the Thousand-Year Flood, Hurricane Matthew, and Hurricane Florence. Today, the COVID-19 pandemic threatens our state and our country. The One SC Fund: COVID-19 Response is a collaborative statewide response to food, shelter, health, and nonprofit sustainability needs stemming from the Coronavirus pandemic. The three core partners in the One SC Fund: COVID-19 Response — SC Grantmakers, TogetherSC, and United Way Association of SC — will be joined by dozens of local, regional and statewide organizations in implementing an expedient, efficient, and equitable use of the One SC Fund.
The fund enhances and complements the efforts already underway in several counties and regions across South Carolina and is addressing gaps in the response efforts, including support for communities that lack resources or an organized philanthropic response. The effort also provides an outlet for statewide, regional, and national funders interested in supporting the COVID-19 response in South Carolina.
How to Donate to the One SC Covid-19 Response Fund
Those wishing to contribute to the One SC Covid-19 Response Fund can do so in the following ways:
- Online: Visit http://www.onescfund.org to make a donation with your credit card.
- Mail: Send a check made payable to Central Carolina Community Foundation-One SC Covid-19 Response to: Central Carolina Community Foundation-One SC, 2142 Boyce St., Suite 402, Columbia, SC 29201.
Information for nonprofits interested in applying for a grant is available at www.yourfoundation.org/onescgrants.