GivingTuesday smashes goal: $161,000+ raised for 211 Helpline

In case you missed it, GivingTuesday became a three-day event and you delivered beyond our wildest hopes, raising more than $161,000 to support Trident United Way's 211 Helpline.

Thanks to a generous $50,000 pledge and massive community support, the D. Michael Wilson and Pam Wilson Trident United Way 211 $100K Challenge quickly grew into a $150,000 challenge, as the Wilsons pledged an additional $25,000.

Including the Wilsons' match, the total raised is an astounding $161,307!

Please click here or below for a video message from D. Michael Wilson and Pam Wilson.
Trident United Way's 211 Helpline is a vital community resource receiving more calls for assistance in 2021 than last year. Your help ensures this lifeline continues for our friends and neighbors.

Thank you for your commitment to our community and a special thank you to D. Michael Wilson and Pam Wilson for their leadership in philanthropy.
Trident United Way & GrowFood Carolina: helping kids & farmers
Trident United Way volunteers recently helped pack boxes to provide hope and nutrition for local school children.

The volunteers gathered at GrowFood Carolina’s downtown Charleston warehouse to fill up boxes with locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. From sweet potatoes to apples and collards, the fresh produce boxes go to local children at economically challenged schools across the Tri-County.

“It’s really all about supporting local agriculture and supporting local farmers to maintain and help support a healthy rural landscape,” said Anthony Mirisciotta, General Manager of GrowFood Carolina.

Trident United Way proudly supports the program with a grant of $133,490, which goes to provide nearly a dozen schools and Head Start locations 140,000 pounds of food. The investment is made possible with funding from the Duke Endowment to Healthy Tri-County coalition to support the Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas initiative.
Basketball fans score for local students!

Recently, fans visiting Charleston for a college basketball tournament made a big difference for school children they'll likely never meet.

A group of fans from Marquette University helped pack 120 early literacy kits for children who reach the 500-book milestone in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. The kits contain puppets, magnetic letters/numbers, traceable pocket folders and activity pages that families can use to continue developing the skills essential for kindergarten readiness.

This month, the kits will be distributed through our library partners in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. Thanks, Golden Eagles fans, for living UNITED!

Health Symposium guides 2022 goals
The recent Tri-County Health Symposium brought together multiple sectors – from public health to business in a way no other group can.

Several hundred people learned about innovative models, tools and partnerships that programs and practitioners across the region are creating to meet our community needs, ensure equity in access to services and care and promote health improvement in their communities.

Two keynote speakers discussed creating and strengthening partnerships as drivers to community health improvement.

Breakout sessions featured discussions about people with complex health and social needs disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and communities of color that continue to face barriers to care access.

The event went high-tech this year with virtual exhibits and downloadable resources. Thanks to event sponsors MUSC Health, Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Trident Health, Natera, SCHA Solutions and Pfizer.
Adapting for 2022 opportunities

By: Amanda Lawrence
Trident United Way VP of Community Impact

In a dozen years of serving at Trident United Way, I have not seen any other time filled with both challenges and opportunities for nonprofits. Nonprofit teams across the state are rising to the challenge to address the increasingly complex and compounding needs.

Last year I visited several Trident United Way grantees and partners and I was pleasantly surprised by the number of triumphs that exceeded tragedies. We commiserated about the state of changing philanthropic priorities and decreases in revenue as assistance requests of all kinds remain intensified by the ongoing impacts of the pandemic. Yet, we still held onto hope for better days ahead.

Trident United Way will not let the current darkness and uncertainty stop us from doing what no single organization can do to impact people across the Tri-County positively.

The federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) has allocated $2.5 billion to South Carolina. This funding is a massive opportunity to strengthen connections between nonprofits, school districts, funders and for-profit companies to leverage collective resources to ensure community strength.

Click here to read the full story about how United Ways across the state can help shape where state lawmakers will allocate vital ARPA funding.
Days of Caring makes big impact across Tri-County

Trident United Way's annual Day of Caring expanded for the first time this year to a three-day event to make an even bigger impact. Individual and corporate volunteers came together for a variety of community service projects across the Tri-County.

Days of Caring is the Tri-County's largest volunteer event. We are grateful to all the people, companies and sponsors who came together to make it a huge success!

2021 Days of Caring by the numbers:

  • Nearly 3,000 volunteers
  • Nearly 10,000 volunteer hours serving on nearly 100 projects
  • $111,000 - value of volunteer time

Thanks to The Post and Courier for their support. Click here to see their photo gallery!