Trained emergency crews are the first to respond to downed powerlines, felled trees and other dangers this storm brought to our region. After these hazardous obstacles are contained volunteers are welcome and needed to help with cleanup. Want to help? Register Here We will stay in touch with you as volunteers opportunites are available. Thank you for Living United.
Our 4 Focus Areas:
Connecting our Community
Our greatest natural resource for community impact is volunteerism and collaboration among partners and individuals. the Black River United Way focuses on ways to bring partners together to better support and work together. Through 2-1-1, Americorps VISTA, Day of Caring and Volunteer Fairs and Emergency Food and Shelter Program we help bring unlikely partners toegther to build capacity for all. Its all about Living United.
Long Term Flood Recovery
With over 1200 families still seeking assistance for repairs and rebuilding, the task ahead is huge. In partnership with Catholic Charities, Habitat for Humanity Georgetown County, Salvation Army, Black River United Way is coodinating the massive effort to get our families back into safe, sanitary, and secure living conditions by supporting volunteer construction crews, securing financial and material resources, and working with the families still in need of assistance. Learn More
3rd Grade Reading
Based on last year's 2015 ACT Aspire State Assessment Test, 66% of children were not ready or exceeding in reading. In Williamsburg County, 82.4% fell into that category. These numbers are unacceptable. Children who cannot read at 3rd grade are 4x more likely to drop out of school. 69% of those drop outs will be incarcerated. This cycle must stop. We have set a goal for 100% of our 3rd graders to be reading at grade level. Joining partners together for change through county school districts, businesses, non-profits, faith communities, Americorps volunteers, and individuals, Black River United Way is committed to our children and their future. Learn More
Career Readiness & Workforce Development
We are working with businesses, industries, non-profit partners, government, and faith communities to create a pipeline of education and training opportunities for students, unemployed and underemployed residents to gain the skills and knowledge to secure a career that will adequately support their family. Funds will support the identified gaps and the programs that are moving people out of poverty through education and targeted skill training. Learn More
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