What is Black River United Way?

  • Black River United Way is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) agency that works with volunteers, donors, and other local organizations to fight for the Disaster Preparedness, Recovery & Resilience; education; and Financial Stability of every person in every community of Georgetown and Williamsburg counties
  • Our mission is focused around Helping People & Improving Our Community
  • Our Values are Inclusiveness, Compassion, Integrity, Respect and Dignity and Positive Impact

Why should I give to the Black River United Way?

Black River United Way is the best way to help the most people with the greatest needs. Your gift will be carefully invested in programs that will have a lasting impact on the highest priority needs of the community while also being spent efficiently and effectively in partnership with other invested partners. 

How is Black River United Way making an impact in the community?

Using sound data and input from our donors and partners, Black River United Way is strategically focusing on ways our community can come together to address its greatest needs and show long-term progress. This community impact model puts our focus on what the community needs and works to align the resources already at work in our community on common goals. Instead of band aiding problems, we search for the root causes.  Our focus areas are early grade reading, family self-sufficiency and disaster resiliency through preparation and mitigation. 

What does Black River United Way do?

Black River United Way mobilizes volunteers, donors, and community partners to fight for the Education, Financial Stability, and Health of every person in our community. Together, our work is focused on:
• Early Grade Reading Success
• Family Self Sufficiency
• Disaster Preparedness/Recovery/Resilience

How much of my donation stays in our community?

99% of your donation stays in our community. While United Way Worldwide is an international organization, the Black River United Way is one of about 1600 affiliates. Each one is run and managed by their own volunteer board and staff. 99 cents of every dollar you give is spent to make an impact in the lives of people in Georgetown and Williamsburg County.

Which counties does Black River United Way serve?

  • Black River United Way is a regional organization, serving 2 counties. These counties are Georgetown and Williamsburg.
  • All programs that we fund help people in both counties. County wide information on funded programs is
    available from your United Way staff person and on our website at www.blackriveruw.org.

How are dollars raised allocated in the community?

When you give your gift to Black River United Way, you are allowing local volunteers, representing all segments
of the community, to determine how to invest the money in the issues and areas that need it most, ensuring
our work is both focused on key goals while doing the most good for our entire community.

Why should I give to Black River United Way when I already give to my favorite charity?

Black River United Way has a long-term view of how we collaboratively solve community issues.  We believe in a larger landscape for change.  We bring think tanks and community experts together to answer the question…How do we move the piece that will in-turn influence change of other pieces that moves the entire community across the board of life, where every citizen is able to reach their full potential?  We advocate, we strengthen existing organizations and work to identify and fill gaps in our communities by collaboratively working with government, schools, non-profit organizations, civic organizations and the faith community. When you give through United Way, you are supporting local needs that finds local comprehensive solutions.

How can I get involved as a volunteer?

Please reference the volunteer menu at the top of this webpage to explore the wonderful opportunities we have for you!!  Your time and talent make a difference!!!!

How is Black River United Way accountable to its donors?

In order to receive funding from Black River United Way, a partner agency program or organization must demonstrate that it is meeting strict accountability requirements:
• Be a tax exempt, non-profit corporation
• Be governed by a volunteer board whose members are elected and supported by trained, professional staff
• Have an annual, independent financial audit (Agencies with under $100,000 in revenue may have an independent review)
• Meet reasonable standards of financial responsibility and efficiency
• Quantify or measure the changes that the agency/program is making in the lives of the people it serves
• Provide programming in one of the three areas supported by Black River United Way—early grade reading success; family self-sufficiency; and disaster preparedness/recovery/resilience.

What is United Way 2-1-1?

United Way 2-1-1 is your CONVENIENT COMMUNITY CONNECTION to information and resources including information related to basic needs services, child care services, consumer help, volunteer opportunities, crisis Intervention, health care, and more. A call to United Way 2-1-1 is free, confidential, and available 24/7!
Now you can also TEXT to connect a United Way 2-1-1 Resource Specialist, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. To connect during business hours, simply text your ZIP CODE to 898-211.

If I know someone who needs help or assistance how do I get information about what is available?

The fastest way to find out what is available is to call Black River United Way’s 2-1-1. With just one phone call to 2-1-1 by cell or landline phone, anyone who needs help can speak with a caring, highly trained person who will listen, assess their needs, offer emotional support, and get them connected to the services that could meet their needs. Call specialists have access to a vast array of community and social service resources available in the counties and State. For more information, visit the SC 211 Community Services Directory at www.sc211.org, or simply call 2-1-1.

Is my contribution tax deductible?

YES. Under IRS guidelines, the full amount of your gift, if paid, qualifies as a deductible charitable contribution. The IRS does, however, have guidelines for the documentation required to substantiate proof of payment: For gifts less than $250:

  • If paid with: Cash – Receipt from United Way
  • Checks or credit card – Canceled check or credit card receipt
  • Payroll deduction – Documentation from employer that indicates amount withheld AND Copy of your Pledge Form (we recommend maintaining this with your tax files), or W-2 showing amount withheld. For gifts more than $250, paid directly to United Way (non-payroll deduction)
  • A written acknowledgment and receipt from United Way specifying the gift and that no goods or services were provided in consideration of the contribution.