investments in

Basic Needs

The following includes your investments meeting the basic needs of the Midlands community in 2017-2018.

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The information and referral line, 2-1-1, fielded more than 13,000 calls from Midlands citizens, 80% of which were generally requests for basic needs assistance (ie. food, shelter, rent/heating bills). Another 14,000 inquiries were made through the 2-1-1 web portal,

United way association of south carolina | $183,924


Emergency Food & Shelter programs (EFSP)

We administered $330,814 to support sheltering, food and emergency financial assistance programs. Funds were distributed in three of the counties that we serve.

richland county

5,171 were given food
2,449 were housed with shelter
330 were helped with electric bills
1,878 were served with rental help

lexington county

1,973 were given food
640 were housed with shelter
265 were helped with electric bills
253 were served with rental help

In Fairfield County, 573 were given food, and 59 were served with rental help.


inclement weather center

Each year, from November 1 through March 31, the City of Columbia contracts with us to run the Inclement Weather Center (IWC). The IWC provides meals and shelter on nights when the temperature drops to 40 degrees or below and in special storm circumstances. We also work with our Community Impact Partners, Transitions and Salvation Army of the Midlands, to provide staff, volunteers and meal service.

890 unduplicated guests were sheltered
251 was the highest number of people sheltered on one single night (1/7/18)

On Christmas Day to be with the folks who’ve been alone all day, to have a warm smile, a friendly face and a doughnut to eat, I think that meant something.
— Dinah, Inclement Weather Center Volunteer