Post Tagged with: "United Way"

A satellite image on Sept. 6, 2017, of Hurricane Irma approaching the U.S. coast/

MY TURN:  Disaster recovery is a long-term commitment

By Kelly E. Cruise, special to Statehouse Report  |  When a disaster strikes, we witness the horror nature can inflict on us.  The focus is often on the destroyed buildings, flooded streets or toppled trees. We see scared, displaced families, filling shelters and waiting in long lines for basic needs like water or food. It’s scary and we feel an urge to ‘do’ something.  Thank God we do. 

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When the immediate threat and rescue efforts are over and the headlines change, most of us, understandably, resume our normal routines. But for those impacted by a disaster, the story doesn’t end when the news crews leave.  It actually has just begun. Communities are left to pick up the pieces, both literally and figuratively. Recovering from a disaster takes a long time. …

NEWS:  Earned-income tax credit has surprise chance

NEWS: Earned-income tax credit has surprise chance

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | State Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter for years has dreamed of South Carolina having an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) as a way of raising incomes for the working poor.

Now there’s a chance it could get done as a part of a broad gas tax package passed this week by the state Senate to generate much-needed hundreds of millions of dollars a year to fix roads and bridges.

“I love it because the one thing I can say about this bill is that there is tax relief for people who really need it and that group is working families in this state,” Cobb-Hunter , an Orangeburg Democrat, said this morning. “Hallelujah!”

by · 04/28/2017 · News
NEWS: Report outlines three paths to economic security in S.C.

NEWS: Report outlines three paths to economic security in S.C.

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | A new statewide report outlines three pathways for more economic security for struggling South Carolina families.

The report, “On the Road: Exploring Economic Security Pathways in South Carolina,” builds on a 2016 study that suggested the way that policymakers view those in poverty is too restrictive and based on outdated assumptions from a 50-year definition of poverty that doesn’t reflect current realities.

Instead of continuing to use poverty as a policy measure, last year’s study for the United Way Association of South Carolina suggested a new “self-sufficiency standard” that better outlines the real cost for families to be financially stable.

by · 03/11/2016 · News
MY TURN. How you can help S.C. flood victims

MY TURN. How you can help S.C. flood victims

By Tim Ervolina, president, United Way Association of South Carolina | This flood has a thousand stories.

I could tell you about the disaster response volunteer from Danville, Virginia, who called in the midst of the deluge to offer tractor-trailers full of relief supplies, along with trained volunteers to pass them out.

I could tell you the community health worker who was looking for infant formula for a Hispanic mother of a fragile baby. When we got it to her, we found that the worker had been in a shelter since her own evacuation days ago.

I could tell you about the faith communities, the first responders, the medical staff, the animal shelter volunteers and the ordinary people who opened their hearts, their homes and their wallets to their neighbors and to total strangers.

by · 10/06/2015 · My Turn
NEWS: Study will provide new tool in war on poverty

NEWS: Study will provide new tool in war on poverty

By Andy Brack | A major study now underway is expected to show how hundreds of thousands of South Carolinians who live above the government-defined federal poverty level are struggling to make ends meet.

The study, funded by the United Way Association of South Carolina and affiliated groups, will showcase a new “self-sufficiency standard” for the Palmetto State. Advocates of the standard say it’s much better than federal poverty guidelines to gauge the real financial stability of families. In South Carolina, 837,000 residents lived at or below the federal poverty level in 2013, according to Census data.

by · 05/08/2015 · News