On June 21, thousands of people in more than 300 communities across the world will be volunteering through United Way to make their community a better place by volunteering for this year’s Day of Action.
United Way of Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Counties will utilize business owners, community members, and volunteers to support hunger relief in Sumter County. Nearly 49 million people in the United States are food insecure, this is equivalent to 1 in 6 Americans according to Feeding America.
This years’ volunteer service for Day of Action will be preparing and serving meals at Emmanuel United Methodist Church’s Soup Kitchen on June 21.
Our local United Way is partnering with local businesses and community members to ensure that 70 people will not go without a meal on June 21.
We believe in partnerships to engage and further build capacity to improve the overall quality of life for underserved individuals. We value our partnership with Earl Wilson, owner of Kentucky Fried Chicken; Julie Bochman, of Wards BBQ, Dr. Eddie Durant, of Sumter Family Dental; Kool Smiles of Sumter; and Hyatt Place Sumter and other local community members willing to donate their time and or goods to identify service gaps as it relates to feeding the homeless in our community. Earl Wilson has agreed to provide all of the fried chicken and Julie from Wards BBQ has agreed to provide all of the rice for this year’s Day of Action service.
Along with providing a meal at Emmanual Soup Kitchen, United Way organized to have a care bag for each person entering the soup kitchen that day to eat. Sumter Family Dental donated toothpaste, Kool Smiles donated toothbrushes and Hyatt Place Sumter donated bars of soap. United Way volunteers made sure each bag contained water, crackers, bandaids, toothbrushes, toothpaste, a bar of soap, kleenex, prescription discount cards, and information regarding community resources.