When you feel the most helpless, you actually have the power to do the most good.
As we move into social distancing and self-quarantine, it’s natural to feel isolated. Staying away from other people, though necessary, doesn’t fulfill our need to take action, to do something in the face of this crisis. Fortunately, even in isolation, you can help the most vulnerable among us. Because we are never truly alone in our human community.
Our community has stepped up to the challenge and have made the answered the call for help. Thus far, we have received our $155,000 in grants and donations.
Thank you to our generous funders.
One SC Fund
Midlands Fund, Central Carolina Community Foundation
Cheerful Giver Fund, Central Carolina Community Foundation
EFSP Cares Act
We have made several grants to community organizations to provide food, serve meals, provide shelter, assist with basic needs, provide health services, and maintain their ability to provide services.
Clarendon County Council on Aging - food boxes
Lee County Council on Aging - food and freezer
Salvation Army - food and basic needs
Sumter United Ministries - food and basic needs
Sumter Senior Services - food and serve meals
Sumter Cultural Commission - art therapy supplies
Emmanuel Hunger Relief Program - serve meals
YWCA - serve meals
United Ministries Samaritan House - mass shelter
Christian Charities - food
Our Brother's Keeper - shelter
COVID-19 Community Relief Fund
The COVID-19 Community Relief Fund will focus on supporting local nonprofit organizations working in areas identified as having high numbers of affected individuals, and those who are working with the most vulnerable populations in these areas to help respond to the physical health, mental health and economic impacts of the pandemic.
To make a donation to the COVID-19 Community Relief Fund, click here.
Here are five things you can do to fight in the face of COVID-19:
Donate to the United Way of Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Counties COVID-19 Fund.
Your gift supports community resources that serve struggling families in our three-county area. Workers are losing wages and tips due to event cancellations and business closures. Kids who rely on free- and reduced-price breakfast and lunch at school risk going hungry. As food pantries and other community resources are inundated, donations to the United Way of Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Counties COVID-19 Fund help ensure these vital relief services stay open and accessible.
Direct people to 211.
SC 211 is working on the front lines of the pandemic. Expert 211 specialists provide real-time information on social services and other resources to those in need. If you know someone who is struggling, or just looking for a source of reliable information, tell them to dial 2-1-1 or visit for more information.
Spare something for the food pantries.
As stores run out of bulk food and toilet paper, food pantries are struggling to fill their shelves, even as more people are coming in for help. Consider donating what you can spare, especially non-perishable food and toiletry items.
Call your friends and family.
Loneliness is as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Even during isolation, modern technology allows us to stay connected. Checking in on friends and family is more than polite right now, it’s essential. And don’t forget elderly neighbors or others living alone.
Take care of your mental health.
If you’re stuck at home, keep busy with hobbies, try out arts and crafts, pick up an old musical instrument, organize family game nights, and step outside for fresh air and exercise. You can’t take care of others unless you take care of yourself.
Even in these uncertain times, no one is powerless to make a difference. Small acts, taken together across the country, can change the course of the pandemic, bolster those facing economic challenges, and protect the most vulnerable.