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United Way continues to commit to long-term recovery efforts in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Counties by playing a key role in the Tri-County Long Term Recovery Group.

The 2015 floods and Hurricane Matthew have destroyed and damaged countless homes and displaced thousands of residents in our tri-county area.  The affected counties continue in the recovery phase, with many individuals and families still displaced.

To-date, the Tri-County Long Term Recovery Group have completed 12 homes all in the Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Counties areas of disaster.  We are on track to rebuild 4 more homes by the end of the summer. 

All rebuilding of homes has been done in partnership with local and out-of-state volunteers.  In total, we have had over 385 volunteers give over 15,000 hours of dedicated service to our community to help with our recovery efforts.

A recent partnership with the Saint Bernard Project and the Tri-County Long Term Recovery Group will ensure skilled laborers repair and rebuild homes of those in the highest priority levels.

The South Carolina Disaster Recovery Office encourages all residents affected by Hurricane Matthew begin the intake process by calling 1.888.860.7137. 

Through the Palmetto Disaster Recovery Office, clients may receive disaster case management to assist with unmet needs caused by Hurricane Matthew if distinguished as a qualified candidate. By completing the intake process, a partnership between a disaster case manager and a client will develop and assistance carrying out an individualized recovery plan will begin.

All intake for the October 2015 flood has closed, but recovery efforts continue as Hearts & Hands continues to pass clients needing assistance to the Tri-County Long Term Recovery Group.

We are still in need of volunteers to help with home repairs. To learn more about volunteering contact Joseph Davies at