Sumter School District
It's not only a phrase, it's what we believe.
United Way was built on community partnerships. We know that we are stronger when we work together, united. We are proud to have served as a partner with schools in Sumter County for over 20 years through direct services in the classroom and support services to students and families in the community.
United Way Diamonds has provided evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention classes since 2000 at Furman Middle. We have served each of the other middle and high schools in various capacities during that time and engaged teens and their parents through community-based organizations and churches. Since the program's inception, the rate of teen pregnancies in Sumter County as declined 68%.
Our Reading Success AmeriCorps Program has collaborated with several elementary schools and after-school programs in Sumter, Clarendon, and Lee Counties to support early grade reading by providing literacy tutoring. In 2019, 450 students received 12,877 hours of tutoring with 87% showing significant improvement in their reading scores. Donations have helped us continue to offer reading support during the summer by serving local community centers.
AmeriCorps Sites Sumter County
Crosswell Drive Elementary
R.E. Davis Elementary
Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club
Shaw Heights Elementary
Sumter County Community Centers
500+ children received tutoring and homework help to improve academic achievement
1900+ children and adults provided access to health-related resources and services
1200+ senior adults and families helped to meet basic needs of food, housing, and shelter
Through partnerships, we are able to bring additional resources to our community.