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Kids Reading Outdoor

Sumter School District







We all come from different backgrounds.  We all face different challenges. But we share the same goals.  Together, we can become the change makers.  We can innovate and improve the lives of all of our neighbors today and carry it forward to our children and our children's children.  Together we can create generational change and help break the cycles of crisis.


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 over the past 10 years.

2021-2022 AmeriCorps Sites Sumter County
  • Cherryvale Elementary

  • Crosswell Drive Elementary

  • Kingsbury Elementary

  • Lemira Elementary

  • Oakland Primary

  • R.E. Davis Elementary

  • Willow Drive

  • Ragin Academy

  • Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club

  • Shaw Heights Elementary

  • Sumter County Community Centers

  • Lliberty Steam Charter School

Impact in 2021-2022

500+ children receive tutoring and homework help to improve academic achievement each year.

1900+ children and adults provided access to health-related resources and services each year.

1200+ senior adults and families helped to meet basic needs of food, housing, and shelter each year.

Thanks to United Way and the NFL, for over three and a half years, schools across the area have had access to a digital Social Emotional learning program called Character Playbook at no cost.


A free, information and referral service that connects people with important community resources to meet everyday needs and  immediate needs during a crisis.

FamilyWize makes it easy to save money on prescription drugs. Just show your free card to the pharmacist!

Through partnerships, we are able to bring additional resources to our community.

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