Kids Reading Outdoor

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
  • 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

2019 Impact

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

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.