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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, Clarendon and Lee Counties 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%.

Early grade reading is the key to academic achievement. United Way is working to support the education of all children in our communities.

Our Reading Success AmeriCorps Program provides literacy tutoring to children in kindergarten through third grade at service sites in Clarendon, Lee, and Sumter Counties.

Individuals commit to a one-year term of service by becoming a member of the AmeriCorps Program engaging in small group and one-on-one tutoring. The program aims to help struggling readers improve their literacy skills.

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. 

COVID 19 - Impact

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.  

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

Partner Agencies

United Way of Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Counties partners with local organizations that provide programs and services aligned with our three priority areas. Local agencies must complete a thorough application, agree to report results, provide an annual independent audit and maintain a volunteer board of directors in order to receive funding.


In addition, all United Way partner agencies must meet the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service and the South Carolina Secretary of State.


A team of community volunteers carefully reviews each application, and then makes informed decisions based on specific criteria, including the program's ability to address issues identified in Facing Facts, proven impact, and long-term expected outcomes.
For a full list of our partner agencies visit our website:

AmeriCorps Service Sites


Clarendon County

  • Dr. Rose Wilder Elementary

  • Manning Primary

  • Manning Early Childhood Center

  • Paxville CDC

  • ​Summerton Early Childhood Center

Lee County
  • Lower Lee Elementary

  • West Lee Elementary

Sumter County
  • Cherryvale Elementary

  • Crosswell Drive Elementary

  • H.Y.P.E. Afterschool Program

  • Kingsbury Elementary

  • Lemira Elementary

  • Nursing Back 2 Life

  • Oakland Primary

  • R.E. Davis Elementary

  • Willow Drive

  • Ragin Academy

  • Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club

  • Shaw Heights Elementary

  • Sumter County Community Centers

  • YMCA

  • Liberty Steam Charter School

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.

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