Over 30 Midlands companies contribute $4.5 million to United Way of the Midlands since July 1

Columbia, S.C. (October 1, 2018) – United Way of the Midlands has begun its annual fundraising campaign with employees of 37 companies in the Midlands running early campaigns contributing $4.5 million since July 1, 2018.

“Every year, more than 30,000 Midlands residents are served by United Way-funded programs that meet critical community needs -- creating affordable housing, reducing homelessness, increasing childhood literacy and providing access to dental and eye care,” said Joan Gabel. “Pacesetters are the key to funding programs and solving issues by kicking off the campaign season with a strong start.”

Select companies that increase total campaign results and participation rates over prior year are recognized as United Way Pacesetters. The recognition of this award is given to those companies that complete United Way campaigns by the first week of September and increase either their total campaign by 10% or employee participation by 10% over the prior year’s campaign. The companies also participate in at least one volunteer activity.

“Pacesetter companies go the extra mile by committing to run their campaigns early and setting ambitious goals,” said United Way President & CEO Sara Fawcett. “We are fortunate to have so many community-minded companies with generous employees to make the Midlands a better place for every one of us.”

This year, United Way proudly recognizes the following 37 companies as Pacesetters and Advanced Campaigns:

Pacesetter Company Recognition:
• Adams and Reese
• Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands
• BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
• Central Electric Power Cooperative
• Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (COMET)
• Columbia Housing Authority
• First Community Bank
• Free Medical Clinic
• GrandSouth Bank
• Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc. (MIRCI)
• Midlands Housing Alliance
• Palmetto Imaging Technology
• Publix Super Markets
• SCANA
• Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands
• Sistercare
• South Carolina Bankers Association
• South Carolina Bar
• Southeastern Freight Lines
• The Cooperative Ministry
• United Way of the Midlands
• UPS
• Wolfe & Taylor

Advanced Campaign Company Recognition:
• BB&T
• Colliers International SC
• Elliott Davis
• Harvest Hope Food Bank
• Home Works of America
• Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas
• Macy's
• Miller-Valentine Group
• Norfolk Southern Foundation
• Savannah River Nuclear Solutions
• Security Federal Bank
• Southern First Bank
• Target Stores
• The Risk Authority Stanford

About United Way of the Midlands
United Way of the Midlands is the most collaborative, efficient and accountable model for investing in the improvement of the Midlands community. With nearly 70 Community Impact Partners, United Way works to identify and respond to the critical human service needs of Calhoun, Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties. Funds are raised through workplace campaigns, grant writing and individual donations and are directed to fight for causes including childhood literacy, economic mobility and dental and eye care for those without resources. For more information, please visit www.uway.org.