United Way now collecting items to gear up for the 2019 Point-in-Time Count to assess homelessness

Columbia, S.C. (December 15, 2018) – United Way of the Midlands is hosting a donation drive to collect items for the area’s annual Point-in-Time (PIT) Count held January 23 – 29, 2019.

"The PIT Count serves two functions: to count the number of people experiencing homelessness over a specified period and to gather information on the demographics and service needs of the local homeless population,” said Sara Fawcett, President and CEO of United Way of the Midlands. “The 2018 Point-in-Time Count Report shows that the number of individuals experiencing homelessness during the night of the PIT Count has decreased overall by 40 percent over the past five years, and Richland County has seen a decrease of 50 percent.”

The donation drive is an effort to collect new, cold-weather items including gloves, hats, scarves and more that volunteers will hand out during the January count to those experiencing homelessness. A full list of donation items and a link to United Way’s Amazon PIT Count Wish List can be found at www.uway.org/events. Donations can be dropped off or mailed to United Way of the Midlands located at 1818 Blanding Street, Columbia, S.C. 29201. All items should be delivered or dropped off by Friday, January 4, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Community members interested in hosting a donation drive should contact Cathy Hood-Pittenger, United Way of the Midlands Homeless Services Coordinator, at chood-pittenger@uway.org.

To learn more about United Way of the Midlands and our mission to prevent homelessness, visit uway.org.

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.

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