In 2016, United Way of Pickens County invested in Financial Stability through the following programs and services:
Community Partner Program Funding ($117,252)
ABLE SC: Path to Achieving Self-Sufficiency– $4,200
Impacting individuals with disabilities of all ages who would like to learn skills to become more independent.
Alston Wilkes Society: Community Service-$16,000
Impacting incarcerated individuals being released to the community, former offenders, their families, and homeless individuals.
Girl Scouts: Financially Empowering Girls-$2,200
Impacting elementary aged girls who will be earning their financial literacy and cookie business badges.
Goodwill: Certified Nursing Assistant Program-$29,852
Impacting individuals who want to work in the healthcare industry who face special challenges to finding, obtaining, and retaining gainful employment.
Pickens County First Steps: Child Care Scholarships-$35,000
Impacting families whose children are at risk for school failure who have the desire to become financially stable but lack the resources to maintain employment and/or school attendance due to the financial barrier to quality child care.
Upstate Warrior Solution: Warrior Wellness-$30,000
Impacting veterans and their family members who need assistance with employment training, job connections, financial literacy, and education.
Directed Program Funding ($33,000)
Impacting low wealth individuals who need financial literacy instruction and assistance with increasing their personal incomes, building savings, and gaining assets through the Dollars and Sense Initiative.
Dollars and Sense Initiative:
- Money Smart financial literacy classes for adults and children
- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program for households with an annual income of less than $54,000
- MyFreeTaxes.com for households with an annual income of less than $62,000
- Money management, workforce development, and SC Benefit Bank assistance for individuals