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Camp iRock was named a finalist for the 2017 Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award for Excellence.

The Riley Institute at Furman University and South Carolina Future Minds presented the WhatWorksSC Awards during a luncheon in Columbia on October 24. Former U.S. Secretary of Education and...

PICKENS COUNTY- April 27, 2017

We are currently recruiting AmeriCorps Team Members for 2017-2018! Members will serve 1,700 hours from August 2017- July 2018, assisting low-wealth individuals in Pickens County at a variety of local agency sites. Members will provide resources to help clients gain and sustain assests, increase their personal income, and build savings. This rewarding full...

CLEMSON- March 23, 2017

We are so proud of the 16 Clemson University business students who are volunteering for the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program this year. Rick Uhlmann wrote a wonderful story on these students for the Clemson University Newsstand. You can read the story here.

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EASLEY- On March 9, the Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce presented its Annual Small Business Awards at Tri-County Technical College-Easley Campus. Sponsored by Sam’s Club of Easley, several businesses and individuals were honored for their leadership and community service.

Among those awards, United Way of Pickens County was honored as the 2017 Non-Profit of the Year, which recognizes an organization that has demonstrated a strong...

EASLEY — The night of June 14 was the Republican primary in South Carolina and Rep. Neal Collins hosted the community and candidates to follow the returns with an eye on creating unity within Pickens County.

It turns out Collins’ idea — Election Night Unity Party — benefited more than just those interested in politics as proceeds generated at Groucho’s Deli in Easley will go toward helping children excel at reading.

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Camp iRock is rocking all across Pickens County this year.

The innovative reading-improvement camp that started a year ago in one school has expanded to three schools, in Easley, Pickens and Liberty.

“Because of the amazing results that we saw long-term, not only in students’ academic achievement but also with behaviors and attitudes, everybody was on board and was excited about expanding and serving the entire county,” said...

EASLEY — In late April, State Superintendent of Education, Molly M. Spearman announced that Camp iRock, a collaboration of United Way of Pickens County, the School District of Pickens County and the Pickens County YMCA was one of fourteen recipients to receive funding through the Summer Reading Camp Community Partnership Grant.

The entire application process was a “first” for the three partners, who have grown so close over the past...

PICKENS COUNTY — Pickens County First Steps, in conjunction with The United Way, celebrated the opening of the agency’s newest addition to the Born Learning trail system with a ribbon cutting held at “Tottie’s Place.”

Born learning trails work by taking existing parks and trails and adding educational signage and learning prompts geared toward young children and their caregivers.

“Look around you,” one sign reads. “Do you hear...

PICKENS COUNTY — Preschoolers and their caregivers will have a new avenue for fun and education when two new Born Learning Trails come to the cities of Pickens and Clemson.

Born Learning is an innovative public engagement campaign created when United Way Worldwide joined forces with the Ad Council and Civitas and Families and Work Institute to create hundreds of learning trails across the county.

In Pickens County, the trails...

PICKENS COUNTY — Most Pickens County residents would have difficulty stating they have seen 106 homeless people in a year’s time, much less the night of Jan. 27, when Housing and Urban Development performed its Point in Time survey to track the number of homeless people in America.

On that night, 106 individuals were recorded as living without shelter in Pickens County.

“From my perspective it’s shining a light on a problem very...