United Way of Chesterfield County joined other United Way agencies from around the state to come to the aid of some South Carolina communities among the hardest-hit by flooding.
The epic rain event that hit South Carolina earlier this month with record-breaking rainfall caused flooding from Columbia to Florence to the coast.
After consulting with Tim Ervolina, president of the United Way Association of South Carolina, and Mac Bennett, president of United Way of the Midlands, the board of directors of United Way of Chesterfield County voted at its Oct. 13 monthly meeting to make donations to each of these agencies.
The donation to the United Way of the Midlands will be earmarked to help residents of Richland and Lexington counties while the donation to the United Way Association of South Carolina will be earmarked to help residents in the areas where smaller United Way groups operate.
“Donations to United Way Association of South Carolina are for regional recovery efforts and they will be allocated according to the levels of need in each area as determined by FEMA assessment reports. They may also be designated for any of the United Ways that were affected by the flood,” a news release reads, specifying the United Way agencies of Sumter, Clarendon, Lee and Black River.
According to Tim Ervolina, it appears right now that the greatest unmet needs are in Williamsburg and Clarendon counties. Mac Bennett, former resident of Chesterfield County and President of United Way of the Midlands, said he “appreciates all of the support they have received from Chesterfield County and hopes all my friends from Chesterfield County will continue to support United Way.”
Ervolina and Bennett said monetary donations are among the most needed aid at this point.
“Many people are still in need of assistance in order to get back into their homes and to start rebuilding their day-to-day lives,” said United Way board Chairman Chuck English. “It is going to take more time for their homes to be rebuilt or repaired. Donations from Chesterfield County will be helpful for many in the affected areas to meet their daily needs. It is very important at this time to show South Carolina and the nation that we Live United.”
To contribute to United Way flood relief efforts, contact resource development director Catherine Thompson by calling 843-623-5266 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.