Child advocates hopeful new SC department will improve lives

By Conor Hughes Posted Jun 1, 2018 at 6:13 PM Read the original post here. For the first 13 years of her life, Naomi Torfin was invisible. That’s how she felt, growing up in and out of the foster care system in Minnesota. As a child, she said she repeatedly experienced abuse and neglect, and she watched as [...]


Food Truck Rodeo returns to Drayton Mills on Friday

By Alexandra Rice / For the Herald-Journal Posted May 31, 2018 at 6:02 PM Updated Jun 3, 2018 at 6:35 PM Read the original post here. The United Way of the Piedmont Young Leaders’ Food Truck Rodeo returns for a second year Friday at Drayton Mills Marketplace. Live music from the Southern rock Justin McCorkle Band and all kinds of food will fill the [...]


Court program helps turn troubled vets’ lives around

By Bob Montgomery Staff Writer Posted May 19, 2018 at 3:54 PM Updated May 19, 2018 at 7:08 PM Read the original post here Marine veteran Jason Moore has seen what war can do to a young soldier, and he’s committed to helping those in trouble with the law turn their lives around. “You’re taking a guy with a hiccup and giving him a [...]


Financial Stability – The Big Picture

Tchenavia is an Americorps Financial Stability Navigator who helps client meet their goals through case management and connection to resources. United Way of the Piedmont fights for the Financial Stability of every member of our community. But what does financial stability really mean? United Way decided to start with self-sufficiency. Self-sufficiency is [...]


Group focuses on child abuse prevention, sexual assault awareness

By Alyssa Mulliger Staff Writer Posted Apr 9, 2018 at 4:54 PM Updated Apr 9, 2018 at 5:52 PM Read the original post here Several Spartanburg County service providers and nonprofit organizations know the importance of working together to create a healthier community, especially for the community’s youngest generation. On Monday, a group of agencies and entities that comprise the Spartanburg Partners in Prevention [...]


Imagination Library helps prepare children for preschool and beyond

By Alyssa Mulliger Staff Writer   Posted Feb 27, 2018 at 6:57 PM Updated Feb 27, 2018 at 7:07 PM Read the original GoUpstate post here. Five-year-old triplets Betty, Liam and Jeannie Buttimer love when their parents read aloud from their favorite books like “Hooray, a Pinata!” The children’s picture book is one of several that the Spartanburg children and their older sister, 7-year-old [...]


United Way women’s group pushes child well-being

By Alyssa Mulliger Staff Writer Posted Feb 21, 2018 at 8:05 PM Updated Feb 22, 2018 at 8:56 AM  Local representatives visit Statehouse COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Statehouse was full of foot traffic Wednesday for Public Policy Day, which drew United Way representatives from across the state to meet with legislators about investing in child well-being. The annual day of advocacy was hosted [...]


6 books to help develop young children’s vocabulary By Alyssa Mulliger Staff Writer Posted Feb 17, 2018 at 4:08 PM Updated Feb 17, 2018 at 4:16 PM Read the original GoUpstate post here. During Cindy Haggerty’s three years as the media specialist at Mary H. Wright Elementary School in Spartanburg, she’s seen excitement for reading grow among young students. One of the benefits of starting to read in early childhood is [...]


United Way, Herald-Journal partner on childhood reading campaign By Elise Franco Staff Writer Posted Feb 10, 2018 at 5:52 PM Updated Feb 10, 2018 at 5:54 PM Read the original GoUpstate post here. Something as simple as a book can have a lasting impact on a child’s life. The year between birth and age 5 are critical in a child’s intellectual development, especially when it comes to how soon and how [...]


Businesses, United Way team up to help Spartanburg’s homeless

By Alyssa Mulliger Staff Writer Posted Feb 20, 2018 at 5:47 PM Updated Feb 20, 2018 at 6:20 PM Read the original GoUpstate post here. A handful of Spartanburg businesses have joined with United Way of the Piedmont on a new initiative to help assist more homeless people in the community. Mission on Main was launched this month through United Way’s homeless outreach team, [...]