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, [...]


More than 300 volunteers help others on MLK Day of Service

By Daniel J. Gross Staff Writer Posted Jan 15, 2018 at 2:30 PM Updated Jan 15, 2018 at 2:50 PM Read the original GoUpstate post here. For some, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was a “day on” rather than a day off. More than 300 volunteers gathered in Spartanburg to complete service projects throughout the county as part of the United Way of the Piedmont’s [...]


Unity Week kicks off to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

By Alyssa Mulliger Staff Writer  Posted Jan 10, 2018 at 7:25 PM Updated Jan 10, 2018 at 7:25 PM Read the original GoUpstate post here. The city of Spartanburg is gearing up to honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. during the 31st annual Unity Week Celebration. Unity Week will feature a variety of free events through Jan. 20, including a community walk, day of [...]


United Way looks back at $2.1M invested in 2017 By Elise Franco Staff Writer  Posted Dec 20, 2017 at 12:33 PM Updated Dec 20, 2017 at 4:39 PM The original GoUpstate post can be viewed here. The United Way of the Piedmont announced Friday more than $2 million in community investments in 2017. The 99 programs from 59 organizations in Spartanburg and Cherokee counties that the organization selected for investment this year [...]


Jolley: Tax change would hurt nonprofits

By KIM JOLLEY   Loss of the charitable giving deduction would hamper contributions. You may be hearing a lot about Congress’ tax reform plan, and there are certainly a number of issues that the proposed tax bill would affect. Everything from health care, homeownership, student loan debt and child care are affected by the [...]


From the Publisher: You can change a life

By KEVIN DRAKE Yes, the need is great. So is the opportunity. Ralph Waldo Emerson is credited with saying: “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” Each of us who finds a measure of success in life has done so with the support of [...]