Behavioral Health Taskforce celebrates 5 year anniversary

The Spartanburg Area Behavioral Health Task Force is celebrating a planned 24/7 mental health crisis stabilization center for adults and other achievements as it marks its fifth anniversary this week. On Tuesday, the task force helped dedicate the new location of the New Day Clubhouse in Spartanburg. About 45 people representing service providers, [...]

United Way of the Piedmont saves local families thousands of dollars through tax prep program

Spartanburg, S.C. (May 10, 2017) – Every year, United Way of the Piedmont volunteers prepare tax returns free of charge for low- to moderate-income working families in Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union counties through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). This tax season, United Way of the Piedmont reports that volunteers prepared 2,746 tax returns, totaling [...]

UWP Receives Grant from Spartanburg County Foundation United Way of the Piedmont is proud to announce its receipt of an $8,170 grant from the Spartanburg County Foundation to expand our Financial Stability Initiative. The grant will specifically provide support for United Way's Benefit Bank and Charity Tracker. Essentially, the funds will enable United Way to provide effective management for these [...]

Imagination Library Brings Books to Children

Developing a capacity for reading is a foundational skill for success in both primary and secondary school. Early exposure to literacy experiences supports language and literacy development. Essentially, the earlier and more you read, the better your chances to succeed in school are. Of course this can have dramatic impacts later in life as [...]

Local nonprofits would feel pinch if Feds ax service agency Original story written by Alyssa Mulliger, Spartanburg Herald Journal- For the past eight months, Urvi Patel has looked forward to working full-time as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Hope Center for Children in Spartanburg. Every day, she helps the nonprofit, from managing the hours and schedules of 150 volunteers to organizing marketing materials like [...]

2017 County Health Rankings Released The choices we make depend on the choices we HAVE. Where you live affects nearly every aspect of your quality of life. From education to employment and even the food we eat, the old phrase "location, location, location" couldn't be more true. The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program and the Robert [...]

UWP Young Leaders and Spartanburg Young Professionals donate over $10k to local nonprofit A group of young leaders in Spartanburg on Friday gifted more than $15,000 to help local veterans and their families in need. Spartanburg Young Professionals (SYP) and the United Way of the Piedmont Young Leaders raised the funds during their second annual 1831 Gala in January held at the Piedmont Club in support [...]

Reducing return visits to jail starts with behavioral health care

Originally published in Spartanburg Herald Journal by Bob Montgomery on March 9, 2017- Spartanburg County’s former jail director said Thursday he hopes a planned 24/7 mental health crisis center for adults will eventually be able to divert people from jail and get them the help they need. Neal Urch, who retired from his position [...]