United Way of Piedmont hosts “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – United Way of Piedmont has been collecting thousands of school supplies as part of their back-to-school “Stuff the Bus” event, for students in all seven Spartanburg school districts. by: TaTiana Cash Posted: Jul 31, 2019 Updated: Jul 31, 2019 / 04:06 PM EDT It’s an unfortunate fact that back-to-school shopping isn’t cheap. The National [...]


New SC department polices agencies serving children

By: Nickelle Smith SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – A new independent state department will now be investigating incidents involving children served by several other South Carolina agencies, including the Department of Social Services. “Every child in South Carolina deserves to have a happy, nurturing family and I hope this new department sets a bold vision [...]


Look for this in your next #volmgmt position

Posted By: Elisa Kosarin June 11, 2019 On why it matters to report to the CEO A lot of ink has been spilled in the volunteer management world, trying to figure out where a volunteer program should sit on the org chart. Do volunteers belong within development, programming, human resources, or maybe operations? I’ve joined this conversation more than [...]


Food Truck Rodeo raises money for children’s books

By: Nickelle Smith SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – A Food Truck Rodeo just wrapped up Friday night and the proceeds will get books into the hands of local children. The event in Spartanburg was hosted by the United Way of the Piedmont’s Young Leaders Group. It was held at the Hub City Farmer’s Market on Howard Street. All [...]


Spartanburg summit looks for housing solutions

By Samantha Swann   Community leaders, business people, developers and other residents gathered at Converse College Thursday morning to discuss the reality of, problems with, and solutions to Spartanburg’s current housing climate. Spartanburg City Manager Chris Story kicked off the 2019 Spartanburg Housing Summit with a presentation on the state of housing in [...]


Spartanburg’s children need more foster families

By Adam Orr Staff Writer  County seeking additional families able to help Looking down at a content baby girl with a full belly, Jason Reardon knew he had a decision to make. Eight years ago, Reardon and his wife Mary committed to serving as foster parents for children just like the one-month-old girl who was staring [...]


Housing summit planned to address Spartanburg needs

By:  Nickelle Smith SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) - Spartanburg County leaders are trying to tackle problems with housing. The United Way of the Piedmont is hosting a housing summit to educate the community. The non-profit says half of the renters in spartanburg county are what they call "cost-burdened." They say those people are spending about a third [...]


Local high school students graduate from United Way Youth Philanthropy Board

United Way of the Piedmont is excited to announce the newest graduates of its Youth Philanthropy Board program. Fourteen high school juniors and seniors along with their friends and families attended the Youth Philanthropy Board graduation on Wednesday, May 8th. United Way’s Youth Philanthropy Board is comprised of Spartanburg County high school juniors and seniors [...]


New day shelter to help homeless in Spartanburg

By: Nickelle Smith Posted: May 06, 2019 11:40 PM EDT Updated: May 06, 2019 11:41 PM EDT SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) - Spartanburg's homeless will soon have access to a new day shelter called the Spartanburg Opportunity Center. It’s the result of work by the Spartanburg Homeless Task Force, which includes United Way of the Piedmont, Spartanburg Interfaith Hospitality Network [...]