Our Community Impact Cabinet volunteers work diligently to identify and fund Community Partners to address Anderson County’s most pressing needs and create positive, lasting and measurable change.
Hearts in Harmony
Hearts in Harmony serves at-risk-youth, recovering addicts, abuse victims, veterans and much more. We are: Horses helping humans be empowered and equipped through grace and truth. We help participants explore and experience self-reflection, emotional regulation, problem-solving, team building, communication strategies and life-skills in an equestrian classroom.
The Shalom House
The Shalom House offers women seeking treatment for addiction up to three 90-day programs. The goal of Shalom House is to allow women to complete the recovery process while adapting to daily life again to ensure long-term recovery.
The sexual trauma center at First Light serves survivors, family members, and others involved in recovery from sexual assault or child abuse in Anderson. Their Child Advocacy Center is a safe place for children; with intervention specialists in counseling, and prosecution, to provide healing for children and their loved ones. Through outreach and education, they host workshops to help youth build healthy relationships and to help adults recognize and prevent sexual assault and child abuse.
Upstate Warrior Solution
This group of dedicated individuals meets veterans where they are in life and assists with navigating them through their next steps. Upstate Warrior Solution helps connect warriors and their families to supportive services and community resources in Anderson County. Upstate Warrior Solution offers face-to-face outreach and case coordination to assess areas of need including employment, navigating VA benefits, Mental Health Support or simply meeting other warriors and military families in the area. They are also participating in a Suicide Prevention Study.
Access to Care
Anderson Free Clinic
The Free Clinic provides medical, dental, vision, mental health, and pharmacy services to the uninsured whose income does not exceed 200% of the Federal Poverty guidelines and who have no insurance.
The Champions Center
The United Way partnership with the Champions Center helps to provide funding for an onsite nurse so that students can learn in a safe environment. DCEC provides on-site occupational, physical, and speech therapy; the equipment and facilities needed to provide a stimulating, safe, and appropriate environment for children to gain confidence, self-esteem, and maximize potential.
The Cancer Association of Anderson
CAA provides resources to those who are battling cancer. Its mission is to help reduce the burden of cancer on Anderson County residents by providing treatment-related financial assistance, information and referrals, as well as emotional support.
Anderson Area YMCA
The YMCA works every day to improve our community’s health and well-being. They provide a fun, supportive environment to help you live in good health. The YMCA nurtures the potential of every youth and teen through programs such as youth sports, after school, camp, swim lessons, swim team, and wellness programming. They also provide opportunities to give back, support our neighbors, and make our community a better place through volunteering and mission projects.
Boy Scouts has helped create generations of leaders and outstanding citizens by allowing boys and girls to explore their interests, serve their communities, and discover their talents through youth-led activities like hiking, camping, and volunteering.
Through programs from coast to coast, Girl Scouts of all backgrounds and abilities can be unapologetically themselves as they discover their strengths and rise to meet new challenges—whether they want to climb to the top of a tree or the top of their class, lace up their boots for a hike or advocate for climate justice, or make their first best friends.
Westside Community Center
Westside Community Center is home to a variety of agencies and services, including AnMed Westside Medical Health Clinic, Westside Department of Health and Environmental Control, Anderson City Police Department PACE, YMCA Programs, and various Youth and Community Programming.
Homelessness & Housing
AIM coordinates with several area church groups, civic organizations, and clubs to build ramps or make minor repairs to qualified applicants. We match clients in need with the resources and labor needed to make these improvements, which will enable them to remain self-sufficient.
Emmanuel’s Hammer works to identify homeowners who have experienced a home disaster or who are facing a critical situation that affects the safety, sanitation, or security of their home. We then lock arms with that family to conduct the needs assessment, fund raising, mission team recruitment, materials procurement and project management of their rebuild. The work we do allows homeowners to remain in their homes safely.
Habitat For Humanity
Everyone should have an affordable, durable place to live in dignity and safety. With volunteers, donors and our future homeowners, we build decent, affordable shelter for people in need.
Rebuild Upstate provides home repair to seniors, disabled people, and those who have medical needs and creates a safe environment for them. Whether that is addressing safe entry and exit by building a new wheelchair ramp or ensuring that a family is healthy and dry under a new roof, their goal with every home repair is to make sure the residents remain comfortably and safely in their homes.
The Salvation Army
For those with no place to go or in need of emergency shelter, local Salvation Army homeless shelters provide a warm, safe place for men, women, and – whenever possible – families to stay.
Safe Harbor offers a continuum of services for survivors of domestic violence and their children in Anderson County. Their services include a 24/7 Help Line, safe emergency shelters, counseling for adults and children, case management, assistance with filing for an Order of Protection, transitional housing, domestic violence education, parenting classes, and group support.
Meeting Basic Needs
Alston Wilkes Society
The mission at AWS is “Rebuilding Lives for a Safer Community” and we look to achieve that by providing the assistance and resources necessary for our clients to find the security and stability that allows them to become productive members of society, Our programs work in partnership with the Veterans Administration and Federal Bureau of Prisons and are nationally accredited.
American Red Cross Upstate SC
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies from providing relief and support to those in crisis, to helping you be prepared to respond in emergencies.
Anderson Emergency Kitchen
The mission of Anderson’s Emergency Kitchen (AEK) is to address hunger. It is a weekday (Monday through Friday) feeding program that provides a hot nutritional meal to all in need who come through our doors. Our strategy is not a lofty strategy, but it is an essential one to the clients we serve. Many of them may not be able to get even one meal a day, and others are pressed to be food secure without these meals. During the pandemic, the Soup Kitchen will be serving carry-out meals only.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels delivers a hot, nutritious meal daily to over 650 recipients across Anderson County. But it is so much more than food in a tray. Volunteers deliver recipients their food, but they also greet them, interact with them and make sure they are doing okay. This warm, human interaction helps reduce the feelings of isolation and improves their physical and mental health and also makes them feel safe and cared for.
The LOT Project
The LOT Project seeks to cultivate intentional relationships with those in need, to build connections to the opportunities in our community, and to serve our neighbors in creative and empowering ways.
The United Way Financial Stability Center at AIM
To address the obstacles that prevent hard working families from getting ahead financially, we launched the United Way Financial Stability Center at AIM, an initiative that promotes community-change strategies to help families meet their basic needs, while gaining the financial capability to plan for, and accomplish, their long-term financial goals.