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UW Coat Drive

As the winter season approaches, so does the need for warm clothes. The need has never been greater and it has never been easier to make a difference in your community. This year’s campaign will run from October 1 through October 19, here is your opportunity to make sure that no one in the community is without a warm coat this winter.

Last year, the local community donated over 600 new and gently used coats and other winter apparel for the drive. United Way of Lancaster County is collecting new and gently used clean coats, scarves, gloves and other winter apparel for all ages and sizes to distribute to families in need.  All donated coats will be given to The Closet, a local clothing bank to distribute to adults and children Free of Charge on November 7th.  The United Way is honored to once again collaborate with The Closet, in the years past the generous spirit of the local community has made United Way and The Closet strive for higher goals in an effort to help more people in the community during the winter season.

United Way of Lancaster County invites you to bring in your new or used gently used coats and other winter apparel to the following locations: 

*United Way of Lancaster County – 109 S. Wylie Street

*Indian Land Middle School – 8361 Charlotte Hwy

*Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office – 1520 Pageland Hwy

*University of South Carolina Lancaster (STARR HALL – RM # 106) – 476 Hubbard Dr.

*Kershaw Branch Library – 3855 Fork Hill Rd.

*Edward Jones Financial Advisor – 8449 Charlotte Hwy

Donations will be accepted from October 1 – October 19.  All donated item will be distributed to local people in need.


Looking for a different kind of volunteer work?  How about volunteering to do taxes for Lancaster area residents this tax season?United Way of Lancaster County is looking for volunteers to spend a little time learning about taxes.  If you’re interested, you’ll be trained with Internal Revenue Service tax materials to help people whose incomes are $54,000 or less with their federal and state individual income tax returns. Through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance or Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program, you will learn to prepare simple federal and state tax returns.  In return, you will be asked to donate about 4 hours a week helping at a VITA/TCE site from mid-January through April 15th.  Most VITA/TCE sites use computers to prepare and electronically transmit tax returns (e-file).  If you’re interested in learning to e-file tax returns on a volunteer basis, then VITA/TCE can teach you.  You need not have any accounting experience.  All that’s required is a desire to help others who cannot prepare their basic tax returns or afford to pay a preparer.  VITA/TCE volunteers participate in training session—in class, online, or through self-study—then are tested on what they learned.  Once certified, volunteers are assigned to VITA/TCE sites in neighborhood community centers, libraries, churches, etc. in locations convenient to VITA/TCE customers.

Don’t wait!  For more information or to volunteer, contact Ernesta Pierre or Melanie Outlaw at 803-283-8923

Stuff the Bus 2015


United Way of Lancaster County is kicking off the school year once again by sponsoring “Stuff the Bus,” a school supply drive for Lancaster County students in need. Donations may be dropped off from July 27th to August 8th at the following locations:

* Indian Land Recreation Center, 8286 Charlotte Hwy, Indian Land
* LCWSD (Lancaster County Water and Sewer District), 1400 Pageland Hwy., Lancaster
* Kershaw Branch Library – Lancaster County, 3855 Fork Hill Road, Kershaw
* Lancaster County Administration Building, Main Street, Lancaster
* Springs Memorial Hospital (2nd floor, near cafeteria), 800 W. Meeting Street, Lancaster

Drop off Containers will also be available during the United Way of Lancaster County Bed Race on August 8th.

Please choose items for purchase from the school supply lists provided in area stores. A portion of the items will be distributed first to the Lancaster County Outreach Project to benefit abused and neglected children as identified by DSS, and the remainder of items will be given to all Elementary Schools in the Lancaster County School District.

For more information contact United Way of Lancaster County at 283-8923 or




Want to help those affected by the flood?

We are collecting bottled water to be taken to the Columbia area.

Collection times:

Thursday, October 8th from 1pm-3pm

Friday, October 9th from 9pm-1pm

Please bring your donations to our office at 109 S. Wylie Street.

We're also seeking volunteers to help move the water onto the truck on Friday at 1pm.









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Local Leaders 2015


This month we visited three businesses who are setting examples for their employees and showing how to support and be a Local Leader in our community.

Thank you, City of Lancaster, Comporium and Springs Memorial Hospital!