Trident United Way announced its grant offers totaling $2.1 million each year for the next three years to 33 programs delivered by 22 nonprofit organizations across Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties on Monday.
The recipients include programs aimed at three areas of need across the region: education, financial stability and health.
“While parts of our region are thriving, economic improvements over the last few years have not been experienced by our most vulnerable neighbors, and many areas of our region are still feeling the effects of the great recession,” said Chris Kerrigan, TUW president and chief executive officer. “These organizations and programs are aimed not just at providing momentary relief, but at creating lasting change to improve the lives of people and families across the region.”
Over the last 10 years, the role of Trident United way has changed. It is attempting to be a catalyst for community change in specific areas instead of just providing funding.
“Working with community leaders, nonprofits, businesses and service organizations, we are focused on facilitating broad system change,” Kerrigan said.
The grant offers are one part of TUW’s overall investment strategy. The $2.1 million in three-year grant offers represents 30 percent of the total dollars the organization will invest to benefit the community during its 2016-19 investment cycle.
In addition to these investments, TUW has added two new education innovation funding pools to support third grade literacy and kindergarten readiness. The organization will continue to fund mental health, basic needs and feeding programs in low-income schools through its Links 2.0 Initiative.
Recipients of today’s grant offers include:
Berkeley Seniors, Inc.
Carolina Youth Development Center
Charleston County School District
Charleston Promise Neighborhood
Children in Crisis of Dorchester County
Communities in Schools of the Charleston Area, Inc.
Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center
Dorchester Seniors, Inc.
East Cooper Community Outreach
Family Services, Inc.
Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina
Habitat for Humanity Berkeley County
Helping Hands of Goose Creek
Lowcountry AIDS Services, Inc.
Lowcountry Food Bank, Inc.
Metanoia Community Development Corporation
Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services, Inc.
Palmetto Warrior Connection
Reading Partners, Charleston
Tricounty Family Ministries
Wings For Kids, Inc.