Since 1936, United Way of the Piedmont has been serving the people of the Upstate. We are a private, not-for-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
Our mission is to improve the health and wellness of the people and communities of Spartanburg County. We define “health and wellness” broadly — as complete physical, mental, and social well-being — and devote the majority of our resources to efforts that address the underlying causes of poor health outcomes in Spartanburg County.
TOTAL Ministries focuses on emergency financial assistance. TOTAL provides rental assistance, mortgage assistance, heating assistance, prescription payments, clothing, food, and, on limited occasions, transportation assistance. All services are free to requestors.
The Bethlehem Center, established in 1930, is currently a multi-service Agency providing an array of programs to residents in Spartanburg County. The Center’s day care facility has the capacity to serve 48 children between the ages of two and five. After school tutorial services, fine arts, sports and recreational activities, scouting, seasonal camping, primary prevention, and leadership programs for community youth are also available. Programming for adults includes Bible studies and fellowship, nutrition programs, life skills sessions, as well as sewing and craft classes.
A computer lab is maintained for all program participants and community residents.
Goodwill Industries of Upper SC, Inc. helps people with disabilities and special needs become fully independent citizens through training and employment leading to job placement. It provides rehabilitation service, training, work adjustment, employment opportunity, and placement in competitive industry for people with disabilities and special needs.
Children who enter the foster care system are in need of caring adults to speak up for them in Family Court. The Guardian ad Litem is a strong child advocate for children. If you are over 21 and can give 4-5 hours a month to visit a child, you can change a child’s life. You do not need a college degree, or a legal or social work background. The very best child advocates are people who care about children.
SC Center for Grassroots & Nonprofit Leadership
The Center seeks to actively build capacity and enhance resources of community and faith-based grassroots groups, nonprofit organizations, and individuals that are challenged to provide leadership and improve community life.
Hope and Light Foundation is dedicated to funding research to eliminate SMA, a deadly genetic disease and the leading genetic killer of babies and toddlers under the age of two. Hope and Light hopes educate families and communities about the existence of this disease.
South Carolina First Steps to school Readiness (‘First Steps’) is a comprehensive, results-oriented statewide education initiative to help prepare our children to reach first grade healthy and ready to succeed.
- Cherokee County First Steps, call 864-487-9466.
- Laurens County First Steps, call 864-984-3568.
- Spartanburg County First Steps, call 864-327-4900.
- Union County First Steps, call 864-429-1730, ext 32.
Alston Wilkes Society
Alston Wilkes Society provides support services to adult and juvenile offenders, former offenders and the homeless. Services include case management, employment assistance and referrals to other resources as needed. For more information, or the office closest to you, call our main office.
Children’s Advocacy Center of Spartanburg works to facilitate a collaborative, child-focused approach for the effective prevention, detection, investigation, treatment and prosecution of child abuse.
The Urban League of the Upstate is a non-profit organization committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all citizens in housing, education, employment, and economic development, without regard to race or socioeconomic status.
The nation’s blood banks, represented by the American Red Cross, American Association of Blood Banks, and America’s Blood Centers, are asking for immediate blood donations to boost already low blood supplies. Blood is traditionally in short supply due to the holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather, and illness. Individuals are asked to support their local blood centers by making and keeping an appointment to donate immediately.
Affirm is located in Greenville, SC, and serves the entire nine-county area known as the Upstate and provides a safe place where GLBTQ youth meet and form friendships, build positive self esteem, and develop skills necessary for dealing with a negative environment.
Christmas in Action
Christmas in Action is a one-day home improvement project in which volunteer teams repair the homes of residents who are unable to do the needed repairs
The South Carolina Centers for Equal Justice
The South Carolina Centers for Equal Justice, and its predecessors, through its offices in Anderson, Greenville and Spartanburg have been providing free civil legal assistance to the low income community in the Upstate for nearly 40 years. Call toll-free, 1-888-346-5592.
303 East River Street, Anderson
701 South Main Street, Greenville
148 East Main Street, Spartanburg
The Salvation Army has been serving Spartanburg, SC since 1904 providing spiritual, emotional, physical and intellectual help and hope to people of all ages, races and cultural backgrounds.
New Day, Inc. of Spartanburg
Also known as New Day Clubhouse, New Day was founded in 1987 as a private, nonprofit organization through the efforts of the Mental Health Association of the Piedmont. New Day was established to fill the community’s need for a psychiatric rehabilitation center serving adults, 18 years and older, with diagnoses of serious and persistent mental illness.
Junior Achievement of Spartanburg, Inc.
Junior Achievement of Spartanburg, Inc. has taught over 45,000 area students about business and the world of work. Last year alone, the organization helped instill an entrepreneurial spirit and an appreciation of the American free enterprise system in 4,000 young people in 214 JA classes.
The mission of CASA is to speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courts. We promote and support quality volunteer representation for children to provide each child a safe, permanent, nurturing home.
Habitat for Humanity of Spartanburg, Inc. is a Christian housing ministry building simple, affordable homes for deserving, needy families. Habitat homeowners buy their homes at cost with a 30 year term mortgage and must perform 250 hours of “sweat equity” building their own home or other Habitat homes. We provide a “hand up” instead of a “hand out”.
Piedmont Care is a nonprofit organization serving the Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union communities by providing HIV/AIDS care, prevention, and advocacy.
The mission of the S.C. Association of Nonprofit Organizations (SCANPO) is to serve, support and strengthen nonprofit organizations for a better South Carolina. SCANPO’s website features a search of all member nonprofit agencies, including social service organizations.
Miracle Hill Rescue Mission – Spartanburg, formerly Downtown Rescue Mission, came under the Miracle Hill Ministries umbrella in July 2002. The shelter houses men, women, and families all in seperate quarters.
Mobile Meals is a home-delivered hot meal service for the homebound of Spartanburg County who are unable to prepare their own food. No charge is made for the meals, delivered Monday through Friday, and there are no income or age restrictions for potential recipients. Volunteers are the “life line” of Mobile Meals; it takes at least 150 volunteers per day to see that meals are delivered to the 2,000 recipients served each weekday.
The Humane Society is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to the promotion of animal welfare throughout Spartanburg and surrounding areas. The Societyworks to make our community a safer place for people to live, to prevent cruelty to animals, and to educate the public in proper animal care, especially the neutering of pets.
Endometriosis Association Support Group for the Upstate is for women who have endometriosis and would like to come together to discuss tips on how to deal with endo. Please email [email protected] for more information.
This is an organization brought together by ovarian cancer patients, healthcare providers, and other concerned individuals for the dissemination of information about ovarian cancer. It has been designed for the patients, for support, for education of the public and healthcare providers, and for the furthering of research in ovarian cancer in the state of South Carolina. The Foundation has affiliations with major gynecologic oncology centers in this state.
The mission of FCH Spartanburg is to reach out and bless residents of the community in need of home repairs. While many groups find repairs to be prohibitive because of their cost and complexity, FCH Spartanburg realizes how life-changing repairs and renovations can be. They have accepted the challenge of improving the lives of their neighbors through this ministry. The Fuller Center for Housing of Spartanburg has completed numerous Greater Blessing Box projects during this past year with two additional major renovations. The work has impacted the lives of over 22 individuals, with more than half of those being handicapped, by providing decent living conditions.
Children’s Shelter is a temporary shelter where placement cannot exceed 30 days.
Battered Woman/Domestic Violence Hotline
Help is only a phone call away….
This state agency offers servies and support for families and children.
The mission of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is to end the devastating effects of MS.
Mental Health Association of the Piedmont, Inc.
This organization works to promote mental health and prevent mental illnesses through advocacy, education, research and service.