Governor Carroll Campbell established the South Carolina Commission on National and Community Service to support community service initiatives in the State and to administer grants under the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993. In December 2007, by Executive Order of Governor Mark Sanford, the United Way Association of South Carolina was appointed as the governing authority of the Commission. The Commission is South Carolina’s lead agency on volunteerism and national service.
Our mission is to improve South Carolina communities through volunteerism and national service programs. Our vision is to promote and increase: (1) an ethic of service and volunteerism in the State of South Carolina, (2) the capacity of faith-based and community organizations within the state to better compete for funding opportunities and (3) the collaboration among the communities and organizations that are trying to meet the greatest needs of the Palmetto State.
One of main tools to achieve our mission is the grants the Commission makes to faith-based organizations, community nonprofits and educational agencies. We encourage volunteerism for everyone from youth to seniors to people with disabilities; promote community solutions for disaster preparedness and response; and we help to strengthen and expand volunteer centers and other community-based organizations that use volunteers to accomplish their mission. Currently, the Commission funds 11 programs throughout the state with grants totaling $1,771,069.
Since 1994, more than 3,700 South Carolina residents have qualified for AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $12,400,000.
United Way Association of South Carolina
South Carolina Commission on National and Community Service
2711 Middleburg Dr Suite 305
Columbia SC 29204
PO Box 5655
Columbia SC 29250
Suzanne Piper, Chair
Dr. Robert Schaeffer, Vice Chair
Dee Dee Chewning
Joseph Grant, Jr.