United Way Association of South Carolina is the governing authority of the South Carolina Commission on National and Community Service.
The commission provides grants to faith-based organizations, community non-profits, educational agencies, and governmental agencies.
By the Governor’s Executive Order, South Carolina Commission on National and Community Service is designated as the state’s lead agency for volunteerism. They 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 the impact of National Service Programs operating in the state through implementing a competitive review process, evidence based programming, strong data collection practices and ongoing evaluation.
Their mission is to improve South Carolina communities through volunteerism and national service programs.
Their 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 communities and organizations that are trying to meet the greatest needs of the Palmetto State.
STATE SERVICE PLAN BACKGROUND: Federal law provides that State Service Commissions must prepare a national service plan for the State that: - is developed through an open and public process; - covers a 3‐year period with updates annually; - includes measurable goals and outcomes for the State national service programs in the State; - ensures outreach to diverse community‐based agencies that serve underrepresented populations; - includes a state service plan for service by adults age 55 or older.
IMPORTANCE: The State Service Plan serves as a guide for funding priorities and programmatic priorities for National Service Programs in South Carolina. The Commission embraces the six focus areas held by the Corporation for National and Community Service (Education, Veterans and Military Families, Environmental Stewardship, Healthy Futures, Disaster Response and Economic Opportunity). For each focus area, the plan addresses the national service priority and relevancy to South Carolina.
TIMELINE: The feedback collected in this survey will be utilized to amend the proposed plan and publish a finalized State Service Plan. The deadline for submitting feedback is MARCH 11. The final plan will be published to uwasc.org in June 2016.