Workforce Readiness

A Community Impact Approach


The mission of the Black River United Way Workforce Readiness initiative is to support, convene and facilitate organizations, agencies and businesses whose focus is on life skill development for our future workforce.

In 2017, the following organizations and businesses have participated in this migration from financial stability to workforce development to workforce readiness:

  • Black River United Way
  • Georgetown County Economic Development
  • Amazing Journey
  • Georgetown Jobs Connection (Friendship Place, Helping Hands, A Father’s Place, Palmetto Goodwill)
  • SC Works
  • Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation
  • Horry Georgetown Technical College
  • SC Thrive
  • South State Bank
  • First Citizens Bank
  • Wells Fargo
  • SC Department of Social Services
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • MK Inc. Job Readiness for Teens
  • Georgetown County Adult Education Program

2017 Workforce Readiness Highlights

In 2017, Black River United Way partnered with Georgetown Jobs Connection in expanding their program to Andrews, SC and adding a career coach specifically for males to complement the female career coach. 6 months into the program, the results are as follows:

87 Graduates from the one week Boot Camp ( 32 Andrews and 55 Georgetown)

Of the 87, 27 have been placed in Full-time jobs with an average hourly wage of $10.69.

Black River United Way and Georgetown County Economic Development has partnered to explore the following areas on a macro level:

Workforce: attraction & retention of qualified workforce

Navigating Resources: understanding the resources and how/when to properly engage for the biggest impact.

Investment: exploring ways to sustain the work that is being done and the work that needs to be done to improve our workforce.

Non-profits with a focus on workforce readiness will be participating in a SWOT Analysis together to understand the gaps, strengths and challenges that each program has in order to improve as a collective unit in November 2017.