In 2014, our name was changed to “Black River United Way” to break down walls and be more inclusive of the entire population we serve — an effort to engage and unite people and resources across sectors to drive lasting improvement in the well-being of children, families and the communities that surround them.
MISSION & CORE VALUES.
The Black River United Way (BRUW) creates a better quality of life for people in Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties by leveraging resources; to lead early-grade learning programs for children, build family self-sufficiency, and ensure disaster resiliency through preparation and mitigation; with the goal of producing the greatest community impact.
We ensure that our work complements those organizations that support and share in BRUW’s purpose in making our community stronger.
We will build and maintain trust by creating processes and procedures that ensure transparency, accountability, and integrity as we fulfill our goal of producing the greatest community impact.
We are committed to working with and for the citizens of Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties.
COMMITMENT TO ACCESS
We will provide equitable access and awareness for our community to the programs that support BRUW’s purpose by removing barriers and leveraging resources.
Black River United Way began its organization in 1968 as the United Fund, through the efforts of many volunteers and concerned citizens. It received its Charter as a philanthropic organization in April 1970 and became the Georgetown County United Fund, Incorporated.
Under the leadership of founding board president, Nathan Kaminski, funds were raised in the fall of 1970 for distribution among nine member agencies for the calendar year 1971. Since the first campaign, your local United Way has continued its growth and development. In 1980, an application was made for a new Charter and became the Georgetown County United Way, Inc.
In 2014, the name “Georgetown County United Way” was changed to “Black River United Way” to break down walls and be more inclusive of the entire population we serve, Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties.