October 16, 2015

South Carolina funders convene at Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC to discuss flood-relief efforts

Funders from across the South Carolina Midlands convened at the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina October 15 to discuss possible collaborative efforts to support short-term and long-term care for South Carolinians that were devastated by recent floods.

At the meeting were representatives from the United Way of the Midlands, Colonial Life, the United Way of South Carolina, Central Carolina Community Foundation, Michael Mungo Foundation, Palmetto Health Foundation and the foundation.

Funders discussed the current relief efforts of each organization. They also talked about helping victims understand and access services through communication and information sharing.

A key topic of discussion at the meeting was about helping these victims now but also finding ways to help them over the long run. Topics included affordable housing, support for the elderly, transportation, health access and areas that continue to be underserved and in need.

The funders also discussed the importance of reaching rural areas across South Carolina and learning more about government action and the process of accessing funds through agencies such as FEMA.

The next meeting will involve a discussion with a representative from New Orleans who worked to help Hurricane Katrina victims during and after that disaster in 2005.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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