How to Help During COVID-19

During this time of continued crisis and strain, the United Way has resources for our community that may be of use to you and your organization. If you need help or want to volunteer, here is a clearinghouse of options:

There are several opportunities listed on the First Presbyterian website here:

About the Initiative

Rationale: Poverty is an offense to God.

Objective: Build and foster interfaith and interracial relationships in order to confront the roots of poverty.

Vision: Every child in Spartanburg thrives.

Mission: Opportunity Spartanburg creates collaborative partnerships between members of faith communities, volunteers, and non-profit organizations in order to alleviate child poverty by confronting its root causes.

Goal: Decrease the number of children in Spartanburg County living at or below the Federal Poverty Line by 340 children (2%) in five years, 2025.[1]

Strategies: Using a lens of equity and economic mobility, place volunteers in non-profit programs which have documented success in aiding families with children move from economic instability into economic stability. Four areas have been identified as critical indicators contributing to moving into financial security:[2]

  • Childcare and Early Childhood Education
  • Generational Literacy
  • Living Wage
  • Neighborhood Isolation

[1] In 2016 it is estimated that more than 17,000 children in Spartanburg County were living below FPL. Source: US Census Report and REI, pg. 22.

[2] REI Report from the Metropolitan Studies Institute at USC Upstate (July 2018), the major non-profit funders in Spartanburg, and the Faith Poverty Summit (April 2019)

How do I get Involved?

Everyone is Welcome!

The Faith Summit on Child Poverty held in April 2019 was only the beginning of a long-term initiative in Spartanburg to end child poverty. If you would like to be involved moving forward, please contact Caroline Goodman (