2020 innovations lead to 2021 enhanced service delivery

We are all hopeful the new year will lead to healthier and happier lives. To say 2020 was challenging for us, our partners and clients, would be a massive understatement.

Trident United Way's 76-year tradition of serving came to life this past year. United, we rose up and innovated while focusing on serving those in need. Our Community Impact team touched thousands of lives, working at all hours to do it.

Our Trident United Way teams upgraded technology to serve clients better remotely, using portable scanners to send vital documents to service providers so clients could obtain urgently needed help.The pandemic strengthened our partnerships with service providers to work together to serve people without delay.

Annual events such as Day of Caring forged ahead both virtually and in-person following all public health guidelines.

Our commitment to serve remains strong and we look forward to working together to create opportunities that no other organization can do. Last year was tough, but UNITED, we will continue to lead through service to the community.

Please scroll down to our Financial Stability section to learn more about our 2020 service and innovations for 2021.

Pictured: a volunteer from First National Bank on the 2020 Day of Caring


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Reading By Third - Our most successful education program ever

Thanks to generous donors and partnerships with all four Tri-County school districts, Trident United Way had its most successful education program ever with the Tri-County Reading by Third Project, which boosted reading grade level 24% on average.

The program was offered for the 2017 to 2020 school years. Specialized teacher training and targeting students with reading difficulties have paid learning dividends across the region.

In summary:

• University of Florida Lastinger Center Literacy Initiative program provided initial and continuous training/coaching to teachers in 12 schools across all four local school districts 

• $1.38M invested during the three-year project by Trident United Way

• 96 teachers trained (not including reading coaches and administrators)

• 4,775 students taught by UFLI trained teachers

Click here or below to see a Reading by Third testimonial one minute video

Reading by Third Lives on through Literacy United: Johns Island

Reading by Third lives on in a new three-year program called Literacy United. It's a partnership of Trident United Way, Charleston County School District, University of Florida Lastinger Center and community leaders and philanthropists.

Mt. Zion Elementary School teachers received specialized trained to assist young scholars in four areas:

Gaining fluency/measuring progress; Word work; Reading a new book; Writing for reading.

The intervention aims to increase the number of students reading at grade level by third grade - a milestone where a child transitions from learning to read to reading to learn.

Stay tuned - we'll provide more updates on Literacy United as the program rolls on!

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