This past Thursday, funders from across the Midlands convened at the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina to begin a discussion about possible collaborative efforts in supporting short-term and long-term care for South Carolinians that were devastated by the recent floods.

In attendance 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 Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina.

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 S.C. 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.