UNION COUNTY — The Union County Carnegie Library will use a $3,000 “Caritas” grant from the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina to move forward with its plans to renovate and upgrade its facilities and increase its services to the community.
In a statement released Monday, the Foundation announced that it had awarded the Caritas grant to the Library in its 2017 spring funding.
The press release states that “this grant bears the name of one of the guiding principles of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, ‘in omnibus caritas,’ meaning ‘in all things charity.’”
It further explains that “Caritas grants are awarded to organizations meeting basic needs of underserved individuals and families living in poverty in South Carolina. These organizations often act as a lifeline in their communities and provide valuable services to those most in need. In total, 47 organizations were awarded Caritas spring 2017 funding for a total of $112,200 so that they may continue providing services to individuals and families in South Carolina.”
The press release also states that “located within a quarter mile of the Union Housing Authority, Union County Carnegie Library is expanding their facilities and services to have the ability to offer a wide-range of social services to community members for whom transportation is a major barrier. Through partnerships, the Library will help residents by providing better local access to resources. These general operating funds will help the Library with its community needs assessment and identifying partnerships to increase services. “
Library Director Rieta Drinkwine thanked the Sisters of Charity for awarding the Library the grant and said it will use it in its efforts to renovation and upgrade its facilities and expand its services to the community.
“We are very happy to receive it,” Drinkwine said Tuesday. “We will use it to establish a strategic plan for moving forward with the renovation project to ensure that the renovation is completed thoughtfully. The Library will identify strategic partners and potential consultants. The Library will host several planning meetings and discussions involving stakeholders and compile a priorities list based on feedback. The Library will develop an action plan and timeline for executing strategic priorities.”
Drinkwine said that the Library will work to “broaden the services available to Union County residents. The Library will continue to engage in active discussions with community members and organizations to identify community needs and service gaps. The Library will look for partnerships and funding opportunities to meet identified needs.”
The planned renovations and upgrades of the library include:
• Restoration of the original, historic section of the library.
• Bringing the facility into compliance with standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
• The creation of more space for children and teens including the development of an early learning center in partnership with Union County First Steps.
• The addition of a non-profit partnership center.
• The addition of space for meetings and workshops.
Drinkwine said the renovation and upgrade program is budgeted at $1.5 million-1.7 million. She said the library has so far raised $1.5 million for the project. The funds raised so far include an allocation from the State Lottery Fund, local donations, and grants.
For more information about the library’s efforts to raise funds for the renovation and upgrade of its facilities and/or to contribute to that effort, call 864-427-7140.
The press release announcing the Caritas grant states that “nonprofit organizations working to meet the needs of the poor in South Carolina who are interested in learning more about the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina’s grant guidelines are encouraged to visit our website at www.sistersofcharitysc.com.”
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, established in 1996, is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. The Foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved in all 46 South Carolina counties, and strategically uses resources to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.