Tim Ervolina, who has spent the last decade at the helm of the United Way Association of South Carolina (UWASC) as its president and CEO, will leave the organization before the end of the year.
“This has been an amazing journey — and it has not been without its missteps," Ervolina said. "Together we’ve built a powerful engine for change and community impact in South Carolina.”
Ervolina began his work with the United Way in central Florida in 1995 as a way to fulfill ordination requirements for the Episcopal Church. "I wasn’t very qualified, “ he said. “But I made up for it with a passion to help ‘the least of these.’”
Under Ervolina's leadership, UWASC has secured millions of dollars in funding and rose to become the leading volunteer agency in the Palmetto State.
One of Ervolina's major accomplishments was the launch of South Carolina 2-1-1 Information and Referral call center in 2009. The project began as a regional initiative serving Columbia, Charleston and Aiken, and it now serves people all over the state, directing them to needed community and public services and resources. In 2015, the center took more than 3.5 million calls and emails.
The center now also encompasses a crisis and suicide prevention hotline.
During this past fall's heavy rains and flooding, Ervolina led UWASC volunteers in relief and assistance efforts, starting a statewide United Way Flood Recovery Fund that has, to date, raised more than $400,000 for United Ways affected by the weather incidents.
“United Way’s voice is clear and powerful at the State House," Ervolina said. "Elected officials from both parties listen to us, because they know our work is bipartisan, fair and truthful.”