Uniting for Change Luncheon Recognizes Challenges, Offers Inspiration

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 30, 2018) – On April 19th, Dr. Kathryn Edin, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, addressed a sold-out crowd of 540 people at United Ministries’ Uniting for Change Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency downtown. The purpose of the luncheon was to elevate the conversation about poverty and charity in Greenville.

Edin is one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers, working in the domains of welfare and low-wage work, family life, and neighborhood contexts, through direct, in-depth observations of the lives of low-income populations.  She has authored eight books and some 60 journal articles.  She presented research and observations from her book $2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, as well as data specific to South Carolina.


Councilman Ennis Fant brought greetings from the County of Greenville with an inspiring message recognizing current challenges and achievements.

At the conclusion of the event, United Ministries’ Executive Director Tony McDade announced a matching gift challenge of $20,000, and attendees met the challenge, donating $22,602.  The event grossed $90,000 with all proceeds benefiting United Ministries’ integrated services in education and employment, crisis assistance, and homeless services.

United Ministries announced the keynote speaker for April 25, 2019: Father Greg Boyle, author of Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.Attendees to the 2018 Uniting for Change Luncheon will receive early access to ticket sales.

The 2018 Uniting for Change Luncheon was presented by Buncombe Street United Methodist Church.  Change-maker Sponsors were Dority & Manning, Greenville Health System, Michelin, The Greenville News, and Grace Outdoors.  Table Sponsors were Reynolds Investment Management, TD Bank, CRH Properties, Community Foundation of Greenville, United Community Bank, Clemson University Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice, Furman University, Spinx, StayMobile, Just Faith at Christ Church, Just Faith at St. Peter’s Episcopal, Harper Corporation, Greenville Technical College, KeenanSuggs/Hub International, Broadstreet Partners, JustFaith Greenville, Smoak PR, and Greenville Business Magazine.  Advertising Sponsor was Community Journals.

About United Ministries
Located in downtown Greenville’s West End, United Ministries has been working for 48 years to give everyone the opportunity to participate in the prosperity of our community.  Originally established by local congregations to meet the crisis needs of people living in poverty, the agency has evolved to focus on developing the potential each family possesses to become self-sufficient – and even to thrive.  The agency’s integrated service model discourages dependency on charity and promotes the dignity of work.  For more information on United Ministries please visit United-Ministries.org or call 864-335-2614.

More event photos here.