We don't have to go far from Furman's campus to be reminded that poverty is not a distant problem. Poverty is a major issue right here in Greenville. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that in 2010, 15.4% of Greenville County residents were living in poverty. The rate of children in poverty was even higher: 21.0% of children in Greenville County were living in poverty.

Read more about theĀ  U.S. Census Bureau's findings about Greenville.

Poverty is a huge, complex problem, and it requires multi-faceted solutions. Fortunately, many agencies in Greenville are working to alleviate the problem of poverty, tackling different dimensions of the issue. The list below includes some of the programs at work in Greenville County, organized by type of assistance. See where your gifts and interests can help to address poverty in our community.

Adult Education and Employment Training


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