It's hard to believe there are people all around us struggling to afford basic life necessities, maybe even our neighbors. Some we can help by giving to their need, and some we can help by educating them on how to spend and invest wisely.
That is why the United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties had its second Financial Fair the week of March 17. Taking part of United Way's Financial Stability Initiative, the local banks and credit unions came together for our community. They hosted tables filled with information for more than 100 people to learn how to save, build credit and get loans. The Financial Fair was in conjunction with United Way's VITA program, an IRS-certified free tax service that serves hundreds in our area each year. 
We had a couple of fair participants who followed through to open up new accounts, several clients told us they learned something new and many told us how much they appreciated the effort of personalization.
Thanks to Park Sterling Bank, First Citizens Bank, Neighbors United Credit Union, Countybank, Palmetto Bank, Wells Fargo, Woodforest National Bank, Greenwood Municipal Federal Credit Union, Area Agency on Aging/Upper Savannah Council of Governments for their help.

Lindsay Tyner
Greenwood