The United Thank Offering (UTO) of the Episcopal Church recently awarded Voorhees
College $73,700 to assist with the Voorhees College Campus Community Initiative (VCCCI).
The VCCCI is a two-part project that allows Voorhees to meet the needs of students and community by providing access to education and wellness limited in rural South Carolina. The institution will renovate a building to serve as an admissions center and will create a wellness and fitness complex.
The United Thank Offering is a ministry of The Episcopal Church that promotes thankfulness and service in the Church. Known worldwide as UTO, the United Thank Offering grants are awarded on an annual basis for projects that address human needs and help alleviate poverty, both domestically and internationally in The Episcopal Church.
The focus of the 2019 granting process was “Go: Crossing boundaries created by race, culture, and economics to create communities that listen deeply and learn to live like Jesus.” This year, the UTO Board received more than 75 applications and was able to fund grants for 33 projects.
Voorhees College President W. Franklin Evans said Voorhees would not have reached as many heights as it has without the support of the Episcopal Church. “It is an honor and a blessing to receive this financial assistance to rebuild the campus and the Denmark community. This partnership is strong and built on faith, Evans said. “With God in control, the boundaries will be limitless on continuing to make Voorhees a premier liberal arts institution,” Evans said.
Voorhees and Saint Augustine’s are the only Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that supported by the Episcopal Church.