Human Services Collaborative

At the Bunnelle Foundation, we have learned that encouraging partnership realizes huge benefits for our community. We are proud to support the Human Services Collaborative, a partnership that addresses basic human needs, economic vitality, and the root causes of poverty, three of Mrs. Bunnelle’s chief concerns. Their work benefits members of our community who need a hand up. Issues they tackle include health care, food insecurity, housing, personal finance skills, and career coaching. The Bunnelle Foundation supported the steering committee members of this collaborative for six years with general operating support to kick-start their work and firmly establish the group as a community strength. 

The Human Services Collaborative (HSC) is a group of nonprofit agencies that work with Georgetown County residents, businesses, civic and philanthropic organizations who recognize that the quality of life is driven by more than household income. Quality of life is reliant on hope, empowerment, social connection, family, faith and more.

The HSC believes everyone should have an opportunity to succeed. We are currently working to improve access to healthcare, increase availability of safe and affordable housing, improve our area’s ability to recover from disasters and increase opportunities to achieve financial stability. We will accomplish these tasks while ensuring that a safety net exists to meet basic human needs.

HSC Purpose

  • To be a voice for the populations we serve in communicating community needs
  • To identify and communicate human service resources available to serve those populations
  • To facilitate collaboration between various agencies to most effectively deploy resources to meet human service needs, especially in those areas where services gaps are identified

In 2010, over 50 nonprofit and government agencies came together to discuss how to improve delivery of human services in Georgetown County. Their goal was lofty – these agencies wanted to organize in a collaborative way that would truly transform clients’ lives from dependence on “the system” to self-sufficiency. These initial discussions and meetings led to the formation of the Human Services Collaborative (HSC).

From the beginning, active members experienced “quick wins” from the new level of collaboration. Members have particularly valued:

  • Being “in the know” about new and existing resources available in the community
  • Better coordination of existing services to avoid duplication and increase efficiency
  • Improved ability to respond to urgent client needs
  • Committees formed to concentrate efforts in agreed-upon focus areas.

Currently, the HSC has focused efforts in three areas

  • Career Readiness and Development
  • Health and Food Insecurity
  • Housing and Disaster Resilience


Current Steering Committee Members:


Charlie Ball, Friendship Place

Kelly Kaminski, Tidelands Community Care Network

Anne Faul, Smith Medical Clinic

Michele Borbely, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Charleston

Yolanda McCray, Black River United Way

Barbara Miller, Lowcountry Food Bank

Laura Gassler, Habitat for Humanity

Lt. Joshua Smith, Salvation Army

Brendon Barber, Helping Hands of Georgetown

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