Upstate organizations partner to end poverty

Circles USA hosts a meeting in Greenville (February 20, 2018/FOX Carolina)

Multiple Upstate organizations are partnering to end poverty.

Circles USA held a meeting at St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Greenville on Tuesday. Circle USA is a nationwide organization that helps families get and stay out of poverty.

Leaders of the Greenville Chapter are trying to expand and help more people in the Upstate community. Their goal is to reduce the number of South Carolina children living in poverty by 10% over the next 10 years. Circle USA reports more than 250,000 children in the state are currently living in poverty.

"We want to get at least five thousand children out of poverty in Greenville County and if we do that, we believe that it will turn the entire way that people see poverty upside down and more kids will get out of poverty," explained Scott Miller, the Founder & CEO of Circles USA.

Miller said Tuesday's meeting was the first step in achieving their ultimate goal. Community organizations will now develop a plan that fits the specific needs of the Greenville community and then decide how to effectively implement that plan.

The organization partners members with volunteers from the community to help them achieve their goals, according to the Circles Greenville County website.

The Greenville County chapter meets every Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Buncombe Street United Methodist Church (200 Buncombe Street, Greenville, SC)

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