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Impact in the Era of COVID-19

The Riley Institute’s Planning and Evaluation Capacity Building Initiative (PECBI) empowers nonprofit organizations to foster a culture of organizational learning around data and evaluation. As community needs grow due to the pandemic, we’re asking our PECBI partners what they’ve learned as they’ve adapted their services in this challenging time. Their responses are part of our new Q&A series Impact in the Era of COVID-19.

Foothills Family Resources

In this first installment, we speak with Foothills Family Resources Executive Director Marilyn Neves.

The organization is the sole provider of resources in northern Greenville County to an underserved population beset by generational poverty, lack of transportation, high unemployment rates, and poor healthcare — issues all magnified by the pandemic.

Foothills Family Resources has been meeting a wide array of needs by providing rent and utility assistance, helping clients file for unemployment, and meeting nutritional needs through its food pantry. 

CommunityWorks Carolina

In the second installment of our Q&A series, Impact in the Era of COVID-19, we speak with Latorrie Geer, Chief Operations Officer at CommunityWorks Carolina.

The nonprofit financial organization committed to building a brighter future for underserved families and communities through equitable lending, investing, and financial education.


Palmetto Shared Services Alliance

In the third installment of our Q&A series, Impact in the Era of COVID-19, we speak with Leslie Latimer, Executive Director of Palmetto Shared Services Alliance.

The organization improves the quality of South Carolina Early Care and Education (ECE) professionals and environments through a system of online and on-site supports.


The Center for Community Services

In the fourth installment of our Q&A series, Impact in the Era of COVID-19, we speak with Andrew Ross, Executive Director of the Center for Community Services (CCS).

The Center for Community Services is a collection of nonprofits working together to ensure that people have the tools needed to reach self-sufficiency. We recognize the barriers people in poverty face are numerous and layered, so we offer a variety of programming to meet people wherever they are on their journey.