Leveraging community resources and creating local partnerships supports real change and enrichment opportunities by broadening the experiences and services offered to local non-profits, community organizations and residents. By better aligning communities with each other, government offices and by utilizing all available resources we can help communities advance;- and provide well needed services to address many socio-economic disparities.
We encourage all members of the community and throughout Richland County and the state of South Carolina to get involved. If you have knowledge of community centered programs that connect families, children;- and even small businesses, please send us an email
We encourage organizations across all of Richland County to Join the Leadership Advisory Board. Our LAB will use a combination of resources and information; including trainings, workshops and business incubation, grants and other funding opportunities to best serve the needs of struggling communities. Make your voice heard, grow your community. If you are interested send us an email today.
Volunteers are needed to pack and/or deliver meals between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m., Monday through Friday. Meal distribution sites are located at:
Senior Resources main office, 2817 Millwood Ave., Columbia, SC 29205. Packing hours are 8:30-10:30 a.m. Pickup for delivery is from 10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1715 Broad River Rd., Columbia, SC 29210. Packing hours are 9-10:00 a.m. Pickup for delivery is 10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.
Spring Valley Presbyterian Church, 125 Sparkleberry Lane, Columbia, SC 29229. Packing hours are 9-10:00 a.m. Pickup for delivery is 10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.
We welcome one-time volunteers, volunteers who want to deliver on a weekly or monthly basis, and families who want to volunteer together. Substitute delivery volunteers are also needed to replace regular volunteers.
Local businesses are also welcome to “adopt” a delivery route to share among employees, or to organize a one-day delivery “blitz” to provide a break to our regular volunteers.
in 2022 the BRBA is introducing a program called "Richland Fresh" to provide healthy and nutritious food across 4 areas of Richland County that currently have USDA "Food Desert" designation. For years elected officials and community leaders have struggled to find solutions to address the food crisis found in many of our neighborhoods. The BRBA has worked with corporations from the grocery industry both small and large since 2019 negotiating plans to repurpose mixed used and vacant buildings to implement grocery outlets or similar operations. This is no small task and can be a mix of complications that are not favorable to the residents that desire to have them, in large part due to perimeters set by the national economy.
Our agency has begun thinking outside of the box and working with leaders across America including the city of Atlanta, Philadelphia, Baltimore and North Carolina on projects that have been largely success in similar communities. We are proud to announce that the program is well underway and we have already begun acquiring the needed materials including up-cycled or repurposed shipping containers and solar energy components. We will create food cooperatives in key areas to use as flagship operations to grow and expand the program that will provide much needed fresh and healthy food to 1,000 households each week. We have secured the support of many private stakeholders and with the help of residents, and even some government officials we have been able to see all of our acquisitions through. We are currently in what we call the planting phase; pending zoning plans and redistricting efforts at Richland County as well as a public/private land use authorization. We appreciate your continued support and contributions from people like you that help us continue the work that is so important in all our communities.