Tis the Season

4 Ways to Give this Season

Number 1.       Giving Tuesday Donations


Today is the day, in the heart of the holiday season, a day set aside to allow each of us to be a part of making a difference in the lives of others.

Your financial gift can help someone who has a mental illness feel valued, accepted, proud to go to work, and be able to overcome the barriers created by having a mental illness. The desire to become employed empowers individuals to succeed in their recovery and personal goals.

Your donations assist us in Changing People’s Lives through employment. We invite all of you to join us in donating to Work In Progress. Work In Progress is a  501 c 3 Organization dedicated to serving individuals living in Richland and Lexington Counties with recovery from the barriers of mental illness by providing employment services and supports.

 We appreciate your desire to help.

Click on the donate button below to make a secure online donation.

Or you can mail a check to our mailing address:

1111 Belleview St.  Suite 101, Columbia, SC 29201

803- 758-0066

We thank you for your kind and generous support.

Please share this request with others who would understand the barriers of having a mental illness and the restoration of hope achieved through employment !

Thank you for your donation!

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Number 2.    Target Circle Shop and Vote


Earn votes to help direct where Target gives in your community*.

Every time you check out, you can earn one vote to help direct where Target gives in your community.

Earn votes in store by entering your phone number at checkout, or have a Team Member scan your Wallet barcode in the Target app when you check out.

You can also earn up to 7 days after making a purchase by entering your receipt number on Target.com/circle, or scanning the receipt barcode using the Target app. If you’re shopping on Target.com, just sign in to your account and your vote(s) will be added after checkout.

Track and cast your votes for the participating nonprofit(s) of your choosing on your dashboard on Target.com/circle.

*Restrictions apply. For full terms see Target Circle™ Terms & Conditions.

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Number 3.   Amazon Smile Donations


This holiday season – Shop through Amazon Smiles to create jobs through Work In Progress

Work In Progress is a member of AmazonSmile -a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you.
Share this link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/57-0946855 and tell your family, employees, and friends that  Amazon will give a portion of their purchase  to benefit the individuals served through Work In Progress Inc.

Thank you – we hope you have a safe and happy holiday season.

Click here for the Amazon Smile Program

Number 4. Kroger Rewards Program


To Use the Kroger Community Rewards Program:
Simply  visit http://www.kroger.com/signin?redirectUrl=/account/communityrewards 

Once logged into your Kroger account you can search for Work In Progress Inc either by name or MR257 and then click Enroll. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a rewards card.
You must have a registered Kroger rewards card account to link to Work In Progress. If you do not yet have a Kroger rewards card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger

Please share this request with others who would understand the barriers of having a mental illness and the restoration of hope achieved through employment !

Thank you for your donation!







As the holiday season comes upon us, Work In Progress has so much to be grateful for. Cooking the holiday meals and decorating for all the special occasions can easily take up all your time but we would like to challenge you to not forget what Work In Progress is all about.

Don’t forget that many people are looking for work so they can too enjoy their holidays and provide for themselves and their loved ones.

On Tuesday, December 3, Work In Progress is participating in #GIVINGTUESDAY

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their world.

Starting with GivingTuesday and continuing throughout December, we at Work In Progress ask that you join us as we count the many ways in which your donations have allowed us to help individuals struggling with mental illness find their way into employment and a successful future.


Equal Employment for All





Building an inclusive workplace

An inclusive business promotes equal employment opportunities for all individuals. That includes recruiting, hiring, retaining and promoting individuals with disabilities. 

There are so many ways that your business can start building a diverse and inclusive workplace.

You can hire someone with a disability and, in doing so, help your business thrive.

Here are some ways to get started…

Establish internal policies that prioritize hiring people with disabilities.


Ensure job announcements posted on job boards and on social/professional networking sites are in accessible formats.


Indicate that qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply and that accommodations will be provided.


Confirm that interview locations are physically accessible.


Develop orientation and onboarding programs, career development programs, mentoring programs and employee resource groups for individuals with disabilities.


Get a further and more in depth look at the details:

Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People with Disabilities



Thanks and credits to SC ABLE and Hire Me SC

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Sources for this information include the following places: the 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium and the United States Department of Labor, Community Rehabilitation Programs List.


Target Circle Donation Opportunity


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Dear Work In Progress Family,

We are honored and excited to announce that we have been chosen to participate in a special charitable giving campaign, sponsored and funded by Target. And you have the chance to help direct a portion of Target’s donation to us!

Now through January 5th, vote for us through the Target Circle program to help determine how Target’s donation will be divvied up. Find out more about Target Circle here: www.target.com/circle

We’re asking our supporters to help us make the most of this incredible opportunity. Every vote counts to help us receive a portion of the available Target funds as we continue our mission to create more life opportunities for individuals with a mental illness by providing qualified candidates to the local job market, referring people who have experienced mental illness or emotional problems to the appropriate opportunity.

Don’t forget, as you earn more votes, you can keep voting multiple times during the campaign!

Thank you for your support, and we encourage you to share your support for us (and your thanks to Target) on social media throughout the duration of the voting!

Amy Jolly

USC Bringing Awareness of Mental Health



One Gamecock family has turned a tragedy into an opportunity to help raise awareness for mental health for student athletes.

Ryan Hilinski is the freshman starting quarterback for the South Carolina Gamecocks.  His two brothers, Kelly and Tyler also played college football.

January 2018, Ryan’s brother Tyler took his own life.  No one saw it coming.

The Hilinski family started an organization dedicated to providing resources for mental wellness for student athletes. It’s called Hilinski’s Hope.

Over the past weekend, the Hilinski family overheard people talking about an idea to bring more awareness to mental health and athletes when South Carolina takes on Alabama this Saturday.

“The idea was in order to sort of draw attention to mental health in sports, the entire stadium would stand and hold three fingers in the air at the beginning of the Third Quarter in solidarity that we’re here for each other. That we recognize this problem isn’t going away,” said Mark Hilinski.

September is Suicide Prevention Month

The National Suicide Prevention Line is 1-800-273-8255

WLTX19 Article