NEWS AND EVENTS
Help support UCP
This event is a great way to spend time with family and friends, and support a great cause!
Lets help UCP sell the most tickets so they can win the biggest donation prize from the Fireflies!!
Plus its $2 Tuesday, which means all sodas, hotdogs and popcorn are just $2 each!!
Ticket orders are due by August 1st!!
Let us know if you have any questions and we will be happy to help!
Hello Spring 2021! As things begin to open back up we are hoping to see some of our favorite non-profits/charities hosting funraisers & volunteer events again soon! You can always donate locally through midlands gives, the USO South Carolina, and now in person to many great local charities. Keep checking back for new postings.
United Cerebral Palsy
2017 Corporate Champion
We would like to congratulate Don Moore and the MQB team for receiving the UCP 2017 Corporate Champion of the Year Award.
It means a lot to all of us to help support UCP and their "Life without Limits" mission.
To learn more about UCP and their mission visit
Moore Quality Builders is happy to introduce our newest endeavor Magpies
Unique Antiques , Re-purposed & Hand Crafted Decor
We finally did what our clients have been asking us for! We have extended our talents and creativity into up-cycling, re-purposing and creating new life and design for vintage items. We now offer some of these items for sale
For more information go to the new "magpies" button above.
Local Businessman dedicates time to service members
Wed. March 1, 2016
We would like to wish our daughter, Megan, a safe journey as she leaves South Carolina to Start a new job with the USO.
Megan will be working at Bagram Airforce Base in Afghanistan for the next year. Everyone in the Moore Quality Builder's family is proud of you and we all wish you a safe return!
USO South Carolina:
Thanks to the Armed Forces Families Foundation, Moore Quality Builders, VALSPAR, Solid Surfaces Inc. & The Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) for making our renovations possible!
Sept. 2013- Camp McCrady USO Renovation
Moore Quality Builders was honored to once again help the USO South Carolina with the renovations to the
Day Room at Camp McCrady!
We hope everyone enjoys the new theater seating &
Flooring in the Day Room!
Thank you also to Armed Forces Families Foundation for their
continued support of the USO South Carolina!
June 9, 2013
Putting Guard members back to work
S.C. Guard’s Employment Services has significantly dropped unemployment rate among those who served
By JEFF WILKINSON
Donnie Moore, owner of Moore Quality Builders, watches S.C. National Guard soldier Johnathan LeBlanc line up a piece of molding to cut. LeBlanc found the job through a new Guard program.
LeBlanc takes down a ceiling fan. The program has cut unemployment among Guard members from 16 percent to 4.7 percent in two years.
When Sgt. Johnathan LeBlanc of South Congaree, an S.C. Army National Guard helicopter repairman, returned from a 12-month deployment to Iraq last year, he thought he could find similar civilian work here. He thought wrong.
A year later, after he exhausted his unemployment benefits, he realized that finding any job that didn’t require him to move from the state was going to be a challenge.
But LeBlanc was able to find work last week doing home repair for a company that appreciates his six years of service in the Army with the help of an innovative new S.C. Guard employment program that has dropped the jobless rate for its soldiers and airmen to 4.7 percent from 16 percent in just two years. Statewide, the unemployment rate among all residents is 8 percent, down from 10.5 percent two years ago.
“I was being a little too stubborn and wanted to find exactly what I wanted in a job, and of course that didn’t exist,” said the 23-year-old LeBlanc, a Windsor native who joined the Guard at age 17 and plans to stay in the service. “I didn’t really know how to communicate with civilians and didn’t know about finding a civilian job. They put everything in
“They” are case workers in the Guard’s Employment Services program. Since the program’s inception two years ago, the unemployment rate among the state’s 9,000 or so part-time soldiers and airmen had been as low as 3.7 percent, before the recent return of two large guard units from Afghanistan and Kosovo.
“That’s about full employment when you consider people moving around,” said Maj. Gen. Robert Livingston Jr., the state’s adjutant general and Guard commander.
The employment program was developed as an outgrowth of efforts to reduce suicides, divorce rates, drug and alcohol addictions and other problems among Guard members, said Col. Ronald Tay-lor, director of the S.C. Guard’s Service Member and Family Care programs. Often the common denominator in those concerns was unemployment.
So Livingston, Taylor and their team, which included input from civilian employers, built a program around one of the basic tenets of business — building relationships.
They appointed seven case workers for the new program — that’s one for each Congressional district because the Guard has service members and armories statewide. The case workers, located within regional offices of the S.C. Department Employment and Workforce, began reaching out to potential new employers and Taylor and Livingston began making other businesspeople aware of the program through Rotary Clubs and other speaking opportunities.
At the same time, the Guard intensified workshops to train returning service members in how to find a civilian job – be it interviewing, dressing or preparing a resume.
“But the case worker piece is the key,” Taylor said.
Prior to the program, employers who wanted to hire might not have been aware of qualified Guard employees, and vice versa.
“It was just a matter of matching them up,” Livingston said.
One of those employers was Donnie Moore, owner of Moore Quality Builders in Lexington. He has volunteered to build and remodel (for free) the USOs at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport and the Guard’s McCrady Training Center at Fort Jackson.
“What these guys do for me everyday (through their military service) allows me to do what I do every day,” he said. “So to give up a little money for that is an easy decision.”
Moore is also Sgt. Le-Blanc’s new boss. He said he liked giving LeBlanc an opportunity because of the discipline instilled in service members.
“When these guys come back, they need an opportunity and are ready to go to work,” he said. “They’re disciplined. They are on time. They’ve followed rules their whole professional lives. They are prepared. And they are good communicators.”
Taylor said the Guard is continuing to try to identify more employers as the war in Afghanistan is winding down and the 600 or so Guard members still there begin to cycle home. They also would like to open the program to other veterans who have recently left active duty.
“It’s uniform people helping uniform people,” Livingston said. “That’s what makes this program different.”