Helping Out highlights some of the many charitable events and activities going on in the Charleston area. Submissions should be sent to email@example.com.
HALOS is hosting an oyster roast from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Cottage on the Creek on Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant with oysters, wine, beer, jambalaya and sweets, plus kid-friendly food and drinks. Enjoy games, live music and prizes. Tickets are $25 each; free for ages 10 and under. Purchase tickets online or at the door.
Trident Literacy Association has announced its first Families Learning Together literacy program funded by the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. The program is designed to help parents and caregivers of children ages 2 to 5 without a high school credential the opportunity to pursue their GED while their child is provided with preschool instruction.
The program is being offered free of charge to families with preschool-aged children and an adult in need of his or her GED. Classes will be held at Celebration Station located on Reynolds Avenue in North Charleston. To sign up, contact Sandra Fraser at 843-576-9136.
Pam Hartley, left, and Michelle Scarafile are founders of the Charleston Basket Brigade, which helps feed needy families in the Lowcountry. (Photo/Provided)
Anderson Insurance Associates is hosting a Twitter photo contest, called Driven to do Good. Participants are asked to take a picture of themselves or someone they know doing some form of community service and tweet it to @AIASC with the hashtag #driventodogood. Acceptable forms of community service include, but are not limited to, picking up trash on the beach, cleaning up a local park, donating to a local charity, or simply helping an elderly woman cross the street. Winners will be announced Oct. 1. Those participants who submit the best photos will receive a $25 gas card.
Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Association, Charleston Local Chapter 6, is hosting the fourth annual EOD Charity Golf Tournament Oct. 6 at the Shadowmoss Golf Plantation in Charleston. The association provides funds to the Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation and the EOD Memorial Foundation, which provides legacy educational scholarships to children and spouses of fallen service members. For more information or to participate, contact Tuck LeBree at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Openings are available for the fall weekend at Shannon Hope, a camp for children who have experienced the death of a loved one. (Photo/Provided)
Camper openings are available for the Oct. 6-7 Shannon’s Hope, a therapeutic weekend camp for children ages 6 to 15 who have experienced the death of a loved one in the past three to 24 months. This camp is an initiative of Hospice of Charleston Foundation in collaboration with Hospice Care of America, the Medical University of South Carolina and Roper Hospice. Shannon’s Hope campers are encouraged to speak openly about issues of death and grief. The experience is structured to teach the children that feelings such as sadness, fear, anger and desperation are all normal aspects of the grieving process.
The camp is facilitated by professional counselors, and trained volunteer buddies provide compassionate individual support to the children. Shannon’s Hope is held twice a year at Camp St. Christopher on Seabrook Island. A fee of $35 is requested; however, scholarships are available based on financial need. Transportation to and from camp is available. For more information, contact Kathy Berry at Hospice of Charleston Foundation at 843-216-7323.
Local law firm RPWB continues its “10 Months of Giving” charitable campaign Wednesday by presenting a $5,000 check to Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding Inc. The nonprofit helps individuals with disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, and vision and hearing impairments, through sensory, cognitive and emotional stimulation from equine activities and therapies that facilitate mobility, socialization and independence.
During the campaign, RPWB has donated $5,000 each month from January through September to a local charity. In October, the community can vote online for which charity, of the nine previous recipients, they would like to receive an additional $10,000 from RPWB. Voting will begin on RPWB’s 10 Months of Giving Facebook page Oct. 1.
Roper St. Francis Cancer Care will host its sixth annual Ladies Night Out from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 16 in the lobby of Roper Hospital in downtown Charleston. The evening will include screenings and clinical breast exams, as well as other women’s health information, refreshments and giveaways.
Examinations are free but spots fill up quickly. To register, call 843-402-CARE. Both women and men are welcome to attend the screening. To be eligible for a free breast exam, individuals must be at least 20 years old and not have had a clinical breast exam during the past 12 months. Mammogram assistance will also be available for qualified participants through a grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Also, show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by getting a pink hair extension at Ladies Night Out or at any of the following locations and times: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 1 at The Healing Boutique, 2085 Henry Tecklenburg Drive; 5 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Bon Secours St. Francis, 2085 Henry Tecklenburg Drive; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 2 at Roper Hospital Radiation Oncology, 316 Calhoun St.; 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 8 at Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital, 3500 Highway 17 North; and 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 16 at Roper Hospital, Ladies Night Out, 316 Calhoun St.
The Healing Boutique at the Roper St. Francis Cancer Center, on the campus of Bon Secours St. Francis, will provide and position the extensions for $7. All proceeds will benefit Roper St. Francis Cancer Care programs.
Palmetto Palace kicks off its second annual Hospitality Day Nov. 3 with 300 free lunches for families of critically ill patients hospitalized at Roper St. Francis Healthcare hospitals, East Cooper Medical, Ralph Johnson VA Medical Center and Trident Health System.
Students from the College of Charleston Hospitality and Tourism department and volunteers from Palmetto Palace will gather at 11 a.m. in the Opal Room of the Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Blvd. in downtown Charleston to pack the lunches.
The Hospitality Day is a precursor to the organization’s main fundraising event, The Palmetto Palace Gala, at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Elks Lodge, 1113 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.
Redeemer Presbyterian Church has five weeks left to complete its campaign for $1.6 million to purchase St. Andrew's Church on Wentworth Street and keep it from being sold for residential and business use. The young congregation, currently leasing the 1838 church, was given until Oct. 31 to match a private offer for the building.
Redeemer’s goals are to continue its downtown ministry and preserve the pre-Civil War church. Church members have been raising money, and at a private reception Thursday will announce how much money is still needed. Contributions can be made to Preservation Society of Charleston, Holy City Fund, P.O. Box 521, Charleston, S.C. 29402 or online at www.HolyCityCharleston.org.
Pinewood Preparatory eighth-grader Katie Stagliano, founder and chief executive gardener of Katie’s Krops, was one of six recipients of the Clinton Global Citizen Awards presented by Bill Clinton at a recent ceremony in New York. The award recognizes individuals from various sectors who demonstrate visionary leadership in addressing global challenges. Stagliano received her award from actor and activist Matt Damon.
Katie’s Krops is a nonprofit organization that starts and maintains vegetable gardens and donates the harvest to help feed people in need, while also inspiring and helping others to do the same. Katie’s Krops currently maintains 51 kid-run vegetable gardens in 21 states, which are producing thousands of pounds of healthy food for families in need. Using her harvest, Stagliano also runs a soup kitchen to provide healthy meals to those in need. She sits on the Youth Advisory Board for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and is a Global Teen Leader for the We Are Family Foundation.
Dressbarn will host a special Teacher Appreciation event Oct. 6. Teachers will receive an exclusive 20% discount off their entire purchase of regular-priced merchandise. In addition, teachers who visit a dressbarn store during the event will receive fashion tips and personalized service. Locally, dressbarn is located in Summerville and North Charleston.
Barnes & Noble and the Charleston Museum are hosting an American Girl event and fundraiser at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Barnes & Noble in West Ashley. Children can participate in crafts and activities involving their favorite American Girl dolls and register to win the newest American Girl doll — Caroline Abbott. A portion of any sales made during the event will be donated to the Charleston Museum. The event is free. Reservations are recommended; call 843-722-2996, ext. 236.