Helping Out for Jan. 30, 2013

Helping Out highlights some of the many charitable events and activities going on in the Charleston area. Submissions should be sent to

The 29th annual Rotary Club of Mount Pleasant Soccer Classic is Feb. 9 at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island. Gates open at 9 a.m. with matches from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. This is the Rotary Club’s major fundraiser for the year with proceeds used to support several local scholarships to high school seniors and adults for continuing education, as well as local charities. Cost is $4 for adults; free for children. The event features 30-minute exhibition games played by both boys' and girls' varsity and JV soccer teams from high schools in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties. There also will be activities for children.

Water Missions International has launched the Educators' Think Tank, which aims to educate today's youth about the global water crisis. The think tank includes 10 current and former teachers, administrators and staff from around the country with expertise in teaching and best practices for integrating new curriculum. 

Over the past year, the think tank has been working to develop a lesson plan, called Lessons in a Bucket, focused on teaching children from kindergarten through sixth grade about the importance of safe water worldwide.

Piloted last spring in 10 Charleston-area schools, the program officially launched this year and will be part of the curriculum in 29 schools. Additionally, education professors at the College of Charleston, Trident Technical College and Charleston Southern University are using the program to further awareness about the global water crisis.

For more information, email Brittany Fogle at

The third annual Shuckin’ for Shelter Oyster Roast is set for 3 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Crowfield Golf Club in Goose Creek. The event is an annual fundraiser supporting Carolina Youth Development Center’s Callen-Lacey Center for Children in Berkeley County. 

Sticky Fingers will provide all-you-can-eat oysters, barbecue and more. The event will also feature music and entertainment. Advance tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under 6. Purchase tickets online at or at the door for $25.

Callen-Lacey Center for Children is an emergency shelter in Berkeley County, providing shelter and support for children from the tri-county area and across the state. 

The Charitable Society of Charleston will hold its annual oyster roast at the Bus Shed in downtown Charleston from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. All proceeds will be donated to Louie's Kids. Cost is $25 in advance at or $35 at the door. The ticket includes oysters, hot dogs and beer.

Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina has partnered with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance to provide free tax help to low and moderate income people who need help preparing their tax returns.

The assistance is available at Goodwill’s Community Service Center, 2150 Eagle Drive in North Charleston, by appointment only to individuals with an income of $49,000 and below. Individuals who qualify can schedule an appointment by calling 843-566-0072.

The volunteers receive IRS training and are certified to help prepare basic tax returns. Volunteers may help with special credits, such as earned income tax credit, child tax credit and credit for the elderly or disabled. For more information about the program, visit

Parents Anonymous of South Carolina recently received a grant from Berkeley Electric Trust. The grant will fund peer support groups for parents and caregivers, specifically foster parents and grandparents, in Berkeley County for the year.

The support groups meet weekly for parents and caregivers to share any challenges they may be facing at home. Trained group facilitators lead the meetings along with a “parent leader” to encourage dialogue and support among the group members. Group facilitators are identified as individuals who know their community well. They can be social workers, staff members of schools, psychologists or church leaders. Anyone interested in becoming a trained group facilitator can call Parents Anonymous at 843-747-0480.

Halos and the Charleston Jewish Federation will present a night of a cappella with the Duke Pitchforks and the Charleston School of the Arts Singers at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St. in Charleston.

The Pitchforks of Duke University is an all-male a cappella group comprised of undergraduates, graduates and faculty members. Its most recent album, All In, has been awarded runner-up for Best Male Collegiate Album as well as winner of Best Male Collegiate Song and Best Male Collegiate Arrangement for its hit single, Fireflies.

Tickets are $10 for students, $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Purchase tickets online at Tickets may also be purchased at the Jewish Community Center or at the door.

Charleston-area residents between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer can enroll in the American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Study-3 through Friday. Enrollment times are available today and Thursday at seven sites across the Charleston area. For more information, visit or call 888-604-5888.

The study will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. Researchers will use data from the study to build on evidence from a series of American Cancer Society studies that began in the 1950s that collectively have involved millions of volunteer participants.

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