Helping Out for June 19, 2013

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

Sea Island Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore will open a new donation drop-off lane at 9 a.m. Saturday at 3304 Maybank Highway on Johns Island. Staff and volunteers are available to assist moving donated items. Free pickup is available with scheduled appointments for bulkier items. Donations will be sold at the ReStore to raise funds to build Habitat homes in the area. For more information, call 843-559-4009 or email

Trident Literacy Association received a $10,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to support its literacy programs. The grant will help provide one-on-one, self-paced instruction to adults in the tri-county area who do not have a high school credential. This will help them improve their skills, earn a GED and WorkKeys Career Readiness certificates, and qualify for better jobs.

The Charleston Marriott Business Council is hosting a Family Fun Festival from 5 to 8 p.m. June 27 at Riverfront Park in North Charleston. Proceeds benefit MUSC Children’s Hospital Children’s Miracle Network. Tidal Jive will perform live music and there will be face painting, jump castles, food trucks and a dunk tank. Coolers, chairs and pets are permitted.

Pictured are Leigh Ann Garrett, events and publicity manager at the Center for Women, and Tina Whetzel, owner of CrossFit Mount Pleasant. (Photo/Provided)
Pictured are Leigh Ann Garrett, events and publicity manager at the Center for Women, and Tina Whetzel, owner of CrossFit Mount Pleasant. (Photo/Provided)

CrossFit Mount Pleasant donated $330 to the Center for Women. The fitness center donated half of all new, first-month memberships during March and April to the Center for Women. The donation was in celebration of CrossFit’s grand opening at a larger facility in Park West in Mount Pleasant.

Trident Literacy Association is kicking off its Mother-to-Mother Program on June 26. The program is funded by a $20,000 grant from Sisters of Charity Foundation of S.C. This year, the program will include 10 to 12 mothers. The program will focus on: academic instruction in basic literacy; GED preparation; WorkKeys Career Readiness and basic computer use; life skills and job survival skills; mentoring and counseling; parenting skills training; financial literacy; parent and child together activities; internship, employment and job shadowing opportunities; and collaborations with the Educational Opportunity Center to assist students in tuition resources and applications for higher education.

Mothers will spend about 20 hours a week on program activities. For more information, contact Mother-to-Mother Program Director Felicia Holland at 843-576-9109.

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