Helping Out highlights some of the many charitable events and activities going on in the Charleston area. Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Pictured are: Miss Summerville Catherine Fox; Amanda Lawrence, director of financial stability for Trident United Way; David Geer, executive director of Family Services Inc.; Robert Smith, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina; Christopher Kerrigan, president and CEO of Trident United Way; Summerville Mayor Bill Collins; Ann Elish, board chairwoman of Goodwill; Julie Kornahrens, director of Dorchester County Adult/Community Education; Jim Hughes, vice president of Mission Services for Goodwill; Leslie Thrasher of Sen. Lindsey Graham’s office; and Marie McLeod of the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce. (Photo/Provided)|
Palmetto Goodwill, Trident United Way and Family Services celebrated the opening of Summerville’s new Prosperity Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 28 at center, located at 222 Trolley Road inside the Goodwill retail store.
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center announced the availability of E-Donate, an online donation option at www.charleston.va.gov/giving.
The E-Donate option allows donors to select from a number of funds at the medical center. Additionally, the Department of Veterans Affairs administrative costs are appropriated, so donors can be sure 100% of their donations go to the funds they select and the veteran patients they are choosing to support. A minimum of $5 is required for online donation.
|Pictured from the left: Jimmy Bailey, founder, president and executive director of YEScarolina; Alyssa D'Orazio, MWV community relations specialist; Harriett Lee, development director of YEScarolina; and Becky Vaughan, MWV communications coordinator. (Photo/Provided)|
MeadWestvaco Corp. has awarded Youth Entrepreneurship South Carolina a $2,500 grant to increase support to its work in entrepreneurship education in the classroom. YEScarolina has influenced thousands across the state through its teacher training and mentoring programs, according to a news release.
|TD Charitable Foundation representative Dixon Woodward, left, presents Otha Meadows, president and CEO of the Charleston Trident Urban League, a $25,000 grant. (Photo/Provided)||TD Charitable Foundation representative Dixon Woodward awards Jenny Gilson, director of development with the American Heart Association, with a $9,000 grant. (Photo/Provided)|
TD Charitable Foundation presented the Charleston Trident Urban League a $25,000 grant for its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. The program will help low to moderate income individuals and families through free income tax preparation and understanding of tax credits to maximize deductions, while also providing financial literacy education to participants.
The foundation also awarded the American Heart Association with a $9,000 grant. The funds will be used to train 100 individuals in performing CPR especially for incidences of heart attack or stroke.
|Pictured, from left: Kevin Shildneck, president of Juris One; Michelle Mapp of Lowcountry Housing Trust; Garrett Brown, past president of Juris One; and Lad Howell, president of the Charleston County Bar Association. (Photo/Provided)|
The Charleston County Bar Association presented Juris One with a check for $500 in support of its annual Race Judicata. Juris One, the Charleston School of Law’s sports law and entertainment society, started hosting Race Judicata in 2007. In five years, 1,000 people have participated in this 5K race. Juris One has donated more than $40,000 to Lowcountry Housing Trust.
Lowcountry Housing Trust is a local nonprofit organization that aims to increase the availability of affordable housing and meet the fundamental needs of underserved neighborhoods.
The sixth annual Race Judicata is Aug. 31 in Hampton Park. To register or become a sponsor, visit www.charlestonracejudicata.com.
Manny’s Grills and Cafes in the Charleston area provided uniforms, books and school supplies to 10 children in Haiti. This also allowed young adults from Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Charleston to assist in counseling the children. For more on this effort, visit mannysgrills.com/blog.
The 11th annual First Day Festival will be 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 18 at Liberty Square at the South Carolina Aquarium and Charleston Maritime Center. Individuals and businesses interested in helping fill 6,000 backpacks with school supplies can organize a school supply drive. All supplies must be collected by Aug. 7. Learn more about what supplies are needed.