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.
September has been designated Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and local nonprofit Chase After a Cure is inviting answers to the question: “How has cancer impacted you?” Children and teenagers can either draw a picture or write a short paragraph explaining the impact of cancer on their lives, either personally or via a family member or friend.
Submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org during September. For each entry, children will receive a coupon from Sweet CeCe’s Frozen Yogurt.
Since its founding in 2009, Chase After a Cure has raised $425,000 for research into neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer, at the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital.
East Cooper Meals on Wheels is hosting a Driving Away Hunger annual golf classic on Sept. 17 at RiverTowne Country Club in Mount Pleasant. Individuals and teams will enjoy lunch from Raising Cane’s, dinner from Outback Steakhouse, complimentary beverages, a performance golf shirt and contests. Hole-in-one prizes include a McElveen Chevrolet, a custom golf cart, cash and a boat. Registration is $250 per person. For more information or to sign up, visit www.ecmow.org/golf.
The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission is seeking volunteers to work at park special events and activities this fall. Volunteers who complete 30 hours of service this year can earn an ID that grants access to park facilities and select Charleston attractions.
Volunteers are being recruited for a variety of events and duties at the Holiday Festival of Lights, Harvest Festival, Latin American Festival, youth sports, Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon and rUNdead Charleston.
Celebrate the first year of the ReThink Series hosted each month by The Sustainability Institute. The next event is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at Mixson Bath & Racquet Club, 750 Ave. B North in North Charleston. Enjoy food from Basico, craft beer from Allagash Brewing Co. and games of bocce and racquetball plus a tour of the club. The event is free for members of The Sustainability Institute and $15 for nonmembers. Space is limited; register online.
ISHPI is sponsoring the annual Reach Program Scholarship Gala, which provides scholarship opportunities for students enrolled at the College of Charleston in the Reach Program. This program provides students with an intellectual disability a chance to attend college. The gala is Sept. 27 at the Daniel Island Club and features live and silent auctions with items ranging from golf passes at the acclaimed TPC Sawgrass course in Florida to tickets to Disney World. Gala tickets are $100; purchase by calling the Reach Program at 843-953-4849. ISHPI founder Noah Leask and his wife, Lisa Leask, have been involved with the Reach Scholarship Gala for three years and are part of the committee responsible for putting together the annual gala.
The annual Best of Summer Cystic Fibrosis Benefit is 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Air & Earth, 1313 Long Grove Drive in Mount Pleasant. Last year more than 400 people attended the event, raising $15,000 for cystic fibrosis. Air & Earth is also celebrating its 10th anniversary. New business Palm Head Boards is donating several paddle boards and surf boards as prizes. Admission is free; purchase $5 tickets for a chance to win prizes. For more information, visit http://facebook.com/BestOfSummer.
North Charleston Mayor Pro Tem Rhonda Jerome (from left); Leslie Thrasher from Sen. Lindsey Graham’s office; and Goodwill President and CEO Robert Smith cut the ribbon on Goodwill's new Clearance Center in North Charleston. (Photo/provided)
Palmetto Goodwill celebrated the grand reopening of its Clearance Center and Computer Works stores on Aug. 16. The new stores are located just down the street from their previous locations at 6813 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston.
Goodwill’s Computer Works store is a complete electronics sales and service store, offering refurbished desktops and laptops, gaming systems, video games and printers. The store also features a walk-up service desk that can provide a complete diagnostic of computers and gaming systems, including low-cost virus and spyware removal, system tune-ups, operating system installation and repair, and hardware trouble shooting and repair.
Goodwill has partnered with Dell Reconnect, a residential computer recycling program that offers a convenient way to recycle used computer equipment. The hard drives of all donated computers are wiped clean using Department of Defense software. Donated computers are then either refurbished and resold or properly recycled through the Dell Reconnect program. In 2012, Goodwill diverted 600,000 tons of e-waste from South Carolina landfills. Computer Works serves as a technology training facility for veterans and individuals with disabilities to work.
The Charleston Water System held a companywide food drive during June and July to benefit Lowcountry Food Bank. The employees donated $469 through their virtual food drive. With their donations, they provided 906 meals to families in the area and sponsored 58 children through the LFB Back Pack Buddies Program. Children are sent home with a backpack filled with nutritious snacks and ready to return to school. Employees also donated 523 pounds of food during the food drive, providing 436 meals to families in the area. The CWS Civic Committee rounded out the summer with a school supply drive in August to benefit the city of Charleston’s First Day Festival. In 2013, Charleston Water System employees have raised more than $3,800 and volunteered more than 279 hours with the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, and Water Missions International.
The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry is open 10 a.m. to noon Sunday for its SuperStars program, a free program that provides special needs children in the Lowcountry a time to enjoy the museum before opening hours, with less crowds and over-stimulation.
The opportunity is made possible through a donation from Morgan Kennedy, Lauren and Baylor Herterich and the Ethel and George W. Kennedy Foundation. SuperStars started in October 2009 and participation grows each year. Because of the new expansion to twice monthly events, CML is expecting more children to benefit from the program. During each SuperStars program, participants have the opportunity to explore CML's exhibits along side other children with special needs.
CML partners with local organizations such as Family Connection of South Carolina, Happy Families, Healthy Home Foods, Medical University of South Carolina occupational therapy students, MUSC Project Rex and Special Olympics South Carolina for SuperStars. Together with CML staff members, therapists and specialists from our partners ensure that SuperStars offers developmentally appropriate and stimulating activities for participants and their families.
SuperStars occurs the second and fourth Sundays of every month from 10 a.m. to noon and is free for children with special needs and their families and friends. To register, contact Jason Dodd at 843-853-8962, ext. 222 or at email@example.com.