Helping Out for Feb. 19, 2014

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

The Thaddeus John Bell, M.D. Scholarship Endowment, created in 2006 at Coastal Community Foundation, recently reached a milestone of $250,000. The fund, endowed with support from Bell’s family, friends, colleagues and designated profits from the Lowcountry Jazz Festival, will grant its inaugural scholarships this year. Friends of the fund will gather for a reception at the Medical University of South Carolina on Thursday.

Bell’s passion about preventive health care, healthy living, fitness for children and increasing the workforce with African Americans in health care prompted him to start Closing the Gap in Health Care for African Americans and the underserved. It airs radio and TV health tips to improve health literacy, a major cause of health disparities that affect African-Americans and the underserved populations in the nation.

The scholarship is earmarked for African-American students at the six colleges at MUSC. State Sen. Marlon Kimpson was the first chairman of the fundraising effort. The Lowcountry Jazz Festival held each Labor Day weekend also benefits the scholarship fund.

Winners of the Thaddeus John Bell endowment scholarship are encouraged to return the funds they receive to the endowment fund after five or 10 years of employment to assist other African-American students at MUSC.

Last month, Maia Moms announced a unique project that brings together conservation, the arts and assistance for single mothers.

At the Creative Flow Reuse Center, used or recycled materials are turned into creative pieces of art, home decorations or other useful items and then sold to the public. Profits go to Maia Moms, a nonprofit that offers support and assistance to single mothers by promoting self-sustainability through education, job training, mentoring and life skills.

“The upcycling of creative reuse centers around the country has proven to be a valuable resource for education, revenue for artists, assistance to needy families and growing the small business community, all while keeping more waste out of the landfill,” said Allison Herrin, executive director of Maia Moms.

The program is part of a crowdfunding project to raise seed money. This is the third project of, a statewide portal for small businesses, entrepreneurs and nonprofits to access capital through donations or private investment.

Berchtold Corp. and YMCA program staff with recipients of built bikes. (Photo provided)

Berchtold Corp. and YMCA program staff with recipients of built bikes. (Photo provided)

On Jan. 27, Berchtold Corp. sponsored a build a bike event at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina Lookout Pavilion at Patriots Point. About 100 Berchtold employees built 18 bikes for children at the Cannon Street YMCA in downtown Charleston.

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