Helping Out for June 4, 2014

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

Trident United Way’s Day of Caring is moving from September to Nov. 14 this year. Once again Lowcountry residents will volunteer their sweat and skills to make a difference in the community. Day of Caring has grown beyond a single day of service into a launching pad for year-round engagement. Many of the companies volunteering labor, expertise and supplies to area nonprofits and schools have expressed the desire to increase their impact.

In a continuing effort to make Day of Caring more impactful and strategic, Trident United Way is moving the date back two months.

“Our partners spoke and we listened,” said Kat Morgan, community volunteer manager and lead organizer of Trident United Way’s Day of Caring. “The schools told us they needed more time in the school year to prepare for the event. Once we found that many of our corporate and nonprofit partners also preferred the later date, we made the switch.”

Planning for this year’s event is well underway. Trident United Way is asking agencies to update their profiles online. In its first 13 years, Trident United Way Day of Caring’s estimated value is more than $15 million.


The Coastal Cupboard in Mount Pleasant is hosting its semi-annual charity knife sharpening event during regular store hours from June 6-8. For $1 per knife, guests may get their straight edged knives professionally sharpened. Every dollar benefits Lowcountry Local First.

The Coastal Cupboard in Mount Pleasant is hosting its semi-annual charity knife sharpening event during regular store hours from June 6-8. For $1 per knife, guests may get their straight edged knives professionally sharpened. Every dollar benefits Lowcountry Local First.

During the three-day event, guests can sample bites from Stonewall Kitchen, Doc Crombie’s BBQ and other local foods and products. The Big Green Egg will be fired up in front of the store. A Nespresso representative will also be on site throughout the weekend making complimentary coffee drinks for customers.


HALOS, a local nonprofit organization serving abused and neglected children, has launched the HALOS ToolKit by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The toolkit was developed to provide tools and information for other communities to replicate the HALOS model in meeting the needs of abused and neglected children by linking local Child Protective Service agencies with private faith and community groups, businesses and individuals.

Helping and Lending Outreach Support was founded in 1997 by Dr. Eve Spratt, a pediatrician and child psychiatrist at the Medical University of South Carolina. Spratt mobilized the community to provide tangible items and special opportunities that abused and neglected children lacked because of poverty.

Today, HALOS enhances the quality of life for child victims by conducting gift donation drives at the holidays and school uniform and supply donation drives. HALOS also ensures safety during out-of-school summer months by providing scholarships to local camps and activities.


Best Buy has chosen Palmetto Goodwill to hold a hiring event on Thursday for 60 job openings in the West Ashley, Summerville and North Charleston store locations. The event will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the Palmetto Goodwill Community Service Center, 5150 Eagle Drive in North Charleston.

Anyone interested in applying must register via email by the end of today. The event is limited to 75 applicants.

Hiring managers will be on-site to explain open position requirements and answer specific questions, as well as allow job candidates to familiarize themselves with products before interviews.

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