Helping Out for July 9, 2014

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

Family Services Inc. is offering a program to help individuals who have lost their home get back into a home. The agency will host free informational workshops on the Federal Housing Administration’s Back to Work mortgage loan program from 6-8 p.m. Thursday and again on July 24.

This program is available to homeowners who have lost their homes as a result of unemployment, bankruptcy, foreclosure, short sale, or other circumstances that are no direct fault of their own.

The free workshops are at 4925 LaCross Road, Suite 205, in North Charleston. To register or get more information, call 843-735-7862.

Charleston County Public Library has received a $3,500 grant to encourage reading and to raise awareness about animal welfare issues and animal welfare-related organizations in the Lowcountry.

The project focuses on the book No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs, by animal advocate Rob Laidlaw. Laidlaw, a biologist, wrote about homeless, mistreated and exploited dogs and the challenges they face while also focusing on “dog champions” — the individuals, small groups and professional organizations around the world dedicated to helping dogs.

Project-related events planned for July include having library staff members visit Charleston Animal Society camps throughout the summer to discuss No Shelter Here, take photographs of campers reading to adoptable animals and help campers make informational posters about humane issues to post at the library.

Additional programs include:

  • Dog Days of Summer Photography and Humane Education exhibits, July 1-31, John’s Island Regional Library; July 14-Aug. 31, Main Library.
  • No Shelter Here book discussion for ages 7-11, 2 p.m. July 21, Main Library. Registration required; call 843-805-6893.
  • Dog Days of Summer main event for ages 8 and older, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 26, Main Library Auditorium. Kids can learn about veterinary medicine, therapy dogs and humane societies and visit with dogs during the event.

The grant was awarded by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services and is administered by the S.C. State Library.

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