Helping Out for July 16, 2014

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

The annual Charleston Halos Oyster Roast is set for 4-7 p.m. Oct. 5 at Harborside East near Patriots Point. Tickets will be $35 online and $40 at the door. Children younger than 10 eat free and admission includes food, drinks and activities.

There will also be a silent auction with themed baskets and a handmade oyster table. For more information or to get involved, email Tara Durham.

Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP has donated 431,475 pounds of food to communities in the 12 states across the firm’s footprint. This amount includes more than 33,000 meals donated through canned goods, nonperishable food and cash donations to the Lowcountry Food Bank from the Dixon Hughes Goodman Charleston and Summerville offices. The donations were collected as part of the CPA firm’s Gives (Go. Invest. Volunteer. Engage. Serve.) initiative among the firm’s 30 offices.

Trident Literacy Association is hosting a volunteer training from 9 a.m. to noon July 26 at 5416-B Rivers Ave. in North Charleston. New and returning volunteers are invited to participate in the newly revised volunteer training workshop. Light refreshments will be provided.

Before attending the workshop, prospective volunteers should contact the site manager at the location where they wish to volunteer and schedule an observation. The site manager will submit the registration information.

Volunteer sites and contact information are:

  • Rivers Avenue – 843-747-2223
  • Meeting Street – 843-853-6594
  • Goose Creek – 843-553-3448
  • Moncks Corner – 843-761-6033
  • Charleston County Detention Center – 843-747-2223

Because of the large attendance at its June workshop, the Dorchester County Prosperity Center will hold a second free mortgage default clinic The event is 3-7 p.m. July 23 at the Dorchester Prosperity Center, 222 Trolley Road in Summerville.

The clinic is for homeowners who are having trouble paying their mortgage, are facing foreclosure or are current on their mortgage but fear they may get behind. Homeowners have a one-on-one meeting with a mortgage default adviser. The clinic, which is by appointment only, is free and open to all homeowners regardless of lender or county of residence.

Participants should bring the following:

  • Mortgage statement
  • Any correspondence from lender or attorney
  • Two paystubs for everyone in the household
  • Proof of any other form of income
  • Two most current bank statements
  • Most recent tax return with W-2s
  • Recent utility bills

The clinic will be led by representatives of Family Services Inc., a Housing and Urban Development-approved nonprofit based in North Charleston. Call 843-761-6033 to schedule an appointment. The Prosperity Center is a collaborative effort of Trident United Way, Palmetto Goodwill and Family Services.

The Charleston RiverDogs are taking part in Hope Week 2014, an annual New York Yankees outreach initiative, throughout the week.

This year, the RiverDogs are supporting the Warriors 4 Warriors Foundation, which provides emotional support and connection to women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, are going through treatment and are survivors. Players will put together care packages for the women.

Today, the RiverDogs are supporting therapeutic foster parents through the S.C. Youth Advocate Program.

On Thursday, players will work with this summer’s Food Works (.pdf) apprentices at Lowcountry Food Bank to prep meals for East Cooper Meals on Wheels.

On Friday, players will surprise two children with a day at the ballpark: Mighty Mack, a 6-year-old boy who has a rare form of leukemia, and his 4-year-old sister, Scout, who is his bone marrow donor.

On Saturday, players will go to farms that participate in Fields to Families and harvest produce that will make be taken to Lowcountry organizations that feed the hungry.

Jones Ford, a family-owned car dealership in North Charleston, has donated an extra portable office building that it no longer needed to Fresh Future Farm. The building will be used as a retail store and offices for the organization, which is establishing Charleston’s first inner-city farm and market in the Chicora-Cherokee community.

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