Helping Out for Aug. 13, 2014

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

The RiverDogs are partnering with Harris Teeter to host a food drive to benefit the Lowcountry Food Bank. On Aug. 26, fans who bring at least two non-perishable, Harris Teeter brand food items to the Riley Park Box Office will get $2 off any individual ticket. The Lowcountry Food Bank will receive all the donations from this food drive.

Harris Teeter also will donate 50 cases of canned food to the Lowcountry Food Bank. The $2 ticket discount for fan donations may not be combined with the Harris Teeter 2-for-$20 Date Night Special. Couples that show a VIC Card at the box office may receive the Date Night Special, which covers two tickets to the game, two tacos, two fountain drinks and a nacho tray for $20.

TRIO Solutions is hosting its eighth annual CreateAthon on Oct. 23-24. CreateAthon is a 24-hour, work-around-the-clock creative blitz during which TRIO provides marketing and creative services pro bono to five Lowcountry nonprofit organizations. TRIO is the Lowcountry partner for a global network of 81 agencies that pause to give back during National Pro Bono Week. Nonprofits have until 5 p.m. Friday to apply. Information and an application are available online. For questions, contact Caitlin Ramsey at or 843-216-0442.

The Omar Shrine Temple will host the fourth Annual Quality Deer Management Association Banquet for the Lowcountry Branch on Thursday. QDMA is a nonprofit wildlife conservation organization dedicated to ensuring the future of white-tailed deer, wildlife habitat and the hunting heritage.

The banquet is 6-10 p.m. with food, an open bar, live music, raffles, silent and live auctions and games. Retired Navy Seal Thom Shea will be signing his book “Unbreakable” at the event. Attendees also will have the opportunity to bid on a day of long-distance rifle shooting training with Shea. Tickets are $25 for youth and $50 for adults. For more information, visit

Trident Literacy Association hosted an achievement ceremony to honor its adult students who received their GED and WorkKeys certificates in the past year. Mary Thornley, president of Trident Technical College, was the keynote speaker at the Aug. 11 event. Fifty-two students received a GED this year, and 61 earned WorkKeys Career Readiness Certificates. They received instruction at Trident Literacy’s six main sites and numerous outreach locations throughout the tri-county, including several who earned their certificates while incarcerated in the Charleston County Detention Center and Hill Finklea Detention Center in Berkeley County.

As part of Global Co-working Week, Lowcountry Local First will have free coworking Fridays during the month of August. Co-working allows local businesses to have shared, collaborative office space. Co-working Friday participants must be Lowcountry Local First members in order to participate and must reserve their space at Local Works by noon the Thursday prior, as space is limited. Reserve a space by emailing or calling 843-801-3390.

Local Works is an open-sector co-working space in the creative corridor at 1630-2 Meeting St. in Charleston. It provides low-cost, professional space where local businesses can thrive in a collaborative environment. Local Works is a nonprofit center with public and private supporters including the City of Charleston, S.C. Community Loan Fund, Charleston County and the S.C. Department of Commerce’s Innovation Fund. Local Works consists of two private offices, 26 full-time desks and numerous part-time opportunities. Additionally, the space holds a conference room, small meeting room, two phone booths, a kitchen with full amenities, lounge area and breakout space. Full and part-time co-working opportunities are still available and Lowcountry Local First is taking applicants now.

East Cooper Medical Center will host a maternity event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 23 at the hospital in Mount Pleasant. The event is free and kid-friendly. Attendees can meet labor and delivery nurses, nursery nurses, lactation consultants, fertility specialists, and pediatricians, as well as the OB/GYN providers who deliver at East Cooper Medical Center. Tour hospital maternity suites and learn more about the Level II neonatal nursery.

Attendees also can shop vendors that are tailored to moms-to-be and new moms. Babies “R” Us will be offering on-site baby registrations and other vendors include Shuga Bebe, Bella Baby Photography and Southern Bling. There will door prizes and refreshments, plus Wine and Design of Mount Pleasant will be hosting a free “Art Buzz Kids” project for the children.

To register, call 843-884-7031 or visit and click “Find an Event.” This event will take place in the Main Lobby of East Cooper Medical Center, 2000 Hospital Drive.

Palmetto Goodwill, in partnership with Cintas, will host an e-waste roundup and shredding event 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Computer Works, 6813 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston. The free event allows people to donate and recycle computers and accessories, plus shred personal documents to guard against identity theft. Donors will receive a 10% discount at Computer Works for their computers.

New government regulations have made it increasingly difficult to recycle computers and other electronics. When Goodwill receives a computer donation, the hard drive is wiped completely clean then refurbished for resale. Computers that cannot be refurbished are entered into the Dell Reconnect program for retrieving usable spare parts and responsible recycling.

Through the resale of these donations, proceed benefit Goodwill job training and placement programs for thousands of individuals in the community, including people with disabilities and other disadvantages.

The Green Heart Project is seeking Green Heart Buddies to work with its students at Mitchell Elementary School during the fall semester. Green Heart Buddies commit to 10 hours of volunteering — either through sponsoring a class, in which volunteers will be out in the garden with a class assisting with math and science lessons or during the after-school volunteer hours that focus on working in and maintaining the garden. Learn more about the program and how to sign up here.

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