Helping Out highlights some of the many charitable events and activities going on in the Charleston area. ATTENTION: Submissions should now be made using our online form.
Covelli Enterprises, the largest franchisee of Panera Bread restaurants, donated $18,000 to the Medical University of South Carolina’s Project Rex from its Pieces of Hope cookie sales as part of Autism awareness month in April.
The company has donated more than $2 million to autism organizations in the areas it serves since 2010, according to a news release.
The Ark: Alzheimer’s Family Support Services, is set to offer its free Powerful Tools for Caregivers education series in August and September to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend with chronic illness.
Classes are 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 1 to Sept. 5, at The Palmettos of Charleston at 1900 Ashley Crossing Drive in Charleston; and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 to Sept. 11, at Roper Hospital Berkeley at 730 Stony Landing Road in Moncks Corner.
Registration is required and class size is limited.
The Ark has also created a Caregiver’s Guide to Disaster Preparation, a free resource and planning guide for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementia for guided support before and during times of disasters.
The guide includes an action plan for hurricanes and other disasters; a sheet to fill in with emergency contact information; a to-do list and list of what to pack in an emergency storm kit; and information on how to be prepared in the event of floods, earthquakes and fires.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Carolina Youth Development Center is scheduled to host Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Charleston Rifle Club. The nonprofit is seeking businesses and organizations to participate and sponsor the event. Lane sponsorships start at $500 and include a six-member team, food and beer tickets, an event t-shirt for each player and an event trophy for each team.
Last year’s tournament raised more than $20,000. For more information, contact Kate Buckholz at 843-266-5216 or via email.
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has awarded the 2018 Collaboration for Ministry Initiative grants, totaling $95,000, to five organizations, including one in the Lowcountry.
The grants are designed to augment services to underserved individuals and families living in poverty throughout South Carolina.
Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services Inc. received a grant to support its mission of encouraging and supporting self-sufficiency.
Palmetto Goodwill has named its 2018-19 board of directors, led by Chairman Sean Sykes, CFO of Urban Electric. Other officers are Lee Deas of Obviouslee Marketing as vice chair; Chris Harvey of Charlestowne Hotels as treasurer; and Kelly Jarrett of Blackbaud as secretary.
Palmetto Goodwill President and CEO Robert Smith serves as an officer of the board, and Vertical Holdings President and CEO Herbert L. Drayton III and Envirosmart LLC CEO Jamie Lynch serve as directors.
The Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center has scheduled its third annual Charleston Child Trauma Conference for Oct. 16-19 at the Francis Marion Hotel. This year’s keynote speakers are Katherine Chon from the Office on Trafficking in Persons and Al Killen-Harvey with The Harvey Institute.
The conference shares current research on trauma exposure and trauma related disorders, explains evidence-based treatments for children and caregivers who have experienced traumatic events, and shows how treatments translate to underserved and diverse groups.
Registration is available online.
The center has also been awarded a $5,000 grant from Volvo Car US Operations’ Community Fund, administered by the Coastal Community Foundation.
Mex 1 Coastal Cantina will donate $1 from the sale of every watermelon-mint margarita at its West Ashley and Sullivan’s Island locations throughout July to the Green Heart Project's Back to School fundraiser, supporting its school garden programming for the 2018-19 school year.
The Charleston Basket Brigade, a nonprofit that provides Thanksgiving meals to families in need, has received a $7,000 grant from The Exchange Club of Charleston.