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Helping Out for Aug. 1, 2018

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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.

BJ’s Wholesale Club plans to present a $50,000 donation from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation to the Lowcountry Food Bank at 9:30 Thursday morning. BJ’s team members will also volunteer and provide healthy snacks and fresh food to children throughout the summer.


The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has awarded its Community Enrichment grants for 2018. These grants are designed to support nonprofits that aim to break the cycle of poverty. The grants are awarded once per year and are intended to be expended in a 12-month period.

In the Lowcountry, Charleston Promise Neighborhood, Turning Leaf Project and Wings for Kids received grants.


Sorghum & Salt has partnered with Grow Food Carolina and Rosebank Farms to offer a new specialty dish on the menu to benefit No Kid Hungry. A portion of the proceeds from the restaurant’s new potatoes, black garlic, cheese curd, chive oil and cheese whey dish will benefit the campaign.


The Ark, a nonprofit that provides Alzheimer’s family support services, is scheduled to host a two-day leadership class for the Powerful Tools for Caregivers program from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 11 and 12 at The Ark in Summerville. The training certifies individuals to co-lead the six-week Powerful Tools for Caregivers class series.

The cost is $350 per person.


Blom (left) and HarrisonGreen Heart Project Executive Director Drew Harrison has stepped down after eight years in the role. Jesse Blom will be the next executive director. Harrison began his tenure with the organization as a volunteer at Mitchell Elementary School’s flagship garden program. He expanded the organization from one school garden program to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works with six school partners. Blom most recently managed an educational urban farm project for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.


The Gavalas Kolanko Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds scholarships for Lowcountry students with disabilities, is scheduled to host the third annual Charity Golf Tournament on Sept. 10 at the Daniel Island Club. Registration for the event will include full access to the Daniel Island Club facilities, boxed lunch, a barbecue after-party, beverages, a golfer’s gift and auction items.

Participants can register as an individual player for $500 or as a team of four for $2,000. Proceeds from the tournament will directly fund future scholarships.  Sponsorship opportunities also are available. For sponsorship questions, email or call 843-377-8450 ext. 121.


Leadership Dorchester Class of 2018 has partnered with the Summerville Miracle League for its service project. Leadership Dorchester, an 11-month leadership program hosted by the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce, will work to improve accessibility and safety for families and guests at the Summerville Miracle League Park. The project includes building a wheelchair-accessible press box on the field and installing Wi-Fi, as well as additional projects this fall as fundraising efforts continue.

The Summerville Miracle League and Leadership Dorchester are also set to host a Wiffle Ball Tournament and Fundrasier from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 24 at Saul Alexander Park.

Team registration is $150 with a maximum team of six people. A prize will be awarded to the team that raises the most money for the Summerville Miracle League.

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