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Helping Out for Jan. 16, 2019

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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.

Members of the Junior League of Charleston are set to volunteer at the Lowcountry Food Bank over the course of the 2018-19 school year. The Junior League will focus its efforts on the food bank’s Backpack Buddies program, which helps alleviate weekend hunger for children who are at risk of food insecurity in Berkeley and Charleston counties. Volunteers are projected to assembly 13,400 packs through April. The organization is also contributing $4,000 to the program.

Heritage Trust has donated more than 20 laptops to CodeOn Charleston, a nonprofit organization that teaches youths in underserved communities how to write code and program computers.

The Lowcountry Food Bank is scheduled to host its 20th annual Chefs’ Feast gala from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 10 at the North Charleston Convention Center. The event is a collaboration between the nonprofit and more than 30 chefs, who will prepare food for guests. The event also includes a bar and a live auction.

Individual tickets are $250. The proceeds will benefit the Lowcountry Food Bank’s childhood hunger programs, which include Kids Cafe, Backpack Buddies, School Market, School Pantry and Summer Meals. The programs aim to alleviate after school, weekend and summer hunger for children throughout the coastal counties of South Carolina.

Fields to Families is set to host its annual fundraising oyster roast from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Bowens Island Restaurant. The nonprofit grows its own garden, harvests in fields of local farmers and collects food at several farmers markets to provide 30 local organizations with access to produce, free of charge. The event will include local oysters, a variety of food prepared by Megan Hutchinson of Slightly North of Broad, live music and waterfront seating. Coolers are welcome.

Tickets are $30.

The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired – Charleston has announced it has changed its name to the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired South Carolina. In addition to offering services out of its Charleston location, the nonprofit is opening a second location in Summerville at 230 Deming Way. The association also will begin coordinating community-based services, including individualized in-home therapy sessions for clients who are unable to travel to the Charleston or Summerville locations.

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