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Helping Out for Oct. 2, 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.

Summerville Medical Center presented $23,500 to the March for Babies walk at the awards ceremony last month.

Summerville Medical Center was the presenting sponsor for the 2019 March for Babies in Charleston with Chief Nursing Officer Karrie Powell serving as chair of the walk.


Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center will host its annual luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Friday, with Rachael Denhollander as guest speaker. Denhollander was the first woman who publicly spoke out and pressed charges against USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.

Denhollander was 15 years old when Nassar sexually abused her. In 2016, 16 years after the abuse began, she shared her story publicly, which was the impetus for hundreds of additional women who came forward with allegations.

Tickets to the luncheon are $75 per guest.


The S.C. Wildlife Federation has created the Nicole Chadwick Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor the impact of Chadwick’s work for wildlife conservation. The new scholarship will be awarded to female students studying environmental fields in South Carolina.

The federation is accepting applications for the Chadwick scholarship and its other scholarships through the end of October.

Donations are being accepted for the Nicole Chadwick Memorial Scholarship Fund.


A group of port and maritime industry partners cooperated to send supplies to the Port of Freeport on Grand Bahama Island following Hurricane Dorian.

MSC Group requested assistance from industry partners to fill two, 40-foot shipping containers in Charleston with supplies to send to the Port of Freeport. MSC and its partners sent 18 containers to the port in total.

Maritime partners including the S.C. Ports Authority filled the containers with over 200 gas generators, tarps, gas cans, canopy tents, power cords, extension cords, batteries, water, toiletries, baby wipes, diapers, cleaning supplies and other related items.

The containers arrived at the Port of Freeport on Sept. 10, and the goods are being distributed.

MSC runs the Freeport terminal as a transshipment hub through a joint venture with its subsidiary Terminal Investment Ltd. and Hutchison Ports.


A portion of vendor fees from Baker and Brewer’s Makers Market on Saturday will benefit Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services.

The event will feature live music, libations and local vendors. Admission is free and open to the public. Vendors may apply online.

Media outreach for the market is supported by CharlestonGood.


Wendy Cadge, a sociologist at Brandeis University and expert in contemporary American religious demographics, will headline the third annual James Sawers Jr. Interfaith Speaker Series presented by the Charleston Interreligious Council.

CadgeThe series of free lectures and workshops are open to the public and will be held Nov. 7-9 at locations around Charleston.

Cadge’s research and teaching focuses especially on the intersections of religion and the sites of everyday lived experience, such as health care and higher education.

The series includes four lectures:

  • Boston’s Hidden Sacred Places: 4 p.m. Nov. 7. What can be learned about spirituality and religion in the contemporary American landscape by looking at sacred places that exist outside of congregations.
  • Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine: Noon Nov. 8. How spirituality and religion are present in hospitals and how health care professionals, including chaplains, navigate the topics with patients and families.
  • A Case of Religious Acceptance: 3:30 p.m. Nov. 8. A conversation based on a case study that researches the Buddhist and Jewish communities in western Massachusetts, New York and California.
  • Keynote Lecture — God Around the Edges: Moral Frameworks in Times of Crisis: 7 p.m. Nov. 9. Analysis, explanations and practices that chaplains have developed around suffering, resilience, hope and other aspects of personal experiences.

The Ark – Alzheimer’s Family Support Services and the Summerville Family YMCA are partnering to host a Senior Health and Wellness Expo on Oct. 10 at The Ponds Summerville Family YMCA, 101 Pottery Circle in Summerville.

There will be live bluegrass music and health screenings of memory, vision, hearing, fall risk, blood pressure and diabetes. There will also be fitness demos, including Zumba, yoga, tai chi, SilverSneakers and EnhanceFitness, as well as nutrition education seminars on blood pressure and diabetes prevention.

Registration for screenings is available by email or by calling 843-471-1360.


Charleston’s 22nd annual Gen Tech 2019 genealogy workshop is set for Oct. 12 at the Charleston Family History Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day.

The workshop will help attendees get started with family history and access digital records from around the globe to map their genealogy.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes a catered lunch. The cost is $15 per person.


Quoizel Lighting is partnering with Child Hunger Outreach Partners at its annual warehouse sale, set for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, to raise awareness and monetary donations to combat child hunger.

Child Hunger Outreach Partners will have a station set up at the sale to accept monetary donations and sell tickets to an hourly raffle of $50 gift cards to be used at the sale.

Donation boxes will also be at cash registers.


Charleston County School District will receive almost $1 million a year for five years to expand mental health support for children through a Project Prevent grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

A group of educators met with the North Charleston Police Department this summer to review crime data and identified Charleston Farms, Chicora and Dorchester Terrace as neighborhoods where children are most likely to be exposed to violence.

The 3,500 school-aged children who live in these neighborhoods attend school at Chicora Elementary, Dunston Primary, Mary Ford Elementary, North Charleston Elementary, Morningside Middle, Northwoods Middle and North Charleston High.

The group also met with Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center, the National Crime Victims Research & Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina and other community organizations to identify ways to better serve children exposed to violence.

The Education Department offers Project Prevent funding to school districts every five years. This second wave of funding was given to 16 school districts nationwide.

The grant funds will be used to:

  • Build district- and school-level capacity to identify, assess and serve students exposed to pervasive violence through professional development, screening, and progress monitoring tools.
  • Implement school-based strategies such as social-emotional learning, small-group interventions and individual counseling.
  • Ensure affected students receive support through school-based mental health providers and referrals.

Anticipated outcomes include increased student engagement, school safety, parental involvement and collaboration between school-based staff and mental health clinicians; and decreased disciplinary referrals and student absences.

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