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Midlands Gives: Your chance to help area nonprofits today!

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    701 Center for Contemporary Art Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years: 2014, 2015, 2016 Counties Served by Organization: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter Organization's Midlands Gives Representative: wim roefs Phone Number: 8032382351 Email: wroefs@sc.rr.com Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of fun...

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    701 Center for Contemporary Art Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years: 2014, 2015, 2016 Counties Served by Organization: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter Organization's Midlands Gives Representative: wim roefs Phone Number: 8032382351 Email: wroefs@sc.rr.com Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of fun...

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Is giving a part of your everyday life? If you're like most Midlands residents, generosity and community spirit are a part of your daily routine. During Midlands Gives today, everyday philanthropists across the region are joining together – by simply giving online to more than 375 local nonprofits at YourFoundation.org.

What is Midlands Gives?   

Midlands Gives is a 24-hour local online giving challenge on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, hosted by Central Carolina Community Foundation, which helps more than 375 local nonprofits from 11 Midlands counties raise funds and awareness to support their organizations throughout the year.   

In the first year, 2014, our community gave more than $700,000 to 150 nonprofits. Last year, our community doubled that to give an astonishing $1.5 million in one day across more than 250 nonprofits. We can’t wait to see what the Midlands can achieve in 2016, the event's third year.

WIS Live Broadcast from Midlands Gives HQ on May 3

Watch WIS on May 3 from Sunrise to News 10 at 11 for live updates direct from Midlands Gives headquarters at Spirit Communications Park, home of the Columbia Fireflies. During every newscast that day, WIS will be broadcasting live on site. Join Mary King, Judi Gatson, Robb Ellis and other members of our team as we rally everyone to participate in this inspiring local giving spree. Follow along by watching WIS and following the #MidlandsGives hashtag on social media to see which charities have won special “Power Hours,” “Match Minutes” and other bonus prizes and incentives.

How to Be a Part of Midlands Gives

It's as simple as online shopping. Give online from your desktop computer, on your tablet or on your mobile phone at YourFoundation.org. Select the charities you'd like to support, and the dollar amount you'd like to give to each charity, and thanks to the Central Carolina Community Foundation, your donations will go straight to your charities of choice. 

Why Give?

The dollars that these charities receive through Midlands Gives will allow them to continue providing life-changing programs and services to our local community.

LEARN ABOUT ALL THE NONPROFITS BY CLICKING HERE

Here are a few local nonprofits participating this year, and how the funds raised for them – funds given by everyday philanthropists like you – will make an impact:

ANIMAL

PETSInc

PETSinc is Lexington County's private no-kill pet rescue. In 25 years, it has helped rescue and rehome nearly 90,000 cats and dogs in the Midlands, in addition to rehabbing special needs rescue intakes with its professional trainer and behaviorist. PETSinc also provides pet advocacy education to the general public and provides workshops to adopting families to empower them for success. PETSinc had a successful Midlands Gives last year, exceeding the amount they raised in 2014. For Midlands Gives 2016, PETSinc is striving to surpass its 2015 amount by engaging more donors and increasing its donor base. Funds from Midlands Gives will go to PETSinc’s daily operations in rescuing, rehabbing, and rehoming abused and abandoned cats and dogs.

COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT 

One SC Flood Relief Fund

Developed after the devastating SC flood in October 2015 and endorsed by Governor Nikki Haley, the One SC Flood Relief Fund has provided $1.3 million in two rounds of grant awards thus far to 24 nonprofits providing direct flood relief in South Carolina. Funds raised during Midlands Gives will allow the One SC Flood Relief Fund, managed by Central Carolina Community Foundation, to keep providing grants to organizations aiding in flood relief and recovery in South Carolina. 

EngenuitySC

EngenuitySC is an economic development nonprofit focused on enhancing the Midlands’ competitiveness and prosperity through partnerships with business, government, education and community leaders. Investments from the community through Midlands Gives allow EngenuitySC to collaborate with community partners; identify and explore new opportunities to have impact related to our regional competitiveness; and create a plan for action in the Midlands. Funds raised through Midlands Gives will also enable the organization to expand key programs like What’s Next Midlands, the newly launched platform for big ideas to move the Midlands forward; and K-12 programs (with schools like Lower Richland High School), focused on introducing local students to opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.

ARTS & CULTURE

701 Center for Contemporary Art

The arts play a major role in making our region a more desirable place to start a business, raise a family, and enjoy a high quality of life. Known for its Columbia Open Studios tour and its art exhibitions at 701 Whaley that offer free admission for all, 701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 CCA) is a nonprofit visual art center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process, and the role of art and artists in the community. The funds from Midlands Gives will help 701 CCA to continue to offer and expand its programming, which includes contemporary art exhibitions with regional, national and international scope and the only live-in artist in residence program in the Midlands, as well as kids' summer art camps, workshops, concerts, literary events, panels, theater performances and more – bringing art and artists to the Midlands that otherwise wouldn't be seen here.

Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College

Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College offers programs and productions that encourage reflection, examination and discovery; and that provide entertainment, education and opportunity to professionals, learners and community members in all stages of life. This year, the Midlands Technical College Foundation is participating in Midlands Gives to raise funds for Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, which brings high-caliber performance arts programming to the Midlands, including performances by global stars like comedian Kathleen Madigan, dance supergroup MOMIX, GRAMMY-winning soul singer Mavis Staples and NYT-best-seller Glennon Doyle Melton; as well as local arts initiatives like The Pops Series with the South Carolina Philharmonic and the HT@MTC Performance Incubator program, fostering Midlands-based professional performance artists’ careers. Funds from Midlands Gives will allow Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College to continue offering and perhaps expand its annual performance arts season filled with exciting, entertaining, innovating and educational events.

EDUCATION

Justice 360

Since 1989, Justice 360 has been working from a small office in Columbia to promote fairness, reliability and transparency in the criminal justice system for people facing a death sentence in South Carolina. Justice 360 is not an organization focused to abolish the death penalty in South Carolina; however as long as capital punishment is available as a form of punishment in SC, Justice 360 hopes to advocate for a more just, humane and equitable application of the death penalty. The organization’s hope in joining Midlands Gives 2016 is to improve the financial commitment it receives from staff, board members, and donors, and to expand its services throughout the Midlands.

The Walker Foundation at the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind

For more than 167 years, the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind (SCSDB) has served children throughout SC who are deaf, blind and multi-disabled. The Walker Foundation serves as the charitable arm of the SCSDB, in efforts of securing critical resources to help ensure the highest quality education and enrichment programs for SCSDB students. Since the school began in 1849, thousands of children served by the SCSDB have had the same opportunities as sighted and hearing children. Through the support of individuals, corporations, foundations and local businesses throughout South Carolina, The Walker Foundation and the SCSDB are empowering these children to achieve great success. The foundation’s goal for Midlands Gives 2016 is to expand its reach throughout the Midlands to raise awareness of the important role that The Walker Foundation and the SCSDB has played and continues to play in the lives of thousands of families throughout South Carolina.

HEALTH

Curing Kids Cancer

Curing Kids Cancer's goal is to find cures for childhood cancers in our lifetime. The nonprofit is funding cutting-edge research that will lead to better treatments, with fewer harmful side effects. Funds raised through Midlands Gives will help children with cancer receive life saving treatments at the Children's Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders at Palmetto Health Children's Hospital, without having to travel outside of the Midlands. Funds raised during Midlands Gives will also get the organization closer to the new $1.2 million endowment they’re going after for pediatric cancer research, focused on treatments without the side effects of traditional chemo. Five $20 donations will fund a cutting edge treatment for a child for one day.

Autism Academy of South Carolina

The Autism Academy of South Carolina is committed to ensuring that children with autism reach their full potential. AASC pursues this commitment by providing high quality, evidence-based ABA therapy to children; advocating in SC legislature and through various state agencies for improvements and expansion of laws and policies that impact families affected by autism and more. Funds raised through Midlands Gives will increase the number of children who receive intensive, center-based ABA Therapy – five $20 donations can provide three hours of ABA therapy for a child with autism. In addition to one-on-one therapy, the support of Midlands Gives donors will enable AASC to expand its social skills groups, after-school programs, summer camps and parent workshops.

FAITH-BASED

Lexington Interfaith Community Services (LICS)

Lexington Interfaith Community Services (LICS) serves over 20,000 Lexington County residents each year by assisting with needs related to food, clothing & more; its food pantry, thrift store and social services operations assist those in desperate need. The food pantry focuses on serving fresh chicken, fruits and veggies, bread, canned goods and grains to senior citizens and the needy in "food deserts" -- areas that don't have grocery stores anywhere nearby. Last year, the funds from Midlands Gives helped LICS upfit a van to become a new mobile food pantry to deliver fresh foods to these areas. This year, LICS will use funds from Midlands Gives to upfit a new 42-foot enclosed food trailer with a freezer, refrigerator & generators to expand the new LICS Food Pantry. On Midlands Gives day, House of Raeford is matching every dollar given to LICS with a donation of 1 pound of fresh chicken to stock the LICS Food Pantry.

HUMAN SERVICES

Sistercare, Inc.

The only organization that offers specialized shelter and support services for survivors of domestic violence and their children in Richland, Lexington, Newberry, Kershaw and Fairfield counties, Sistercare seeks to provide comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence and their children; to advocate on behalf of these survivors and to help prevent domestic violence through community awareness and education. Midlands Gives can provide new and additional funds that directly help Sistercare reach more families with safety, counseling and support services. Last year during Midlands Gives, the nonprofit met their financial goal by the generosity of Midlands community members. This year, their hope is to receive enough funding to increase counseling services offered for battered women and children exposed to domestic violence, aiming to break the intergenerational cycle of violence. 

Remembering All Veterans Everyday Organization

Remembering All Veterans Everyday’s main mission is to acquire and provide transitional and permanent housing for homeless veterans and their families; as well as having goals to assist veterans in obtaining the entitlements and benefits they are eligible for; to assist veterans in job search and placement and to assist in veterans connecting with resources for health, mental health and suicide prevention. In their first year as a nonprofit, the organization is currently in the process of looking at potential sites and consulting with zoning and development planning in Columbia for potential construction sites for transitional and permanent housing for local veterans. The organization is also networking with similar organizations across the country and state to combine resources for their mission.

These are just a few of the more than 375 charities that are accepting donations at YourFoundation.org on May 3, and extended until Noon on Wednesday, May 4th. With just $20, become a philanthropist and give to one, or give to a few – every donation has an impact.

Watch WIS live on Midlands Gives day, Tuesday, May 3, when we’ll be broadcasting live all day from Spirit Communications Park!

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