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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 funds from Midlands Gives.

The funds from Midlands Gives will help 701 CCA with its general operations. The operations are geared toward exhibitions, an artist in residency program, our so-called Plus Program with non-visual arts events and our education efforts.  Both exhibitions and residencies involve artists from South Carolina, the rest of the USA and abroad, and through these programs we bring art and artists to the SC Midlands and SC in general that otherwise wouldn't be seen here. That includes some of the best contemporary artists in SC, who have limited opportunity to show in their homestate. In part, this is the result of there only being two contemporary art centers in the state that continuously show museum-quality contemporary art exhibitions, the Halsey Institute at the College of Charleston and us, 701 CCA.  While we don't specifically focus on SC artists, we are easily the most important venue in SC for those artists. We show lots of SC artists through solo exhibitions, their inclusion in thematic group exhibitions and through two programs specifically geared toward SC artists. One of those is the 701 CCA SC Biennial, a biennial overview of the best of SC contemporary art. After the SC Triennial, organized by the SC State Museum and SC Arts Commission, ceased to exist after 2004, such an overview didn't exist. Since we opened 701 CCA in 2008, the intent always was to establish a new regular overview like that, which became in 2011 the Biennial. The second program specifically geared toward SC artists is the 701 CCA Prize, which is a competition and exhibition for SC artists 40 years and younger. It, too, is biennial, in the off years of the SC Biennial. For both programs, artists submit portfolios after which a independent, three-member jury panel selects artists for the Biennial and three finalists plus the winner for the 701 CCA Prize.  Through the Prize, Biennial and and many exhibitions and residencies we have dramatically increased the contemporary art infrastructure in SC, both for SC artists and for the public at large by bringing art and artists the public otherwise never would see. 701 CCA also is the organizer of Columbia Open Studios, which earlier this month saw its sixth incarnation. It's a hugely successful event during which artists in Columbia and Lexington and Richland Counties open their studios to the public, without charge to the public. This year, April 2-3, we had 70 participating artists and thousands of visitors. We also organize concerts, literary events and theater performances in a deliberate attempt to create cross-fertilization between different art disciplines. Our education program has mostly two components. First, we always organize lectures, workshops and talks along with our exhibitions and artist residencies. Second, we organize art workshops during the summer for kids 6 – 16 years of age. We also have initiated the Youth Art Festival at the end of the summer in which many art-related summer camps in the Midlands participate, organizing activities and showing off what they have to offer.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

We make special efforts to inform people whom we know are favorably inclined toward 701 CCA to make a special contribution during MG. Secondly, we inform everyone on our email list of the MG in the hopes that people who have not given yet to 701 CCA will do so. We inform them of our activities along the lines of what is described below, tell them of upcoming exhibitions, residencies and other events and remind them of recent and not-so-recent events that we know were very successful and might trigger favorable memories with those on our email list. We don't set a goal in terms of a specific amount we want to raise. We simply promote the event and our involvement as much as possible and hope for the best. Since we don't set a specific goal, it's hard to say whether we did or did not reach them in previous years. It's fair to say, though, that we have generally found the extra funds we've generated through MG to be fairly modest. In that sense, we hope for improvement.  Part of the issue might be that as an organization with very limited paid staff, an organization that heavily leans on board members and volunteers who already are busy with their "regular" jobs and activities, we can only do so much in preparation and execution for MG.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

"Midlands Gives has provided additional funds for 701 Center for Contemporary Art that help us fulfill our mission of enhancing the understanding and enjoyment among people in the Midlands of contemporary art and the role of artists in the community. It has helped us fund exhibitions, residencies, non-visual arts programs and educational programs."

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Wim Roefs

Email: wroefs@sc.rr.com

Phone number: 8032382351

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Thanks for organizing Midlands Gives.

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2016-04-04 16:35:47

                           

                           

A Moment of Hope

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Mark Baumgartner

Phone Number: 8033481984

Email: mjbaumgartner@gmail.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Our organization offers hope and help to mothers on the verge of making a non-reversible decision, having an abortion, and instead offers resources and alternatives so they can choose life for their baby. A Moment of Hope was named (unbeknownst to her) by the first mother this ministry helped in her moment of crisis.  The mother had come to the abortion facility to schedule an abortion for the following week. Upon her arrival I was able to speak with her and offer help and hope in her situation.  After having gone inside to schedule the abortion she came back out and began to drive away...but then she turned around! She rolled down her window, and while holding back tears said, "Can you really help me?"  I listened to her needs and began to tell her of those who cared for her and her baby and of all the resources available to help her through this. Later that week she texted me, told me she was keeping the baby, and thanked me for giving her "a moment of hope."  In a later text she thanked me for giving her a sense of hope in her situation.  Her precious daughter was born about 6.5 months later and her photo is at the bottom of our Midlands Gives profile. The funds from Midlands Gives will directly save lives in our community by offering mothers compassionate help and Christian hope in a time of crisis pregnancy.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Our goal is to raise $10,000 to help grow our base of caring and compassionate volunteers, train them and help them to save lives in front of Columbia's remaining abortion clinic.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midlands Gives has given us a vision and pathway to engage those who care in our mission of helping mothers in crisis and their unborn children. We are impressed at the excellent training, guidance, and enthusiasm those leading have provided us as an organization new to Midlands Gives. Great job!

Name of person to attribute quote to: Mark Baumgartner, Founder and Director

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Mark Baumgartner, Founder and Director

Email: mjbaumgartner@gmail.com

Phone number: 8033481984

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First Presbyterian Church

Email: DLauten@firstprescolumbia.org

Phone number: 8038071753

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Regarding the group mentioned above - First Presbyterian Church located at Lady & Marion Streets, in downtown Columbia - A Moment of Hope has given its members a way to show they care for the unborn and their mothers in crisis by providing training to get

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2016-03-23 12:38:00

Able South Carolina

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, Saluda, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Kimberly Tissot

Phone Number: 8037795121

Email: ktissot@able-sc.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Midlands Gives has been a bridge to connect us more with the community. We have connected with individuals who ended up volunteering, becoming consumers as well as individuals who continue to give to our organization. During the first year of Midlands Gives, we came in third place for a photo contest. The photo was of our staff showing their excitement about Midlands Gives! Our entire staff gets involved! Last year, our Executive Director was in the intensive care unit after an operation; She was raising money from her hospital bed in her Midlands Gives shirt!

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Our goal is to raise $4,000. We have interns who have been assigned to creating our Midlands Gives campaign.. We plan to reach out via social media, email blasts, and events in the community. We are pumped!

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midlands Gives allows us to have fun while raising money. The day also gives us another  opportunity to show how proud we are about the work we do!

Name of person to attribute quote to: Kimberly Tissot

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Dori Tempio

Email: dtempio@able-sc.org

Phone number: 8037795121

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Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Dori Tempio

Email: dtempio@able-sc.org

Phone number: 8037795121

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Thanks again for hosting this event! We had fun with you all last year!

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2016-03-25 17:25:59

Acts Metro

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2014, 2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Lexington, Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Richard Sherman

Phone Number: 8037640588

Email: richard.sherman@actsmetro.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Midlands Gives has helped us to fund our program of assisting families in crisis. It has done that by bringing to Acts Metro unique givers whom we would not have otherwise been able to reach out to. We are grateful to have this opportunity to increase our donor base as we embark on our five-year growth plan to serve a wider area of the Midlands.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Our strategy this year is to reach out further in electronic media. We plan to increase our Facebook presence with "boosted" post. We are soliciting and gaining the support of partner churches to reach out to their congregations through their email, Facebook and other social media to promote Midlands and Acts Metro specifically during Midlands Gives. Last year we had a table / tent at the Chick Fil-A Ballentine location. We worked the drive through lines (2). We explained what Midlands Gives was and provided each drive through customer with a postcard that they could use to direct their giving to the Acts Metro page of Midlands Gives. We also solicited walk-in customers at the Chick Fil-A that resulted in several nice "gives" throughout the day. We were basically there all day and into the evening.  This year we are pushing our Board to donate to Acts Metro specific funds that can be used as "matching funds" for this event. That is still a work-in=progress.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midlands Gives has allowed Acts Metro to reach new givers who have a heart for the work that we do in helping families in crisis.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Richard Sherman

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Richard Sherman - Executive Director

Email: richard.sherman@actsmetro.org

Phone number: 8033512878

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Faheesha Poole

Email: faheeshapoole2@gmail.com

Phone number: 8627557048

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2016-04-04 13:31:03

American Red Cross

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:

Samantha Jones

Phone Number: 8033942858

Email: samantha.jones2@redcross.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

When the historic flooding of October 4, 2015 destroyed hundreds of homes across the Midlands, the American Red Cross sprang into action! Red Cross workers and volunteers—many of them facing the effects of high water in their own neighborhoods— responded day and night alongside community partners and local governments. With an outpouring of help and support, they were able to bring relief and comfort to thousands of South Carolinians affected by these unprecedented floods.  In the early morning hours of October 4th, 28-year-old Kimber’s house in Woodland Terrace, SC became ravished by debris-filled floodwaters in less than an hour. Kimber escaped the rising waters with 5-year-old son, Ameer.   Still in shock, Kimber put the devastation into perspective, “The flooding was one of the tests of life.” She explains, “You just cannot take things for granted.”   Volunteers comforted Kimber, Ameer, and hundreds of other people from the Midlands in Red Cross and community shelters, providing them with a safe place to sleep, food to eat, and other essentials. While in the shelter, families were able to meet with caseworkers from the Red Cross to start planning their recovery.    “Red Cross helped a lot; making sure we had what we needed, answered all my questions and provided stability”, she recalls. “The memories we share now will bring us closer together.” During the flooding and in the immediate aftermath, more than 1,700 Red Crossers responded, providing 4,700+ overnight shelter stays, 154,000+ meals and snacks, 181,000+ relief items, and nearly 7,000 health and mental health services.   While Kimber and her son are on their way to rebuilding their lives, many others still need assistance to recover from this life-changing disaster. But the immediate need for shelter, warm meals, drinking water, emergency relief and cleanup items has receded with the floodwaters.  However, Red Cross remains on the ground to offer assistance for individuals and families who now face the challenges of recovery. Trained caseworkers still meet face-to-face with people impacted by the flooding, helping them identify unmet needs, navigate paperwork and locate available resources to assist them as they start anew. Red Cross caseworkers are still reaching out to 1,200 families whose homes were destroyed or sustained major damage from the floods to identify any gaps in the families’ personal recovery plans and finalize their recovery efforts.   Through grants, the Red Cross is also supporting partners in providing mold remediation to vulnerable communities and is enabling local non-profit partners to expand their client assistance capabilities. Working with partners, the Red Cross aides in health-related recovery for survivors experiencing upper respiratory ailments following the floods and extended exposure to mold and mildew.  Together with local, state and federal partners, the Red Cross is increasing individual and community preparedness and resiliency. The work of the Red Cross in disasters is never done as we help people, communities and organizations to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters big and small.     

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Our strategy this year for Midlands Gives is to engage as many supporters as possible with a robust social media campaign and a pre-day peer-to-peer campaign. All campaigns will invite individuals and companies to join us in raising funds to help the American Red Cross continue serving our community through our trusted programs and services.  It is our goal to meet the critical needs of those who are victims of disaster.    We take pride in changing lives and offering HOPE for those who need us every day. With the commitment and support of donors during Midlands Gives, the Red Cross will be able to turn heartbreak into hope for those affected by disasters here at home.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

“We are your Red Cross. When fires, floods, or other disasters devastate families in the Midlands, the Red Cross is there providing care, comfort, and support.  We are able to respond at a moment’s notice because of the support of individuals and businesses through activities like Midlands Gives. With your continued support, we will always be there, providing the emergency services that our neighbors depend on each and every day.”

Name of person to attribute quote to: Rebecca Jordan, Executive Director

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Rebecca Jordan, Executive Director

Email: Rebecca.Jordan@redcross.org

Phone number: 8033125176

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Duncan Winburn knows firsthand the importance of blood. His mother, Ellen Winburn, is a veteran Red Crosser of over 25 years, and Duncan himself received blood when he was only days old. Born three months early, Duncan weighed just 2 pounds, 14 ounces whe

Email:  Ellen.Winburn@redcross.org

Phone number: 8036226165

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Caption Photo #1: Volunteers from the American Red Cross speak with a homeowner about fire safety during a recent smoke alarm blitz. The Red Cross and its partners, including local fire departments, are teaming together install to keep families safe from

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2016-03-31 16:27:55

Autism Academy of South Carolina

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, , Fairfield, , Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Anne Marie Green

Phone Number: 8037274897

Email: amgreen@autismacademyofsc.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

The Autism Academy of South Carolina is committed to ensuring that children with autism reach their full potential. We pursue this commitment by: 1) providing high quality, evidence-based ABA therapy to children; 2) hosting after-school social skills groups; 3) holding summer sports camps for children with social skills deficits; 4) consulting with local schools to assist and improve the programs they provide; 5) expanding capacity in South Carolina by providing free training and supervision to ABA professionals; 6) advocating in our state legislature and through various state agencies for improvements and expansion of laws and policies that impact families affected by autism. All of these efforts are to ensure that all children with autism in South Carolina have access to quality ABA services and qualified personnel to choose from.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

2015 was our first year participating in Midlands Gives. Our goal last year was to begin to create awareness in the community about our organization, our mission, and the families we serve. We recognize that community support comes with awareness. We will build on last year's success and work to translate the growing autism awareness in our community into greater support for our organization.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midlands Gives provides a platform, a spotlight, and a megaphone for small nonprofits like the Autism Academy of South Carolina to promote their mission and their needs. Being able to participate in Midlands Gives increases our voice and presence in the community, which leads to greater awareness and support. Broader community support not only enables us to expand the programs we provide it also brings new families to us that need our services. 

Name of person to attribute quote to: Anne Marie Green

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Anne Marie Green, Nonprofit Director

Email: amgreen@autismacademyofsc.org

Phone number: 8037274897

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parents of several of the children we serve

Email: amgreen@sc.rr.com

Phone number: 8037274897

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2016-04-01 11:19:43

Battle Buddies For Life

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Gene Bryant

Phone Number: 8033919371

Email: battlebuddy4life@gmail.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

In 2015 we created and emergency escape for a battered wife and newborn child of a Veteran.  This was difficult as she was a Veteran herself.  Our impact is to relieve stress that causes suicide tendencies, contributing to the national 22 a day average.  Battle buddies for life is looking to train veterans, first responders and their families on signs, symptoms and intervention/prevention of suicide.  We aim to teach the community that PTSD amongst its members is not a disease that is intolerable.

Our organization is trying to help the community by building camaraderie with the Veterans, First Respondents, and their families during their times of crisis and needs.  In order to be able to accomplish this, our organization plans on scheduling monthly events in order to let the community know of these activities that involve every Veteran and First Respondents.  We are also wanting to build a bond with these men and women of our community that if they are going through issues, they will hopefully reach out to our organization instead of taking their lives due to the stressful situation in which they may be in. 

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Battle Buddies takes members and families into peer support groups building trust and rapport while creating a stronger bond and phone assistance program to intervene in emergency cases rather than receive an 800 number from the VA hospital assistance number.  We ask to help build community servant relations and veterans that feel outcast due to stigma of PTSD.

In order to raise awareness within the communities and surrounding areas to inform them of who we are and what our purpose is so that we may raise monies for special events for our Veterans and First Respondents as well as to have funds available to use during times of need.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

"Always Strong, Always Faithful, Always Together"

Name of person to attribute quote to: Gene Bryant

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2016-03-18 08

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2014, 2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Lexington, Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Jennifer Hodges

Phone Number: 8036915700

Email: jennifer@bbbsgc.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Ten-year-old and future clothes designer, Breyonne’, also known as “Bre”, wants to make a difference in Columbia, South Carolina. Since being a part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program for five years, she has already managed to make an impact at her school.  Recently, U.S. Senator Tim Scott recognized Bre for advocating for a school crossing guard at the school she attends as a rising 5th grade.  Many probably saw a need, but Breyonne’ took the extra step to make sure someone noticed. “All my friends walk home from school and I did not think it was safe. Some have to walk over a mile home and cross busy streets.” That concern sparked Bre to start a conversation with her mother, and ultimately the City of Columbia. And thanks to her initiative, the children at her school now have a crossing guard!  When asked how Bre’s Big Sister Julia felt after learning of this huge recognition, Bre said, “Ms. Julia thought it was so awesome. She said she is so proud of me.” Breyonne’ said she loves being part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia program.  Some of Bre’s favorite things to do with her Big are going to the zoo, getting help with homework, and heading to the roller skating rink.   And even though she has already accomplished so much, Bre has set her sights on her next community project. “My goal is to have my school approve rolling book bags. Right now, we are not allowed to have any bag with wheels, but having to walk home carrying so many books really makes my back hurt. I know other kids probably have the same problem.”   Bre’s mother shared that at their church they have an “Act of Kindness Program”, with the mission of finding ways to help others.  It is obvious to everyone that Breyonne’ has taken that mission to heart. We are all excited to see what the future holds for this very special girl!  Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Columbia serves the children and families of Richland and Lexington counties. The Big Brothers Big Sisters vision is to facilitate successful mentoring relationships for all children who need and want them, contributing to brighter futures, better schools, and stronger communities for all. For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia or to find out how to volunteer to become a Big, please call 803-691-5700 or visit www.bbbsgc.org. 

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

“Midlands Gives has provided our small agency with an awesome opportunity to talk about the good that our nonprofits are doing in our community at a larger level. The funds that we are able to generate from this phenomenal online campaign helped us to sponsor about five more children in our program last year – resulting in five lives changed for the better, forever! It is great to have a day where we can celebrate philanthropy in the Midlands – all nonprofits will tell you that it takes a village, and we certainly love to be able to celebrate nonprofit work together with our peers, because we all work together with the same common goal – to make a difference in the lives of those in our community. “  Cristy Marshall, President & CEO

Name of person to attribute quote to: Cristy Marshall

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Cristy Marshall

Email: cmarshall@bbbsgc.org

Phone number: 8036915700

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Cristy Marshall

Email: cmarshall@bbbsgc.org

Phone number: 8036915700

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2016-04-04 14:14:22

Big Red Barn Retreat

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Richland, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Sutton Shaw

Phone Number: 8037677193

Email: suttonshaw@aol.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Our retreat has given our military hope by providing free non-clinical, therapeutic services to those suffering from military and combat related stress issues. One such example is Snuffy. Snuffy is retired from the Coast Guard and suffered from severe back pain and anxiety.  He was seeing a pain management specialist and had even been referred to a doctor for back surgery.  Snuffy even professed that he was drinking 12 beers a day. He started yoga at the Big Red Barn Retreat in October in the FREE service member classes.  Snuffy soon began to feel better with less pain in his back. He also began drinking less and less. Today, Snuffy has been released from his pain management doctor and is on no pain medication for his back. He drinking has also decreased significantly.    No telling how long Snuffy would have continued to suffer from back pain and anxiety had he not found the Big Red Barn Retreat.  But that's what we offer service members, active, retired, vets and their immediate family members, we offer them peace, healing and hope.  Many service members suffer from combat and military stress issues in the privacy of their own homes. Never reaching out for help.  Whether it be anxiety, depression, insomnia or anger issues, the BRB Retreat offers alternatives to traditional talk therapy and medication. The therapeutic services offered at the BRB Retreat are different and varied because there is not a "one shoe fits all" treatment for these issues.  Funds from Midlands Gives will help us to continue to provide FREE therapeutic services to our military at NO cost, and allow us to expand and add services, so that we can have the services to meet the varied healing needs of those in need of peace.

The Big Red Barn Retreat was founded in 2014 in memory of the late Leon Irons, USN Veteran. The Big Red Barn Retreat was created to provide a place of healing for those in need of peace that are suffering from military or combat related stress issues. The BRB Retreat offers non-clinical, therapeutic services in a natural setting to active duty and retired service members, veterans and their immediate family members at no cost. Dollars raised from Midlands Gives will allow the BRB Retreat to provide these alternative healing services at no cost so that we can continue to help those that are suffering from PTSD, anxiety, depression, anger, insomnia, and any other conditions related to their time spent in the military or in combat.  The need for alternative healing is significant. It is estimated that 1 in 3 returning troops are being diagnosed with serious PTSD and less than 40% will seek help. And of those that seek help, the traditional treatments of talk therapy or medication to treat the symptoms is not entirely effective.  In addition, many of the service members suffering from PTSD either do not know they have PTSD or are afraid of the negative stigma associated with seeking mental health services.   The healing services of equine assisted psychotherapy, therapeutic yoga, and healing art workshops have proven effective in treating those suffering from PTSD symptoms because they do not rely solely on language as with talk therapy, but rather incorporate physical experiences and movement to help PTSD sufferers communicate their feelings without words.  Once PTSD sufferers expand their awareness and understanding of their feelings, they can begin to work on healing themselves from within and get on the road to feeling better.  One such example of healing transformation is Snuffy. Snuffy served in the Coast guard and suffered from chronic pain and insomnia.  He began participating in the FREE service member yoga classes at the Big Red Barn Retreat in November of 2015. At the time, he was drinking an average of 12 beers a day, sleeping an average of 3 hours a night, and in treatment with a pain management specialist. After just 6 weeks of therapeutic yoga, Snuffy's has stopped drinking 12 beers a day, is sleeping more regular, and has stopped taking all pain medications. Snuffy now leads a joyful life where he wakes up feeling good.  The Big Red Barn Retreat can be a place of healing for all who are silently suffering, like Snuffy, and just want to feel good.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Our strategy this year is to use social media to gain awareness of the Big Red Barn Retreat through social media and hosting a special event day on May 3rd where we'll invite the community to come explore the grounds of The Big Red Barn Retreat & participate/meet our healers. The event day will kick off with breakfast, and a yoga class at 9AM. Then, we will invite people to come out during lunch, enjoy lunch and "meet our therapists", the horses that are part of the equine assisted therapy.  In addition, our healing artist will have a group art project that each visitor can "make his mark on."   Our goal is to raise $15,000!

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midlands Gives has let those who are silently suffering from PTSD symptoms know we are a place of healing and peace available to them.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Sutton Shaw

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Sutton Shaw

Email: suttonshaw@aol.com

Phone number: 8037677193

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2016-04-01 1

Catholic Charities of the Midlands

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Leisa Lipscomb

Phone Number: 8037267764

Email: llipscomb@catholic-doc.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Catholic Charities serves the Columbia homeless population through a clothing closet, and our unique and unduplicated ministry called Clean of Heart, which provides showers and laundry services to those in need.  We also serve the community by offering assistance with out of the ordinary or unmet needs. Since opening in 2011, Clean of Heart is responsible for doing over 10,000.00 loads of laundry for 850 unduplicated clients.  Our volunteers have logged over 8000.00 hours of service.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Last year was our first year participating in Midlands Gives.  This year our strategy is to raise money to expand our Clean of Heart ministry and increase community awareness of our programs.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Clean of Heart and the Clothing Closet has been a blessing to all involved--Staff, volunteers, donors as well as the clients.  Providing the basic needs of clothing, laundry, and showers for the homeless population helps them feel empowered and equipped for their life journey.  We want them to know they do not walk alone.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Cathy Hood-Pittenger

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Cathy Hood Pittenger

Email: chood@catholic-doc.org

Phone number: 8037267764

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Claire Wagner

Email: chood@catholic-doc.org

Phone number: 8037267764

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We have a number of volunteers and clients who would be willing to participate in interviews and share the story of our programs.  We will be happy to coordinate those folks if we are chosen.

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2016-03-30 12:57:09

Center for Colon Cancer Research

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Anne Sinclair

Phone Number: 8036220471

Email: asinclair1@bellsouth.net

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Cancer Warrior: Amy’s story—This story is everyone’s worst nightmare: going to the doctor and learning that you have a life-threatening illness; learning you have CANCER. Thanks to the Center for Colon Cancer’s (CCCR) screening program, Amy’s story has a happy ending!   Without health insurance and almost 19 years without visiting a physician, Amy went to a local free health clinic to have a hemorrhoid checked. During that visit, because she was overdue for colon cancer screening, her doctor recommended her for a screening colonoscopy and referred her to the CCCR colon cancer screening program.  Amy had no idea what to expect from a colonoscopy and neither did her family and friends. She was hesitant and nervous at first. Her CCCR patient navigator, Judy Klauber, provided her with support every step of the way.  She explained the procedure, how to prepare for it, reviewed the special diet, and made reminder calls.  Throughout the process, Judy was available to answer questions and alleviate any fears Amy had.  Judy’s support enabled Amy to understand the procedure and to feel calm and prepared. Through the support of the CCCR’s patient navigator program, Amy overcame her reservations of having a colonoscopy and her cancer was caught early. Every day, CCCR patient navigators make a difference in the lives of people who do not have health insurance for colon cancer screening!  Amy’s colonoscopy revealed CANCER. However, because of the CCCR, her story did not end with that diagnosis.  Thanks to the coordinated efforts of the CCCR, her local free clinic, and the cancer treatment center, Amy received treatment and has a new mission in life, “paying it forward”. Her mission is to be an advocate for the health of others through education, and encouragement.  She is a positive, uplifting voice of support and a strong role model for others who are diagnosed with cancer. She shares her story with others with an emphasis on the importance of cancer screening. By “paying it forward,” Amy hopes to save a life as her life was saved!  Amy is a Cancer Warrior. 

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

The Center for Colon Cancer Research (CCCR), founded in 2002, initially focused on basic research across departmental lines at the University of South Carolina. In 2007, the CCCR began a pilot project to provide screening for uninsured and underinsured people who are eligible for screening and education. Today, the screening and outreach programs have grown into robust efforts across South Carolina and serve as a model across our country.   For the first time, the CCCR is participating in Midland Gives! We are excited about this opportunity to increase awareness about the CCCR and to generate needed funds for the screening program.  Our overall goal for participation is: To increase awareness and to generate funds for the colon cancer screening program. Funds generated through Midlands Gives will provide colon preparation mix for patients, transportation to the medical procedure, and patient support before and after the colonoscopy.   Our specific objectives include: 1) Increasing our donor database by 100 new donors; 2) raise $5,000 to provide colon preparation mix for patients, transportation to the medical procedure, and provide support both before and after the colonoscopy and 3) increase awareness of the CCCR by increasing by 100 the number of “likes” on our Facebook page.   To achieve these goals and objectives, we will utilize our staff, researchers, volunteers, colon cancer survivors, and advocates to encourage philanthropy in the Midlands and to specifically donate to the CCCR. These individuals will encourage their friends and family to learn about the impact of colon cancer and the role of the CCCR striving to eliminate this deadly form of cancer through emails, Facebook posts, and additions to the CCCR website. In addition, the CCCR will participate actively in the May 3rd Day of Giving at Spirit Communications Park.  Our CCCR Team is ready!

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Thanks to Midlands Gives, the Center for Colon Cancer Research can save lives and ensure people don’t miss life’s greatest moments!  By creating funding opportunities for our screening program, we can provide free colonoscopies to South Carolinians who are at risk for colon cancer and who otherwise wouldn’t be able to get screened. 

Name of person to attribute quote to: Dr. Frank Berger

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Anne Sinclair, Resource Development Coordinator

Email: asinclair1@bellsouth.net

Phone number: 8036220471

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Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

CCCR Ambassadors

Email: asinclair1@bellsouth.net

Phone number: 8036220471

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We do have people who have been screened through our program, colon cancer survivors, and gastroenterologists who are willing to be interviewed. They will be on stand-by. I am hesitant to give their information at this time. I can still be the point-perso

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2016-04-04 17:11:14

Central Midlands Area Agency on Aging

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Cindy Curtis

Phone Number: 8037445134

Email: ccurtis@centralmidlands.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

The Mission Statement “to promote a positive experience of aging for older individuals and their families” is an on-going commitment for the Area Agency on Aging.  This is accomplished through a multitude of planning and efforts made by the staff at the Area Agency on Aging to the hundreds staff and volunteers serving thousands of hours at every senior center in all four counties that we serve: Richland, Lexington, Newberry and Fairfield counties.   We accomplished this positive experience through our senior centers making them a safe and enjoyable haven.  We have provided hope and relief to hundreds of caregivers needing a much needed break from being a caregiver to their loved ones through our Family Caregiver Support Program. Safety is an important priority as we cover over 6600 skilled nursing home beds in the four counties, filter and investigate 1531 complaints, confirmed 531 cases of neglect and abuse and made over 330 onsite visits by certified staff through our Ombudsman program.   Our senior centers average over a 1000 hours monthly in providing Home Care I services in the home for qualified homebound seniors.  This service provides a basic level of home services with helping to take care of the senior’s home environment.  The AAA/ADRC offers the IR&A Program that provides a wealth of public information and resources, making referrals on a daily basis, Monday through Friday, by averaging 20-30 calls daily. May 2014- December 2014 the IR&A Specialist made 269 outreach presentations and one-one-one contacts. This includes performing rural outreach to two counties monthly.    This program has helped seniors find everything from home repairs, donated appliances, referring them for assistance with their utilities, and emergency rental assistance.  What makes this program essential to seniors and their families is explaining and giving them the understanding of the necessary steps and services for a parent or loved one’s aging needs.  This could include alternative living arrangements; in-home care providers and the financial and eligibility requirements.  Referrals are made to appropriate protective agencies including adult protective services/law enforcement/legal assistance on vulnerable or abuse older adults, and/or if the senior is unable to care for oneself.  The IR&A also handles calls asking for information from state and local agencies, senior centers, medical insurance providers, and local medical centers.  Further assistance comes through the I-CARE program here at the Area Agency on Aging.  Insurance Counseling Assistance and Referral for Elders Program (I-CARE), along with our certified I-CARE specialists, made over 25 outreach presentations from May-December 2014 and receive calls daily from seniors asking about Prescription Drug Plan-including the Extra Help Program, Medicaid, Medicare Supplements, Long Term Care Insurance, other health insurance coverage options and handle Medicare Fraud review/reporting.  The I-CARE program reached out to over 1500 seniors by assisting them with their medical insurance questions and needs through individualized appointments with our certified specialists. The Central Midlands Area Agency on Aging continues to strive to reach more seniors, improve on current services and plan and develop programs that can benefits the seniors in our community.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

We're very excited this year since it's our first time with the Midlands Gives!  Our goal will be to increase the number of seniors in need of our help.  Your contribution is very important and we hope can count on lots of support!

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

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2016-04-04 15:30:43

Challenger Learning Center Foundation

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Willa Martin Bailey

Phone Number: 8037641482

Email: willa.bailey@yahoo.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

The Challenger Learning Center of Richland County School District One is an aeronautics and space-themed educational program designed to provide interactive learning experiences, integrating science and math curricula with information and technology.  Through various simulations, scenarios, and activities we offer, students develop skills in decision making, teamwork, problem solving, and communication. The Challenger Learning Center was established as a living memorial to the heroes of the Challenger 51-L crew.  A stand-alone facility, the Challenger Learning Center of Richland County School District One was the 26th of its kind in the Challenger Center Network.  It opened in February 1996.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

This is the first year the Foundation has participated in Midlands Gives.  Our overall strategy is to provide students access to technological experiments and information through e-learning methods.  To successfully promote this program, the Challenger Learning Center needs laptops for the Mission Control center and classroom experiments. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to ensure that every student attending the center will have the ability to go online for coursework and learning.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midlands Gives affords the Challenger Learning Center the promotional awareness for students in the Midlands, but specifically students in the Edgewood Neighborhood who ordinarily would not have the opportunity and the vision to one day follow in the footsteps of Major General Charles F. Bolden, Jr., NASA Administrator (former astronaut). The Challenger Learning Center is a "jewel" in the urban environment of Columbia and Midlands Gives shines a bright light on this wonderful center and its offerings.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Willa Martin Bailey

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Carolyn Donelan, Flight Director

Email: carolyn.donelan@richlandone.org

Phone number: 8039293951

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Commissioner Vince Ford

Email: vince.ford@palmettohealth.org

Phone number: 8032316982

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Facebook page in development.  To be available 4/04/2016

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2016-04-04 12:04:38

Columbia Baroque

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Fairfield, Lexington, Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

LE Spradlin

Phone Number: 8033181428

Email: LESpradlin@att.net

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Funds from Midlands Gives have enabled Columbia Baroque to provide educational programming and Family Concerts which have a gap between the income they generate and the production costs.  Examples of such programming include: a collaboration of a concert and master classes with the Suzuki Strings at USC; a video for music teachers teaching Baroque recorder in collaboration with the South Carolina Philharmonic's Link Up program; Seminar performances for USC School of Music students in advance of our concerts; performances for gifted and talented music students at the Tri-District Arts Consortium; in-school interactive Baroque recorder demonstrations; and Family Concerts at locations such as Columbia Museum of Art, Richland Library and other area locations.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Last year was our first year to participate in Midlands Gives.  Our strategy was first to educate our board and gather enthusiasm within our organization.  Next, we got the word out through posts on social media, emails to our email list and word-of-mouth communication.  We targeted the prizes that we thought we could win.  We were fortunate and grateful to receive four of the AFLAC $100 gifts plus a gift of $1,000 from The Cheerful Giver.  We gathered eight new donors, and a number of our current donors increased their giving amounts.  We exceeded our goal of $5,000 by raising over $7,600 through our participation in Midlands Gives.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midlands Gives provided Columbia Baroque an exciting financial shot-in-the-arm by increasing the number of our donors including eight new donors and an increase in the total amount of our financial support.  We were blessed to receive several of the bonus prizes and a generous anonymous gift.  Our participation in Midlands Gives enabled us to expand our educational outreach and our family concert events, providing beneficial arts enrichment programming for persons of all ages in the Midlands.

Name of person to attribute quote to: LE Spradlin

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Erika Cutler

Email: erikacutler@yahoo.com

Phone number: 4123372301

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

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We are grateful for the wonderful support we received last year through our participation in Midlands Gives, and we are excited to be on board again this year.  Our sincere thanks to Central Carolina Community Foundation for this outstanding fundraising o

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2016-03-29 11:29:05

Columbia Classical Ballet

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Alana Jordan

Phone Number: 8035860774

Email: alana@bigeyedbird.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Columbia Classical Ballet is dedicated to providing South Carolina audiences with the experience of classical ballet performed by the recognized ballet stars of the day. The Ballet recruits the most talented performers from around the world and brings them to our community.  Additionally, Columbia Classical Ballet actively supports our community through an extensive outreach program. The hallmark of this outreach program is the annual production of LifeChance: One Night for a Better Day - benefiting children and families in danger. LifeChance is an alliance of internationally renowned artists joining with local artists to perform one night of spectacular entertainment and to raise funds for a different charitable organization each year.  LifeChance has received national attention from former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton as well as state attention from former Governor David Beasley.  The Ballet's outreach program also works with community groups and stages special productions for members of our community who would otherwise be unable to attend a performance in a traditional theater setting.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Since this is our first year, we've set a goal of $5,000.  We plan to target our regular donors, while also hoping to be able to recruit some new donors via a social media and e-mail campaign strategy.  We've outlined a social media and e-mail blast campaign that will last for over a month building until Midlands Gives. 

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

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Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Lee Lumpkin

Email: leelumpkin21@aol.com

Phone number: 8034674403

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Brooklyn Mack

Email: brooklyn.mack05@gmail.com

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Print

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This year has especially been a difficult year for the organization because we were effected by the October Floods, which was destroyed in our home studio.  Also, our Artistic Director, Radenko Pavlovich also suffered from a heart attack.  With all that w

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2016-04-04 16:51:32

Columbia International Festival

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Raj Aluri

Phone Number: 8033180800

Email: festival@ifmusa.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Through music, global cuisines and cultural performances, the Columbia International Festival celebrates and promotes Columbia and the Midlands as a place of vibrant cultural diversity.  The festival increases international understanding, builds relationships, and fosters appreciation for the many cultures, nationalities and language groups that are an integral part of our community and make Columbia a great place to live and work. The festival offers a one of a kind, multicultural, community event with 21 years of successful history.  75 National exhibitors bring their country's culture, heritage, and history to our doorstep.  Authentic cultural food vendors offer the experience of cuisines from around the globe, and bazaar vendors offer unique arts and crafts from their cultures.  A variety of cultural performers will bring song and dance from their cultures.  The 2 day public festival is preceded by Global Education Day, a unique learning experience that brings 3500 school children and educators from across the state to see, hear and taste the world under one roof.  In every aspect, the Columbia International Festival celebrates the many cultures that make up our community, and all the ways in which those cultures enrich our life in the Midlands.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Name of person to attribute quote to:

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Dr. Raj Aluri

Email: festival@ifmusa.org

Phone number: 8033180800

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

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2016-04-01 10:48:09

Columbia Museum of 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:

Chris Scudder

Phone Number: 8033432214

Email: cscudder@columbiamuseum.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Last year's Midlands Gives contributions to the Columbia Museum of Art helped to support our incredible summer exhibition, "From Marilyn to Mao: Andy Warhol's Famous Faces." Support from the community challenged us to maximize our potential as a facilitator of fun, educational programs and events that connect families and individuals from across our community. A CCCF Connected Communities grant and contributions through Midlands Gives enabled the CMA to offer unique programs throughout the summer - allowing folks from across the Midlands to be a part of the art.  Midlands Gives and the CCCF's Connected Communities grant program have spurred conversation both within the CMA and among our partners. Educational programs for all ages are a key part of fulfilling our mission. There were a wide variety of programs designed for both children and adults, including films, lectures, concerts, gallery talks, self-guided TAP tours, and the popular member’s opening reception. The exhibition opened on Thursday, June 11 with a special reception and preview party that attracted over 700 members to see "Andy Warhol’s Famous Faces" in one day!  The CMA’s award-winning, free self-guided multimedia tours – called TAP – were very popular throughout the run of the exhibition with 3,916 sessions downloaded. TAP tours use audio, video, and images to enhance the visitor experience in the galleries. Information from art historians and curators, videos on technique, and supplemental images are at the visitor’s fingertips to complement the exhibition.  During the 12-week show, over 23,000 people experienced "From Marilyn to Mao: Andy Warhol’s Famous Faces" -- the highest number of visitors to any summer show at the CMA in recent years! With your support, the CMA sustained visitorship and promoted the most welcoming and vibrant programming possible throughout the summer. Diverse audiences and thousands of new guests were hallmarks of our programs throughout the season.  Inside the exhibition galleries was an interactive wall allowing visitors to “mash up” or create their own Warhol using magnetic puzzles. Taken together, the variety of experiences within the show demonstrated Warhol’s inventive breadth and illustrated how large his imprint on Pop Art really was. The Community Gallery show, "Identity", featured artwork that responded to the questions of celebrity and identity raised in the Warhol exhibition.  Support from our community is truly making a difference for our region's welcoming communities, vibrant social offerings, and superb public spaces.  Your gifts this year through Midlands Gives will support educational outreach and public programming for our upcoming exhibition, "Cut! Costume and the Cinema." This exciting, international exhibition includes 43 period costumes from 25 films, depicting five centuries of history, drama, and comedy. An experience like no other awaits visitors as they discover the glamour and artistry of cinematic couture, delight in sumptuous fabrics and embroidery, and bask in the allure of famous film stars. The amazing costumes in this exhibition come from a collection of more than 100,000 costumes and accessories made by the renowned British costumer, Cosprop Ltd.  Thank you for your support of the CMA through Midlands Gives!

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Last year, the Columbia Museum of Art raised over $26,000 through more than 60 gifts, placing us among the top five out of more than 150 participating organizations! We’d like to raise even more money this year for our essential arts programming and outreach. The CMA is truly a leader and a jewel in the Midlands, and we want to build on our success!

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"If you are like me, you love the Midlands. The communities, the people, and the organizations that work so hard − all make our region a tremendous place to live, play, and work.  On Tuesday, May 3, The Columbia Museum of Art is participating in Midlands Gives, Central Carolina Community Foundation’s online resource that connects donors with nonprofit organizations like ours. During this one-day, 24-hour online giving challenge, we have the chance to do something remarkable for the CMA and the Midlands: raise as much money as possible on this one day for the Columbia Museum of Art while celebrating the spirit of philanthropy in our community. Thank you for your support!"

Name of person to attribute quote to: Karen Brosius, Executive Director

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Joelle Ryan-Cook, Deputy Director and Director of External Affairs

Email: joelle@columbiamuseum.org

Phone number: 8037671623

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2016-04-04 14:36:43

Columbia Opportunity Resource

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2014, 2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Lexington, Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Abigail Zeiler

Phone Number: 3176905137

Email: abigail@ourcor.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Columbia Opportunity Resource is an integral group of talented professionals that continues to move the Midlands forward. Moving to Columbia from Indiana in 2010, I attended college at the University of South Carolina. When I graduated, staying in Columbia was not in my vision for my career or future. What I did not know was that I was about discover a movement happening right here in Columbia. A talent magnet that offered to retain and engage my talent here in the Midlands. COR is comprised of one of the most diverse, talented and active groups of professionals in the Midlands. One thing we all have in common is our determination to create a better future for ourselves, our community and for its businesses and organizations. The energy and passion of the COR membership continues to teach me what it means to be an engaged citizen and has shown me just how much our region has to offer talented professionals. Without this opportunity, I would not have stayed in Columbia and truly believe that this is an embodiment of what COR does for our community. I encourage each of you to become involved and help us create a better Midlands where we can all work, live, play.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

This year we want to show the community how important COR is to moving our region forward. Our mission is to retain and engage talent in the Midlands by offering a network where like-minded individuals can create meaningful connections and in turn impact the community through Leadership, Service & Fun.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

"Midlands Gives has impacted our community immensely.  It has connected business leaders, volunteers, and organizations for the greater good of Columbia just like COR does.  Central Carolina Community Foundation's talented group has made such wonderful progress and has changed the way we all view our community.  I am proud to be a member of COR and a supporter of Midlands Gives."

Name of person to attribute quote to: Jeff Lawler

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Abigail Zeiler, Executive Director

Email: abigail@ourcor.org

Phone number: 3176905137

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Leigh Lowery of the SC Special Olympics. COR provides the volunteers that manage the SC Special Olympics Summer Game's Olympic Town.

Email: llowery@so-sc.org

Phone number: 8034045519

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2016-04-04 16:03:37

Columbia SC Starlings

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Fairfield, Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Gwen Wilcher

Phone Number: 8034792941

Email: columbiascstarlings@live.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

The Columbia Starlings organization provides all our participants the opportunity to experience team sports with emphasis on life skills and community service. No child is excluded regardless of skill level or socioeconomic status. Academic and athletic college preparation is provided to all participants.   LOVE OF VOLLEYBALL HELPS ATHLETE PERSEVERE  Categories: National News, Volleyball, Florida, National Championship, Features, Events  / After losing her father at age 10, Marissa Artemus began playing volleyball to get her through it. She didn’t know that the emotional pain she was going through would soon be accompanied by physical pain. While at a routine physical that is required for high school students to play sports, Artemus was informed that she had scoliosis. She was told that her curvature had already advanced so much that bracing wouldn’t help and she would need a spinal fusion and a metal rod placed in her back. The recovery time would be at least a year, and that was if the surgery and recovery went well. The 16 year old requested that the surgery be scheduled after volleyball season was over. The surgery went well and she was on her way to recovering when another curveball was thrown her way. A truck ran a red light and hit the car Artemus was traveling in, aggravating her back and causing her to go through physical therapy. “I was scared that the rod or bolts would move and that I would have to get surgery again and relive that pain,” said Artemus. During her months of therapy, a few things kept her going. “My love for volleyball and a determination not to let this surgery hold me back from my full potential,” she said. “I wanted to make my deceased father proud. I also had strong support from my family and friends.” She was released from her physical restrictions after six months.  The Columbia, South Carolina teen traveled to Orlando, Florida with her team, the Columbia SC Starlings, for the 42nd AAU Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships. This will be her first year attending and she is looking forward to the challenge. After everything Artemus has been through, she has learned a lot about herself. “I have learned that I'm much stronger than I give myself credit for,” she explained. “I have to be determined and that life is lived day by day and that everyday counts.  Life is what you make of it.” While her recovery is going well, her life has been altered because of her physical setback. “Physically, I stretch and take breaks,” she stated. “I have learned to care for my body as an athlete. Physiologically I just try and stay positive by telling myself the pain will go away and that it will pass.” Most importantly, she has learned a lot about facing what life throws at her. “It has shown me that being afraid is fine as long as you don’t let it hold you back,” she said. “Face your challenges head on.”    

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

The 2015 season was our first year participating in Midlands gives and our goal, as a small non-profit organization with a small local base was to meet the goal of matching a cheerful donor gift.  We met this goal in 2015 and hope to build on this experience for the 2016 Giving day event.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Regardless of your size or experience, work hard, do your best and never forget those who help make your goals possible and achievable. Help is not a hand out but a helping hand up.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Gwen Wilcher

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Gwen Wilcher

Email: gwilcher@live.com

Phone number: 8034792941

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Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Tameika Gantt

Email: Tameika99@hotmail.com

Phone number: 8036653081

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2016-04-01 01:29:03

Columbia Writers Alliance

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Jerlean Noble

Phone Number: 8034666550

Email: jerleannoble@yahoo.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Columbia Writers Alliance (CWA) has been a supportive, inspiring literary foundation for aspiring writers and published authors of various genres. In 2008, CWA partnered with the University of South Carolina’s departments of Psychology, Arts Institute, Dance and Arts, and DIVA, an all-girl after school summer group, to evaluate the impact of engaging in multifaceted art forms to increase positive life trajectories in underserved youth. It was a comparative study entitled Single vs. Interdisciplinary Art Forms in Underserved Youth, culminating in a published book by the participants entitled Wordz Up, a Story to Tell. These young girls, who were first-time authors, participated in a book launching and had the opportunity to showcase their work, something that they worked hard for. Their ages ranged from 6 to 13 years old. Most were from broken homes, one whose mom was incarcerated, and one most notably and worthy of a before after story was gifted in music and poetry, but very introverted.  There were times she would simply shut down.  She has now grown and published her first book.   At present, we have two young ladies, ages seven and nine, whose grandmother is a member of CWA. They listened to her read; they also listened to her pray.  They were inspired and have now published their own book together.   Columbia Writers Alliance provides a setting where individuals can express their artistic gifts through workshops geared toward improving literary and reading development.      Funds from the Midlands Gives Project will allow Columbia Writers Alliance to support aspiring authors through access to professional development and writing, training programs for students in local schools and sponsorship of cultural and literary events for the community.   

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Our strategy is to engage the donors through email and social media to help support our Annual Writers Conference "Write for Life Social Awareness Through Creative Expressions," with a special focus on writing proposals for our local youth entitled "We Lift Our Voices to the Emanuel Nine."  This Write for Life conference will provide healing for the writer and the reader through interdisciplinary writing, channeling forgiveness of the Emanuel Nine and other senseless tragedies. Our goal is to attain funds to sponsor at least 100 children to attend the conference, provide materials needed, and provide them with school supplies for this coming fall.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Columbia Writers Alliance is so excited to be a first-time participant in Midlands Gives!  Through this initiative, we will be able to better support the writing and literacy needs of CWA members, students in our local schools and community at large.  The power of the written word can make such a difference in one's life.   We are proud to provide a forum for the community to express itself through creative writing that inspires, encourages and heals.     

Name of person to attribute quote to: Ida W. Thompson, Director

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Ida W. Thompson, Director and VP of CWA

Email: idathompson@richlandone.org

Phone number: 8032316803

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Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Al Black

Email: albeemindgravy@gmail.com

Phone number: 8036083057

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This is our first year, so we don't have photos yet.  However, we are excited to begin our photo album of this exciting opportunity and ghe outcome.

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2016-04-04 17:53:34

Crossroads Wounded Warrior Archery Foundation

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Clarendon

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Kim Dault

Phone Number: 8034786511

Email: kim@cwwaf.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

CWWAF began as a simple act of kindness.  A soldier, stationed in Germany, was in Sumter to participate in an Army archery clinic.  His goal was to qualify for the Army’s 2012 Wounded Warrior Games team.  During one of their breaks from class, several members of the team visited Crossroads Archery in Summerton.  The next day, the soldier’s bow blew apart in practice.  He contacted the archery shop and was assured the bow he needed was available.  The soldier was fully aware that he would be solely responsible for the purchase, as the Army wouldn’t be able to provide any funding.  But as a soldier, he was determined to complete his mission.    As the soldier was enroute, the archery shop’s owner reached out to other archers, hoping that together, they could aid this soldier so away from home.  By the time the soldier arrived, a brotherhood of archers from all over South Carolina had donated funds to pay for the bow.   Rendered speechless by the outpouring of local support, the soldier accepted the bow in the spirit in which it had been gifted: that of true friendship.    Kindness has a ripple effect.  When the soldier returned to Germany, he shared his experience in South Carolina.  The town was so moved, they reached into their own pockets. Designating space at a local community center, the German locals purchased targets and created an indoor archery range so the locals and soldiers would have a place to practice.  Together.    At home, that ripple grew again when a group of local businessmen who were archers decided to continue the healing process utilizing the gift of archery.  The soldier became the first in a long line of wounded warriors who have received the gift of archery to aid in their physical and emotional rehabilitation.  To date bows have gone out across not only S.C., but the United States and as far away Army bases in Italy and Germany.  CWWAF has served soldiers in all branches of military service.  And that first soldier? When asked what archery had done for him he replied, “Archery transformed my life and helped me to defeat the wounds sustained during combat.  It gave me a goal and a challenge to look forward to."  Despite being injured on each of his five deployments, that soldier continued to serve until his recent retirement.  Rather than sit back and take it easy, he’s taken on a new role: working with wounded soldiers as they work their way back to health.  And the ripple continues to keep rolling along. 

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Our goal is simple: to provide wounded soldiers with the equipment to aid in their physical and emotional rehabilitation.   Physically, archery sharpens concentration skills and improves hand/eye coordination.  Focusing on something as simple as the center ring of a target allows a soldier time to block out the rest of the world and work on a simple task.  As that ability strengthens, so do the socializing aspects of increased self-esteem and confidence.   Many of our soldiers have let us know they now shoot with their children, some of who were already in a school archery program and are thrilled to have a sport to share with their parent.       Although our program is an ongoing one, we generally host an annual  "Fun Shoot Clinic" which allows soldiers not only an opportunity to increase their archery skills with coaching, but serves as a chance to socialize with other soldiers in a quiet country setting.  A 3D Target range is set up in the woods to challenge participants further after coaching.  Rather than simply hand out door prizes, we've added a "Shoot the Balloon" contest with numbered prizes...and we don't stop until every soldier attending has received a prize.   The soldiers are great about cheering each other on. While we were unable to do so last year due to circumstances beyond our control, we are looking forward to this year's, which is scheduled for May 21st.     We hope you'll join us in offering our soldiers the opportunity to not only improve their health, but also make new friends while having fun.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

As this is our first year with Midlands Gives, we hope to be able to aid our Foundation's continuing mission of providing archery equipment to wounded soldiers for their rehabilitation.  Partnering with Midlands Gives will give us an opportunity to take care of the backlog of soldiers still on our waiting list.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Chip Stokes, CEO

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Kim Dault, Registered Agent

Email: kim@cwwaf.com

Phone number: 8034786511

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Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

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The only reason "no" was selected about speaking to an individual we serve is that our soldiers are scattered around the country.  In addition, many of the soldiers are either still active duty and probably are not encouraged to speak on such matters or t

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2016-03-26 15:42:02

Cullen's Archangel RescuE, Inc. (CARE)

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Heather, McGillem

Phone Number: 8034652514

Email: caretoadopt26@gmail.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

CARE is the only “all species” domestic & exotic pet rescue in the state of SC. Since most local municipal shelters only have programs for dogs and cats, CARE is often the first to be called upon to take in these pets (rabbits, birds, aquatics, reptiles, rodents, marsupials, etc.). CARE does so without any financial assistance from the municipal shelters.  CARE strives to educate the community about proper husbandry and veterinary care of these species in hopes of reducing abandonment and overpopulation risks in the community. Our community continues to domesticate & sell more & more species, so it's only natural that a nonprofit, no kill, animal rescue organization should create and maintain a program to accommodate the needs of all species found within that community. This includes working with local pet stores.  We also provide high quality care with exotic experienced veterinarians and pharmacies. The cost per pet is often 5-10 times what the adoption fee will return. Funds from Midlands Gives will allow us to continue saving not only dogs and cats from the community, but the widely overlooked domestic rabbits and exotic pets as well.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Last year, we created documents with target goals for our volunteers, coworkers, adopters, and sponsors. We surpassed our goal last year. We will repeat that again this year and are hoping to set up giving stations. We hope to surpass our goal again this year.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Thanks to Midlands Gives and the wonderful donors in 2105, we were able to complete veterinary care for several special needs rescue pets and most of the basic veterinary care that had been on hold. These pets are no longer on the streets or in a shelter. They have since been adopted. They are loved, cherished and valuable family members. Some pets have gone on to be teaching pets, where they bring joy, love and education to children and adults every day.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Tara Haltiwanger

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Heather McGillem

Email: caretoadopt26@gmail.com

Phone number: 8034652514

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Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization: Cornerstone Veterinary Care

Email: drduffner@cornerstoneveterinarycare.com

Phone number: 8037494453

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If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization: carelillyadopted.jpg

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Rabbit photo - Lilly was surrendered to City of Columbia Animal Shelter. We took her into our program, spent funds from Midlands Gives on her vetting (exam, spay, fecal, dewormers), Pet Lover's Warehouse in Columbia, SC was kind enough to foster her. Thankfully, after some bunny speed dating, Lilly found her a forever home with loving family and another bunny at Christmas.  Dog photo - Ford was given away on Craigslist to a family who soon found themselves financially struggling. Ford was surrendered to CARE and placed in boarding, instead of a high-kill shelter. Ford can be protective, so it took some work to find the right family for him after he was returned once early on. Funds from Midlands Give provided for his medical care and thankfully the boarding was donated by 2 different generous facilities. We believe Ford has finally found his forever family who is working hard with him and CARE on training, exercise and confidence building. As you can see in the photo, he and his family are happy.

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2016-04-05 15:57:56

Curing Kids Cancer

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Gina Janvrin

Phone Number: 8032381920

Email: gina@curingkidscancer.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Funds from Midlands Gives will get us closer to the $1.2 million endowment Curing Kids Cancer started in 2015 for the Children's Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders at Palmetto Health Children's Hospital.  We plan to use this money to get better treatments to children in the midlands without the side effects of traditional chemotherapy. Plus, it will allow kids to stay in the midlands instead of having to go out of town to a research hospital. 

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Since this is our first year participating and with it following our biggest fundraiser, The 3rd Annual Pull for Curing Kids Cancer Fire Truck Pull on April 9, we will rely on social media to get the word out about giving.  We will push the importance of the $1.2 million endowment so donors will know we are striving for a cure for childhood cancers in our lifetime.  Our goal is to find donors who will support us throughout the year.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Since this is our first year, we will have to wait to see the impact.

Name of person to attribute quote to:

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Gina Janvrin, SC Director of Development & Events

Email: gina@curingkidscancer.org

Phone number: 8032381920

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Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Anna Price

Email: survivor0730@gmail.com

Phone number: 8034139133

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https://www.facebook.com/gamecocksbattlekidscancer/photos?ref=page_internal

Additional Comments:

Picture website is from Facebook photos of our past events not Midlands Gives since this is our first year.  The individual (Anna Price) who I attached info about being interviewed is one of my cancer kids who has been a huge help with our fundraising & s

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2016-03-25 09:04:39

Dianne's Call Natural Living

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Richland, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Bonita Clemons

Phone Number: 8038145220

Email: bonita@diannescall.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Dianne's Call created several fresh food markets in Sumter and Richland Counties, where there are high concentrations of SNAP/EBT recipients. Dianne's Call has empowered the community with knowledge and natural lifestyle modifications that will ensure a whole health experience. We have increased the access and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. The funds raised will be used to take kids on a field trip to a FARM, where they will explore nature, feed farm animals, and learn the process of food before it reaches their home.  The impact of children having this experience is priceless. Memories cannot be measured and the children will remember this experience forever.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

This is our first year as participants of the Midland Gives. Our strategy is to this platform (social media) to draw awareness to our organization and increase our donors. We hope to raise at least $10,000.00 our first year.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

This is our first year as a participant.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Bonita Clemons

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Bonita Clemons,Visionary and Founder

Email: bonita@diannescall.org

Phone number: 8034792231

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This organization was started in 2001 with the common goal of bringing women from different religious backgrounds together. The purpose was to discuss and implement methods to improve the health and well being our communities. It was named after the mothe

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2016-03-30 17:26:20

Discovery Therapies, Inc.

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Becky Ansley

Phone Number: 8034190126

Email: becky.a@dtiusa.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Discovery Therapies, Inc. gives struggling learners a chance to achieve. In addition to tutoring, we provide Educational Therapy based interventions for struggling learners, whatever the learning difference or diagnosis. Given enough time, students graduating from our program are appropriately independent, no longer needing special education services; better equipped to graduate high school, go to college or enter the career of their choice.   The National Institute for Learning Development (NILD) trains all of our educational therapists and is a nationally accredited training organization for educational therapists. NILD has been recognized by the International Dyslexia Association. Each therapist has 90-360 hours of postgraduate training as well as dozens of hours of professional development.  The Midlands Gives Campaign will allow us to broaden our outreach to the community, spread the word about our services, build our scholarship fund, and provide services for the one in five students living with learning disabilities in the Midlands area. 

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

We want to build our base of donors who will help us reach the one in five children with learning disabilities in the Midlands. We would like to provide scholarships to students whom we would otherwise have to turn away. Through the Ryan Weston Scholarship Fund, our goal is to raise a minimum of $3,000.  This will provide a full educational therapy scholarship for one school year. This can be accomplished through thirty $100 donations.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midlands Gives is giving us the tools we need to create funding strategies and raise awareness for our organization.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Becky Ansley

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Donna Weston

Email: donna.w@dtiusa.org

Phone number: 8034468416

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Former Students who have overcome learning disabilities.

Email: becky.a@dtiusa.org

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This is our first year with Midlands Gives.  We are excited to implement all that we are learning through your training and webinars.

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2016-03-21 12:05:20

Dream Riders

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2014, 2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Fairfield, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Jennifer Stoudemire

Phone Number: 8039577906

Email: dreamr2@mindspring.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Dream Riders, a nonprofit organization, that offers horse-based equestrian experiences to people with special needs. It is located on the rolling hills of Sunrise Farm owned by Corky and Lewis Dyer. Their daughter, Jennifer Stoudemire began the organization in 1998 with her parents, after graduating from college. Jennifer has a younger brother with special needs and over the years has seen him benefit from horse activities. This was a strong influence in Jennifer's decision to develop a PATH Int (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) equine assisted activities program and become a certified PATH Intl riding instructor. Dream Riders reaches many people with special needs who would never have the opportunity to enjoy and benefit from horses. It is a passion of this family to share these magnificent animals while trying to keep the expense down for the riders and their families. Every donation counts to keep Dream Riders strong and supports their mission to provide an opportunity for people with special needs to benefit from equine assisted activities in a safe environment. Some of the funds raised through Midlands Gives go to rider scholarships to ensure all that are accepted into Dream Riders have the opportunity to enjoy equine assisted activities. Funds also are used towards the quality care the horses receive ensuring they are healthy, sound and happy to enjoy their job along with keeping up with facility repairs and needed equipment to provide a safe and functional environment for the riders.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Seeing as Dream Riders is 18 years old and a very unique program to the midlands, we have a large following.  The first Midlands Gives inspired Dream Riders program director to develop a face book page http://www.facebook.com/dreamridersequineassistedactivities, which has been a useful in keeping our friends updated about the program and very beneficial in spreading the word about Midlands Gives.  We also get the word out about Midlands Gives Day of Giving by putting it on our web page: www.dreamrider.org, emails, word of mouth and mail outs to our news letter list and previous Dream Riders donors of Midlands Gives. Last year we set up a giving station in front of, Flight Deck, a locally owned restaurant in the heart of Lexington. This was an excellent opportunity to share Midlands Gives information and helped with Dream Riders successful day of giving.  We plan to be at Flight Deck again this year and are hoping to have some of our representatives at the new baseball stadium in down town Columbia to be a part of the Central Carolina Community Foundation Midlands Gives activities. We are excited to start gearing up for another fun day of online giving with Midlands Gives!

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

We are so glad to be a part of Dream Riders! Tyler has really enjoyed his lessons with Mrs. Jennifer and Mrs. Corky. They are so kind and welcoming and are wonderful with all the riders. As are all the volunteers there too! They do a great job of teaching the riders about the horses, while also doing therapeutic

Name of person to attribute quote to: Elizabeth Walker

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Jennifer Stoudemire Program Director & Head riding instructor

Email: dreamr2@mindsrping.com

Phone number: 8034291618

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2016-04-01 11:23:20

EdVenture, Inc.

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2014, 2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Lexington, Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Allison Whittle

Phone Number: 8035301507

Email: awhittle@edventure.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

EdVenture Children's Museum is reaching out to underserved communities in the Midlands to promote early literacy and support children and families to grow and experience the joy of learning. Funds raised through Midlands Gives to EdVenture Children's Museums will be used to distribute ONE THOUSAND children's books to under resourced children and families in the Midlands! The goal of this project is to increase the number of books in underserved households and improve literacy in South Carolina. Literacy is the key component to learning. EdVenture will go to community centers, libraries, and schools in South Carolina to distribute books and hold literacy events for children and families.  In 2015, EdVenture distributed over 4,300 books!

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

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2016-04-04 16:11:10

End Child Hunger SC

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Lexington, Newberry, Richland, Kershaw

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Ashley Page

Phone Number: 8033542313

Email: pagea@email.sc.edu

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

End Child Hunger SC is the only organization in our state dedicated to making sure children do not go hungry through awareness, building the capacity of communities, and anti-childhood hunger program outreach. We could not do this work without our partner network, which includes: state agencies, local non-profits, faith-based organizations, school districts, and community members. One of the key partners missing at the table has been parents. Family Champion Leaders is our new initiative we hope to launch through the help of Midlands Gives. This will ensure that all of the right people are finally at the table in helping end childhood hunger in our state.  Family Champion leaders are parents whose child(ren) are currently or have experienced food insecurity. These leaders will participate in leadership development, attend meetings to help inform anti-childhood hunger program strategies, and recruit other families to be engaged in ending childhood hunger in the Midlands area and state. We are hoping that the funds from Midlands Gives will allow us to hire a Family Champion Leader for Lexington and Richland County. We hope we will be able to expand this new initiative to other counties we work in in the near future.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

End Child Hunger SC is the only organization in our state dedicated to making sure children do not go hungry through awareness, building the capacity of communities, and anti-childhood hunger program outreach. We could not do this work without our partner network, which includes: state agencies, local non-profits, faith-based organizations, school districts, and community members. One of the key partners missing at the table has been parents. Family Champion Leaders is our new initiative we hope to launch through the help of Midlands Gives. This will ensure that all of the right people are finally at the table in helping end childhood hunger in our state.  Family Champion leaders are parents whose child(ren) are currently or have experienced food insecurity. These leaders will participate in leadership development, attend meetings to help inform anti-childhood hunger program strategies, and recruit other families to be engaged in ending childhood hunger in the Midlands area and state. We are hoping that the funds from Midlands Gives will allow us to hire a Family Champion Leader for Lexington and Richland County. We hope we will be able to expand this new initiative to other counties we work in in the near future.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

This is our first year participating in Midlands Gives however, we know this will help impact families such as Meela's. She is a single-mom and a flood survivor. She recently lost her job due to stress and anxiety from the flood that she has just recently overcome. Due to Midlands Gives help, we will be able to provide her with a stipend to serve as a Family Champion Leader.  Meela states, "As a parent, nutrition is very important to give your children a good chance to be healthy. My heart aches whenever I hear that a child goes hungry. No child should have to worry about their next meal. On October 3, 2015, I remember putting in over $200 worth of groceries for a few weeks worth of food for my daughter and I. I cooked spaghetti for dinner that night one of my daughter’s favorite meals. The next morning, the floods came in and not only destroyed our home and car but it lifted and flipped our refrigerator onto its side. All of that food....gone. I was worried about our next meal. This horrific situation has made me truly appreciate organizations that advocate for nutrition programs and the issue of childhood hunger. With Midlands Gives help I will be able to be a part of an organization working to help all children in our state just my own!"

Name of person to attribute quote to: Meela Rasheed

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Ashley Page

Email: pagea@email.sc.edu

Phone number: 8033542313

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Meela Rasheed will be hired as a Family Champion Leader with the funds received from our Midlands Gives campaign.

Email: shadowphoenix01@gmail.com

Phone number: 8039206316

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2016-03-31 21:27:15

Ensemble Eclectica

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Suzanna  Pavlovsky

Phone Number: 5858310015

Email: spavlovsky@sc.rr.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Funds raised through Midlands Gives will enable "Ensemble Eclectica" to create an artistic community of the 21 century that performs fresh innovative compositions in a variety of genres and styles with a “modern twist” by also employing dance and other art mediums.  "Ensemble Eclectica" will appeal to a broad spectrum of audiences of different ages and diverse backgrounds. Thus, "Ensemble Eclectica" will break boundaries and create a bond between audiences and performers.  

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

As a brand new organization, Ensemble Eclectica’s strategy is to make itself known to as many individuals as possible and increase awareness of our presence in the community. We have used Facebook as a means of connecting with the public and have been featuring our artistic team of composers, performers, and producers as well as “movers and shakers” from the community- our supporters/volunteers.  Our goal is to raise enough funds to stage our first production by the fall of 2016. We are bringing well-known, top-notch performers and composers into the Midlands to present the public with unique experiences of excitement and high-level professionalism. Our ultimate goal is to challenge the conventional concert experience and to make a statement with something new that the Midlands has not experienced before.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

"Although we are a new organization, we are aware of the impact Midlands Gives has made throughout the Midlands.  We are grateful for the opportunity to participate in this fundraising campaign and hope to be able to also make a difference in our community." 

Name of person to attribute quote to: Maria Smoak

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Suzanna Pavlovsky

Email: spavlovsky@sc.rr.com

Phone number: 5858310015

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The possibility of being introduced to a spectrum of original music performed in a fresh new way together with different art forms creates a tremendous amount of excitement.

Email: mariasmoak@bellsouth.net

Phone number: 8034142106

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We are looking forward to participating in Midlands Gives and having a successful  campaign.

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2016-04-03 20:01:39

Fairfield County First Steps

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Fairfield

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Patti Wilkes

Phone Number: 8036358471

Email: fcccouncil@truvista.net

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Children everywhere deserve the same opportunities to become successful in life, regardless of their demographic, geographic, or economic considerations.  It is this belief that drives the board of the Fairfield County First Steps Partnership. Parents As Teachers is one of the programs that Fairfield County First Steps provides to Fairfield County residents. This program allows a certified parent educator to work in close collaboration with our families. Within the program, we develop and strengthen lifelong parenting skills and abilities. The parent educator helps the families create goals that are realistic, then supports them to achieve these aims. Our organization works with the PAT families from conception to kindergarten. These early years are the most critical for development and encouraging lifelong learners. The services build a sound basis with the parent to have successful children in school and life. We believe that the parent is the child’s first and most influential teacher. The services and techniques taught to the parents are research-based and proven to aid in the success of young children. Through home visits, the parents learn necessary parenting skills that promote school readiness in their child’s life. The home visits also provide the parents with support in living a healthy lifestyle. Developmental assessments are conducted with the children and referrals are made as necessary. The relationships we establish with our families strengthen their role as a parent. They feel supported and able to embrace every opportunity to learn and grow as well as having the capability to teach their child new skills. The services we provide support the family as a whole unit to include parent- child interactions, which encourage growth in the child’s developmental skills and abilities. These services are customized for each household in order to meet the individual needs of family members and the child. Our vision is to create a home environment that supports the growth and development in these young children during the most critical years of their development. The steps our parent educators take with these families allows the parent and child to realize their full potential and sets them on a path to succeed. Early literacy is emphasized at every home visit and a new book is provided during each home visit.    We have seen powerful results from this program within our community. We have served several teen mothers who have graduated from high school, found a job, and now support themselves and their child.  Some teen mothers have continued their education and are now college graduates. Parents find that the support we provide, through this program, allows them to continue their education, find better employment, and become self-sustaining.  

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Fairfield County First Steps hopes to gain exposure through the Midlands Gives Day.  This will allow us the opportunity to spread our vision across our community as well as the state of South Carolina. We want to establish relationships with new donors and maintain the current relationships we have. Our board and staff are committed to getting the word out for this day of giving through all methods.  We realize that private donations play a vital role in our ability to provide programs for our families.   This is our first year participating.  Our goal is to raise a minimum of $500

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

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Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Patti Wilkes

Email: fcccouncil@truvista.net

Phone number: 8036358471

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2016-03-31 14:49:12

Family Promise of the Midlands

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Jill Duffield

Phone Number: 8034931744

Email: jillduffield@yahoo.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Since we began our ministry just over a year ago, we have served 76 people in 21 families experiencing homelessness. Twelve of those families have gone on to permanent, sustainable housing situations. We helped them establish their new homes by collecting furniture and other household items, and even after our guest families are in their own homes, we continue to work with them to help them become more financially stable so they can remain in their homes. In addition, we have helped Ashley Furniture to put beds in the homes of dozens of children who had no beds. We have provided funding for rent payments and deposits that allowed families to avoid having to enter our program by remaining in their own homes. And we have worked closely with other service providers in the Midlands to ensure that people whom we are not able to help are getting help elsewhere. We are counting on raising $13,000 during Midlands Gives so we can meet our 2016 budget and continue to provide counseling and case management for incoming families as well as for those who have moved on from our program.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Last year we had no idea what to expect, and we watched with great excitement as our Midlands Gives total continued to rise and eventually exceeded $9,000! This year, as we reach the end of our campaign to fund 2016, we are $13,000 shy of our goal. We are confident that generous donors will put us over that goal this year on May 3!  Our strategy is to use email and social media to encourage our supporters and their friends to donate on May 3 in support of our ministry.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

"Midlands Gives inspires people in the Midlands to take a closer look at the many service organizations working to improve our community and to support them in a tangible way. Midlands Gives provided us with the opportunity to experience support not only from our current donors but from new donors as well, and it helped to publicize the name of our relatively new organization." 

Name of person to attribute quote to: Jill Duffield, chair of the board of directors

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Nancy Tuten

Email: ntuten@columbiasc.edu

Phone number: 8034795092

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Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Tanika and Mack Doctor and their children were one of our guest families for whom we provided shelter and food while they were experiencing situational homelessness.

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Phone number: 8033488975

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2016-04-01 18:22:08

Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2014, 2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Kershaw

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Kristin Cobb

Phone Number: 8034270345

Email: kcobb@fineartscenter.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County offers all of Kershaw County the opportunity to enjoy and experience the arts through programs, events, classes, camps, as well as live theatre opportunities both on stage and behind the stage all year round.  • During the last fiscal year, FAC produced and presented 353 performances, exhibitions, residencies, classes, and other programs involving 917 artists, performers, and educators. Participants totaled 18,302, of whom 6,650 were children and youth throughout the county.   • The Center produced and/or presented 62 performances of dance, music, and theatre involving 671 artists, 723 youth, and 9,853 audience participants.   • Over 139 adult and 323 youth artists participated in 11 exhibitions viewed by audiences of 6,756. A traveling exhibit of youth artwork was placed in multiple public buildings, including the State House, where it was viewed by untold thousands.  • The FAC provides a wide array of educational programming for children, youth and adults, delivered both in-house and through close collaboration with the Kershaw County School District. In the last fiscal year 423 adults and 196 youth participated in classes produced and delivered at the Center by 18 artist/instructors in vocal and instrumental music, visual arts, dance, pottery, needle arts, writing and speaking, theatre, and photography.   • In partnership with the school district, FAC provided funding and management of artist residencies and in-school performances aligned with the South Carolina Curriculum Standards by 61 artists engaging 5,237 students and 489 educators.  • FAC acts as an umbrella over seven local affiliate organizations, providing facilities, marketing, technical and other support to the Camden Community Theatre, the Camden Music Association, Camden ART, the Quilters of Kershaw County, the Camden Poets Society, the Camden Community Concert Band, and the Camden Photography Club.     

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

The Fine Arts Center, it's staff and board members will promote this year's Midlands Gives Online Giving program to as many followers as possible in order to increase the amount we raised last year by at least 10%. We are going to work towards choosing the best power hour for us and promote that timeframe to all of our supporters.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

“Midlands Gives has been a great networking opportunity for the Fine Arts Center as well as a way to connect to old and new friends on social media to share the FAC story.  It has been a fantastic initiative and we are excited to participate again for the third year,” said Kristin Cobb, executive director.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Kristin Cobb

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Kristin Cobb, Executive Director

Email: kcobb@fineartscenter.org

Phone number: 3034270345

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Mayor Tony Scully

Email: tonyscully@bellsouth.net

Phone number: 8034259900

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2016-04-01 15:40:29

Friends of the Children's Garden

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Fairfield, Lexington, Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Cathy  Beattie

Phone Number: 8037303718

Email: beattie.cathy@gmail.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

The Carolina Children’s Garden in northeast Columbia has been putting families in touch with nature and each other since its opening as a public teaching garden in 1997. Situated on three acres within the 600 acre Clemson Research and Education Center off Clemson Road, the garden is a green oasis for inspiring, educating and motivating the public to garden with children at home and in the community for the purpose of sustaining a biodiverse ecosystem within a burgeoning suburban development framework.  In its infancy the children’s garden held May Day and storytelling festivals and offered hayrides to the garden during Sparkleberry Fair. In more recent years the garden has offered seasonal walks with naturalists like Rudy Mancke and John Galbary, outdoor education classes for school groups, and public programs for Arbor Day, the Great Backyard Bird Count, and Reindogs and Elves. Many families visit the green romper room for self-guided tours, picnics, and for children to experience unstructured and imaginative play with characters like Winnie the Pooh and Peter Rabbit. The Kanga and Roo sandbox and Big Bird House are popular destinations for preschoolers. The teaching garden has been a voluntary effort from the start. Each of the original twelve theme gardens are the result of individual, agency or business volunteers who designed, constructed, purchase plants, funded, maintained the gardens probono. Additional funds for the garden’s upkeep came from the sale of tee-shirts, Amish made garden jewelry, gifts, donations, grants and fundraisers. Friends of the Children’s Garden, a 501c3 non-profit, oversees the garden.  The children’s garden is approaching two exciting milestones. Its twentieth birthday in 2017 is one occasion for celebration and renovation. A new Master Plan of the three-acre garden has been designed. The plan calls for renovation of existing theme gardens and, in the future, the addition of new theme gardens. The second milestone comes this summer when youth garden educators from across the nation will tour the site during the 2016 American Horticultural Society Children and Youth Garden Symposium in Columbia on July 14-16. The seeds for our garden were gathered at the first AHS Symposium on youth gardening in 1993. Hence, we want to spread an enjoyable and memorable green garden welcome mat to the nation’s youth garden educators and supporters.  Funds from Midlands Gives 2016 will help renovate existing gardens and “polish our silver” for the upcoming AHS Symposium. Funds will bring back Christopher Robin and Owl to Pooh’s Corner,  reroof  MacDonald’s Historic Crop Cedar Shed, build a little library for the Azalea Reading Room, weave a twig nest bench for the Bird Garden, obtain a cast iron dinner bell for the Three Bears Homestead,  create a fossil dig at Mesozoic Memories, add twenty-six old-fashioned favorite  annual and perennial plants to the Alphabet Garden , restore native plants to the Carolina Fence Garden, add a runner bean teepee to Summer’s Healthy Food Garden, supply native milkweed for monarchs in the Butterfly Garden, repair, repaint and replace signage, and fence the  perimeter of theme gardens.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Our goal for our first Midlands Gives event is to receive five thousand dollars in donations. We have multiple strategies for achieving our goals including making our constituents aware of the May 3 event through social media Facebook and Twitter, sending newsletter announcements and reminders to all list serv members, posting the event and Midlands Gives link and logo on our website, using board member websites and social networks, manning a table at the Spirit Communications event May 3. We will post Midlands Gives announcements/logo in the kiosk at the garden. We will mention Midlands Gives in any interviews or press releases promoting our other programs or events. Our board will use the Midlands Give toolkit provided online. Friends of the Children’s Garden board meeting April 6 has on the agenda a discussion of our strategies for Midlands Gives including the potential to host a  donor event and other outreach efforts within the Midlands Gives parameters. 

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

THANK YOU  to everyone who supported Tutor Eau Claire during the 2015 Midlands Gives! challenge!  Together, we raised $6,665 to help fund programs for at-risk kiddos in the Midlands.  As an inaugural member of the Midlands Gives! community, we look forward to working with this great organization again next Spring.  Until then, remember this year's theme... Be A Philanthropist!

Name of person to attribute quote to: Tutor Eau Claire website

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Dr. Arlene Marturano, Vice President of Friends of the Children's Garden

Email: marturanoa@aol.com

Phone number: 8037779645

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Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

 Chanda Cooper

Email:   cooperc@rcgov.us

Phone number: 8035762084

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carolina-Childrens-Garden/160441810710196

Additional Comments:

The above photos are from our garden's Facebook not from a previous MG event. This is our first MG.

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2016-03-30 15:21:00

Gills Creek Watershed Association

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Erich  Miarka

Phone Number: 8037278326

Email: erich.miarka@gillscreekwatershed.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Gills Creek and the surrounding area was devastated by a flood in October 2015. Lives were lost, homes were destroyed, and our community was changed forever. People are still picking up the pieces and Gills Creek Watershed Association has been working to clean up Gills Creek. The Creek is still littered with tons of trash and debris from the flood including large industrial dumpsters and piles of downed trees. To date we have collected thousands of pounds of trash out of Gills Creek but we have barely made a dent. We will continue to work with volunteers to clean up Gills Creek to try to turn it back into the community asset we know it can be. Funds from Midlands Gives will allow Gills Creek Watershed Association to purchase necessary cleanup supplies and equipment so we can continue our mission of restoring and protecting Gills Creek Watershed.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

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Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Emily Jones

Email: efjones4711@gmail.com

Phone number: 8037608124

Comfortable interviewing with:

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Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

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2016-04-01 10:01:34

Girls on the Run of Columbia

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2014, 2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Lexington, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Mary Lohman

Phone Number: 8647231962

Email: mary.lohman@girlsontherun.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

“I have loved watching my daughter grow and become more aware of herself and of her personal power while in the program. It was nice to be able to go and do something with her that was just for her and see the look of accomplishment on her face… I will continue to spread the word because I don't think people truly understand that it is about much more than running until they have experienced it for themselves!” – Emily, GOTR parent, Spring 2015

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Our goal is to raise $8,500, which will allow 50 more girls to experience the life-changing Girls on the Run program. This year, Spirit Communications has pledged to match the first $2,500 raised! We will continue to reach out to community members who care about the health and well being of girls, especially those who are excited to develop the leadership abilities of young women.  A new strategy this year will be to encourage a “Volunteer Takeover” during one of the power hours; more than 1,000 people volunteer with GOTR each year, so we will encourage them all to donate during a specific power hour. We also have a match of $1,000 from the GOTR Board that will be donated to GOTR if we meet our goals during the volunteer power hour.   GOTR-Columbia raised nearly $8,000 last year, which included a match from the Cheerful Giver. We look forward to expanding upon what we learned last year and helping our community members see that everyone can be a philanthropist!

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

“During the previous two years, the generous donors who support Midlands Gives funded scholarships for 60 girls to unleash their limitless potential through Girls on the Run. These girls would have been unable to participate without financial assistance. Midlands Gives helped them grow to be healthier in all aspects of their lives – physically, socially and emotionally.” –Mary Lohman, GOTR-Columbia Executive Director  “Please pass along my thanks to the sponsors that help girls like [my daughter]. Not only are they providing a great opportunity for the children they sponsor but they also bring a smile to the faces of the parents to see their child blossom, build relationships and work to be healthier. The assistance is very appreciated!” –Tamara, GOTR parent

Name of person to attribute quote to: 2 Quotes provided; Names listed with quote

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Mary Lohman, Executive Director

Email: mary.lohman@girlsontherun.org

Phone number: 8647231962

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Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

 Chelsea Billings; Ms. Billings is a teacher at B.C. Grammar No. 1. This is her 10th season coaching Girls on the Run. She volunteers because she sees firsthand the impact that GOTR has on her students.

Email: cwelch@lex2.org

Phone number: 8035865911

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https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B10VPa0kMo-OaldCcnBWR21WUFE

Additional Comments:

We are in the process of compiling several testimonial-style stories and would be happy to share them when completed.   Video made by local team: https://youtu.be/RcKWog-axG8 Video of GOTR 5k: https://youtu.be/dsYtW7_hcRA

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2016-04-04 13:47:43

Glenforest School

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2014, 2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, , Fairfield, Lexington, , Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Susan  Thomas

Phone Number: 8037967622

Email: sthomas@glenforest.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Glenforest School is a K-12 non-profit school serving students with high functioning autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, and other mood disorders.  We serve students from all over the midlands area.  Our families need your assistance to help offset the cost of our specially designed programs.  One of our parents, who adopted a child and then found out he had autism,  says it best in the following story.  "We all know the story, The Wizard of Oz.  Dorothy, the main character experienced a roller coaster ride of challenges, emotional ups and downs, trust issues, ridicule and insecurities.  In the end however, the journey helped her to realize and appreciate the importance of home.  My son, Elliott has been on a similar journey as Dorothy.  His educational path has unfortunately, not been a very positive one.  Like many children who learn differently and or come into this world with challenges, beyond their control, Elliott was seen as a burden and not a blessing to many of his past teachers.  He did not thrive in a traditional learning environment and did not want to go to school each day.   This is my son’s third year at Glenforest and the transformation in his academic, social and emotional growth has been phenomenal.  Elliot’s confidence in himself and his overall outlook on being at school and connecting with others is constantly on the upswing.  He wakes up ready to go to school and loves being with his Glenforest family.  He recently told me that he “felt sorry for kids that didn’t get to go to Glenforest”.  I’d like to add that we happen to be riding by his former school when he said it.  With tears in my eyes, I knew…..we were home!"  Glenforest, Elliott’s home!!!!  We have struggled this year alongside many of our non-profit friends.  The money from Midland's Gives will enable us to complete our  assistive technology project,  furnish our sensory room,  and provide more hands-on experiences for our children. 

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

We are working with our PTSO to increase the participation of their families and friends in social media.  Our PTSO board is working to spread the word.  We will continue to post on our website and through social media.  We believe that relationships are key in building our donor community.  Our families have the best stories.  

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midlands gives has taught the Glenforest family about giving and service.  We are amazed at the generosity in our community and particularly our cheerful givers.  Our mission at Glenforest is to not only meet the academic needs of students, but their social needs.  Our students are learning to be servants and to give back to the community because of the model they see through Midland's Gives.  Thank you for providing this model that we can use to teach our students. 

Name of person to attribute quote to: Susan Thomas

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Susan Thomas,s Head of School

Email: sthomas@glenforest.org

Phone number: 8036065543

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Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Susan Jones

Email: JonesSE@scdot.org

Phone number: 8033611584

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2016-04-04 17:43:05

God's Storehouse SC

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Ron Morgan

Phone Number: 8034138241

Email: ron@godsstorehousesc.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

We had a client who visited us who is a roofer. With the entire roof repair going on right now you would think he would be fine financially. But he, like many of our clients, has lived paycheck-to-paycheck most of his adult life. When the floods and subsequent rains came this past fall, roofing stopped and he fell behind in many of his bills. He has accumulated an electric bill of over 1300 dollars and was letting his food become secondary to keeping he and his family in a home. We exist for families like his, who when met with crisis, need a place for resources, food, clothing and household items. We were able to send this man out with clothing for he and his family members as well as five days worth of meals. We were also able to refer him to another agency to assist with paying his electric bill. As he was leaving our facility, he turned and thanked us for helping save his family for another month.  Living to be the hands and feet of Christ, helping our neighbors in crisis with food, clothing and household goods is who we are. We are God's Storehouse. A bridge to those in need. 

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Getting out the word to be on the lookout for the midlands gives day to participate. We are new so we are new to the tweeting aspect but plan to use as much of the social platforms as possible.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midlands Gives has given us at God's Storehouse a new vision on networking. We have been really digging into social networking now. It has brought new life in an old organization.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Ron Morgan

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Ron Morgan - Board Member

Email: ron@godsstorehousesc.org

Phone number: 8034138241

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Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

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https://youtu.be/iEZfy3wrkY0

Additional Comments:

We are so excited to partner with Midlands gives and the CCCF. Great to get new and innovative ideas about networking and learning a lot about social media. Great time and learned a lot at the Tweet from the bird house at Riverbanks Zoo.

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2016-04-04 15:52:59

GREYHOUND LIFESAVERS INC

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

JOYCE JACKSON

Phone Number: 8034294209

Email: JJACWCOLA@BELLSOUTH.NET

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Our ability to help find homes for retired racing greyhounds is limited only by the number of foster homes we have available.  Additional funds will allow us to better utilize social media to reach potential volunteers.  Funds would also be used to update our website.  The MAJORITY of the funds, however, would be used for direct care (vet bills, food, flea/heartworm preventatives, micro-chipping, dentals) for the greyhounds.  Once adopted, our volunteers often go on to have their greyhound certified as therapy dogs and visit nursing homes and hospitals.  Many veterans suffering from PTSD benefit from having a greyhound companion as well.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

This is our first time participating.  We hope to engage all of our adopters who use social media.  Our goal is to not only challenge them to donate but also to share the message of Midlands Gives with their friends and family.  We will use this year to learn and hopefully will be even better prepared next year. 

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

We live in a loving and caring community and are blessed in so many ways.  Midlands Gives is the perfect opportunity for small nonprofits like Greyhound Lifesavers to share our mission with a broader segment of the community.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Woody Fischbach, President of Greyhound Lifesavers

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? No

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2016-03-29 11:00:06

Harriet Hancock LGBT Center

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

David Chipurnoi

Phone Number: 8646339475

Email: info@harriethancockcenter.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Youth OUTLOUD (YOL) is the longest running support group that serves LGBT youth in South Carolina. This past year, we were able to hire our first paid, part-time staff member, O.K. Keyes, as the YOL Coordinator. Since October, Keyes has networked with eleven active GSAs in the Midlands and built a strong base of student leadership from schools across the area. The first action of this youth advisory board was to help plan the first annual SC Queer Youth Prom, which was held this March.   However, before prom, we were able to send to YOL Representatives to Creating Change on an AFFA Youth Scholarship, to gain professional experience, activist perspectives, and youth leadership skills to bring back to the Center. Creating Change is the largest LGBT conference in the world, and our youth representatives attended workshops where they were able to gain knowledge to bring back to their peers and their community.   Since January, the youth leaders have worked with Keyes to plan, prepare, and produce the prom. From creating prom flyers and party favors, to running a social media campaign to fundraise for the prom ($3200 in a week!), youth leaders had the opportunity to actively enrich their community.   Queer Prom was a safe space for LGBTQ youth to be themselves and to network with a community that is so frequently silenced. This event was the largest orchestrated event for queer youth in South Carolina, with over 120 students in attendance. Queer youth face a lot of challenges in our society, from higher rates (compared to their peers) of depression, anxiety, and suicide ideation, to higher rates of reported mental, physical, and emotional abuse, to the highest rates of homelessness of any demographic. What does this have to do with a prom?  Historically (and presently), many high school proms exclude LGBTQ youth, or police them in their expression. Many queer youth cannot bring same-gender partners to prom. By making a place inclusive of (and celebratory of) queer youth, there is one more message of support in a sea of negativity. SC Queer Youth Prom was a space where queer youth could express themselves freely and be around a large community of queer folks their own age.  Connecting queer youth to each other gives them a sense of community and normalcy where they would otherwise feel like outcasts. Adolescence is not kind to many, and LGBTQ youth face more obstacles than most youths. The Harriet Hancock LGBT Center is incredibly proud of the event they were able to give to the youth, but also looks forward to continuing its youth programming that serves the Midlands, from Youth OUTLOUD youth group to a Midlands GSA Network. Our next major event is the Outsiders Arts Festival, but we need community support to continue to serve this important population of the LGBTQ family.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

This year, the Harriet Hancock Center (HHC), will be conducting a social media campaign via Facebook, Twitter, and email ListServ. We will also encourage participants to donate through Midlands Gives during our Open House & Potluck we have every month. This past year, we were able to make amazing new connections with 11 of 12 of the active Gay-Straight Alliances in Midlands schools. We hope to mobilize the youth who attend our programming to be able to better illustrate whom any donations support. Additionally, 3 times a month, we host different trans support groups for trans individuals in the Midlands seeking community. The members of these groups have served as excellent community activists who support the Center in all of their events. We will ask that they continue to support the event by sharing for Midlands Gives. We have a couple of events coming up where we will be able to encourage attendees to donate: Our event at Columbia College for the Trans Day of Visibility, the April Open House & Potluck, our Trans Day of Recognition, the May Open House & Potluck, Girls Rock Partnership Event, and prep for Outsiders Arts Festival. Our goal this year will be to raise $2000.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midlands Gives will enable us to continue to serve our LGBTQ community and better enable us to build up programs that have helped many. One of our youth leaders has said:  "Youth OUTLOUD has really helped me to gain confidence in myself and has allowed me to meet many amazing people. It has become a safe space where I can express my feelings and has opened my eyes to new perspectives and ideas in the LGBT+ community.   TakeBreakMake [an after-school queer media program sponsored by HHC, WWBI, & the Nick] has been such a great influence on me. I've learned to freely express myself through art and filmmaking. Not only have I learned a lot about filmmaking, but also about queer media.   Working on the 2016 SC Queer Youth Prom committee was such an amazing experience. Seeing so many of the queer youth working together and being a part of that was mind blowing. I never imagined being able to bring together all of the high school GSAs in South Carolina."

Name of person to attribute quote to: Danny Flores, youth rep

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: O.K. Keyes, Youth OUTLOUD Coordinator

Email: okkeyes@gmail.com

Phone number: 8649230836

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Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Dayna Smith, Volunteer, Trans Resource Coordinator

Email: sundayna1205@gmail.com

Phone number: 8032370578

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Television, Radio, Print

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2016-03-31 00:32:53

Healing Icons

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Heidi Darr-Hope

Phone Number: 8034294151

Email: info@healingicons.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Last year, Healing Icons participated in Midlands Gives for the first time, and we raised $12,000. Those donations were used to fund our 20th anniversary exhibition, where we displayed student-made mandalas, visual journals and prayer flags, and welcomed Tibetan monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery to Columbia to demonstrate the creation of a Medicine Buddha of Healing Sand Mandala as a tribute to the courageous cancer survivors who had participated in our offerings.  This year, we will use donations made through Midlands Gives to fund our upcoming eCourse, Creative Brave. Creating Brave will allow Healing Icons to expand our mission of teaching art-making as a form of healing to a global level. Cancer patients and survivors around the world will have access to a series of classes showing them how to create mandalas (meditational symbols that when contemplated, lead to self-awareness, insight and peace) along with a vibrant, courageous community of art-makers with whom they can share their journey.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Healing Icons' goal for this year is to raise $40,000. We will be communicating via our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) as well as emailing, private messaging and calling potential donors to raise awareness of Healing Icons, the Creating Brave eCourse, and our participation in Midlands Gives.  On Giving Day, we will be hosting two events at Vista Studios (808 Lady St., Columbia, SC): a Coffee Drive from 11 AM-1 PM and a Happy Hour Drive from 4:30 PM-7 PM. Donors are welcome to drop in during these times to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning and/or wine and snacks in the evening and make their donations on-site. A silent auction of selected Ethel Brody paintings will also be held at Vista Studios throughout the day, and donors will have the opportunity to put their names into a raffle for one of the paintings.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

"What a tremendous experience it has been to participate in the Art as Healing Communities of Hope – A 20th Anniversary Exhibit! To exhibit prayer flags, mandalas, and visual journals was an awesome experience that I will always treasure. My association with Heidi Darr-Hope and Healing Icons has given me HOPE and a renewal of life – for which I am thankful."

Name of person to attribute quote to: Mae Wells

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Heidi Darr-Hope

Email: info@healingicons.org

Phone number: 8034294151

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

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2016-03-31 16:24:53

Health Education Consultants, Inc.

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Orangeburg, Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Dave Brangan

Phone Number: 8037278837

Email: Healthedconsults@aol.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Currently, the focus of Health Education Consultants is the provision of patient education services at the Good Samaritan Free Clinic in Columbia SC, the Christ Central Free Clinic in Irmo, SC and the Newberry Free Clinic in Newberry, SC.  The patient services consist of diabetes prevention and education, prevention and management of hypertension, cholesterol education and counseling, and weight management for those considered overweight or obese. Patient education is both individual and in group classes. Patient education teaches healthy eating to prevent diabetes, how to exercise to control blood glucose/sugar, smoking cessation education and counseling and weight management.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Our program provides patient education in South Carolina's Free Health Clinics. The emphasis is on health eating, nutrition and exercise to prevent diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and lung disease among the patients who attend clinics. All of the patients are at or below the federal poverty level and qualify for food stamps. None of the patients have health insurance. Patient education is in group classes as well as individual instruction. All education is documented in the patient's medical records. Follow up phone calls are made to the patient's to encourage them to maintain their nutritional plans and exercise regimens. The patients are encouraged to "take charge" of their health and establish health goals for themselves and their families. Health Educational literature is given to each patient. 

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

"Health Education Consultants has been wonderful in helping me manage my diabetes and hypertension through nutrition, exercise and proper medication taking.  I trust Health Education Consultants and know they will treat our family with the highest level of care."

Name of person to attribute quote to: Iris Portee, Patient

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Dave Brangan

Email: Healthedconsults@aol.com

Phone number: 8037278837

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio,

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Iris Portee

Email: Mickey89IP57@gmail.com

Phone number: 8035865354

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Television, Radio,

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I hope we get chosen for an interview!

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Yes

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2016-04-01 15:10:39

Heartworm Project

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Lexington, Newberry, Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Nicole Howland

Phone Number: 8034227881

Email: heartwormproject@hotmail.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

The Heartworm Project has collaborated with government run animal shelters since 2004 by providing heartworm treatment and other medical care, in order to prevent adoptable animals from being euthanized. Our partnerships with local shelters have saved the lives of 1000s of dogs and cats, as we work together to become a No Kill Community.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Our goal is $5000, and our strategy is to apply what has always worked for us...if everyone does a little, no one has to do much.  Therefore, we are asking a lot of people to support us with a small donation.  The more stakeholders we have in our mission, the stronger we are, in the long run.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midlands Gives inspires and challenges non-profits to go beyond traditional fundraising strategies, and utilize the power of social media, in a positive and productive manner.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Nicole Howland

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Nicole Howland, President

Email: heartwormproject@hotmail.com

Phone number: 8034227881

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Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

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Yes

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2016-03-31 22:22:36

Higher Heights Learning and Leadership Academy

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Kerington  Alston

Phone Number: 8035293510

Email: kalston@higherheightslla.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Our school has been in existence since 2008. All of the students who attend our school are given the perfect balance of learning character traits and academia beyond those of their peers. The greatest assets to our community are adults who are filled with knowledge, have a strong moral compass, are willing to serve, and are filled with hope and confidence. These are the type of people that cultivate a healthy and loving community. These are the type of students that come from Higher Heights Learning and Leadership Academy. Furthermore, funds raised through Midlands Gives will help our organization cultivate a healthy and loving community by helping students succeed academically and socially 

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

We have never participated in Midlands Gives. Our Midlands Gives strategy this year is to promote heavily on social media and spread our excitement throughout the community. Our goal is $10,000, we have hope to exceed it.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Name of person to attribute quote to:

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Kerington Alston

Email: kalston@higherheightslla.org

Phone number: 8035293510

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Kerington Alston- I have been impacted greatly by this organization. Over the past years I have seen two year olds who could barely speak recite the books of the Bible. I've seen children with low self esteem, blossom with self confidence.

Email: kalston@higherheightslla.org

Phone number: 8035293510

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Television, Radio, Print

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We are so grateful for Midlands Gives. We never turn away a student because they can't pay tuition, and we have many volunteers who we would love to hire full time. Any amount of money raised would help us be able to give the students the best resources t

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2016-03-31 19:26:28

Hospice & Palliative Care Foundation

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Whitney Crislip

Phone Number: 8434097991

Email: whitneyc@hpcfoundation.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Last year was the first time we participated in Midlands Gives. What a thrill to be apart of such an exciting event. We are so thankful for the support of the community and the ability to create a new source of funds to support pediatric hospice patients. The funds raised from Giving Day 2015 allowed us to provide a new service of funding photo sessions at no charge to deserving pediatric patients and their families. These photo sessions captured memories to last these families a lifetime. 

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

This year we are focusing on our weekend long bereavement camp, Camp Hands of Hope. We are expanding Camp Hands of Hope from twice a year to three times a year due to demand for our camp. This weekend long camp is an all expense paid weekend for youth and their families who have experienced the loss of a loved one in the past three years. We are seeking additional funds from #midlandsgives2016 to help fund our expansion and serve additional youth and families who have experienced a loss.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midlands gives has allowed our organization to develop a funding source for us to expand services and provide resources we haven't previously been able to offer. In addition, it has created social awareness of our organization to individuals who otherwise might not know about the Hospice & Palliative Care Foundation.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Whitney Crislip

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Whitney Crislip

Email: whitneyc@hpcfoundation.org

Phone number: 8434097991

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Email:

Phone number:

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These are photos taken last year with funds raised from Midlands gives. These memory making photo sessions provide lasting memories for these pediatric hospice patients families and are provided at no cost to the families.

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2016-03-30 15:32:55

Howlmore Animal Sanctuary

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Linda Moore

Phone Number: 8036093888

Email: linda@howlmore.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Howlmore Animal Sanctuary is a private foundation special needs sanctuary for dogs and cats.  Our mission is to rehabilitate animals with medical/behavioral issues, which likely make adoption difficult.  Once rehabilitated, every effort is made to locate adoptive homes for these animals.  When such a home cannot be identified, we offer these wonderful creatures a lifelong home at the sanctuary.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Our goal for this year is to secure funding for the significant veterinary needs of our animal population, and to enable us to accept additional animals as well into our program. 

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

We eagerly look forward to a successful outcome for our first year of participation in Midlands Gives, to allow us to make an important difference for the animals in our care currently and in the future. 

Name of person to attribute quote to: Linda Moore

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Linda Moore

Email: linda@howlmore.org

Phone number: 8036093888

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

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2016-03-22 11:14:44

Humane Society of South Carolina

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, , Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Erin Smith

Phone Number: 8037831267

Email: esmith@humanesc.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Our mission is to reduce animal overpopulation by providing low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for the people of the Midlands.  With our clinic in Columbia and our mobile Fido Fixers Mobile Clinic we are able to stretch our reach even farther into the community!  One of the major hindrances to pet owners having their animals altered is the high cost of the procedure.  We sterilize as many as 40 animals per day in Columbia, and have 20+ surgeries on Fido Fixers a day!  We strive to provide a clinic that allows everyone, no matter what the income, to have their pets well cared for. 

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Name of person to attribute quote to:

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Erin Smith, Director of Public Support

Email: esmith@humanesc.org

Phone number: 8037831267

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Rebecca Creel

Email: petit.lapine@gmail.com

Phone number: 8037273773

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

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2016-03-31 15:00:19

Institute for Practical Theology

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Fairfield, , Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

William Austin

Phone Number: 8037609375

Email: William@theaustins.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

The Institute for Practical Theology was originally established to train and persons pursuing the pastoral ministry in the areas of Biblical knowledge, church administration, and relationship building as well as other aspects of ministry.  Later, we expanded to include training of the Laity. As these areas continued to grow, we began to add the community involvement where we focused on making a difference in the community and world we live in.  We began to address health issues that plague so many of our small and rural churches because of lack of support in so many of those areas.    In 2006 we conducted our first leadership training class at Mount Olive Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church, Lexington, SC that focused on “Do You Want to Make a Difference?”  Through this training we focused on finding better strategies for ministry and therefore ignited people’s passion for God.  The results were remarkable and one of the outcomes lead to the embracing of the Healthy Eating and Active Living in the Spirit (HEALS) and it is still ongoing.  The results have been reduced hospital visits, weight loss, better eating habits and healthy lifestyle changes.  With God’s help and insight, we have, together, discovered practical steps to take to prevent loss of hope and inspire hope where there was no hope.  In cooperation with local churches and the HEALS program, we will gradually expand this to other areas where our churches are located to inspire and motivate people to better health and hope. We are in the process of working with a HEALS group at Sidney Park CME Church which focuses on people thirty years old and above.  Our long-term goal is to be able to form similar groups that will focus on children and young people.  We believe that addressing the potential problems of obesity and lack of spirituality at an early age will prevent problems later in life.  Our organization is concerned with spiritual training of the mind and fostering healthy lifestyle of the body.  Both work in tandem  With funding from Midland Gives it will help us to continue to train lay and clergy for faith-based ministry and expand our program to foster healthy communities.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Our Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year is to connect with other organizations that want to make a difference in our community.  Our goal is secure $10,000.00 funding to expand our services to serve more individuals that seek to make a difference in their communities.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midland Gives helps ignite people's passion to serve.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Dr. William L. Austin

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Dr. William L. Austin

Email: William@theaustins.com

Phone number: 8034294213

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Email:

Phone number:

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Additional Comments:

I with to thank Midlands Gives for giving us an opportunity  to expand our ability to share our resources time, money, skills, information, relationships, possessions- with those in need.

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2016-04-03 19:32:15

James M. Hinton Foundation

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Donald Thomas

Phone Number: 8033818923

Email: jmhintonfoundation@gmail.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

The James M. Hinton Foundation sponsors the "Sacks of Love" Program. The program is designed to assist with relieving hunger among youth in our community. Each week during the school year, the Foundation provides "sacks of love" for 20 at-risk students at Alcorn Middle School to carry home on the weekend to meet their nutritional needs. A typical "sack of love" includes items such as milk, fruit punch, chicken alfredo, crackers, beef stew, macaroni, applesauce, chili with beans, snack bars and fruit. The items provided vary from month to month. The "sack of love" also includes birthday cards and motivational comments. Since the program's inception in 2014, the Foundation has provided approximately 10,000 meals to the students.  Funds received through Midlands Gives will help to continue and expand the "Sacks of Love" Program.  For example, we are seeking funds to transport approximately 30 at-risk students to and from a summer feeding site in 2016.  These students live within one of the poorest and poorly nourished zones in Columbia, South Carolina. Because of a lack of transportation these students have not been receiving adequate nourishment during the summer.   For six weeks during the summer we will transport approximately 30 students to a summer feeding program Monday through Friday. While at the summer feeding program, the students will receive a nutritious meal. They will also engage in enrichment and educational activities.  Volunteers will conduct program activities. Each Friday, the students will receive a "sack of love" to carry home on the weekend to meet their nutritional needs.  At the end of the program the students will be provided back to school supplies.   Success in school is predicated upon being ready to learn.  Studies have shown that when kids are un-nourished or under-nourished, their ability to learn is adversely impacted.  Ensuring that students are properly nourished increases the likelihood that they will study, complete assignments, and be better prepared to learn.  By nourishing the students’ bodies, the "sacks of love" contribute to student’s readiness to learn and succeed in school, and ultimately, be productive citizens in the greater society.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

This is our first time participating in Midlands Gives. We have set a modest goal for 2016. We have taken all the training sessions offered as a part of participating in Midlands Gives. We are using this information to better tell our story, enhance our visibility and be better positioned for the future.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

"The Sacks of Love Program has been a tremendous support for our students. There are so many students who are not able to partake of nutritious meals on the weekends. Those who receive meals through the program excitedly await the meals on Fridays when they are distributed. Research states that children who eat balanced meals regularly tend to perform better academically and socially. The Sacks of Love Program supports that research heavily".

Name of person to attribute quote to: Dr. Antwon Sutton, Principal Alcorn Middle School

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Donald Thomas, Board Chair

Email: jmhintonfoundation@gmail.com

Phone number: 8033818923

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Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

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2016-04-04 16:44:25

James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Richland, Saluda, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Yvonne Donald

Phone Number: 8034478600

Email: ydonald@sc.rr.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

The James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation is a non-profit United Way agency serving sickle cell clients and their families in 15 Midland and Upper South Carolina counties.  Midlands Gives will help us impact our patients and their families by providing financial assistance with utility bills and medications.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Our strategy for maximizing fundraising potential in the Midlands Gives campaign includes marketing through social media (Facebook and agency website), as well as face-to-face through our community education and outreach program at health fairs and other community events.  Our 2016 goal is to raise at least $5,000.00. 

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

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Name of person to attribute quote to: n/a

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Lorraine Bowman

Email: lorrainebowman211@yahoo.com

Phone number: 8034044582

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio,

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Email:

Phone number:

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https://www.facebook.com/James-R-Clark-Memorial_Sickle_Cell_Foundation-643881485637469/

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2016-03-30 14:51:39

James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Richland, Saluda, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Yvonne Donald

Phone Number: 8034478600

Email: ydonald@sc.rr.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

The James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation is a non-profit United Way agency serving sickle cell clients and their families in 15 Midland and Upper South Carolina counties.  Midlands Gives will help us impact our patients and their families by providing financial assistance with utility bills and medications. Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Our strategy for maximizing fundraising potential in the Midlands Gives campaign includes marketing through social media (Facebook and agency website), as well as face-to-face through our community education and outreach program at health fairs and other community events.  Our 2016 goal is to raise at least $5,000.00.  Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

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Name of person to attribute quote to: n/a

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Lorraine Bowman

Email: lorrainebowman211@yahoo.com

Phone number: 8034044582

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio,

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Email:

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2016-03-30 15:00:44

James R. Clark Sickle Cell Foundation

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Yvonne Donald

Phone Number: 8034478600

Email: ydonald@sc.rr.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

The James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation is a non-profit United Way agency serving sickle cell clients and their families in 15 Midland and Upper South Carolina counties.  Donations to our agency through Midlands Gives will help us have a positive impact on our patients and their families by providing financial assistance with utility bills and medications.  Our patients have access to financial assistance with their utility bills and medications four times a year if they participate in our nurse case management program.  Due to the nature of sickle cell disease, it is essential that they are not exposed to extreme temperatures, and often this assistance helps them make sure that their utilities are not disconnected.  It is also imperative that they can purchase their monthly medications.  The majority of our patients cannot work full-time due to their illness, and many also experience frequent pain crises that result in emergency room visits and in-patient hospitalizations.  Therefore, the financial demands on our families are often greater than they can manage, and assistance with routine bills such as utilities and medications is essential.  Through the Midlands Gives campaign, the Foundation will be able to raise additional funds to help with these emergency financial needs that are critical to optimizing our patients' health and quality of life.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Our strategy for maximizing fundraising potential in the Midlands Gives campaign includes marketing through social media (Facebook and agency website), as well as face-to-face through our community education and outreach program at health fairs and other community events.  Our 2016 goal is to raise at least $5,000.00.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

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Name of person to attribute quote to:

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Lorraine Bowman

Email: lorrainebowman211@yahoo.com

Phone number: 8034044582

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2016-03-31 12:44:30

JCMC-Haven of Rest

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2014, 2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Clarendon

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Ann Driggers

Phone Number: 8034605572

Email: anndriggers@aol.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

JCMC-Haven of Rest is a faith-based domestic violence crisis center that provides transitional housing for DV women and their children for up to 90 days of safety from their aggressors.  We have served 38 women and 44 children since May, 2008.  The funds we receive will help us continue the operation of the Center so we can remove these women and children from a dangerous situation that could lead to death, if not protected.  South Carolina is #1 state for murders of women by their aggressors.  We want to END THE SILENCE ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE and STOP THE CRIME.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

We have set a goal of $3000.00 or more and plan to solicit donations from our 87+ donors.  We will be striving to increase our on-line Midlands Gives supporters from 12 to double or more.  We are a small organization but I know GOD can do a lot more with a few than a lot.  Gideon attacked the enemy army with only 300 men, even though he started out with 30,000.  The faithful and watchful men were selected and used to fight along beside Gideon.  I'm a "GIDEON".

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midlands Gives has inspired us to get more involved and go for the "gusto".

Name of person to attribute quote to: Ann Driggers

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Ann Driggers

Email: anndriggers@aol.com

Phone number: 8034605572

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2016-03-31 20:57:38

Jewish Family Service

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Lexington, Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Laney Cohen

Phone Number: 8037872023

Email: jfs@jewishcolumbia.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Jewish Family Service serves people from neighboring counties by giving food. Money from Midlands Gives would go towards filling the Jewish Food Pantry, which feeds ALL people- not based on color, religion, gender- just ALL people. On average, the Jewish Food Pantry serves over 40 families, and over 100 people a month. These are people who have called United Way, as well as various churches looking for assistance.  Jewish Family Service also feed 15 Richland Two Middle-Schoolers as part of a Backpack program every weekend. These are students who otherwise would have no way to have access to food

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

We are hoping to have our Backpack program fully subsidized for the year. In previous years, this has been done through private donation, but that donation was a one-time gift, and will run out in June.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

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Name and Title of Spokesperson: Laney Cohen, Director

Email: jfs@jewishcolumbia.org

Phone number: 8037872023

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2016-04-04 12:30:19

Joy in the Mourning Center for Life Losses

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015

Counties Served by Organization:

Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Wilenda Turner

Phone Number: 8037164600

Email: joyinthemourningcenter@gmail.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Joy in the Mourning Center is run solely through donations. The funds from Midlands Gives will help further our mission to help those who are grieving. The funds will help individuals who use our services and will also reach into other parts of our community through our program that helps train other counselors and professionals in grief support. Everyone is touched by death. We are one of the few organizations that help people heal from loss, whether it's loss of a spouse or a child, or friend. We have one on one counseling services, classes such as our "Gone Too Soon" program for parents who have lost children and our "Finding Your Way after the Suicide of a Loved One". We also have support groups such as "From Grief to Joy" and "Waiting at the Rainbow Bridge - a Pet Loss Support Group" that are free to attend. We have programs that help individuals and families learn to grieve in healthy ways and return to the joy of living.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Last year was our first year and we learned so much. We raised more than we ever had at a single event due to generous donors and an anonymous cheerful giver. This is the first year we really have a good plan. The training provided by CCCF and SCANPO has been so valuable. We plan to be present on May 3. We plan to use social media in a big way this year, an email campaign, personal asks, and are working on securing matching funds to really make every dollar from our donors and supporters multiply!  (With all the prizes available, it would be fantastic bonus to be a winner of prize money too!) Thank you to Midlands Gives - you help us help others.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

I found Joy in the Mourning through a pastor in the neighborhood when my mother passed and I didn't know who to turn to because my particular faith did not have a grief/loss program in my community. In a nonjudgmental way, Joy in the Mourning has helped me by giving me tools for the healing process and helped me to see that there is hope. Without Joy in the Mourning, who would I turn to?     -Hank Rabinowitz  Another:  After the double suicide of my father and step-mother, I attended The Joy in the Mourning Center, specifically the grief recovery program for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. This program gave me the skills and support to move on through a healthy grief after the most devastating event of my life. I have made life long friends that have an understanding of me that no one else could have. I will be forever grateful. I am so thankful that we have this center in our community to help people hurting from loss.  - Cindy Kostreba

Name of person to attribute quote to: Cindy Kostreba

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Linda Gill - Founder or Nancy Pilat-Renner - Board Chair

Email: lsgill@bellsouth.net

Phone number: 8034132199

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Hank Rabinowitz(above)I found Joy in the Mourning through a pastor in the neighborhood when my mother passed and I didn't know who to turn to because my particular faith did not have a grief/loss program in my community. Without JIMC who would I turn to?

Email: soonerhank1@yahoo.com

Phone number: 8034467020

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Grief affects every person - no one is immune. We are all touched by death and often times in the aftermath we need to be with someone who understands with compassion. Joy in the Mourning Center for Life Losses is the only organization I'm aware of that o

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2016-04-04 16:33:08

Judy Horton

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Judy  Horton

Phone Number: 8039573866

Email: jhorton8@sc.rr.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

We rescue retired racing greyhounds. Some of the greyhounds have been certified as Therapy Dogs.  The Therapy Certified Dogs serve the community.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

We have put Midlands Gives on our website and on our FB page, with the hopes of being able to get $2000 in donations from our adopters and their friends.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

We are hoping for donations so that we may help rescue more greyhounds. Donations also help us finance the medical side of helping the greyhounds and donations help us feed the greyhounds as well.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Judy Horton

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Judy Horton, President

Email: jhorton8@sc.rr.com

Phone number: 8039573866

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Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Janice Maze has been Impacted by or group by fostering greyhounds for us. They have had a dog who had separation anxiety and a foster dog helped their dog with its anxiety. They have since become a full time foster home.

Email: janice@amtcworld.com

Phone number: 8036655935

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2016-04-03 15:58:21

Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina

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:

Casey Pash

Phone Number: 6156531773

Email: casey.pash@ja.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina uses the funds from Midlands Give to help inspire and prepare young people to succeed in the global economy. The funds from Midlands Gives go to schools in the local  10 county region to help bring in outside volunteers from the business community to teach programs of financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. One example of how these funds will be used: This year one teacher in Fairfield County saw the need that Junior Achievement provides to students in her classroom, she understood that JA Programs teach life skills that every student needs regardless of their upbringing. Ms. Holley reached out to JA, and said can't we add more classes in Fairfield County. through the work of JA and Ms. Holley - this year over 25 classes(over 550 students) of Junior Achievement will be taught in local classrooms in the Fairfield County School district. These classes are taught by outside volunteers, and one of those local volunteers is Ms. Gloria Thomas. Gloria has been teaching Junior Achievement to students in Fairfield for over 10 years, and this year she will have taught over 1200 students in that county. Ms. Thomas knows the importance that EVERY student in South Carolina needs access to life skills, such as work readiness and financial literacy. These students learn skills that will help them throughout the rest of their life.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina has a goal of raising $9,000 through Midlands Gives in 2016. The goal is so that the organization can serve an additional 350 students in the 2016-2017 school year in k-12 classes in the 10 county region. This current school year all kindergartners in Fairfield received JA, wouldn't it be great for all Kindergarten and First Graders to receive the JA programs next year.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Over the past two years, Midlands Gives, has provided extra funding that the organization did not expect to receive. Therefore we were able to reach more students with the generous gifts from donors in the community to who care about inspiring the next generation to succeed in the ever-changing global economy. Through Midlands gives JA has impacted over 300 students.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Casey Pash

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2016-04-04 15:11:54

Justice 360

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Mandy Medlock

Phone Number: 8035767607

Email: mandy@justice360sc.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Since 1989, Justice 360 has been working quietly from a small office in Columbia to ensure capital cases are defended with fairness, commitment and legal excellence. Since that time, the organization has slowly grown from one employee to a staff of six and from a singular mission to having four distinct goals in serving the state of South Carolina. Our hope in joining Midlands Gives, 2016 is to not only improve the financial commitment we receive from staff, board members, and donors but to improve our total reach throughout the Midlands region as to the services we provide.    The mission of Justice 360 is to promote fairness, reliability & transparency in the criminal justice system for people facing a death sentence in South Carolina. We do this through a. resources & support for lawyers tasked with representing capital defendants b. representing individual clients c. advocating for policy change to address systemic flaws in the capital punishment process d. educating the public to raise awareness about the administration of capital sentencing in South Carolina.  A recent example of the work we do is the case of death row inmate Johnny Bennett; Mr. Bennett was convicted of a 1990 murder in Lexington County. However, the solicitor in Lexington County deliberately used very racially charged language & images throughout the trial to inflame the jury, which was all white. Mr. Bennett is African American. On March 17, 2016 the U.S. District Court in S.C. vacated Mr. Bennett's death sentence and ordered a new sentencing hearing, ruling that the Lexington County solicitor had indeed improperly injected race into the trail testimony & closing argument. In addition, the Court also ruled there to be juror bias in Mr. Bennett's case. Justice 360 is proud of this finding in that Mr. Bennett will be sentenced for his crime, this time not based on the color of his skin but on the merits of his case.  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 our state we hope to advocate for a more just, more humane, more equitable application of the death penalty. 

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Justice 360 will have a staff monetary challenge as well as a board monetary challenge. We are planning e-blasts prior to as well as Facebook and Twitter announcements leading up to May 3rd as well as the day of. We are also planning a day of event with one or more of our Elmwood Avenue neighbors and are very excited that the Midlands Gives hub will be located just down the street at Spirit Communications Park!

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

2016, our first year

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Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Mandy Medlock, Executive Director

Email: mandy@justice360sc.org

Phone number: 8035867607

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2016-03-22 14:02:46

Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Melanie Pace

Phone Number: 8037872023

Email: melanier@jcccolumbia.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

The JCC provides cultural, social, recreational, and health services to the Midlands community. With the help of funds from Midlands Gives, we can provide these services to individuals for free or at a substantial discount who need financial assistance. These funds would provide families affordable summer or school break camps for their children, a subsidy for a water exercise program for a senior, and support interfaith youth basketball. Through cultural and educational programs we also work to create positive relationships throughout our diverse population.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

This is the first year that the JCC has participated in Midlands Gives. We are excited to offer this opportunity to our membership and the community. In addition to taking advantage of the foundation's publicity, we are launching a multi-platform campaign to our members, summer campers, and the overall Jewish community. Our goal is to generate new funds that would allow us to provide more scholarships and financial assistance for lower income families to utilize the facility, camps, and to provide more opportunities for seniors to take advantage of our variety of senior programs.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midlands Gives has given our organization a wonderful way for the community to become more aware of our mission and the ability to get involved in our cause.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Melanie Pace

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Barry Abels

Email: barrya@jcccolumbia.org

Phone number: 8037872023

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Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

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2016-04-04 16:29:17

Kershaw County First Steps

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Kimberley Jordan

Phone Number: 8034327756

Email: kjfirststeps@att.net

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

With the 2015 Midlands Gives donation, we were able to expand our literacy camp program (the BEE Program), to the hard to reach community of Westville. The children received monthly free books, literacy coaching, and tip sheets. With this support, the children showed significant growth on the literacy assessment.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Through the donations provided on Midlands Gives day we will be able to open an additional literacy camp for at least 20 at-risk children in the Kershaw County community. The children will receive monthly free books, literacy coaching, and take home literacy strategy information/tips.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Ms. O. Blair is a grandparent raising three grandchildren in the Bethune area. Ms. Blair did not receive her high school diploma, but she is determined to make sure her grandchildren have all the necessary learning opportunities provided. She has participated in the Parents as Teachers program for 5 years and she also uses our literacy camp program, Books Enrich Everyone, as a way to practice her reading skills as she teacher her grandchildren. Ms. Tammie Smith, KCFS Parent Educator, reflected on the growth she has seen in Ms. Blair, thanks to the availability of books in her home. “Ms. Blair did not want to read to the children in front of me, but since she has been receiving books months and building a home library, her confidence has grown. She reads to them often, and has grown more comfortable with reading with me present. She even implements some of the literacy tips recommended. For example, she asks questions while reading the books and waits for the children to respond before continuing the story.” T. Smith When asked about how her participation with KCFS in their programs has affected her teaching her children, Mrs. Blair responded enthusiastically.  “My grandchildren love receiving books from Mrs. Tammy. We read daily and getting a new book each month helps keep them excited about reading. We love the BEE program!” O. Blair 

Name of person to attribute quote to: Mrs. Blair

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Kimberley Jordan

Email: kjfirststeps@att.net

Phone number: 8034327756

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Our service area is actually in the Kershaw County, but due to our area not being listed in the counties served we were forced to choose another to be able to submit our story.

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2016-03-30 13:30:55

Lexington County Arts Association

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Lexington, Newberry, Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Debi  Young

Phone Number: 8038006823

Email: catsareangels@yahoo.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

The Lexington County Arts Association was created over 30 years ago as the dream of a small group of theater folks in Lexington County. Over the years, the theater has produced countless quality shows involving hundreds of  children, youth, and adults. We are most proud of our theater education program that offers acting classes for all age and ability levels, as well as group and private lessons in piano, guitar, and voice. In keeping with the mission of the organization, "to encourage and stimulate the practice and appreciation of the arts among the people of Lexington County and beyond" ,  LCCA offers  classes for home school students, senior adults, and special needs students as  well as a variety of one-day workshops. In the summer of 2015 the  summer workshop program, a six-week adventure into the theater culminating with a full production, attracted over 140 children and youth. The mother of one of our autistic participants recently shared that her child's theater experience did more to improve her self-esteem  than therapy  programs offered through her school.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Because the Lexington County Arts Association is fully committed to our mission statement, we have undertaken a lofty capital gains project to enable us to reach and teach more residents in Lexington/Richland  Counties.  We recently received a $10,000 grant from Colonial Life which will help us get started on the building of an education facility so that we will have adequate space for additional classrooms as well as a "'black box" space for smaller productions. Our strategy is to get our name and needs out to the portion of the public who agrees with our vision and will help us achieve our goal of raising additional funds for the building/education program. In addition, we want to increase our membership and participation base so that we can present more  quality productions and educational programs for the community.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

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Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Debi Young

Email: catsareangels@yahoo.com

Phone number: 8038006823

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Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Susan Woods: Mother of autistic child who has been impacted by program

Email: stwoods02@gmail.com

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2016-03-21 09:41:38

Lexington Interfaith Community Services

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2014, 2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Lexington

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Anna Smith, Director of Community Relations

Phone Number: 803-665-2535

Email: anna@licssc.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

The funds from Midlands Gives helped retrofit a van into a new mobile food pantry for us, the LICS Food Pantry. With the help of funds from Midlands Gives and House of Raeford – who was made aware of our needs through Midlands Gives – we were able to buy a vehicle, have the seats removed, put food storage in it, and buy food to stock it for the first time. We started rolling it out in Sept. 2015: 4 stops, once per month currently, focus on churches and senior centers in "food deserts." We serve fresh fruits and veggies, fresh bread, canned goods, fresh chicken, grains. Everything that is available at LICS Food Pantry is available via the mobile food pantry. Now, we’re working with new partners such as Sam's, leisure centers, new churches.

During the flood, it served as a mobile flood unit. We took cleaning supplies, personal hygiene, baby supplies and formula and more to areas of need. We didn’t have to give out food, because the Red Cross was cooking.

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Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Our previous strategy was to focus on one specific project, and that was the mobile food pantry. When we made that our goal, we thought, “that’s so far away.” But we raised a ton of funds toward that goal during Midlands Gives. Then, House of Raeford came to us – they were made aware of our needs through Midlands Gives. He said, “We will help you reach that goal.” Now, we have a partnership with them that we get fresh poultry every week to give out to our clients. So, the success of the LICS Food Pantry kind of grew out of Midlands Gives.

This year, we’re focusing on raising funds to upfit our new 42-foot, enclosed food trailer with equipment: freezer, refrigerator & generators to bring and deliver the fresh veggies, fruit, bread, and frozen poultry with our LICS Food Pantry. Chuck, our House of Raeford contact, has said that for every dollar we raise on Midlands Gives, they will donate 1 lb of fresh chicken to LICS to stock the bus, up to 20,000 lbs. 

On the actual day of Midlands Gives, May 3, we will have a Giving Station outside of our Thrift Shop. For everyone that donates on-site at our online giving station, we will give them a gift certificate worth half of their donation to shop in our store that day, May 3. We will also be grilling and serving chicken wings outside from 11am-1pm.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

"The new mobile food pantry, purchased with the help of funds from Midlands Gives, has allowed us to sign up people in areas who don't have transportation to get to us. It's helped us to have less traffic at our brick and mortar pantry, and it's helped raise awareness of our mission and services among the general public. It's allowed us to expand your base of community partners."

Quote by Robin Bowers, Executive Director, LICS

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Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Robin Bowers, Executive Director

Email: executivedirector@lics.org

Phone number: 803-206-2401

or Anna Smith, Director of Community Relations, 803-665-2535, anna@licssc.org

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

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2016-04-07

Lourie Center

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Stephanie Benjamin

Phone Number: 8037791971

Email: stephanie@louriecentersc.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

The Lourie Center offers a variety of important resources to help older adults age in place.  All of our fitness classes and educational programs are specifically designed to keep seniors healthy, active, intellectually stimulated, and socially connected.   There is a strong relationship between independent senior citizens and a cost savings to taxpayers;  The expense of senior centers to the community is approximately $1500 per person, per year, while the cost of a Medicare bed for a nursing home runs well into the hundreds of thousands of dollars per person per year.  By helping seniors stay healthy and active, senior centers are also helping to prevent or prolong the need for seniors to move into assisted living.   The Lourie Center recently partnered with Palmetto Health to offer a free evidence-based Tai Chi for Balance class, with over 20 senior participants learning to understand mind/body connections, body awareness for fall prevention, and stress management.  Senior students of the 10-week program reported improved posture, sleep, balance, and overall well being.  This is an example of how the Lourie Center is able to offer innovative and worthwhile programs to the senior community, in order to keep the senior population healthy and independent for as long as possible.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

For Midlands Gives 2016 the Lourie Center is committed to encouraging involvement from our board of directors and members. We will be featuring last year's successful event as an incentive to increase our donations from our board and the community.  We will be providing additional incentives and will offer an on-site donation center in our computer lab on May 3.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

"We hope that the community sees the Lourie Center to be an essential resource for maintaining high quality-of-life for senior citizens.  The Lourie Center appreciates that Midlands Gives is enhancing and encouraging personal philanthropy in the Midlands community, bringing attention to many worthwhile charities." 

Name of person to attribute quote to: Sandra Owensby, Executive Director

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Stephanie Benjamin

Email: stephanie@louriecentersc.com

Phone number: 8037791971

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Helen Coplan is a 97 year-old, longtime member of the Lourie Center.  Her dedication to fitness and regular participation in the classes we offer keeps her active and socially engaged. 

Email: info@louriecentersc.com

Phone number: 8037992237

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

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Yes

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2016-03-31 15:33:53

Make-A-Wish South Carolina

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Misty Herrin

Phone Number: 8642500702

Email: mherrin@sc.wish.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Make-A-Wish South Carolina is excited to participate in the 2016 Midlands Gives because it will provide us the opportunity to reach supporters and caring individuals in the Midlands who will aid us in granting wishes for local kids with life-threatening medicals conditions. With their help we'll be able to grant wishes for kids like 11-year-old Hayden from Blythewood, SC who suffered from a brain tumor and wished to go on vacation with his family to Atlantis®. Wishes are more than just a nice thing. Granting a wish for a seriously ill child, allows them the chance to feel like a normal kid and enjoy a healing period with their family. It also provides strength and courage to comply with medical treatments as their look beyond their current obstacles towards the joy they will receive with their wish. Currently there are over 40 medically eligible children in the Midlands. Midlands Gives will help Make-A-Wish South Carolina reach our goal of granting their one true wish so that we may help enrich their lives with hope, strength and joy.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Make-A-Wish South Carolina aims to let the community know we are participating in this exciting, one-day event through a host of digital efforts including social media announcements, e-blasts, website posts and more. We look forward to sharing photos, giving opportunities throughout the Midlands Gives day and stories of hope and strength. We are also looking forward to highlighting new friendships and partnerships built thanks to Midlands Gives.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Name of person to attribute quote to:

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Crystal Alifanow

Email: califanow@sc.wish.org

Phone number: 8646268510

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

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Email: califanow@sc.wish.org

Phone number:

Comfortable interviewing with:

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2016-04-01 13:21:49

Miss South Carolina

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Ashley Byrd

Phone Number: 8438579173

Email: ashley@miss-sc.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

The Miss South Carolina Organization and their contestants donate thousands of hours of community service annually to the Palmetto State and to the Midlands of South Carolina.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Name of person to attribute quote to:

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Ashley Byrd

Email: ashley@miss-sc.org

Phone number: 8438579173

Comfortable interviewing with:

, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Email:

Phone number:

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2016-03-31 16:16:17

My Amigos Bilingual Education Center

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Lexington, Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Shannon  Cochran

Phone Number: 8039171977

Email: shannon.cochran@myamigosbec.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

  “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  The $2,490 raised through Midlands Gives 2015 for My Amigos Bilingual Education Center— 100% of which went to scholarship funding— has proven the truth of these words by Nelson Mandela, Nobel Peace laureate, in the lives of several Midlands children.  One success story of a My Amigos graduate and scholarship-recipient, Quiana, illustrates the impact these philanthropic efforts can have in our community.  Quiana, a shy child being raised on a limited income by her single grandmother, could only afford to attend 2-3 days per week when she started her 3K-year. From the start, Quiana was diagnosed with a severe speech delay, and throughout that year and the first semester of 4K, the director and teachers continued to review her evaluations with dismay.  By her mid-semester 4K evaluation, the shy Quiana had failed to complete half of the standard academic skills for a 4-year old preschooler, been unable to meet 4 of the 18 academic skills seen as standard for 3K, had failed to complete satisfactorily her socio-emotional milestones, and was only able to demonstrate proficiency on half of the standard language skills for a 4k student.  The results were clear.  In order to have a stronger platform for kindergarten readiness and success, Quiana needed more consistent exposure to the classroom environment and individual instruction with the teaching staff.        Thanks to scholarship fundraising efforts like Midlands Gives, My Amigos is able to offer scholarship assistance to students like Quiana.  Her final semester, sufficient scholarship funding enabled My Amigos to help her grandmother afford 5 full days per week.  The transformation in Quiana was evident immediately. While frustration, frequent emotional meltdowns and a reticence to engage with her peers had characterized Quiana’s 3K year and fall term, once Quiana began attending My Amigos five full days per week, her linguistic capabilities—aided by instruction with the center’s on-site speech therapist—increased rapidly, as did her attainment of the standard academic skills.  The ability to articulate her thoughts more clearly developed a newfound confidence.  The once shy and easily-frustrated four year old became more outgoing with her peers during play, more engaged with her teachers during lessons, and more openly inquisitive of the volunteers who chaperoned fields trips or visited the center.   A happy and confident five-year-old graduated from the center with an irrepressible smile and a foundation for success in kindergarten and beyond.  With the funds raised through Midlands Gives, along with other fundraising efforts, scholarship recipients like Quiana have met and exceeded the average expectations of a 4K graduate on every developmental front.  They leave My Amigos prepared to appreciate the diversity beyond their own backyard through new academic skills and a stronger, bilingual basis for future educational success!

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Last year, My Amigos Bilingual Education Center raised $2489.51 through Midlands Gives 2015.  100% was allocated to scholarship funds.  In addition to a goal of raising $3000 this year through Midlands Gives 2016, once again for scholarship funds, we also aim to increase our presence on social media applications.  Our strategy for doing so includes creating a new My Amigos Twitter and My Amigos Instagram account and employing the skills taught through the SCANPO Webinars to reach 50 followers on each within our first two months of active use of these forms of social media.  Through the training and awareness Midlands Gives provides, this should easily be accomplished and will also demonstrate the powerful new vehicles for philanthropy and community outreach social media provides.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

"We have seen many changes in [our son] since he began attending My Amigos.  The first thing to note is that now he can speak English.  We hear him speaking with others in English and we are so glad that he is able to communicate.  His behavior has also improved.  We used to tell him several times to do something but now he is more obedient and responds after the first time we tell him.  We also see that he has learned his colors and numbers and other academic skills.  We know this because he teaches his little brother at home.      As parents, we feel at peace because [our son] is at a place where we can see that he is well taken care of.  We are also happy that he is learning the things necessary to not just be ready for kindergarten but to give him a step above the rest because he is learning it in two languages.  It is great to know that he is in a safe place and that his home language is appreciated.  [He] even asks about school on Saturdays and now his little brother asks to go to school too. He copies [our older son] in the morning and pretends that he is getting ready for school too.  Next school year, we hope to enroll [our younger son] at My Amigos with [our elder son]."

Name of person to attribute quote to: *Parent of scholarship recipient (left unnamed for anonymity but could be asked if willing to be identified should the need arise!)

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Shannon Cochran

Email: shannon.cochran@myamigosbec.org

Phone number: 8039171977

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Charmain Sweat

Email: charmain2.sweat@gmail.com

Phone number: 3013052089

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

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Additional Comments:

We are a small but powerful NPO and meet a community and national need going otherwise unfulfilled in the Midlands.  Please consider giving us this exposure and helping us grow!  Help us continue to provide early bilingual education to the Midlands and sh

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2016-03-30 16:32:40

NAMI South Carolina

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:

Corinne Matthews

Phone Number: 8037339592

Email: corinne.matthews@namisc.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

NAMI SC has been able continue our education programs with the help of Midlands Gives. Our programs help families who are new to mental illness understand their loved ones in a time of crisis. We also have courses for mental health professionals. We have just begun programs for school aged children teaching them to identify mental illness in themselves and friends.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

We plan on promoting on social media and through emails. Our goal is to match what we raised last year. $5,000.  Last year, we exceeded our goal.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

I can say "NAMI saved my marriage!  Family-to-Family taught me about the mental illnesses, how to communicate, and most importantly, how to have empathy for my husband.  It had never occurred to me what he was going through while experiencing the symptoms of a mental health condition.  I highly recommend the course to anyone with a relative with a mental health condition!"

Name of person to attribute quote to: Michelle Ready

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Bill Lindsey Executive Director

Email: bill.lindsey@namisc.org

Phone number: 8037339592

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Michelle Ready

Email: michelleready@hotmail.com

Phone number: 8648825131

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

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2016-04-04 15:51:16

Omega Men of Columbia Endowed Scholarship Fund

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Lexington,  Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Milton  Kimpson

Phone Number: 8033608582

Email: mkimpson@aol.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

The Omega Men of Columbia Scholarship Endowment was established in October 2012 at Central Carolina Community Foundation with a generous gift from the Promise Foundation.  The purpose of the Omega Men Scholarship Endowment is to create a perpetual source of funding for scholarships awarded to college-bound young people in our community and to support other educational opportunities for students.  Scholarships are awarded based on the results of an annual essay contest.  The first scholarship funded solely from the endowment was awarded in 2015.  The Omega Men Scholarship Endowment is a mission of the Omicron Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., the largest chapter of Omega Psi Phi in Columbia. 

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Our goal this year is to raise $2,500 for the endowment through donations from persons in our community who are interested in excellence in education.  We hope to target members of our fraternity, both active and inactive, family and friends through the Midlands Gives website, email blasts, word-of-mouth and social media.   

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midlands Gives has made a positive impact on our community through a number of organizations.  This is the first year Omega Men of Columbia Scholarship Endowment will participate and we are excited about the possibilities. 

Name of person to attribute quote to: Milton Kimpson

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Milton Kimpson

Email: mkimpson@aol.com

Phone number: 8033608582

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio,

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Email:

Phone number:

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2016-04-04 01:08:25

Operatunity Foundation

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Janet  Hopkins

Phone Number: 9143295678

Email: operatunitySC@gmail.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Our first event, "Week of Remembrance: A Celebration of Jewish Artists" in April, 2012 had a big impact on our community. We brought Terezin survivors in, and the School of Music, joined by community groups, performed the Verdi Requiem-this was sung 16 times in Terezin Concentration camp. We had art at the convention center, books on display at the library, different events in different locations-all to celebrate and remember the impact that Arts have in our society. The survivors talked of how music and art, even though performed for the Nazis, was their chance to 'fight back'. They talked of how they could/sing to the Nazis what they could not say". Opportunity Foundation was presented with a resolution from the House of Representatives for this event.      In October,2013, we had "Celebration of Women", raising money for Palmetto Health free mammograms.       In 2015, AND STILL I RISE :   A Celebration of African-American Artists brought together local artists and organizations, such as Ernest Lee, 'the Chicken Man', Trustus theatre, Brooklyn Baptist Church, and famed Artist Jonathan Green, presenting lecture with The Columbia City Ballet performing scenes from “Off the Wall: Dancing the Art of Jonathan Green"  We also raised funds to bring writer and Nikki Giovanni, American writer, commentator, activist, and educator. She is one of the world's most well known African American poets. Most events are free, and a few are low-cost. Our goal is to be able to bring local and national artists of all mediums to Columbia, and make the events available to all in our community, not just those who can afford it.      Our next event is "A Celebration of Children: the Strength to Survive" in 2017. Through art, music, and outreach we would like to honor and aid children who are or have experienced a life/event of violence, abuse, neglect....and to learn from them how to heal. Part of the proceeds will go towards local shelters for children, and part to pay for the events. We want all events to be accessible, both by location and financially, to everyone. We are still in the planning stage of this, and the funds raised will help to determine what events and how we may best get this out to the community.      All board members are volunteers, and no money goes towards anything but producing and organizing the events and costs related to them.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Our goal is to create a week of events to honor and acknowledge the children who both are and have been victims of neglect, violence, abuse, and other tragic events. Only through this awareness and validation can healing begin.  If we are lacking in one key thing, it would be marketing. Our challenge, this year even more than others, is to make our community aware of the events-location, medium, cost (if any), knowing that through each program we are bringing both awareness and (hopefully) solutions that we as a society and community can do.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

"Art impacts us daily, in so many ways-it heals, teaches, and comforts; it reminds us of how we can, and should treat others, and ourselves; it is presented as a 'gift' to the world, and is offered up from the artists' hearts. Through the gift of giving to us through Midlands Gives, it makes it possible for us to create this 'week' and gift it back to our community. Together we create the circle that connects us all."

Name of person to attribute quote to: Janet E Hopkins

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Janet hopkins, Executive Director

Email: operatunitySC@gmail.com

Phone number: 9143295678

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Lilly Filler

Email: bdfpt@aol.com

Phone number: 8034220085

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

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Additional Comments:

Thank you for the opportunity to serve our community!

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Yes

Form submitted:

2016-03-31 09:22:55

Orangeburg County First Steps

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Orangeburg

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

LaMyra Sanders

Phone Number: 8035336441

Email: lsanders@scfirststeps.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Orangeburg County First Steps remains true to its mission by ensuring that children ages 0-5 are ready for school by providing quality enhancement services to child development centers, parenting programs, literacy programs, community events, and transition to kindergarten programs county wide.  The funds raised through Midlands Gives will provide additional scholarships for children who have not been exposed to an academic environment to participate in the Countdown to Kindergarten Program, which gives them the necessary tools to successfully transition into a school environment at a cost of $326.40 per child.  Additionally, funds raised through Midlands Gives will provide learning experiences through the annual Community Day hosted by Orangeburg County First Steps.  Children from across the county participate in a day of academics, arts and fun.  The cost of this day of learning and enrichment is $30.00 per child.  

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Orangeburg County First Steps seeks to provide a minimum of five additional scholarships for Countdown to Kindergarten at the total of $1,632.40.  We would like to host a total of 40 children for our Annual Community Day at $1,200.00 

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

The opportunity to become involved in such a wonderful way to further serve our community has been an awesome experience.  We look forward to receiving continued support through this fundraising opportunity.

Name of person to attribute quote to: LaMyra Sanders, Executive Director

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: LaMyra Sanders, Executive Director

Email: Lsanders@scfirststeps.org

Phone number: 8035336441

Comfortable interviewing with:

Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Email:

Phone number:

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2016-04-04 11:39:33

Orangeburg Part-Time Players

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Pamela Laursen

Phone Number: 8035367481

Email: pclaursen@gmail.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

The mission of the Orangeburg Part-Time Players (OPTP) is to provide for self-expression and personal growth through the presentation of live theater, contribute to the development and cultural enrichment of the performing arts in the greater Orangeburg area, and foster friendship and camaraderie among its members and the community. For 36 years, the OPTP has impacted the Orangeburg area. We have produced 133 shows since our founding in 1981. Our juniors - comprised of youth ages 6 to 18 - have performed more than 45 shows since 1982. The Junior OPTP continues to be the backbone of the group, providing an outlet for creativity and education among our youngest members while giving them a voice in the community.  The OPTP is part of the social fabric of the Orangeburg community. It is the only live theater group in Orangeburg County. We have helped build pride in our community and are proud to play a role in tapping into and bringing to the fore incredibly talented youth and adults. Several of our junior members have gone on to acquire higher education in theater and acting. Community Theater is a team effort for people of all talents, skills and energy, and we have contributed to the Orangeburg area both economically and artistically. We provide opportunities to work with a diverse group of creative people who share a vision of putting on quality plays that not only entertain but also broaden an audience’s understanding of the world in which we live.  We are fortunate to have a permanent home in which to perform.  The historic Bluebird Theatre, located in the heart of downtown Orangeburg, was donated by local business owner and member of the group, James H. Gressette, Jr. in 1996. Since then it has undergone extensive renovation and restoration. It was officially opened to the public in June 1998. Because of its age, the building continues to need a tremendous amount of upkeep and maintenance, which is costly. Through continued support and patronage of our shows, this incredible building will continue to contribute significantly to the legacy of the performing arts in Orangeburg County for years to come.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Our main goal for this year is to raise awareness of our group's existence and the positive impact we have on the community. We also want to increase our number of supporters - not only financial donors and contributors, but individuals interested in sharing their talents with us, as well. Our immediate financial goal is to raise $20,000 for major repairs to our theater. We need to replace an aging A/C system - which we purchased used more than 20 years ago - with one that is more cost-efficient and energy saving. We need to repair our roof so it doesn't leak every time it rains. Our overhead for utilities, phone, storage, insurance, ticketing, printing, minor repairs, cleaning supplies and consumer goods such as soap, paper towels and toilet paper, etc., total nearly $20,000 each year. An increase in annual donations and contributions will help defray these expenses so we can put more resources into our productions and continue to produce quality plays and musicals for the community to enjoy.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

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2016-04-04 15:32:26

PAALS

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2014, 2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Lexington, Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Jennifer Rogers

Phone Number: 8039200042

Email: jrogers@paals.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

PAALS raises and trains assistance dogs while providing animal assisted intervention programs throughout the midlands community.  Last year, PAALS experience a devastating loss when their newly purchased and renovated training school suffered a sewage loss.  The staff, dogs and volunteers were displaced for over four months.  PAALS has survived this, but had to change their focus to fundraising for building renovation and repair. PAALS need the community's help more than ever to catch up on fundraising to support turning puppies into PAALS now!  It costs an average of $25,000.00 to turn one puppy into a PAALS and we are counting on Midlands Gives supporters to do jus that

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

PAALS plans to use this year's Midlands Gives to reach the goal of turning one puppy into a PAALS assistance dog for someone who has a disability or for someone who serves people with disabilities.  It takes an average of $25,000 to produce one assistance dog over a two-year period of training.  PAALS hopes to raise the $25,000 in one day to support one life changing canine who will help hundreds to thousands of our community members through PAALS animal assisted intervention programs while in training.  This puppy will participate in Prison PAALS (where inmates help raise and train assistance dogs to help give back), School PAALS (after school magnet program), Reading PAALS (targeting at-risk young readers to motivate them to learn with safe motivators), Summer PAALS (camp that includes children with disabilities), and many other community events and demonstrations.  PAALS will then match this dog with one of the recipients on our waiting list who will use this dog to help them live more independently or use this dog to help others reach their goals of living more enriched lives.    Last year we took photos with our dogs, staff, volunteers, board members, and the supporters to pledge to give on Midlands Gives 2015.  We posted these photos on our social media during the week leading up to the event and throughout the event.  We also sent reminder emails, pupdate newsletter and social media posts to promote special giving hours.  We exceeded our goal last year of doubling our 2014 earnings.  This year we want to focus on supporting one puppy who will be trained to change one life dramatically for the better as an assistance dog and will help hundreds to thousands during his/her training time with PAALS.  We will post pictures of puppies in training leading up to the event to promote along with stories of clients on our wait list.  The day of the event we will use social media to mark the levels we are raising and what those levels cover for the puppy in training.  PAALS is also seeking matching donors to help maximize this opportunity.  PAALS will promote a puppy getting his/her training cape to start official training if the goal is met on Midlands and will videotape this to share with supporters on Facebook the following day. PAALS will also announce a scholarship recipient from our waiting list if this goal of $25,000 is met.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

"Jim and I went to our favorite place, and now Fred's, and for the first time in a very long time, I was able to hold Jim's hand instead of a cane or being in a wheelchair. Fred walking beside me made it possible. My neurologist is very impressed with the progress I have made since being partnered with Fred. So much so, that the term "progressive" is not being used anymore with my MS.  Because Fred has taken over so many small tasks for me, I have been able to do PT &OT and improve GREATLY. The last MRI of my neck came back and said that the problems there had improved "significantly". The only thing it can be attributed to is Fred and how he has given me back the energy I need to fight! To be able to do PT and OT which he is a HUGE part of! It's thanks to support like Midlands Gives that I was paired with this amazing service dog who has changed my life".

Name of person to attribute quote to: Becky Sullivan

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Jennifer Rogers

Email: jrogers@paals.org

Phone number: 8039200042

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Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Becky Sullivan, service dog recipient

Email: beckster944@aol.com

Phone number: 8035139992

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Television, Radio, Print

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PAALS would be happy to bring puppies and dogs in training to any public relations events for Midlands Gives promotions.

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2016-03-24 12:38:15

Palmetto Conservation Foundation

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2014, 2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Kat Crawford

Phone Number: 8037710870

Email: kcrawford@palmettoconservation.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Palmetto Conservation Foundation (PCF) builds and maintains the Palmetto Trail, South Carolina's premier hiking & biking trail. The trail is a free resource for individuals and families to get outdoors and explore everything SC has to offer. Funds raised during Midlands Gives allow PCF to support more volunteer opportunities to build and maintain the Palmetto Trail. It provides us with tools for maintenance, supplies for repairs and new additions. Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

PCF builds excitement and participation for Midlands Gives via Social Media and our newsletter. Each year we have provided donors with an idea as to what their dollars can do for the Palmetto Trail (i.e.. $25 dollar donation will purchase a set of rakes for our volunteers).

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midlands Gives has not only aided PCF in being able to provide support for our Trail volunteers, but has also brought awareness of the Palmetto Trail to native South Carolinian's and visitors alike. With this exposure, we are able to get more people out using the trail, and in return, we gain more volunteers who are eager to help maintain the trail for future use. Name of person to attribute quote to: Mary Roe

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Mary Roe - Program Director

Email: mroe@palmettoconservation.org

Phone number: 8037710870

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Television, Radio, Print

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2016-04-01 08:51:33

Palmetto Cycling Coalition

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:

Amy Ely

Phone Number: 8034451099

Email: amy@pccsc.net

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

The mission of the Palmetto Cycling Coalition is to make South Carolina bicycle and pedestrian friendly, by improving safety through better access and education, to promote healthy lifestyles and livable and economically viable communities.  Unfortunately, in the latest national ranking of Bicycle Friendly States by the League of American Bicyclists, South Carolina was ranked #47 in the U.S. We obviously have a lot of work to do.  The Safe Streets Save Lives (SSSL) project is the first initiative of its kind that is working to improve bicycle safety on South Carolina roads and represents a public and private partnership for the betterment of South Carolina and all of its residents.  Every 5 years South Carolina develops a Strategic Highway Safety Plan.  The PCC serves as a resource to this effort and is a member of the statewide committee that develops the Plan.  The committee collaborates and develops the most up-to-date strategies to mitigate known safety problems on South Carolina State owned roadways, including our urban streets, rural roads and state highways. PCC staff participates in developing recommendations, based on broad collaboration, to the bike-related crash mitigation measures.  In legislative advocacy, H.3909, known as the Dylan Paul Mitchell Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act, passed through the SC House of Representatives on May 27, 2015.  We’re seeking final passage through the SC Senate in 2016.  We assisted the statewide effort to stop a “bike liability bill“ and a second bill that year was proposed which would have required every municipality in our state to allow bicycles on sidewalks.  This issue is highly context-sensitive and should therefore be an ordinance determined by local planning priorities.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Contributions to Palmetto Cycling Coalition through Midlands Gives approximately doubled in 2015 over 2014 and currently represent 15% of our budget. Our goal is to reach out to an even larger part of the statewide bicycle community and to increase representation of their interest in bicycle safety.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

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Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Amy Ely

Email: amy@pccsc.net

Phone number: 8034451099

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Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

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2016-04-04 11:23:38

Palmetto Opera

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Kathy Newman

Phone Number: 8037769499

Email: katnewman@aol.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

How do you captivate and excite 21st century students about an art form conceived in the 16th century and performed in a foreign language? Three seasons ago Palmetto Opera began an education project for high school students at Richland Northeast High School's Visual and Performing Arts Center.  The purpose:  make opera lovers of today's high school students.  Opera is Awesome is a voluntary program of three one-hour classroom sessions: an introduction to the operatic world, a summary of  our upcoming opera, and a sampling of arias that will be sung at the upcoming. The arias are performed by a young opera singer and complimentary tickets to the performance are given to students upon completion. Students are required to write before and after comments about their impressions of opera and the results are rewarding. Students were enthralled to discover that eternal themes in centuries old opera-unrequited love death, war, poverty, love affairs, love transcending social class-all reflect 21st century life.  Since the words of arias are displayed over the stage during the performance, they knew what was happening throughout the opera. Their after comments are usually far different than the before.  This year the Junior League of Columbia gave a reception for all the students prior to the performance.  We were told they said it was the perfect beginning to a great night.  One of our Board members, Dr. Lemuel Watson, Dean of the USC College of Education, believes this program should be offered statewide.  At this point, we can only fund two.   Midlands Gives donations will be used to expand Opera is Awesome, will go toward production costs(opera is the most expensive performing art) and will go towards the production costs of Opera Thursday.   We now offer the program at Westwood High in Blythewood, too. Both Dr. Elizabeth Meares at Richland Northeast and Sharon Johnson at Westwood High School are enthusiastic supporters, artists and lovers of opera.  Dr. Meares said this year was the first time her students asked if Opera is Awesome were going to be given at the BEGINNING OF THE SHCOOL YEAR.  Both Dr. Meares and Sharon Johnson(she studied opera) would be excellent interviews. Also, a young opera singer, Jonathan Cawley, performed the arias for the students at last season's program and his experience would be a story in itself.  He and the students bonded, he shared personal stories, advice about becoming an opera singer, etc.  I also have some excellent quotes from Beth and Sharon.   We now have funds to offer the program at two high schools- Richland Northeast and Westwood High in Blythewood.  One student wrote, "I've never been to a live opera before, and after seeing your performance I will definitely make pleas to see abitger ibe,  (quote cut off in excel doc)

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

We have planned a comprehensive internal social media campaign, including facebook and e-blasts throughout the time period you have given us.  We are also considering a paid media campaign with The State newspaper.  Targeted supporters will be contacted personally. 

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

I have an exceptional quote from Dr. Elizabeth Meares.  I feel certain she will approve my sharing it.  I have no doubt Sharon Johnson at Westwood High will share her enthusiasm for the program.  She was so excited that she had doubled the number of students this year.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Dr.Elizabeth Meares and Sharon Johnson

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Kathy Newman

Email: kaatnewman@aol.com

Phone number: 8037769499

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Dr. Elizabeth Meares

Email: emears@richland2.com

Phone number: 8036293933

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Television, Radio, Print

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There are some photos of students at the performance and at the reception given by the Junior League.  However, all require approval from parents.  The teachers expect to get approval but it is a legal and school requirement.   I prefer not to give you th

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2016-03-31 16:22:28

Palmetto Place Children's Shelter

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, Saluda, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Grace Bennett

Phone Number: 8037482353

Email: coordinator@palmettoplaceshelter.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

You may think tragic stories don’t happen here in the Midlands, but they do. When police entered Anthony and Hailey’s house, the first thing they noticed was the garbage piled high, needles and other drug paraphernalia on a torn sofa. Anthony and Hailey were huddled together in a corner— A parent was nowhere to be found. At Palmetto Place, Anthony and Hailey found a safe, nurturing home filled with love. Counseling helped them cope, and mentors helped them catch up in school and succeed. There are children just like Anthony and Hailey right here in the Midlands who still need our help. At Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter abused and neglected children and homeless teens from throughout the state find a safe haven. We provide a supportive and nurturing environment 24 hours a day, 365 days a year where children have access to after-school programs, tutoring, recreational and social activities. We offer a broad range of services that concentrate on personal healing and development including medical attention, mental health care, crisis adjustment and transitional counseling. We help children succeed; their grades improve and their behaviors stabilize. Here, the state’s most desperate children are home.  When Amanda came to us the first time she was 14 years old. She, and her siblings, had been removed from their home because it was no longer a safe, loving place. Today when you ask her about the first time she was at our shelter, she’ll tell you she doesn’t remember. The trauma from that time of her life is too great and has become something she’s blocked from her memory. After being court ordered to return home, Amanda came back to us twice over three years. She remembers being placed back into Palmetto Place’s care. She’ll tell you about learning to love our house parents and the bonds she formed with other residents. She’ll talk about her part time job, and how confusing college applications can be. She’ll tell you about the bittersweet weekend she left Palmetto Place to move into her college dorm room and how she still comes home to Palmetto Place during breaks.  The impact we’ve had on these young lives wouldn’t be possible without the support of our community and the funds raised during events like Midlands Gives. We look back on the children we’ve been able to help and the lives we’ve touched and are reminded that there are still children and teens out there who need the open hearts and support of Palmetto Place to succeed.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Last year we were able to raise almost $10,000 dollars during Midlands Gives. This year our goal is to exceed that amount. We will work with our community partners to host our own headquarters and encourage donations from people who pass by. In addition to this, we are working on finding matching funds and when we do will create a challenge hour of our own. We will have representatives at the main headquarters as much as possible as well.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

We’re excited to be part of Midlands Gives for the third year in a row! Not only does Midlands Gives help to fund much-needed programs for homeless teens and abused children but it also allows us to share our story with more people in the community.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Erin Hall, Executive Director

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Erin Hall, Executive Director

Email: director@palmettoplaceshelter.org

Phone number: 8037482357

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Samantha or Stephanie (depending on availability) Both are former residents, please schedule through me, Grace Bennett, as we can not give their contact information to the public

Email: coordinator@palmettoplaceshelter.org

Phone number: 8037482353

Comfortable interviewing with:

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2016-03-23 16:11:10

Pawmetto Lifeline

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Lexington, Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Elizabeth Childres

Phone Number: 8037482353

Email: coordinator@palmettoplaceshelter.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Pawmetto Lifeline will use the funds received from Midlands Gives to strengthen our emergency medical fund, Sophie’s Medical Fund.  Sophie’s Medical Fund is reserved for helping people with pets here in the Midlands with emergency medical needs that do not have the financial resources to cover the expenses.  Pawmetto Lifeline works closely with clients from the community and local veterinarians to ensure that life-saving treatments can be provided and funded for the pet owner. We have helped countless pet owners protect and care for their beloved companion pets through Sophie’s Medical Fund.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

We are going to utilize an extensive email and phone call campaign to reach our supporters and the community to spread the message about Sophie’s Medical Fund.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

“The peace of mind that Sophie’s Medical Fund can provide is priceless. Pet owners can rest assured that they will be able to keep and care for their pets even though they are experiencing an unexpected illness or injury.  Pawmetto Lifeline is here with resources for the community to ensure that they will not be separated from their beloved pets and can keep them in the best of health.” 

Name of person to attribute quote to: Denise Wilkinson, CEO

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Denise Wilkinson, CEO

Email: dwilkinson@pawmettolifeline.org

Phone number: 8034659195

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

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2016-04-05 14:36:44

PETSinc

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2014, 2015,

Counties Served by Organization:

Lexington, Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Kathy Morrison

Phone Number: 5404627236

Email: kmorri.petsinc@yahoo.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

PETSinc is Lexington County's private no-kill pet rescue.  We have been serving the community since 1991, this celebrating our 25th anniversary year.  As a private rescue, we are responsible for raising all of our support.  In 25 years, we have helped rescue and rehome nearly 90,000 cats and dogs in the Midlands.  In addition to these adoptions, our mission includes rehabbing the special needs rescue intakes with our professional trainer/behaviorist in order to help the pets become more adoptable and adapt to their new families for life.  We provide pet advocacy education to the general public, and provide workshops to our adopting families to empower them for success.  Our goal is to continue serving the community by rescuing, rehabbing, and rehoming abused and abandoned cats and dogs, and the Midlands Gives funds will certainly help us accomplish that moving forward.  We are currently constructing a facility on our campus to benefit and affect the community that will provide designated space for rehabbing/behavioral training, surgery recovery rooms for our vet clinic, walking tracks for our dogs, a small classroom/meeting room, boarding bays, and more.  The funds from Midlands Gives will help cover the cost of construction.  The goal is to have the building finished and operational this summer.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

PETSinc had a successful 2015 Midlands Gives giving day.  We exceeded the amount we raised in  2014.  For 2016, we are striving to surpass our 2015 amount by engaging more of our donors and increasing our donor base. 

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

In addition to helping us cover the daily costs of rescuing pets, Midlands Gives has helped us serve the community better by allowing us to have extra funds we can put toward "wish" projects that improve our facility.  Without these additional monies, we would not be able to otherwise afford these improvements out of our operating budget.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Renee McMurray

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Dana Vincent, PETSinc Vice Pres

Email: dana.petsinc@yahoo.com

Phone number: 8036087234

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Joe Surratt

Email: joejen2003@gmail.com

Phone number: 8037309383

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

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Additional Comments:

Thank you for your consideration!!

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2016-03-31 17:54:28

PETSinc

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2014, 2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Lexington, Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Kathy Morrison

Phone Number: 5404627236

Email: kmorri.petsinc@yahoo.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

PETSinc is Lexington County's private no-kill pet rescue.  We have been serving the Midlands community since 1991, this celebrating our 25th anniversary year.  As a private rescue, we are responsible for raising all of our support.  In 25 years, we have helped rescue and rehome nearly 90,000 cats and dogs in the Midlands.  In addition to these adoptions, our mission includes rehabbing the special needs rescue intakes with our professional trainer/behaviorist in order to help the pets become more adoptable and adapt to their new families for life.  We also provide pet advocacy education to the general public, and provide workshops to our adopting families to empower them for success.  Our goal is to continue serving the community by rescuing, rehabbing, and rehoming abused and abandoned cats and dogs, and the Midlands Gives funds will certainly help us accomplish that moving forward. 

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

PETSinc had a successful 2015 Midlands Gives giving day.  We exceeded the amount we raised in  2014.  For 2016, we are striving to surpass our 2015 amount by engaging more of our donors and increasing our donor base. 

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midlands Gives has helped PETSinc cover the daily costs of rescuing pets.  Until a pet is adopted from our center, the cost amounts to $22 per day per pet for basic care.  Any vetting for medical issues are an added cost.   Because we are a no-kill rescue, the cost per animal can add up very quickly if they reside with us for any length of time before being adopted.  A few dogs have resided at PETSinc for as long as two or three years before being adopted.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Renee McMurray

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Col. Tom Kelly

Email: thomas.kelly50@me.com

Phone number: 8037399333

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Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Joe Surratt - dog adopter

Email: joejen2003@gmail.com

Phone number: 8037309383

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Attached photo is of Mara Jane, who was recently adopted by Joe Surratt.  Mara Jane was one of PETSinc's longest residents, living at the center for nearly 3 years before she "rescued" Mr. Surratt.   The second picture attached is of Sawyer Wilson with hi

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2016-03-31 18:28:00

PETSinc

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2014, 2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Lexington, Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Kathy Morrison

Phone Number: 5404627236

Email: kmorri.petsinc@yahoo.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

On October 27, 2014, a one year old bully mix, was found abandoned and severely neglected in a neighborhood off of Bush River Road in Columbia.  A concerned citizen brought him to us.  We named him Oliver.  He was barely hanging on to life, but our vet immediately began administering care.  He was placed in a safe, loving foster family who worked very closely with our vet to help nurture Oliver back to health.  Today, Oliver is a thriving, deeply loved pet.    PETSinc is Lexington County's private no-kill pet rescue.  We have been serving the Midlands community since 1991, this celebrating our 25th anniversary year.  As a private rescue, we are responsible for raising all of our support.  In 25 years, we have helped rescue and rehome nearly 90,000 cats and dogs in the Midlands.  In addition to these adoptions, our mission includes rehabbing the special needs rescue intakes with our professional trainer/behaviorist in order to help the pets become more adoptable and adapt to their new families for life.  We also provide low-cost vet care, pet advocacy education to the general public, and provide workshops to our adopting families to empower them for success.  Our goal is to continue serving the community by rescuing, rehabbing, and rehoming abused and abandoned cats and dogs just like Oliver, and the Midlands Gives funds will certainly help us accomplish that moving forward. 

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

PETSinc had a successful 2015 Midlands Gives giving day.  We exceeded the amount we raised in  2014.  For 2016, we are striving to surpass our 2015 amount by engaging more of our donors and increasing our donor base. 

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midlands Gives has helped PETSinc cover the daily costs of rescuing pets ($22/day/pet), including basic boarding and intake vetting care.  Any vetting for ongoing medical issues are an added cost.   Animals who come to us grossly neglected and in severe ill health like Oliver require long-term costly medical care and attention. 

Name of person to attribute quote to: Renee McMurray

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Trisha Pruitt

Email: Trishap.petsinc@yahoo.com

Phone number: 8032615057

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Ruth Player - Oliver's foster mom

Email:

Phone number: 8034299103

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Attached photos and videos are of Oliver.  We celebrated his One Year Rescue Anniversary on October 27.  Oliver is thriving with his foster family.  His entire countenance and body language has changed since his intake; it's hard to recognize him as the s

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2016-03-31 19:12:50

PMECS (Partners for Minorities in Engineering and Computer Science)

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2014, 2015,

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, , Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw,

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Ernest J Middleton

Phone Number: 8033316887

Email: ejsequoia@2sc.rr.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Funding will allow qualified students to attend the one week Engineering Camp held at the University of South Carolina at little to no cost to the students.  Students will be engaged in thought processes to help them understand how to prepare themselves to be Engineers and/or Computer Scientist. With the help of Midlands Gives, 10 of the 122 Students that attended the 2015 summer camp was from proceeds received from last year funds.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Last year we encouraged our friends and supporters using Facebook to assist us in at least achieving a 500% increase over our previous year which was very low.  With the help of some anonymous contributors we reached 1000% over our previous year. Thanks We would love to double that this year.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

"Giving is not just about making a donation, It is about making a difference."

Name of person to attribute quote to: Kathy Calvin, CEO & President of the United Nations Foundation

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? No

Name and Title of Spokesperson:

Email:

Phone number:

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Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Email:

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The kids worked on computer applications like basic programing, Electrical labs, mechanical engineering labs, IT-Ology labs and simple building of structures.  One of the pictures depict the building of a chair using nothing but cardboard and tape.  It ha

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2016-04-04 17:42:37

Power In Changing

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Ayanna White

Phone Number: 8034650091

Email: awhite@powerinchanging.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Power In Changing was formed to meet a growing diaper need here in South Carolina.  Diapers are expensive - they can cost $70 to $80 or more each month - As a result, parents try to make due without or by stretching their supply by leaving babies in dirty diapers longer or reusing diapers. A diaper is a small thing, but it can have a huge impact on families. If parents do not have diapers they can not leave their child in daycare.  So, the parents can not go to work to earn money and/or finish their education.  Not having diapers can also impact a baby's health and well being.  For example, the reuse of dirty diapers can leave a child with severe diaper rash and other health problems.  A baby that is in a dirty diaper for to long tend to cry more, increasing the stress for the parents who are struggling to make ends meet. Increased stress to a parent can impact the safety of the child.  The need for diapers is tremendous!  With 32% of children in South Carolina under the age of 3 living in poverty, Power In Changing will use the money raised by Midlands Gives to purchase much needed supplies for these children. Like, diapers, wipes, diaper cream, baby wash, shampoo, and other items needed to help alleviate the stress of raising a child on a depleted budget.  Keeping our kids happy, healthy, and clean is our TOP priority.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

This is Power In Changing first year participating in an event of this magnitude.  Our strategy in short is to simply expose the diaper need in South Carolina, and if we are blessed enough to get funds to further our mission we would have exceeded multiple goals set for this year. We are very honored to partake in this event.  

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midlands Gives is a big voice for non profits who want to do good in their community but do not know where to start. This event is remarkable because it provides a selfless act on the behalf of all the non profits that service the community.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Ayanna White

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Ayanna White

Email: awhite@powerinchanging.org

Phone number: 8034650091

Comfortable interviewing with:

Radio,

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Email:

Phone number:

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We are awesome to be apart of something so big.  I wish everyone much success with their campaign.

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2016-03-17 13:44:28

Reach Out and Read Carolinas

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:

Drew Laurens

Phone Number: 8644309947

Email: drew.laurens@reachoutandread.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Donations from Midlands Gives will enhance and expand the implementation of Reach Out and Read, an evidence based literacy intervention within the medical home, for families with children from 6 months to 5 years of age attending a well-child visit. In the midlands counties, we impact over 20,000 families annually in over 37 pediatric and primary care providers. Reach Out and Read makes early literacy a standard part of preventive childcare with a special emphasis on children who grow up in low-income communities. The intervention builds on the unique relationship between families and medical providers to develop critical early language and reading skills in children.  Physicians and nurses are specially trained to deliver early literacy guidance to parents of children 6 months through 5 years of age.  During well-child visits, the provider prescribes reading aloud every day by modeling language development and reading strategies with the child while explaining to the parent what they are doing and why it is important.   The program is two generational—it builds children’s home libraries in low-income households, and positively impacts parental behaviors affecting healthy language and literacy development for their child.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Our Midlands Gives goal this year is to garner at least $15,000. On the actual day of Midlands Gives, we will celebrate the program's at Palmetto Health Pediatric Outpatient Center, the location of the first Reach Out and Read program in the Carolinas over 15 years ago.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midlands Gives allows Reach Out and Read's volunteer doctors serving low-income populations to have the high quality, developmentally and culturally appropriate books needed to implement the two-generational intervention in over 40,000 well child checkups annually across the region.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Drew Laurens

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Suzanne Metcalf

Email: suzanne.metcalf@reachoutandread.org

Phone number: 8288172089

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Diane Bagnal-Moody, Palmetto Health Children's Outpatient Center

Email: diane.bagnal-moody@palmettohealth.org

Phone number: 8034344368

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

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2016-04-01 09:11:07

Refreshed & Restored Ministries Inc.

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Alecia Bryant

Phone Number: 8034462229

Email: rrministries2014@gmail.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

We have been making a positive impact with teenagers and adults since we have open our doors. We have seen and received letters from teenagers and adults about their personal experience with us. Many teenagers who have come to us through YA (Youth Arbitration) are now making and having a positive affect in their respected classroom and at home. Many adults have continued to improved their lives by being around a positive environment.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Our goal this year is to raise $5,000. this will help us in our continue efforts to provide a positive environment for our free summer camp the funds will also help with us purchasing a new van so we can continue to do donation pick up for our thrift store where many of our teenagers learn hands on retail and management skills.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Name of person to attribute quote to:

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Clayton Bryant Ex. Director/ Founder

Email: rrministries2014@gmail.com

Phone number: 8033612543

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Email:

Phone number:

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2016-04-03 22:08:26

Remembering All Veterans Everyday Organization

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Gracie Gibson

Phone Number: 8036265110

Email: SC_RAVE@outlook.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

We are a start up non-profit 501(c)3 organization which began in September 2015.  Our mission and goal is to obtain properties that can be converted or land to be built on to provide transitional and permanent housing for our homeless veterans and families.  We are networking with other organizations such as ourselves across the country and are creating co-operations between other local organizations to combine resources.  We are in the process of looking at potential sites, and consulting with zoning and development planning in the city of Columbia, SC. for building construction requirements.  We are striving to ensure that the sites we choose are in a safe, clean with potential to grow environments.  We are also taking into consideration of other resources that the veteran will need in their housing area i.e. transportation, shopping and start-up housing supplies.  Those in transitional housing will be provided with food, clothing and shelter.  We will be the liaison between the VA and other services they are entitled to.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

This is our first year as an organization.  Our mission and goal is to acquire a start up facility to begin housing our initial group of homeless veterans.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Name of person to attribute quote to:

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Gracie Gibson, Founder /President

Email: SC_RAVE@outlook.com

Phone number: 8036265110

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, , Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Email:

Phone number:

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2016-03-21 20:01:40

Richland County Recreation Foundation

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015

Counties Served by Organization:

Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Lisa Lewis

Phone Number: 8038650138

Email: Lisa_L@rcrc.state.sc.us

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Richland County Recreation Foundation is dedicated to enriching lives and connecting communities through diverse recreational opportunities.  This year we look to raise funds to provide Richland County families, dealing with hardship, a scholarship for their children to attend a Richland County Recreation Commission Afterschool or Summer Camp Program.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Last year was our first Midlands Gives. We did not set any goals because we were just excited to participate and receive any donations. This year our strategy is to start from sun up to sun down at local restaurants setting up mobile stations for the community to donate.  We will also use our phone bank and email listing to get past donors involved as well. Lastly, we will make sure our Board of Directors are more involved and make sure they reach out to their resources.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midlands Gives is a phenomenal philanthropy tool for Richland County.  It gives all nonprofit foundations, big or small, the ability to raise funds on the same level. Small organizations such as Richland County Recreation Foundation has the opportunity to raise funds, and bring awareness to the organization which will provide a chance to cultivate future donors.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Lisa W. Lewis, Executive Director Richland County Recreation Founation

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Lisa W. Lewis, Executive Director

Email: Lisa_L@rcrc.state.sc.us

Phone number: 8038650138

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

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Phone number:

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2016-03-22 14:05:20

Richland Two Educatio Foundation

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Milton Wright

Phone Number: 8036068290

Email: milton@miltonwright.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

R2EF looks forward to being part of Midlands Gives for the first time. Our focus for raising funds involves the desire to help students beyond the classroom. There are 438 identified homeless students attending schools in our district (meaning, we don't know where they are after school nor over the weekends). Our goal is to help make sure they have a reason to return to the classroom each week.  We know that we can change lives and life's direction for these students if we can keep them engaged with their academic and personal development. Our backpack program serves the basic need of nutrition for these students when they are away from campus.  It's our charge at R2EF to help keep this program going with the needed funding to have food readily available as each weekend approaches. Another critical program we will target with Midlands Gives funds is the R2 Ready to Read Initiative. We have a huge opportunity with Pre-K thru 2nd grade students in Richland Two. We can impact the lives of so many with this reading program that takes place during summer break. We view this initiative like parents of the 70's and 80's viewed eliminating a generation of smokers. Our objective is to provide these students with the power of reading and comprehension at levels expected for their age groups. We have a strong desire to build a bridge and foundation of reading that takes hold of Pre-K and Second grade students in Richland Two, and propel them to heights they may not even see in themselves. Having taken on this objective, we envision a generation of voracious readers that ultimately results in future community, society and world leaders.   Reading is the fundamental path toward learning, in so many areas, and our aim is to eliminate the deterioration of this essential building block of capturing knowledge and achieving success.  

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

We have activated a social platform and currently in the process of building awareness and affiliations of this form of media. We will announce throughout the Richland Two community our participation in Midlands Gives through email and strategic partnerships. Since we are new to this process, our formula of building awareness is evolving as we go through the tool kit provided by Midlands Gives. We are excited to be part of this wonderful event.  We have a goal to raise a minimum $2500, but also hope to gain widespread awareness of R2EF's existence and purpose in the Northeast Columbia community.   

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

We are only successful in our efforts to support excellence in Richland Two when great partners, such as Midlands Gives,  come to the aid of our exceptional students.   

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Milton Wright, Abby Cobb, Martha Jones:  R2EF board members

Email: milton@miltonwright.com

Phone number: 8036068290

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Milton Wright, Martha Jones, Abby Cobb

Email: milton@miltonwright.com

Phone number: 8036068290

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Thank you for taking time to read and consider our story. 

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2016-03-29 17:47:09

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia, SC

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, Saluda, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Jessica Albert

Phone Number: 8032540118

Email: Jessica@rmhcofcolumbia.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia, SC provides a "home away from home" for families while their child is receiving treatment at a nearby medical facility. The reality of having a child sick and in the hospital can be incredibly overwhelming to parents and siblings. What the Ronald McDonald House is able to provide these families is a bit of stability in the midst of unthinkable circumstances. When a child is hospitalized, the healing power of having family nearby is beyond measure. In 2015, 184 families from 32 surrounding counties found the support they needed so they could focus on what matters the most - their child. Unfortunately due to the size of the current House we were forced to turn away 140 families in their time of need. This summer the new Ronald McDonald House will open and allow even more families to stay together when it matters the most.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Last year we wanted to reach 21 individual gifts and we actually increased to 27 gifts including 6 new donors! This year our plan is to reach 35 gifts and hopefully hit at least one of the bonus pools or prizes. We plan to utilize Hootsuite to schedule out post on all our social media channels and our Constant Contact email blasts to notify our supporters leading up the big day and throughout the day during the power hours and challenges. We also plan to generate awareness from our USC sorority partner Alpha Delta Pi to help share and post about Midlands Gives throughout the day to reach new supporters and hit the 35 gifts goal.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

We are inspired by the support of our Midlands community during the 24-hour online giving day. To provide for our families, RMHC of Columbia, SC relies on community involvement and many fundraising efforts throughout the year. These funds will greatly benefit the families of critically ill and injured children who stay at the Columbia Ronald McDonald House. We are honored to be a part of Midlands Gives and are looking forward to see what we can accomplish this year.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Karen Marinelli, RMHC of Columbia, SC Executive Director

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Jessica - Development & Communications Manager

Email: Jessica@rmhcofcolumbia.org

Phone number: 8032540118

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Chelsea Bowley - mother of twin boys who stayed at the Ronald McDonald House

Email: chelseanthomas@aol.com

Phone number:

Comfortable interviewing with:

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If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

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Additional Comments:

We would also be happy to schedule a time to do a tour of the new 16 bedroom Ronald McDonald House. The new House is scheduled to be completed this June!

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2016-03-30 09:58:36

Safe Life Senior

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2014, 2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Elizabeth Young

Phone Number: 8032542673

Email: elizabethyoung@safelifesenior.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

After the historic flooding in October Safe Life Senior reached out to all of our subscribers in flood affected areas. A couple of subscribers lost their entire homes but the majority stayed safe. One subscriber pressed her personal help button to be rescued from the rising waters in her home. Another subscriber, Ms. Bernice Myers who is 80 years of age, started experiencing severe leaking in her home's roof in Winnsboro. Her family photos and walls received water damage and the weather man was calling for more rain in days following. We knew we had to help quickly.  Our Executive Director reached out to several community programs to find assistance for Ms. Myers with no success. The Board of Directors informed staff to use Midlands Gives' Funds to purchase a tarp, rope, and stakes to temporarily patch Ms. Myers' roof and stop any water from causing additional damage to the inside of her home. The Community Relations Director, Ben McCarter, installed the tarp himself before the next rain. Ms. Myers and her daughter were so relieved to know that they didn't have to worry about further water damage.  Without the donations from Midlands Gives, Safe Life Senior would not have had the funds to reach out and help Ms. Myers. The flood was a tragic event that we did not budget for, but because of Midlands Gives we had the funds to be the resource that Ms. Myers needed. 

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Our strategy this year is to stay in constant contact with our donors from previous years. We mailed out letters thanking donors for last year's donation. We also sent out a report to let each donor know how the monies raised impacted our organization and the community. Our focus is to retain previous donors while also gaining new donors. Last year we unleashed a social media campaign to increase the number of likes for Safe Life Senior's Facebook page. We are in hopes that this will help us increase awareness and gain new donors. Last year all of our board of directors met the challenge of making a $100 donation so we decided to ramp it up and challenge the board to not only give $100 but find a new donor willing to make a $100 donation in their honor.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

"It's amazing to know there are such nice, caring people in the world, especially in a company. Safe Life Senior went above and beyond the call of duty. They heard about my mom and came riding in like a knight on a white horse. I've never known people like them before. It's just great to know that a fundraiser like Midlands Gives helps so many people in the community, especially considering one of those people was my mom."

Name of person to attribute quote to: Brenda Davenport

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Ben McCarter-Director of Community Relations

Email: ben@safelifesenior.com

Phone number: 8033947009

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Brenda Davenport-Dtr of Bernice Myers-story above

Email:

Phone number: 8036355406

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

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Yes

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2016-03-30 15:53:28

Sandhills School

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2014, 2015,

Counties Served by Organization:

Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Jean  Price

Phone Number: 8036951400

Email: jprice@sandhillsschool.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Contributions from Midlands Gives will allow Sandhills to continue serving the midlands with the highest quality of education available for children with learning differences. From school educational trips and parent events, to a summer program for the young learners of the state at large, Sandhills stays involved in the community in a variety of ways. As a part of Sandhills mission all of our students are required to participate in community service projects. Any and all contributions are most appreciated by Sandhills and its students, and will help us fill a serious need in our community. Every donation will make a positive impact in the daily work of our students and teachers, whether it is designated as funding for scholarships or field trips to outreach programs for the community. We are grateful for your support.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

The Sandhills Midlands Gives strategy is to reach out to a large network of friends, families, and community members and to have them understand and become champions of our mission: The mission of Sandhills School is to provide a successful learning environment for students who learn differently and who benefit from evidence-based, multi-sensory instruction. Sandhills School will develop the potential of each student by fostering intellectual curiosity, principled character and a commitment to serve.
Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midlands Gives provides gives Sandhills the opportunity to continue providing the highest quality of education available for children with learning differences. The money raised from Midlands Gives provides us with the opportunity to have scholarships available to our families. A quote from one of our parents: “I wanted to send you {Sandhills} a quick note and tell you how very thankful I am for everything you do for my daughter.  You (and all your colleagues) have given my child much more than a sound educational footing - you have given her the confidence that comes through nurturing and earned success.  You have taught my daughter how to be "fearless".  Not "fearless" in a reckless or intensely courageous sense.  Fearless in that she knows she can strive and - while she may stumble - she's knows that she won't fall.  It’s a beautiful gift.”  

Name of person to attribute quote to: Sandhills Parent

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Anne Vickers

Email: amvickers@sandhillsschool.org

Phone number: 8036951400

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Maureen Tilton- Parent of a High School student

Email: maureenvtilton@gmail.com

Phone number: 8038421445

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

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2016-03-24 16:38:12

SC Thrive

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Wes Sandifer

Phone Number: 8035428993

Email: wsandifer@scthrive.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

One of our SC Thrive Counselors met a homeless, single mother with three children. They had been living in a tent in the woods for weeks. The woman’s family was unstable and she did not know how or where to access the resources they needed. The SC Thrive Counselor helped the mother apply for SNAP, Family Independence and Medicaid. She was also able to refer her to organizations in her community to access other necessary resources like childcare and housing. The mother found a job and went back to school part-time. The family is now in permanent housing, with healthy foods, medical and mental health care and has moved out of crisis towards stability.  There are families like this one all across South Carolina and throughout the Midlands. People who don’t know how or where to access needed resources are struggling to support their families and provide healthy, stable homes. SC Thrive recognizes the need for outreach and education focused on quality of life resources like healthcare and food assistance. We also understand the need to provide innovative and efficient access to these resources, so we partner with community heroes like this SC Thrive Counselor in local food banks, schools, churches, health clinics and other organizations to provide capacity building in the form of tools, training and technology. Donating to SC Thrive helps sustain these programs in building healthy stabilized communities throughout the Midlands and throughout the state.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Name of person to attribute quote to:

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Wes Sandifer, Director of Development

Email: wsandifer@scthrive.org

Phone number: 8035428993

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Email:

Phone number:

Comfortable interviewing with:

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2016-03-31 16:35:10

Senior Resources, Inc.

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2014, 2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Bridget Winston

Phone Number: 8032527734

Email: bwinston@seniorresourcesinc.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Last year, Senior Resources received $6,817 in donations and matches from Midlands Gives. That was enough to reduce our Meals on Wheels waiting list by three seniors and disabled adults. This year, we will continue our effort to reduce our Meals on Wheels waiting list with donations received through Midlands Gives. Each day, our Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver approximately 300 meals to home-bound seniors and disabled adults in our community. Yet our waiting list has just as many people whom we cannot afford to serve.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

This year, with the help of a match from our Board of Directors, we hope to engage 100 donors and raise $10,000 to reduce our Meals on Wheels waiting list. $10,000 would allow us to serve five new clients for a full year, with hot meals delivered to their homes each day, Monday through Friday.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

"Midlands Gives has not only allowed us to reduce our Meals on Wheels waiting list, but it has also helped us raise awareness of the issues of senior hunger and isolation in our community.  Our elderly neighbors have spent their lives living, working, raising their families and serving in our community. Now it's our turn to serve them and make sure their needs are met so they can remain independent and maintain their dignity."

Name of person to attribute quote to: Pam Dukes, Executive Director

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Pam Dukes, Executive Director

Email: pdukes@seniorresourcesinc.org

Phone number: 8032527734

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

We have several volunteers and clients who are comfortable speaking with the media. We can contact the best person based on the angle of the story (volunteers, current clients, waiting list, etc.)

Email:

Phone number:

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio,

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

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Additional Comments:

During the floods in South Carolina in October 2015, we established a food pantry to help serve all local seniors in need -- not just our clients. With many generous donations, we were able to provide bottled water and non-perishable food items to seniors

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2016-03-30 10:36:48

Sharing God's Love

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Lexington, Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Cathy Calamas

Phone Number: 8038731469

Email: mccalamas@gmail.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

In 2015, Sharing God's Love received $3,000 which was used to purchase backpacks and school supplies for children.  

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Our goal for this year is to raise $7,500.  With our "Keep It Cool" slogan, we will use the monies raised toward paying utilities of the families we serve.  Typically Sharing God's Love serves 60 families a week and pays $125 toward utilities when we have the funds available.   Funding is normally depleted by July, just as the summer is heating up.  Raising $7,500 will allow Sharing God's Love to pay for another week of utilities for the families we serve and "Keep It Cool" for them.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Sharing God's Love has benefited from Midlands Gives by the large exposure to online donors and new supporters to our ministry.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Shari Selke, Director

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Shari Selke, Director

Email: sharingodslove1@aol.com

Phone number: 8037323188

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Email:

Phone number:

Comfortable interviewing with:

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

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Additional Comments:

What is unique about our agency are the privacy and the respect we afford to each and everyone seeking help from our agency.  The information about the individuals we serve is confidential.

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Yes

Form submitted:

2016-03-29 14:07:33

Sistercare

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2014, 2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Richland, Kershaw

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Nancy Barton

Phone Number: 8069260505

Email: nbatron@sistercare.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

With SC having the highest rate in the nation of women killed by men, Sistercare has a strong responsibility to help additional victims of domestic violence and their children obtain safe and secure emergency shelter to prevent future domestic violence homicides.  Midlands Gives can provide new and additional funds that directly help Sistercare reach more families with both safety and counseling and support services.  The earlier we reach domestic violence victims, the better chance we have of reducing domestic violence and giving children a chance to grow up in a home free of domestic violence.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Last year we set a financial goal and met it through the generosity of many individuals – men, women, groups and businesses – who believe that a home should be a safe haven and there is no place for violence in the home.  Our hope was to receive enough funding to increase counseling for battered women and children exposed to domestic violence.  We succeeded in receiving the needed funds and in adding greatly needed counseling! 

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

“Not only did Midlands Gives provide financial resources to help reach more survivors of domestic violence and their children but it also gave a message to these families that they are not alone – the Midlands is here to give to you.”

Name of person to attribute quote to: Nancy Barton

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Nancy Barton

Email: nbarton@sistercare.com

Phone number: 8069260505

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Email:

Phone number:

Comfortable interviewing with:

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2016-03-31 16:23:09

Souper Bowl of Caring

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Sumner  Bender

Phone Number: 8033974889

Email: sumner.bender@souperbowl.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Souper Bowl of Caring is a backbone nonprofit that works to aid charities across the state that serve in the fight against hunger and poverty. Created to motivate groups, using the energy of the Super Bowl football game, to take up collections of food and funds to be donated to local charities. Hunger is not a holiday issue but donations across the county drop on January 1st. It is the goal of Souper Bowl of Caring to educate communities on the need that continues once the holidays are over. 22,000 people in Columbia alone live in food insecure households, meaning 1 out of ever 6 people in the Capital City don't know where their next meal is coming from. Through Souper Bowl of Caring we are able to help restock those food banks and provide funds to homeless shelters feeding thousands of people a day across the state.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Our goal is to reach a population of young donors who may not have the ability to make large donations to our cause. We are asking for $25 donations from young people for our youth programs. We will dedicate the funds collected by Midlands Gives to our Local Youth Advisory Board (LYAB) program. The LYAB program provides leadership training, hunger and poverty education, and campaign preparedness. These students become ambassadors for the cause, and we hope become life long givers to their communities. The students will partake in trainings, volunteer days, and are encouraged to host their own Souper Bowl of Caring drives. We believe when you motivate young people they motivate groups all around them and that is a vital part of our mission, reaching beyond ourselves to give back to a community in need.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

"Midlands Gives provided me with a quick an easy way to donate to organizations I would have never considered giving to in the past."   "Watching the totals counter on the MG homepage is one of my favorite things to do because it literally shows you what a community is capable of doing if they come together for just one day. "

Name of person to attribute quote to: Sumner Bender

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Rev. Dr. Brad Smith (Souper Bowl of Caring Founder)

Email: bsmith@eastminsterpres.org

Phone number: 8034146591

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Michael Hobensack

Email: mjh0026@tigermail.auburn.edu

Phone number: 8035860714

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

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Yes

Form submitted:

2016-03-31 10:03:39

South Carolina Archaeology Public Outreach Division, Inc.

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Helena Ferguson

Phone Number: 8039174087

Email: scapod@gmail.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

SCAPOD’s mission is to educate the public about South Carolina archaeology in diverse ways.  One of the most effective ways of reaching out to our South Carolina community is by offering our Archaeology in the Classroom Program to the area schools.  Archaeology in the Classroom combines cultural heritage with hands-on activities and lessons that are engaging for young learners. Educators in South Carolina are pressed for time and resources and SCAPOD programs offer teachers a unique way to connect the classroom to the diverse amount of cultural heritage information available through archaeology.   For the most part, social studies and history are subjects that are very text or lecture heavy, but Archaeology in the Classroom allows students to become actively engaged.  At a recent Archaeology in the Classroom program funded by last year's Midlands Gives donations, a third grade class was doing an activity where they were analyzing modern artifacts, such as small toys and common household items.  During this activity they began to discuss whether or not the gender of a person could be revealed by only a few items.  Does the color pink always mean a girl?  What if it was found with a Batman toy?  The class became very animated, sharing their opinions and stories to try and determine what information could be accurately portrayed by the items they “excavated.”  These sorts of discussions are important for students because it helps teach them the importance of sharing, considering multiple ideas, and opinions.  It also helps them to reflect on their own experience and knowledge and how it compares to those around them.  Archaeology is a sub-discipline of the larger field of anthropology, the study of past and present people.  As our world becomes smaller due to globalization, understanding the diverse ways in which people live and have lived is becoming increasingly important for our students.  The Archaeology in the Classroom program not only looks at local heritage but it also examines and teaches the methods archaeology uses to understand the past and prepare for the future.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Funding from Midlands Gives will allow SCAPOD to offer the Archaeology in the Classroom program at no cost to Midlands Title One schools.  Donations from Midlands Gives allow SCAPOD to target students in schools that may not have funds to bring in outside activities or presenters.   Last year was SCAPOD’s first year participating in Midlands Gives.  With the funds raised, SCAPOD was able to give free Archaeology in the Classroom programs to over 300 students. This year we aim to increase those numbers. All of the teachers who participated in last year’s programs were very pleased with the activities and enthusiastic about the idea of participating again.  Using the contacts we made at the schools, as well as our social media presence, we plan to share the news that SCAPOD will be participating in this year’s Midlands Gives for the opportunity to travel to more classrooms and do more programs during the next school year.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

"Dear Ms. Erika (SCAPOD), I had fun making a waddle and daub house.  My mom said 'wow it's good'.  I learned a lot about archaeology.  My favorite part was when we made a waddle and daub house.  I wish you can come back to our school."

Name of person to attribute quote to: 2nd grade student, Jackson Elementary, Kershaw County

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Erika Shofner, Executive Director

Email: scapod@gmail.com

Phone number: 8433197597

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

Additional Comments: Schools serviced last year with Midlands Gives Funds: Sandy Run, Calhoun County; Joseph Keels, Richland County; Webber Elementary, Richland County; Hollywood Elementary, Saluda County; South Kilborne Elementary, Richland County; BC Grammar #1, Lexington County; Jackson Elementary, Kershaw County.  This year we aim to reach out to at least 1 school in all counties in the Midlands area.

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Yes

Form submitted:

2016-04-05 12:00:28

South Carolina Archives and History Foundation

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Grace Salter

Phone Number: 8038960339

Email: gsalter@scdah.sc.gov

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

The South Carolina Department of Archives and History is the repository of the state’s most treasured and valuable records. Among these records are the originals of each of South Carolina’s seven state constitutions, beginning with the Constitution of 1776. These documents are in serious need of repair and restoration. Conservation and treatment of these records can halt further deterioration and preserve them for future generations, but the work is costly. The South Carolina Archives and History Foundation has pledged to help raise the funds for this important undertaking. Midlands Gives can assist the Foundation in this tremendously significant restoration of our state’s most valuable historical documents. These funds will allow the Foundation to assist the Archives in the transportation and conservation of the original constitutions at the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, Massachusetts. Due to their fragile and irreplaceable nature, the records will be hand delivered to ensure their proper and safe delivery. Upon their return, the agency plans to make each document available to the citizens of South Carolina through various platforms including digitization, exhibits, and educational programming.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

The goal of the South Carolina Archives and History Foundation is to raise $3,500 towards the expense of restoring South Carolina’s seven constitutions. Midlands Gives will provide the organization with an outstanding platform to reach those within our community who care about our state’s unique history. It will allow us to connect with new potential donors as well as raise community awareness of the fragile nature of these irreplaceable treasures representing the past 240 years of South Carolina history. In addition to Midlands Gives, the organization will use social media and e-newsletters as well as more traditional methods to reach out for support of this highly important preservation effort. This is our first year to participate in Midlands Gives but we believe it will be a cornerstone in similar efforts in years to come.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

“For over two decades the South Carolina Archives and History Foundation has provided vital financial support to the South Carolina Department of Archives and History for projects ranging from the construction of the Archives and History Center to the education of South Carolinians regarding the Palmetto State’s rich history. With its current initiative to conserve each of our state’s seven constitutions, the Foundation is helping to ensure that our state’s fundamental documents will survive for the benefit of future generations.”  

Name of person to attribute quote to: W. Eric Emerson, Ph.D

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Grace Salter

Email: gsalter@scdah.sc.gov

Phone number: 8039601870

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

W. Eric Emerson, Director of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History

Email: eemerson@scdah.sc.gov

Phone number: 8034147522

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

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Yes

Form submitted:

2016-03-31 16:25:28

South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2014, 2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Lara  Winburn

Phone Number: 8036005780

Email: lwinburn@teenpregnancysc.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

The South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (SC Campaign) works to reduce teen pregnancy rates in South Carolina. Our staff instructs and assists community leaders who help teens make smarter decisions about reproductive health. Last year we provided over 850 hours of training and technical assistance to community partners. With each additional donation we are able to increase the number of hours, the number of professionals and most importantly, the number of teens educated and empowered. We train youth-serving professionals, initiate communication within families and advocate for grassroots programs that educate and empower teens.  After 22 years of commitment to the issue, teen birth rates in South Carolina have decreased by 61%.  This decline indicates that our organization is making an impact but as 13th in the nation we should not mistakenly believe we have it solved. 

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

The South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy wants the best for all teens across the state of South Carolina. Our aim is to have a donation from every county in the state of South Carolina. Every day in South Carolina 12 teens give birth because of that our goal will be to raise $12,000.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Contributions through Midlands Gives allow the SC Campaign to continue training teachers and youth serving professionals to provide comprehensive, evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention in their communities; communicating with members of the SC House and Senate to keep them abreast of teen pregnancy and related issues; and engaging faith communities to address the topics of teen sex, pregnancy, and parenthood within the context of their own faith.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Forrest Alton

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Forrest Alton, CEO

Email: falton@teenpregnancysc.org

Phone number: 8036006102

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Email:

Phone number:

Comfortable interviewing with:

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

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Yes

Form submitted:

2016-04-04 16:51:15

South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families

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:

Wayne Thornley

Phone Number: 8032278800

Email: wthornley@scfathersandfamilies.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Branden Glover – Reclaiming Fatherhood,  Branden Glover has been absent for much of his two-year-old son’s life. While “deadbeat dad” might be the words that first come to mind, Branden did not freely choose to ignore his responsibilities as a dad. An unplanned pregnancy fueled a strained relationship resulting in the mother denying Branden access to his child. A low-wage job wasn’t enough to afford housing for himself, much less a family, and with no high school diploma, Branden had little chance for advancement to jobs paying more. Branden knew he needed to overcome these obstacles if he was ever to be the dad his son needed.  One day, on his way to work as a server in a Columbia restaurant, he noticed the sign outside the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition. He wasn’t exactly sure what the sign meant, but the word “fatherhood” drew him in. Stepping through the front door, Branden made the first of many steps Branden toward the support and encouragement he needed to reshape his life and regain hope of becoming a dependable, supportive father.  After an orientation to the six-month fatherhood program, he worked with an intervention specialist to develop his “One Man Plan,” an individualized action plan for achieving primary objectives. For Branden, that meant doing the work necessary to address his lack of education, his need for economic stability, and parenting and relationship skills that would hopefully pave the way to visitation.  Skill building, self-assessments and personal coaching coupled with Branden’s determination and commitment to become a better father and provider are already having life-changing results.  Career development services allowed Branden to obtain his GED. With that accomplishment and guidance of program staff, he applied and was accepted to Allen University. He currently lives on campus and is taking classes toward an engineering degree. Utilizing the program’s job search services, Branden has secured summer employment as an usher at the new Columbia Fireflies stadium.  Parenting and co-parenting classes have helped Branden reestablish a healthy relationship with his child’s mother and he now sees his son regularly. Father-and-son time on weekends usually includes exploring local parks, watching basketball games, reading books, and simply playing together. Being able to be with his son during the entire week of spring break was a major milestone and celebration for Branden.  Dividing his time between college coursework, maintaining a job, spending time with his son, and continued participation in the fatherhood program is a challenge, but not one he is shying away from. His next goal is to secure housing that will provide a place he and his son can call home.  “Branden is like many of the fathers we serve on a daily basis. He is not a deadbeat. His greatest desire is to achieve success and to be actively engaged in his child’s life,“ said Ivan Carter, Branden’s intervention specialist. “Through Branden’s persistence and hard-work, and with the assistance of Midlands Fatherhood Coalition, he is working to be a great dad to his son.” 

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

This year, our Midlands Gives strategy and goal will be focused on raising funds to support services of our statewide network of program sites, with special emphasis on support for the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition and its satellite offices.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

"Our fatherhood programs touch hearts and change lives for fathers in the Midlands and across our state. Contributions we receive through Midlands Gives allow us to expand the reach of our mission and to better serve fathers seeking guidance, encouragement and support to become great dads for their children."

Name of person to attribute quote to: Pat Littlejohn

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Pat Littlejohn

Email: plittlejohn@scfathersandfamilies.com

Phone number: 8032278800

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Branden Glover. He is a young father navigating substantial barriers to get the education, economic stability and parenting/relationship skills need to reconnect with his young son and become the father he wants to be.

Email: wthornley@scfathersandfamilies.com

Phone number: 8032278800

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television,

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

Attach a File:

Link to multiple photos or videos in an online gallery or Dropbox folder:

https://www.youtube.com/user/scfathersandfamilies

Additional Comments:

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Yes

Form submitted:

2016-03-31 15:47:29

South Carolina Christian Action Council

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Brenda Kneece

Phone Number: 8036228621

Email: bkneece@sccouncil.net

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

The South Carolina Christian Action Council (SCCAC) is our state's only statewide ecumenical agency. The 14 denominations which are the SCCAC's member bodies live and work together for unity and justice. Founded in 1933, the SCCAC became a justice seeking body in 1950 calling for the peaceful desegregation of schools throughout the Civil Rights years.  In 1986 the SCCAC called for the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the Chambers and Dome of the SC Statehouse. Advocating for the flags' removal through public rallies, prayer vigils, conversations with Public Officials, and throughout the state in congregations, the SCCAC pressed on. The Council joined with many non-profits and other business and community groups to plan and lead the Martin Luther King Day Rally in 2000 at the Statehouse, marched with the NAACP in July when the Flags were moved from those positions and one raised in front of the Capitol. Through the 15 years following that July, the SCCAC called for the Confederate Flag to be removed from any position of sovereignty at the Statehouse.  When, as a result of the terrifying massacre at "Mother" Emanuel AME in June of 2015, the Flag was removed, the SCCAC watched with heavy hearted-approval and deep sadness. These events revealed how the scars of hundreds of years of racism--beginning with the destruction of Native American peoples and enslavement of African peoples--continue to bind and constrict South Carolinians today.  The SCCAC through intentional conversations, ecumenical worship, large and small celebrations, and the faithful work of public policy advocacy for the common good continues to work for Racial Justice and Healing. The funds raised by this year's Midlands Gives will make possible community engagement and leadership development across the state. 

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

The SCCAC first participated in Midlands Gives last year (2015). Our goals were very modest: 1) to broaden the awareness in the community of the SCCAC and its ministries of Unity and Justice; and 2) to raise funding. We had no basis for estimating the funds we would receive and hoped to raise enough to pay for the staff time involved. Both these goals were exceeded.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midlands Gives opens the hearts of the Community and challenges it to invest in the work of non-profits which are making a difference every day. The magnitude of this effort cannot be fully appreciated because of the thousands of lives touched through the work supported by Midlands Gives participants.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Rev. Brenda Lynn Kneece

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Rev. Joiquim Barnes, SCCAC President

Email: joiquimbarnes@yahoo.com

Phone number: 8034668413

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Dr. Joseph Darby, Presiding Elder, Beaufort AME District

Email: josephdarby@bellsouth.net

Phone number: 8538148764

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

Attach a File:

Link to multiple photos or videos in an online gallery or Dropbox folder:

Additional Comments:

I give Central Carolina Community Foundation permission to share the information in this form with media and use in marketing materials:

Yes

Form submitted:

2016-04-04 15:48:34

South Carolina Citizens for Life

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Holly Gatling

Phone Number: 8032525433

Email: sccl@sclife.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

South Carolina Citizens for Life is best known for its ProLife educational March and Rally for Life each January and for its display at the State Fair depicting medically accurate models of the hidden world of life before birth.  Both events have taken place annually since 1974 and they promote the intrinsic value and dignity of human life from conception to natural death.  Because our message is accurate, scientific, non-judgmental and truthful, we provide girls and women with information about real and positive choices if they are facing an unplanned pregnancy.  Overall, abortions in South Carolina have declined by 60 percent because women are choosing life for their babies.  Life is the natural and positive choice.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Our goal, for this year, is to increase awareness of Midlands Gives which will increase participation. Increased participation will increase the resources we need to fulfill our mission.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

"Midlands Gives is an amazing fundraising experience. It is a community wide, focused unique philanthropy project that pools resources and generates advertising that one organization cannot do by itself. We first participated last year and not only met our goal for a one-day fundraising event but also gained valuable experience to improve our year-round fundraising activities. Thank you, Midlands Gives."  

Name of person to attribute quote to: Holly Gatling, Executive Director, South Carolina Citizens for Life  

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Holly Gatling, Executive Director

Email: sccl@sclife.org

Phone number: 8037301095

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Sally Zaleski, Orangeburg County Citizens for Life.  The Chapter has been impacted by being able to reincorporate in order to once again reach out to and be a light of hope for the citizens of Orangeburg County.

Email: occitizensforlife@gmail.com

Phone number: 8038146225

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

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Attach a File: al_and_lisa_robertson__sccl_rally_2016.jpg

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Additional Comments:

Thank you for this opportunity, and I look forward to speaking with you in the near future.

I give Central Carolina Community Foundation permission to share the information in this form with media and use in marketing materials:

Yes

Form submitted:

2016-04-01 13:42:18

South Carolina Philharmonic

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2014, 2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw,

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Amy Bigham

Phone Number: 8033609130

Email: amy@SCPhilharmonic.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Music moves many to start conducting spontaneously in the car or office, but have you ever thought you’d like a chance to conduct a professional orchestra? If you said “yes,” you are not alone.  In the fall of 2015, the South Carolina Phil headed off the stage and into the community with the interactive and engaging new “Conduct the Phil” program, which is funded by a grant from the Central Carolina Community Foundation.  “Conduct the Phil” improves the popular flash mob experience by making it interactive, and in the process connecting around 100,000 people of all ages throughout the Midlands with the S.C. Phil and each other by virtue of a unique shared experience. One gentleman, Mr. Lee, was so touched by the experience he sent a thank you note which read, “Thank you all for allowing me to conduct your group at the Okra Strut on 25 September 2015. For me, it was a dream I had since I was 12 years old. You were gracious to me and I will always have that memory in my heart.”  Click link below to see the “conductors” in action at the 2015 Okra Strut.   Funds received through the Midlands Gives campaign will allow the SC Phil to expand the “Conduct the Phil” program to more venues thus bringing this experience to more folks in the Midlands.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Through the Midlands Gives campaign, the SC Phil raised over $10,000 for the “Conduct the Phil” Program which also receives funding from the Central Carolina Community Foundation. The funds raised through Midlands Gives were and will be directly applied to the “Conduct the Phil” program which held seven events during 2015 to include at the South Carolina State Fair and Okra Strut.  Between the funds raised through Midland Gives and our very active Board of Directors who help promote Midlands Gives, our goal for 2016 is to increase the number of events to 10 throughout the Midlands community.  We are fortunate to have Board of Directors which consists of more than 30 folks who are personally invested in supporting the SC Phil’s vision; “The South Carolina Philharmonic ENTERTAINS, EDUCATES, ENRICHES, and EXCITES diverse audiences through live symphonic music.”

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

After having the Conduct the Phil program at the 2015 Okra Strut, we received a thank you note which is below:  One gentleman, Mr. Lee, was so touched by the experience he sent a thank you note which read, “Thank you all for allowing me to conduct your group at the Okra Strut on 25 September 2015. For me, it was a dream I had since I was 12 years old. You were gracious to me and I will always have that memory in my heart.” 

Name of person to attribute quote to: Rhonda Hunsinger

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Executive Director

Email: Rhonda@SCPhilharmonic.com

Phone number: 8032699263

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Nancy Smith, SC State Fair

Email: nancys@scstatefair.org

Phone number: 8037993387

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

conduct_the_phil__child.jpg

Attach a File: conduct_the_phil__adult.jpg

Link to multiple photos or videos in an online gallery or Dropbox folder:

https://vimeo.com/142583555

Additional Comments:

A secondary contact for a person with the SC Phil for interviews is below: Jason Rapp Communication and Audience Services Director Cell: 803.730.4219 jason@SCPhilharmonic.com

I give Central Carolina Community Foundation permission to share the information in this form with media and use in marketing materials:

Yes

Form submitted:

2016-04-04 15:10:20

South Carolina Respite Coalition

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Janet Altman

Phone Number: 8033319271

Email: janet@screspitecoalition.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

When the note came to the S.C. Respite Coalition in March, we were moved to tears. “Thank you,” it said, “for the money to pay for grandpa to go to day care while I had a break. I was the only family member he had and I was all alone taking care of him.” What was so surprising is that the money was given 3 years ago and it was still in her heart to thank us. Her name is Angela and she lives in Denver.  A few years ago one phone call began a journey that tested but enriched her.   Her Grandpa was living alone in rural South Carolina in the house where Angela and spent many carefree summers and holidays. Grandma had died 10 years earlier after loving and caring for Grandpa for more than 50 years.  Angela's mother, Annie, their only child, died at the age of 45. The neighbor phoned Angela:  "I am really worried about your Grandpa. He looks so thin, and I'm pretty sure he's forgetting to take his heart medicine.  We invite him to ride with us to church, but he always says he needs to stay close to home in case company drops by.  Are you coming soon?" Angela talked to her husband, then scheduled a leave of absence from work and was on a plane from Denver to Columbia 48 hours later. Grandpa was so glad to see her, but he kept calling her "Annie" instead of Angela.  That surprised her.   She corrected him the first few times, but then realized, it didn't matter what name he used.  He was just so glad to see her and he needed her.   She spent a few days cleaning his house, doing laundry and stocking the pantry with his favorite foods and snacks.  Then she made an appointment with his doctor and took him for a check-up.  The doctor told Angela that Grandpa had missed numerous appointments over the past few years.  By the time Angela had been there a week, she knew that Grandpa could no longer live alone down that long dirt road in Richland County.  Thank goodness for GOOGLE – she discovered some resources for senior adults.  After a few weeks with Grandpa 24/7, she was fatigued and a bit discouraged.  She missed her husband in Denver.  She even missed going to work.  She didn't know the word, yet, but she needed Respite....a break from giving care to her Grandpa.   She loved him so much, but she still needed a break.  She contacted the SC Respite Coalition and we provided a $500 Respite Voucher.  She sent Grandpa to an Adult Day Program two days a week while she rested, relaxed, recharged....and took care of herself.  Shortly after, Grandpa died peacefully in his sleep.  Today Angela is long ago back home and at work in Denver, but she hasn’t forgotten.  Donations to the SC Respite Coalition enable you to help family caregivers like Angela all over the state of SC.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

We want to raise $8,000.  We are using FB, Twitter, and Constant Contact to get out the word and we are working with our Board of Directors to reach out to new potential donors.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midlands Gives is a fantastic opportunity for small non-profit groups such as ours.  We have  no dedicated staff member or budget for marketing.  The chance to be seen and heard is huge!

Name of person to attribute quote to: Janet B. Altman, Assistant Director

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Janet B. Altman, Assistant Director

Email: janet@screspitecoalition.org

Phone number: 8033319271

Comfortable interviewing with:

, Radio,

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Email:

Phone number:

Comfortable interviewing with:

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

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Additional Comments:

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Form submitted:

2016-03-31 19:27:53

South Carolina State Museum Foundation

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Jay Pitts

Phone Number: 8038984938

Email: jay.pitts@scmuseum.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Through innovative partnerships, comprehensive collections, and stimulating exhibits and programs, the South Carolina State Museum provides educational environments that entertain, inspire imagination and creativity, and enrich the lives of visitors. With this mission in mind the South Carolina State Museum  offers free general admission to South Carolina school students and teachers and a variety of free South Carolina standards-based educational programs focusing on art, cultural history, natural history and science & technology to South Carolina school groups. These programs meet K-12 South Carolina educational standards, including programming in the observatory, planetarium and 4D theater. Newly designed STEM and hands-on programs and new Education Stations located throughout the museum.   The South Carolina State Museum also offers several FREE summer workshops for teachers in our  state-of-the-art Boeing Observatory. Workshop participants learn how to operate the 1926 Alvan Clark telescope, and learn the mechanics of our distance learning programs. By learning these skills, teachers will be able to control the telescope from their classroom, no matter where they are in the state.  The State Museum offers a fun, hands-on learning environment that stimulates learning and excites students of all grades. These programs, lessons and shows are designed as an additional resource to meet South Carolina state education standards. Each year, students from all grades and all counties in the state visit the museum.   The funds raised from the Midlands Gives campaign will help the State Museum to continue to offer free programing to the public, not only influencing the lives of each student throughout South Carolina, but all guests who enter our doors.  

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

This is the second year the State Museum will participate in Midlands Gives and we learned a great deal from our experience last year.  This year the State Museum will develop new challenges, mini campaigns and unique ways for our constituents, staff and donor base to give. Messaging will be delivered through a number of communication venues, from our Quarterly Membership Magazine to our social media platforms. Our hope is to generate a friendly competition among donors to help us to reach our goal of $15,000.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

“This is South Carolina’s museum, and Midlands Gives is an opportunity for the public to truly be a part of the mission, vision and values we have set in place, allowing the State Museum to be a cornerstone of entertainment, innovation and education.”  

Name of person to attribute quote to: Willie Calloway, Executive Director

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Jay Pitts

Email: jay.pitts@scmuseum.org

Phone number: 8038984938

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Email:

Phone number:

Comfortable interviewing with:

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

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Form submitted:

2016-04-04 16:00:28

SQ Rescue Inc.

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Fairfield, , Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Patti O'Rourke

Phone Number: 8036086630

Email: porourke@sc.rr.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

SQ Rescue travels to South Carolina shelters in counties and cities that are overwhelmed with dogs coming in faster than they leave, thereby creating a very high rate of euthanasia. One facility quotes a daily intake of 60 or more animals, another at nearly 70% being euthanized! We focus on those animals that are at a higher risk of not making it out alive, for example, those infected with heart worms, injuries, a little older or extremely frightened in the shelter setting. We place our dogs in foster homes so that they can learn to trust again while healing and regaining their health. SQ Rescue also responds to pleas for help from families that have various issues and need to rehome their dogs, as well as individuals finding stray animals who can not keep them and many other animal related questions as we feel an important part of our mission is educational. We follow up on our adoptions, checking to make sure we have indeed found a good fit for the dog and the family. We try to offer suggestions during that adjustment period and connect families with trainers when needed.   In 2016, SQ Rescue would like to target a large portion of funds raised  through Midlands Gives for treatment of our 15+ Heart Worm positive dogs (average cost per dog $300-500), those with serious injuries which require extensive veterinary treatment and/or surgeries and pregnant dogs surrendered to kill shelters. These are animals that are often automatically slated for euthanasia at shelters for no other reason than they were not cared for properly by their owners. We will be featuring these very adoptable pets in our Midlands Gives promotions on social media.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

2015 was SQ Rescue's first year with Midlands Gives and our goal was to raise $10,000 to build a small acclimatized kennel to replace our outdoor kennel for our more difficult dogs and those waiting for foster homes. We fell short, but were motivated to continue on our quest. We were on the way to meeting our goal, when the October Flood derailed everything. Our little outdoor kennels were devastated by the flooding and although we had boarded the dogs and they were safe; mud, slime, snakes and mayhem were all that was left of our kennels and supplies. Once we got over the shock, we came to realize that although our need was much more urgent, our funds were quickly being gobbled up with boarding costs. Meetings began with the builders, HVAC supplier, plumbing, graders, tree removers and we quickly became aware that the costs were only going up! We secured financing, signed contracts, and the plan slowly came together. Weather was still against us though and more rainy weather delayed us time and time again. Finally, in February of this year, after learning more than we wanted to know about putting up a building and more than $5,000 spent boarding dogs that would have been housed in the kennel, we were able to move in! During that time we were fortunate enough to have wonderful fosters step up and house several of the dogs that enabled us to keep some costs down.  Our supporters were amazing in helping us not only continue to function and save some amazing dogs, but also to get our building up with tons of volunteer hours and seeing to much of the work and keeping the costs to a minimum. We are proud of our new setting for these dogs, with indoor/outdoor runs and nice little play yard for exercise. Without the kick start from Midlands Gives donations, we never would have been able to see this happen. Thank you to all the generous philanthropists out there, every single penny makes a difference. 

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

"SQ Rescue has been saving dogs from Anderson County P.A.W.S in SC, since the beginning of January. They truly save the dogs that would otherwise be put to sleep, if not for this wonderful rescue. They have saved 35 total, some with broken legs, broken pelvis and others that are heart worm positive. This is a true rescue and we at PAWS are so fortunate to have them as part of our life saving rescue team."

Name of person to attribute quote to: Heather Thamm, Rescue Coordinator

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Patti O'Rourke

Email: porourke@sc.rr.com

Phone number: 8036086630

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Anderson County P.A.W.S.-Since January SQ Rescue has pulled/saved 35 dogs due to euthanized.

Email: pawsrescue@andersoncountysc.org

Phone number: 8642604151

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

2015_giving_station.jpg

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Yes

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2016-04-04 15:05:23

St. Peter's Catholic School

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Emily Hero

Phone Number: 8037790036

Email: EHero@StPetersCatholicSchool.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Midlands Gives 2015 gave our students a new, school-wide Language Arts Curriculum, which will be in place for fall 2016.  This is the first new Language Arts Curriculum the school has had in MANY YEARS!!!!  Exceptional reading skills are key in a highly technological society. Unless a foundation in these skills is laid in elementary school, it is very difficult for older students to acquire them in high school and beyond.  This new program prepares our students for future academic and career success.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

  Our goal is to be in the top ten in terms of dollars raised on the Leaderboard.  We wish all success, but in 2015, we saw that the Leaderboard inspires a healthy, fun competition that engages donors.  Last year and this, we have an anonymous donor providing matching funds.  She believes passionately in the good Catholic education does, by nurturing and challenging our students to achieve their full potential, to use their God-given talents and abilities to serve others, and to grow up to be Christian philanthropists! 

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midlands Gives inspires us all in the school and the larger community to be philanthropists.  The word "philanthropist" comes from the Greek, meaning "love of humanity."  In my life, I've learned loving others gives you a joyful life.  So whether you give $20 or $20,000--I encourage all our "local philanthropists" to join me May 3.   Show your love for all your neighbors, by supporting the great non-profits who serve the Midlands.  You will receive far more than you give!    

Name of person to attribute quote to: Anonymous Catholic School Graduate Providing The School With Matching Funds 2016

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Father Gary Linsky, Pastor, St. Peter's Catholic Church and School

Email: pastor@visitstpeters.org

Phone number: 3343285020

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Mary Nichols, sponsor for Ksor family, a Vietnamese family in the United States, who now have a child in the school.  The Vietnamese family are helped by the school's financial aid program.  Some funds from Midlands Gives 2015 help this family.

Email: njimaryn@bellsouth.net

Phone number: 8033451089

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

Attach a File:

Link to multiple photos or videos in an online gallery or Dropbox folder:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/d39flazqiy09xt0/AABJaXfGGDGsddy7RZiIQ2dMa?dl=0

Additional Comments:

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Yes

Form submitted:

2016-03-31 14:25:58

Stepping Stones Ministry, Inc.

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Lexington, Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Susan Bebee

Phone Number: 8035422721

Email: sbebee@ssmrecovery.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Stepping Stones Ministry's goal is to provide housing, work-therapy, spiritual enrichment and recovery programs to homeless/indigent men and women who are in the recovery phase of drug/alcohol addiction.  Stepping Stones Ministry’s (SSM) motto, “Rebuilding Lives, Restoring Hope, One Step at a Time” is our mission.   SSM’s purpose is to assist in transforming the lives of men and women who are impoverished by their active addiction.  People caught in the long-term grip of addiction often find themselves in the position of having no employment, no health insurance, no money.  Once these individuals have decided to make a change, and seek help/detox, they often have no where to go other than back to the same “using” environment where they were living.  SSM provides a safe, sober housing alternative.  SSM offers individuals an opportunity to gain “real world” job skills in its work-therapy program, and that program pays for their housing.  SSM offers spiritual enrichment programs, relapse prevention classes and other recovery related activities to assist its program participants to gain a firm foundation in their recovery and stop the cycle of addiction.  SSM does this in order to return parents to their children, sons and daughters to their family and responsible, productive citizens to the community.  This impacts the community by lifting people out of the cycle of addiction, poverty and homelessness. Stepping Stones Ministry has seen quite a number of success stories over the years.  Families have been reunited.  Chronically homeless individuals are now living in their own home and are actively employed.  People who used to go in and out of jails/prisons have not had to return to those institutions in years.  People who thought their lives would never again amount to anything, because of the wreckage of their past, are leading happy, healthy lives.  The funds from Midlands Gives will help Stepping Stones Ministry continue to provide this vital service to the community.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

This is Stepping Stones Ministry's first year participating with Midlands Gives.  The goal for this campaign is to increase the number of individuals who donate to the organization by 50%.  Midlands Gives is a great platform to increase community awareness of what Stepping Stones Ministry does for the community.  Most people who are aware of the organization only know that we operate two thrift stores.  They often have no idea what those thrift stores help fund.  Through the targeted Facebook and other social media campaign highlighting current and former program participants we are hoping to "put a face" on our organization, the face of the lives that have been changed through Stepping Stones Ministry.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Rebuilding lives, restoring hope, one step at a time.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Stepping Stones Ministry motto

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Anthony Gould, President/CEO

Email: tgould@ssmrecovery.org

Phone number: 8032384480

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Troy Dishaw, former program participant and currently assistant to the director of SSM

Email: tdishaw@ssmrecovery.org

Phone number: 8032619893

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

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Additional Comments:

We have other individuals available for interview.

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Yes

Form submitted:

2016-04-02 15:46:54

Sumter County Museum

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2014, 2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Annie Rivers

Phone Number: 8037750908

Email: arivers@sumtercountymuseum.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Funding received from Midlands Gives in 2015 allowed the Sumter County Museum to not only continue to offer our 3 free annual living history programs for the community, but also add a 4th event!  We host 3 annual Living History Events each year in our Colonial Williamsburg inspired "Carolina Backcountry Homestead."  We interpret living in this area of South Carolina around the year 1800.  Guests to these events witness blacksmithing, spinning and weaving, cooking over an open fire, and are able to try period games, toys, and food samples.  In 2015, we added a Carolina Backcountry Independence Day celebration.  In addition to our usual costumed interpretation, we performed a reading of the Declaration of Independence and children were able to make period toys and try on clothing. These immersive history experiences take children away from electronics and the confines of classrooms to encourage a love of learning and understanding of place.   We had at least 400 visitors to each of these events in 2015.  Funds from Midlands Gives helped offset the costs of costume materials, food, and craft supplies. 

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

2016 is a special year for the Sumter County Museum.  Our main building, the Williams-Brice House, celebrates 100 years!  While honoring this milestone, we must be ever mindful of preservation concerns regarding the house.  Funds generated from Midlands Gives 2016 will go directly towards capital improvements for the house so we can continue to see a child's face light up as he or she walks through the front door.  We have a matching sponsor this year!  Palmetto Health Tuomey? has agreed to match donations 1:1 up to $1,000.  While raising $1,000 is our immediate goal, we hope with this special anniversary year, our residents will see the importance of preserving our building and take it a step further!

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Regarding the Sumter County Museum's Backcountry Programs that Benefited from Midlands Gives in 2015:  "Best place ever to time travel, dress up, volunteer and learn about things you never knew. You will walk away smarter and happy!"

Name of person to attribute quote to: Mel Welch

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Annie Rivers

Email: arivers@sumtercountymuseum.org

Phone number: 9196004620

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Email:

Phone number:

Comfortable interviewing with:

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

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Link to multiple photos or videos in an online gallery or Dropbox folder:

https://www.facebook.com/SumterCountyMuseum/photos_stream

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Yes

Form submitted:

2016-03-31 15:44:40

Sunset Felines

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Lexington

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Dale Gause

Phone Number: 8033312085

Email: thesunsetfelines@hotmail.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Our community  is over run  with abandoned cats. Every neighborhood has strays most were at some point someone's pet that was thrown out when a pet became too much trouble. These cats are usually not spayed or neutered, and quickly start to reproduce.  We receive  many request  for help from the public that know if they call animal control  the cats will be picked up an likely euthanized.  This is so not the answer since more will be born and the cycle continues.  These cats often suffer horrible lives trying to survive in the streets. Many die from coyotes, dogs, an at the hands of human cruelty.  With the funds we raise we, spay and neuter as many as possibly.  Many of these cats have many medical issues  that must be overcome before they are ready for adoption.  There is also great expense to feed, shelter and provide for over 100 cats many require on going medical care for life. We also have expenses  such as flea control each month cleaning supplies,  food , litter, an utility  bills. Since we have no paid employees  all our volunteers  must buy there on food to help feed the 7 active colonies  we operate  365 days a year. Our goal is to change the way the public views cats an  educate people about being better pet owners. Our society  often does not view cats the same as dogs, so more cats are left in shelters to be killed or abandoned . Our goal is to one day  have a no kill community,  an have trained, caring animal services that people can contact when they find a stray ,abandoned cat. Since we are a small organization with no physical shelter an only a few volunteers  we have little resources  to help all these poor animals that struggle each day to survive  an help all the calls we receive for assistance.  We do so much with so little. Our needs are many . Your support  could save many lives since 2 unaltered  cats can produce thousands of kittens Ina few short years. We desperately  need homes for the many cats we currently have if we hope to help others. Since we use volunteers for all our many needs from administrative, custodial, trapping, fund raising and volunteer recruitment. Your donation will make it possibly for us to continue our mission to save as many as possible from euthanasia.  We spend much time socializing, and matching the right cat to the right person we believe there's no such thing as a bad cat only uneducated humans. Sunset Felines was founded in 2001 and has spayed and neutered over 1500 cats mostly with the help of only two dedicated cat lovers that work 365 days a year for a better life for our cats.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Our goal is to build our spay /neuter  fund an help provide food an assistance  to low income people when we are approached for help. We also hope to increase our public image an recruit  more volunteers,  an find a suitable  place that can act as a sanctuary  for the many cats we currently  house in foster homes

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

This is the first year Sunset  Felines  has partnered  with Midlands  Gives.  We believe  " Change can only occur when people care enough  to give the most important  gift of all themselves.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Frankie Jonhson

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Frankie Johnson

Email: thesunsetfelines@hotmail.com

Phone number: 8037945686

Comfortable interviewing with:

, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Email:

Phone number:

Comfortable interviewing with:

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If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

Attach a File:

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Additional Comments:

SPAY /NEUTER  SAVE A LIFE ADOPT A CAT ,VOLUNTEER , GET INVOVED.

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Yes

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2016-04-03 00:49:36

Tell Them

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:

Eme Crawford

Phone Number: 8038002797

Email: ecrawford@tellthemsc.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Advocating, even on issues that you feel passionate about, can be an intimidating experience – particularly if you’ve never done it before. Tell Them serves the community by demystifying the advocacy process by educating South Carolinians on sexual and reproductive health policies in our state AND by educating community members on how to use their voice to make a positive impact in our state.  Bee Day, Tell Them’s signature advocacy event, is a good example of how we have positively affected our community.  Every year we invite advocates from across the state to join us for a day at the South Carolina State House where we educate and advocate for women’s health, economic well-being, and rights.  Giving people the tools to identify their elected officials and providing a guided experience in talking with legislators strengthens political and civic participation and builds confidence in community members to use their voice and power to improve the world around them.  Click here to read one advocate’s experience: http://www.tellthemsc.org/my_bee_day_experience_cynthia_beavin

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Name of person to attribute quote to:

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Eme Crawford, Director of Advocacy

Email: ecrawford@tellthemsc.org

Phone number: 8038002797

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Emily Block

Email: emily.block@my.columbiasc.edu

Phone number: 8035370244

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

Attach a File:

Link to multiple photos or videos in an online gallery or Dropbox folder:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152961202412465.1073741838.59797807464&type=3

Additional Comments:

The link above is photos from this year's Bee Day, which is how we used a portion of our Midlands Gives funds.    This link is from the previous year: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152348695717465.1073741835.59797807464&type=3

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Yes

Form submitted:

2016-03-31 15:35:08

The Arc of South Carolina

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Amanda  Pollak

Phone Number: 8037485020

Email: Amandap@arcsc.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Below is a story from a mother who's daughter receives case management services from The Arc of South Carolina.   "Our youngest daughter, Campbell, was diagnosed with autism when she was 2 1/2 years old. Five years later, Campbell is still severely affected by autism. From dressing herself to feeding herself, she requires care and assistance in every aspect of her life. Of all the blessings God has bestowed, I count my children as His most precious. I will continue to care for Campbell as long as my body allows and I thank God everyday for the privilege of being able to do so. But having the emotional and physical strength to be the kind, calm and patient mother Campbell deserves does not come naturally. The level of care she requires on a daily basis can be overwhelming. This is why the respite and personal care assistance coordinated through case management has been such a blessing to our family. Through these services, I am able to devote the time and individual attention to Campbell's older sister; who once said to me- "Mama, I love you like you love Campbell." I can help her with her homework; and spend time with her, just she and I. I can attend Bible study with my friends, and have date-night with my husband. Before you can help someone else, you have to put your own oxygen mask on first. That's exactly what these services have allowed me and my husband to do for our children and each other."

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

The Arc of South Carolina's goals for Midlands Gives 2016 are to raise funds and build awareness about the needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our strategies for raising funds include seeking businesses to provide a match donation and to set up a giving station the evening of Midlands Gives. To increase awareness about our clients' needs The Arc of South Carolina will organize a community outreach project and utilize Facebook live to share our clients' stories about the impact different services have had on their lives.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midlands Gives brings a diverse community together for 24 hours of focused giving. As a small non-profit, the exposure and support we receive as a result is invaluable to our agency and the people we serve. Our efforts are immeasurably amplified by this campaign.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Amanda Pollak

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Margie Williamson

Email: Margie@arcsc.org

Phone number: 8037485020

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Campbell's Family

Email:

Phone number:

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

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Attach a File: arc_of_sc_sponsorship_brochure.pdf

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Yes

Form submitted:

2016-03-31 16:37:13

The Barclay School

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Fairfield, Lexington, Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Edith Bailey

Phone Number: 8037414245

Email: bailey.edith.c@gmail.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

As a small school for special needs children, we focus on students' strengths, helping them to discover what they CAN do, what they love, and how they can give to others in our community. Our students usually come to us with a list of what they tell us they can't do, in addition to low self-esteem and anxiety.  By providing a nurturing, positive, and accepting environment, 1:1 and small group help, opportunities to for art and music, learn new skills through hands-on activities, and a focus on individual strengths as a way to remediate weaknesses, our students grow confident, build academic, social and independent life skills.  They discover what they have to share with family, friends, neighbors, and other community organizations.  Our students started and stocked a free library in the Eau Claire neighborhood as well as other outreach in that community. We have recently moved to Ridgeway, SC. Our students are currently volunteering at Fairfield Healthcare Center, providing activities and social interactions to elderly and convalescing residents.  The students plan to share their garden and environmental projects with the community through the Ag and Art Tour in June and other school and youth gardeners at the Symposium on School and Youth Gardens in July.    

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

We will be sharing Midlands Gives story  with the community in Ridgeway and encouraging the citizens and visitors to donate to the nonprofits of their choice on May 3rd.  We will be using this opportunity for our students to visit merchants downtown and encourage them to pass the word.   Last year we began by contacting all of the friends and supporters of our school and asked them to share the news about Midlands Gives and about our goals.  We were very fortunate to have received gifts from multiple states because our friends and families' shared. We will begin sharing this year's goals with friends, families, and supporters soon!

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midlands Gives provides an opportunity for so many supporters who think they can't make a gift that makes a difference to see the impact that THEIR gift has and how VERY MUCH it is needed and  APPRECIATED!

Name of person to attribute quote to:

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Gillian Barclay-Smith, School Head

Email: drg@thebarclayschool.org

Phone number: 8036290024

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Eugenia Dowdey

Email: dowdeygirl2@gmail.com

Phone number: 8034457825

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

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Additional Comments:

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Yes

Form submitted:

2016-03-25 15:24:12

The Brookland Foundation

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2014, 2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Fairfield, Lexington, Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Juanita Farmer

Phone Number: 8037447914

Email: jfarmer@brookland.cc

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

On December 29 while walking in Columbiana Mall, it was brought to my attention by another mall walker that he had noticed a young lady and her son coming in early in the morning time.  He felt that they were living in her car.  I told him that I would be on the look out for someone fitting the description that he had described.  He did not know what I did for a living.  On January 4, while doing my routine walk, I spotted the description of an individual who could have been the person he described leaving the mall with her son.  I had missed her by about a minute.  As fate would have it, while walking the next morning, I spotted them pulling up to the mall.  So as I made my way around the food court and the mall for a last lap, I decided on my way back with my walking partner that we would wait in the food court area until she came out of the bathroom with her son.  As she came out into the food court area, I ask her if I could talk to her a minute.  She said yes as she proceeded to get her son ready for school.  I introduce myself to her and told her what our organization did for the community.  She began to break out in tears as she told me how she had not been able to find work and that she and her son had been sleeping in her car.  On that particular morning, it was very cold and the next night was going to be even colder.  I took her number and told her that I would be able to help her. I’d like to pause here to say that that day was also her son's 11th birthday.  I could not think of a better gift that when she picked him up from school he had a warm bed to sleep in.  So my walking partner and I went to a hotel and paid for 4 nights to buy some time to figure out what to do next.  After the four nights were up, we were able to put them in a house with someone who had a room for rent. She is now living in a shelter and has found a job.  She indicated to me that she was at her breaking point the morning that we helped her.  It is because of contribution received from Midland Gives we are able to provide emergency shelter to individuals/families who may need just a little help.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

This year we asking each board member and program director to encourage at least 10 people to give.  I have identified at least 50 individuals that I will be making personal calls to over the next two weeks encourage them to give.  We will also ask each board member for a gift to match mine. We did meet our goal last year.  We are hoping to exceed the $500.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

 "No One Has Ever Become Poor From Giving"

Name of person to attribute quote to: Anne Frank

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Kristopher Jones

Email: Kristopher_j_jones@yahoo.com

Phone number: 8034033863

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio,

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Email:

Phone number:

Comfortable interviewing with:

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

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Pictures taken was at the Summer Community Camp where The Brookland Foundation was a sponsor and Marcus Lattimore stopped by one day to speak to the kids attending the camp

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2016-04-01 14:06:46

The Columbia Urban League

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2014, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Lee, Lexington, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Regina LaBrew

Phone Number: 8037332550

Email: r.labrew@columbiaurbanleague.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Each year the Columbia Urban League serves over 400 senior citizens with a box of Winter Goods to create a hearty and healthy meal. We also provide school supplies to foster care and other at risk youth in (Sumter, Richland, Lexington, Kershaw, Marion, Lee, York, Florence and Spartanburg/Greenville and Charleston).   The funds will be use to support these initiatives. For example, five $20 donations will assist with 2 boxes for the Christmas Giving Project. 

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

The Columbia Urban League will use social media and Matching Funds as a strategy this year for the Midlands Gives program, (cuts off in excel)

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Name of person to attribute quote to:

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Mr. James T. McLawhorn

Email: culsc@aol.com

Phone number: 8037998150

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, ,

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Email:

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2016-03-31 17:12:04

The Cooperative Ministry

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Kara Meador

Phone Number: 8034226081

Email: kmeador@coopmin.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

I never thought it would happen to our family. That's what was running through a young wife and mother's mind, when her family's home was engulfed by fire. Thanks to our incredible community The Cooperative Ministry was able to provide lodging for the family for a couple of nights as they worked to find a more stable living environment. The family also received food from The Cooperative Ministry's pantry and clothing and blankets from our clothing closet as they worked to get back on their feet.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

We are planning an all-out Midlands Gives assault on Facebook and Twitter. We will engage all of our stakeholders through e-mail marketing. One company that partnered with us on a project around Christmas has agreed to match funds-- and Are You Ready For THE CHICKEN CHALLENGE????  Hold on to your tail feathers for this one!

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

"Life Changing! That is the only way to describe how Midlands Gives impacts the people we serve." 

Name of person to attribute quote to: TCM Executive Director Beth Irick

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Beth Irick

Email: birick@coopmin.org

Phone number: 8034226081

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Flood Victims

Email: kmeador@coopmin.org

Phone number: 8034226081

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

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2016-03-31 13:05:13

The Free Medical Clinic, Inc.

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Freddie Strange

Phone Number: 8034476361

Email: director@freemedclinic.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

The Free Medical Clinic, Inc. provides primary care, specialty care, and pharmacy services to persons who are uninsured and who are ineligible for Medicaid. In 2015 the Clinic provided care to over 2000 persons and the on-site pharmacy dispensed 58,125 prescriptions, all at no charge to the patients. These patients traveled from 24 SC counties to seek care at the Clinic. Immigrants from 14 nations were included in this number. Without the Free Medical Clinic many of these patients would have gone without care until they are forced to seek  services through a hospital emergency room. For our patients from rural areas that option is often times not available. Any funds received through Midlands Gives will be utilized to support direct patient care. Financial analysis has shown that for every dollar invested in The Free Medical Clinic, Inc. over $7 in medical care is provided.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

The Free Medical Clinic will utilize social media outlets to publicize our participation. Board members, volunteers, and staff will all be working to get the word out about Midlands Gives and The Free Medical Clinic, Inc.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Even though this is our first year participating in Midlands Gives, we are excited to be a part of this community wide awareness campaign. Not only do we hope to raise much needed funds, we also want to inform the community of who we are and who we serve.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Freddie Strange

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Todd Crump, MD-medical director

Email: tcrump@freemedclinic.org

Phone number: 8037651503

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Gloria Owensby-patient

Email: director@freemedclinic.org

Phone number: 8034464348

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

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Additional Comments:

The patient mentioned does not have an e mail address therefore I have provided a clinic contact.

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Yes

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2016-04-01 11:51:38

The FriendShip

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Lexington, Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Jane Blair

Phone Number: 8037191127

Email: janebl6414@aol.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Members of The FriendShip will serve as role models for healthy aging. Services provided by The FriendShip will allow the members to remain in their homes for as long as they desire and are able. The child down the block will see a senior citizen and will have a opportunity to get to know a neighbor who has lived a long life and is currently enjoying their home and community.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

We have a goal for each week: This week our goal is for each Board Member to have 5 Friends like us on Facebook (our Facebook page alerts people that we are participating in Midlands Gives.) Week 2, we will each identify 5 contacts who might donate on May 3rd. Week 3, tell 5 friends about Midlands Gives, emphasizing May 3rd as the date. Week 4, share a Facebook post about Midland Gives with at least one friend. Week 5, talk about Midlands Gives to EVERYONE.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midlands Gives has energized our fund raising efforts. We are a very new, small non-profit. Many of us have always paid our way and are shy to ask others to donate, even though we sincerely believe that having options for seniors to allow them to stay in their homes for as long as possible empowers seniors and enriches the community. "Midlands Gives has given us the courage to ask for financial help."

Name of person to attribute quote to: Jane Blair

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Barbara Mullen

Email: bfmullen5@gmail.com

Phone number: 8037300831

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Sidney Wait

Email: sidneywait@gmail.com

Phone number: 8037991910

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

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We are new to Midlands Gives and are really excited that we may better serve our members as the result of participating in the campaign.

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Yes

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2016-04-04 16:16:35

The Justin Pepper Foundation

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Lexington, Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Kari Pepper McKeone

Phone Number: 8039322222

Email: kari@justinpepper.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Last year, The Justin Pepper Foundation raised money to support our used sports equipment outreach program, Justin’s Locker.  We were in desperate need of a facility to store our used sports equipment as well as in need of a place to meet with parents and their children to recycle the equipment back into the community where it is needed. Thanks to the funds raised last year through Midlands Gives, we are now renting space at the American Legion Post in Chapin, and are able to do more work to help children get the equipment they need to play sports. This year, our foundation is seeking funding to provide some much needed TLC to Justin’s Place, located in the Northwest YMCA.  Established in 2009, Justin’s Place is a room used for the Adventure Club, where kids participate in team building games, arts, and crafts. Through this program, children develop social skills and self esteem. We need to purchase ceiling tiles and grids, paint, and various replacement parts for the indoor jungle gym, which has experienced extensive wear and tear since the opening of Justin’s Place.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Last year was the first year The Justin Pepper Foundation participated in Midlands Gives. The Day of Giving fell on Cinco De Mayo last year, so The Justin Pepper Foundation teamed up with a local Mexican restaurant, El Poblano, to celebrate and raise money.  Featuring a local band, Off the Chain, our foundation created quite an event to make the most of the fundraising opportunities of the day. The event was such a success that El Poblano has reached out to our group again to make it an annual event.  This year, The Justin Pepper Foundation will be celebrating Tres De Mayo, complete with musical entertainment by another local band, Southwind Party Band, in hopes of recreating the success we had last year.   We were not sure what to expect last year, but thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we were both amazed and humbled. This year, with some experience under our belts, we have set goals, and have a game plan to meet those goals. We will be running a social media blitz, making personal calls, and publicizing our fundraising event through mail outs and hand outs.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

“Midlands Gives has a huge impact in central South Carolina by bringing philanthropy to light for so many individuals who may not regularly donate to charitable organizations.  Being a part of Midlands Gives grants The Justin Pepper Foundation an opportunity to showcase our organization and allows us to present our programs and services to the community.” 

Name of person to attribute quote to: Kari Pepper McKeone

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Kari Pepper McKeone, CEO

Email: kari@justinpepper.com

Phone number: 8039322222

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Email:

Phone number:

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2016-03-31 00:40:03

The Newberry Opera House

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2014, 2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Newberry

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Molly Fortune

Phone Number: 8032765179

Email: molly@newberryoperahouse.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Authentic and relevant experiences are what you can expect from the Newberry Opera House.  Being the central diving force for economic development through the performing arts for 19 years is just a window for bigger and better events and experiences in Newberry.  With the Opera House hosting over 200 dynamic and diverse shows a year and close to 56,000 guests enjoying a seat, not to mention over 100,000 visitors to the shops, restaurants and streets of Newberry; rejuvenation is happening here.  Our programming extends beyond the Tower with outreach programs in our elementary schools, college performances, regional workshops and national presidential hopefuls stopping to spend time in our halls.  The Newberry Opera House is the center of the Midlands and is playing its part to ensure the region is alive, relevant and authentically serving up gracious hospitality to all.    We have been focused on bringing the 25-55 demographic into the arts through unique marketing, unique entertainment offerings and unique experiences which were previously not offered to this central demographic.  Recently as on our Fine Arts performances we have an audience of 250 of which 200 were college age students.  They were encouraged to attend through strong social media marketing, encouraged to tweet and snap-chat throughout the performance and this created an environment where others not in attendance asked about future performances, what Newberry had to offer and how they could participate.  We need to remain relevant, open, accessible, and most importantly unique.  We would not have been able to achieve such startling results had it not been for funds through Midlands Gives.  They helped us experiment, challenge and try a completely new approach. 

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

The Opera House has struggled with their approach in the past with articulating relevancy versus operational needs. Based up research by the new Executive Director, a great middle area was discovered.  Moving forward we want to quantify what the Opera House touches and how this brings direct value to the giver as well as the physical building, guests and community.  The way Millennials choose to give is a driving force in the Opera House is re-evaluating our efforts in speaking to issues that are important to this giving group; a group that previously has not attended or given.   Through the use of metrics set up within our ticketing system (that is more user friendly and available on all mobile platforms), social media metrics, and in house tools we can develop a clear picture of how these dollars support our campaign of relevance to the Midlands.  This is all new for us and we are excited!

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

"Have been here more than a dozen times - the music is always great! There is not a bad seat in the house. Go early and have dinner in downtown Newberry - there are a few restaurants from casual to fancier across the street from the opera house. There is also a bar in the lobby of the opera house which serves beer, wine, coffee, and soft drinks. It's a great place that is staffed with volunteers for most positions. On some days they give tours of the opera house, including backstage - it's a very historical opera house that has been maintained in impeccable manner. You can't miss with the Newberry Opera House!"

Name of person to attribute quote to: Trip Advisor- Vicki802

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Molly Fortune, Executive Director

Email: molly@newberryoperahouse.com

Phone number: 4042024214

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Boys Farm-Patti Branham

Email: pbranham@boysfarm.org

Phone number: 8032765910

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

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2016-04-01 15:23:12

The Palmetto Opera

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Kathy Newman

Phone Number: 8037769499

Email: katnewman@aol.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Palmetto Opera's Opera Thursday monthly performance is a outreach program created to introduce the novice to opera while entertaining aficionados.  It is very successful in establishing an opera audience where there has been no professional opera season for over 25 years.  In 2012 The Palmetto Opera Board determined it was time to establish a professional opera season for the fist time in over 25 years. There are opera many opera lovers in the capital.  But needless to say, many residents have had little exposure to professional opera performances.   Therefore, growing an audience is an on-going, major objective.  Opera Thursday helps us grow an audience and to impact the community's knowledge and appreciation for this 400-year-old performing art.  Opera Thursday are performed the first Thursday of every month at the Villa Tronco restaurant in Columbia and at other venues throughout the year. Palmetto Opera singers perform Broadway classics and famous arias during an elegant dinner.  It is reservation only.  Most importantly, our performances feature only Midlands professional opera singers and accompanists and include those with long careers and those just starting out. Examples of long careers: Walter Cuttino, our Artistic Director, opera voice professor at USC School of Music, conductor of the Palmetto Opera Singers, with a 15-year very successful opera career in Europe; Diana Amos, professor of voice at Columbia College, who returned to the US after a very successful 20-year opera career in Germany-she has sung major roles at every major opera house there; and Janet Hopkins, opera voice professor at USC School of Music with an outstanding 16-year opera career at  the Metropolitan Opera.  Examples of our young opera singers: Madeline Beitel, a recent masters graduate of USC School of Music and Anna Young, currently a masters student there;  Michael Lu, a senior who has only been singing since his junior year and has an outstanding opera future before him; and Jonathan Cawley, a young man studying with Janet Hopkins who won a supporting role with the international cast in our last major production, Rigoletto.  Examples of accompanists:  Claudio Olivera, a young man from Australia, who came to study with Marina Lamarov and  receives his doctorate on May 7.  Claudio has appeared with every major orchestra in Australia, and has performed in other countries and in the US.  Eddie Huss, an acclaimed pianist and organist who is now director of music at Shandon Methodist Church.   Our Opera Thursday performances, whether held at Villa Tronco, another venue or even in North Carolina, almost always sell out.    Midlands Gives donations will go towards the cost of performers of Opera Thursday, towards the production costs of our productions and towards the expense of Opera is Awesome, our educational outreach for high school students.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

We have planned a comprehensive internal social media (Facebook and e-blasts) campaign to compliment Midlands Gives promotions during the time period you have given us.  If details are needed, please contact me.  We will also personally contact targeted supporters and are considering a paid social media campaign with The State.  Money will tell.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

We have not been part of Midlands Gives before so can offer you no quote on this.  But I can give you many on the impact of Opera Thursday, from young to old.  And I can get you excellent list of people to interview along with a TPO representative.

Name of person to attribute quote to: NA

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Kathy Newman

Email: katnewman@aol.coom

Phone number: 8037769499

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Walter Cuttino.  Or any of the other singers listed above.

Email: wcuttino@mozart.sc.edu

Phone number: 8037775364

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

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Additional Comments:

Since this is our first year with Midlands Gives, we don't have photos of where Midlands Gives funds were used.  However, we have photos of Opera Thursday singers performing.  These photos are on file with graphics designer who is out of town. I have chec

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2016-03-31 15:17:58

The Pet Oxygen Kit Project, Inc

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Nena Sinclair

Phone Number: 8033156282

Email: nenaloveshorses@live.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

The Pet Oxygen Kit Project, Inc. is an educational and public safety effort of local volunteers, individually and collectively, who are dedicated to providing pet oxygen kits to equip every fire truck across South Carolina to help them save animals lives following structural fires.  While firemen attempt to get pets safely out of burning structures, they are not able to revive them unless they have the proper equipment – pet oxygen masks. These specially –designed animal masks can be used both on conscious pets that have suffered from smoke inhalation and pets the need to be resuscitated after losing consciousness from exposure to the dangerous toxic fumes. Theses kits can be used on dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and other pets.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

This is our first year and we would like to raise money and awareness of our project. We would like to raise enough money to purchase several 100 kits so when we introduce ourselves to a county we will have the kits ready to supply to the fire trucks.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Name of person to attribute quote to:

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Nena Sinclair Co-Founder

Email: nenaloveshorses@live.com

Phone number: 8033156282

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Email:

Phone number:

Comfortable interviewing with:

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

Attach a File:

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Additional Comments:

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Yes

Form submitted:

2016-03-31 14:12:35

The Ram Foundation

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Mary Stover

Phone Number: 8033485676

Email: Stoverma@bellsouth.net

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

The RAM Foundation has/strives to affect the culture/mindset of 2 of Columbia's inner city communities by planting seeds of hope and encouragement to children that take them beyond their immediate horizons. Our anchor program is the Reading, Arts, Mathematics Summer Enrichment Program, a FREE summer program where we serve the children at 2 different sites: the Pine Hurst (C A Johnson High School Cluster), the Eau Clair (Eau Clair High School Cluster) and surrounding communities. In an effort to raise student achievement, the RAM Summer Enrichment Program, a Free program  to its participants, is created to address the academic, social and wellness needs of youth and their families.  The students in the schools in these areas have consistently struggled to meet both state and national standards in reading, mathematics, science and social studies.  The poverty index is 99%, and more than 73% of the students live in single family households.  The effects of low education levels, high poverty and high crime have historically permeated these communities.  The primary objectives of the RAM Program is to:  (1) provide a safe haven for students (ages 4-16) for 5 hours, Mondays-Fridays, for six weeks during the summer; (2) provide enrichment activities to teach students how to become productive citizens of society; (3) increase the students’ reading and math levels by 2% by summer’s end; (4) develop good citizenship among students, their families and their communities; and (5) broaden the students’ awareness beyond their traditional environment and experiences.  The programs run 6 weeks for children 4 yr. to 16 yrs. immediately after the closing of the local schools' academic year. The students receive a healthy breakfast, lunch, and snack. Additionally, the students receive tutoring in reading, mathematics, and science commensurate to the next respective grade levels and a diverse curriculum of the arts: ballet, creative art, jewelry making, piano, violin, guitar, drums, karate, carpentry, and sewing. This year, we will add Spanish to the good citizenship curriculum which currently includes "Say No to Bullying," "Fine Dining," and "Mutual Respect."  Additionally, qualifying participants ages 14 yrs. through 16 yrs. are given the opportunity for first time employment as junior counselors. In this part of the program 14 students - 7 for each site -  are given the opportunity to discover the responsibilities of being lucratively employed as first time employees.  On the last day of the program, a culmination program is presented to the communities and ALL stakeholder. The RAM Foundation is proud to have serve for 7 consecutive years and are humbly looking forward to serving as long as the program is needed.  

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

In that this May is the The RAM Foundation's first efforts with the Midlands Gives, our strategies for achieving our greatest success include encouraging the Board members to be the first to give, to ask Board members to to use their social media to inform and to encourage giving from their friends and families, and to create hard copy flyers to announce the Midlands Gives Program with whom the RAM Foundation will be listed as a benefactor.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

I believe that this prestigious community service of the Midlands Gives will assist us with raising the funds and the awareness of the RAM Foundation that are necessary to ensure that such greatly needed opportunities will be provided for some of the under served youths in the Midlands.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Mary O. Stover, CEO

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Mary O. Stover, CEO or Deitra Matthews, Director of Programs

Email: stoverma@bellsouth.net

Phone number: 8033485676

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Lucille Adams

Email: Billylucil@aol.com

Phone number: 8037880937

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

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Additional Comments:

I am happy and grateful for this opportunity! Please visit The RAM Foundation"s web site at theramsc.org.

I give Central Carolina Community Foundation permission to share the information in this form with media and use in marketing materials:

Yes

Form submitted:

2016-04-04 13:58:04

The Salvation Army of the Midlands

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2014, 2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Fairfield, , Lexington, Newberry, Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Seth  Taylor

Phone Number: 8033093244

Email: seth.taylor@uss.salvationarmy.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

The Salvation Army of the Midlands helps 1st – 5th grade students who read below grade level. Kia, a native of Columbia, S.C., reached out to The Salvation Army of the Midlands when her daughter needed extra help. She explained her daughter’s need for reading help during her 3rd grade year: “Aaisha was having problems with reading in school and she was on the verge of failing. I was told to bring her over to The Salvation Army because they have the free Leveraging Literacy afternoon reading program,” she said. “I told all of Aaisha’s teachers that she just started the reading program at The Salvation Army and to just give her until the end of the year and you will see that she is starting to learn – that was day one.” She began to cry as she was reminded of Aaisha’s progress. “At the end of her fourth grade year she is an A and B student because of The Salvation Army.  They work with her one –on –one and now she loves to read,” said Kia. “The Salvation Army helped to build confidence in her reading; they helped her pronounce the words a lot better and I tell everyone that I meet if your children have problems in any kind of reading comprehension this is the best program for them.” Kia said that Aaisha has been an A and B student ever since. 

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

In support of the Midlands Gives Initiative, The Salvation Army of the Midlands will leverage our website, email marketing website, and social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, to communicate messages related to the Leveraging Literacy Afternoon Reading Program and other Youth Character Development categories to receive financial support.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midlands Gives has truly been of great support to The Salvation Army of the Midlands and our work to improve the lives of children and youth. Funds raised through Midlands Gives supports our Leveraging Literacy free afternoon reading program. Our program helps children in first through fifth grades who read below grade level. Our teachers meet with students for two hours each weekday afternoon. We currently serve 25 children, building skills in vocabulary, fluency and reading comprehension. We desire to instill a love for reading in these precious children, which is a lifelong benefit.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Major Roger Coulson, Corps Officer and Regional Coordinator

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Major Roger Coulson

Email: roger.coulson@uss.salvationarmy.org

Phone number: 8033096435

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Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

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Midlands Gives 2015 WISTV https://youtu.be/yGXvTcKFb-c

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Yes

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2016-03-30 14:50:51

The Selden K. Smith Foundation for Holocaust Education

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Minda Miller

Phone Number: 8032383291

Email: hbmiller@hotmail.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

The Hate Won’t Win DFMS Club was formed as a direct result of my Holocaust study tour to Poland in the summer of 2015 and the events that took place in Charleston during the week prior to my trip. The Selden K. Smith Foundation for Holocaust Education provided a $1000 grant that made my trip to Poland possible. Words cannot adequately express the life changing impact of this trip.  During our Holocaust tour, we visited the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, a Jewish cemetery in the former ghetto, the Lopuchowo Forest, Treblinka, the Tykocin synagogue, and the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising. We learned about many upstanders, including the zookeeper at the Warsaw Zoo who risked his life to help Jews escaping the country during German occupation. We toured the Majdanek Work Camp, Auschwitz, Birkenau, and Schindler’s Factory. The lessons I learned inspired me to return to school and make a positive change in the community.  Hate Won’t Win DFMS was launched in September 2015. We were the first school in the country to join the national movement. Dr. Lilly Filler, daughter of Holocaust survivors, spoke at our kick-off assembly. Over 1,000 students and staff accepted the Hate Won’t Win challenge to celebrate similarities through acts of love instead of allowing differences to cause hate. The signatures hang by our guidance office as a daily reminder.  Our Hate Won't Win DFMS Club is an anti-bullying and prejudice prevention program led by our 7th and 8th grade students. We encourage dialogue about the issues of racism, stereotyping, and bullying. We promote healing and unity between students of diverse backgrounds. We stand up and take action to defend others.  This year, Hate Won’t Win DFMS has accomplished the following: 1. We made an anti-bullying, music video. See https://youtu.be/YG0nwIdwsRs . (1,788 views on YouTube)  2. We created a social media campaign using Facebook and Twitter to spread our message that hate won’t win. We have 418 Facebook members. See - www.facebook.com/Hate-Wont-Win-DFMS-1505934303038163  3. We wrote letters asking leaders in our state and nation to join the Hate Won’t Win Movement.  4. We participated in a prison outreach. Students baked cookies and made Hate Won’t Win place mats with messages of hope and love.  5. Alana Simmons, sponsor of the national movement, visited our students to encourage them to continue their community outreach.  6. We sponsored an art and writing contest titled, “Being an Upstander.” Top entries were then published.  7. We hosted a Black History Month Celebration on February 25. Over 500 members of the community attended. Many accepted the Hate Won’t Win challenge.  8. Currently, we are planning for Hate Won’t Win Day on May 16 with the Columbia Fireflies.  9. Next year, we hope to begin a dating violence awareness program to address the problem of domestic abuse in our state. 

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Our Midlands Gives strategy and goal is to promote awareness of the Holocaust and apply this knowledge in combating genocide, hatred, prejudice, intolerance and bullying in today’s society.  The Holocaust revealed to the world the terrible tragedy of what hatred and prejudice can do.  Isn’t it possible that we can learn from the study of history and the lessons of the Holocaust that intolerance and hatred must be fought and attitudes changed in hope that such atrocities will become events of the past, not the present or future?  Holocaust education has a role to play in our society and in the classroom for democracy, social justice and civic responsibility. This is especially important now, since few survivors and liberators remain alive to give first hand testimony.   Midlands Gives is certainly an opportunity to raise funds as well as awareness. Grants are awarded to schools, colleges, churches, synagogues, civic groups and individuals. Projects include teacher grants, classroom supplies, student field trips, teacher training and workshops, Holocaust speakers, exhibits and other related educational programs.    The “Hate Won’t Win” challenge is the perfect example of how the Foundation is making a difference.  Lori Wenzinger and her students at Dutch Fork Middle School are spreading the word to be “upstanders” not bystanders.  They are challenging others to do the same with the goal of creating a world where we can all live together in peace and understanding. Each act of kindness brings us a step closer to reaching this goal.    

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

South Carolina students are leading the way. Thanks to the Selden K. Smith Foundation, we are building a community of upstanders!  Mrs. Lori Wenzinger, M.Ed 8th Grade S.C. History Hate Won't Win Adviser Junior Beta Club Sponsor Dutch Fork Middle School

Name of person to attribute quote to: Lori Wenzinger

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Minda Miller

Email: hbmiller@hotmail.com

Phone number: 8032383291

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Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Lori Wenzinger-refer to story of Hate Won't Win Challenge

Email: lwenzing@lexrich5.org

Phone number: 8034764865

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

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Additional Comments:

Lori Wenzinger and several of her students would be happy to be interviewed by the media if selected.   Please view student videos: https://youtu.be/i0D_PgJFbDA Student Reflections Hate Won't Win  https://youtu.be/YG0nwIdwsRs Music Video Hate Won't Win

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Yes

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2016-03-29 18:44:24

The Shepherd's Center of St. Andrews

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Lexington, Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Allyn  Bedenbaugh

Phone Number: 8037322767

Email: apbedenbaugh@gmail.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

After anticipating retirement for many years, seniors finally celebrate the big day.  Suddenly a world of new opportunities opens up for them.  Since most seniors are ready to experience new things, questions form in their minds:  How will I spend my time?; What talents do I have that I'd like to explore?; Where can I go to meet people?; How can I keep my mind sharp? Then, by word of mouth, by local advertising, or by announcements in church bulletins, a possible avenue emerges for them to have all these questions answered.  They hear about The Shepherd's Center of St. Andrews and decide to give it a try. Arriving at The Shepherd's Center of St. Andrews one Tuesday morning at the beginning of Spring Session 2016, seniors immediately feel welcomed.  Housed at Ashland United Methodist Church, The Shepherd's Center of St. Andrews offers seniors an amazing program of classes, social interaction, lunch, and entertainment all organized and planned by our director, our committees, our board, and our volunteer army of members.  Seniors quickly see that the needs are many if the center is to run smoothly, and many pitch in.  A feeling of ownership and belonging begins to form in seniors' hearts and minds.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

The Shepherd's Center of St. Andrews is contacting businesses in our community who we hope will want to share in our success. We are letting them know about the wonderful opportunity Midlands Gives is providing to help non-profits' fundraising efforts. At The Shepherd's of St. Andrews, our desire is to keep our program of classes so interesting and engaging that seniors will want to return session after session.  Money donated on Midlands Gives Day will help us buy much needed equipment, will help us provide scholarships to needy seniors, and will help us defray lunch costs for our wonderful volunteer teachers.   

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

"The Shepherd's Center of St. Andrews has changed my life.  I have taken up my writing hobby again, have learned line dances, and have learned so many new things.  Most of all, I have made friends with some of the best people imaginable."

Name of person to attribute quote to: Charlotte Brooks

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? No

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2016-04-04 15:56:00

The Therapy Place

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2014, 2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Dawn  Darby

Phone Number: 8037873033

Email: ddarby@thetherapyplace.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Because of the funds raised from Midlands Gives, The Therapy Place will be able to provide scholarships to children like Jonathan. Jonathan was diagnosed with developmental delays that inhibited his ability to walk, talk, interact, eat, and socialize with his peers. He has been participating in Bridges, a therapeutic early intervention preschool program, at The Therapy Place for 2 years. Last year, due to our funds from Midlands Gives, we were able to give Jonathan a scholarship to participate full-time in the Bridges program. This has not only allowed him an opportunity to improve his skills, but also has allowed his mom the time to go back to school for her nursing degree. Jonathan is beginning to walk independently and use new words every day. He shows up to school happy and excited to learn. Funds raised from Midlands Gives this year will fund our scholarship program enabling more children like Jonathan the opportunity to participate in life-changing programs here at The Therapy Place. For the past 5 years, The Therapy Place has been the only non-profit pediatric facility for children with special needs in the midlands, providing both traditional and innovative programs to help children like Jonathan reach their full potential.   

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Last year, we were able to exceed our goal for Midlands Gives by reaching out to our community and offering a glimpse of the hard work our children are doing every day at The Therapy Place. With the help of this community, we have truly been able to put Miracles in Motion. As a non-profit, donations are the lifeline of our organization. Midlands Gives has allowed us to raise the funds in one day, what would normally take months of planning and preparation. Our goal is to help even more children while spreading the mission of The Therapy Place through funds raised from Midlands Gives.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

“I am so thankful for the scholarship so that my son can attend the Bridges program at The Therapy Place. I can’t imagine where Jonathan would be without it. It has truly changed our lives.”

Name of person to attribute quote to: Illiana Lopez

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Dawn Darby, Executive Director

Email: ddarby@thetherapyplace.org

Phone number: 8037873033

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Iliana Lopez

Email: ilopez141@hotmail.com

Phone number:

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

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2016-03-30 14:55:46

The Vision Institute of South Carolina

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Jeanie Farmer

Phone Number: 8036278847

Email: info@tvisc.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

For individuals with visual impairments, technology is considered the great equalizer! With the help of technology, people with low vision and blindness are able to achieve anything they desire! TVI wants each of its clients to have the technology he or she needs to live independently and work productively. Technology gives individuals with visual impairments access to print media such as newspapers, books and mail. Furthermore, technology promotes access to information, communication and participation in social media. With the help of assistive technology and accessibility options, people with sensory loss can enjoy TV, movies, events and hobbies of their choice. TVI staff members have the knowledge and desire to train our clients to use the technology. Our clients have the desire and commitment to learn. What we lack is adequate funding for technology and training. It is ONLY through donations and community partnerships that we are able to give consumers the technology that changes their lives!   2016 will be our first year participating in Midlands Gives.  Our consumers will appreciate every dollar raised through this partnership.  Our goal with Midlands Gives 2016 is to provide the technology and basic training to the ten people currently on our waiting list. 

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

For individuals with visual impairments, technology is considered the great equalizer! With the help of technology, people with low vision and blindness are able to achieve anything they desire! TVI wants each of its clients to have the technology he or she needs to live independently and work productively.    Technology gives individuals with visual impairments access to print media such as newspapers, books and mail. Furthermore, technology promotes access to information, communication and participation in social media. With the help of assistive technology and accessibility options, people with sensory loss can enjoy TV, movies, events and hobbies of their choice. TVI staff members have the knowledge and desire to train our clients to use the technology. Our clients have the desire and commitment to learn. What we lack is adequate funding for technology and training. It is ONLY through donations and community partnerships that we are able to give consumers the technology that changes their lives!   2016 will be our first year participating in Midlands Gives.  Our consumers will appreciate every dollar raised through this partnership.  Our goal with Midlands Gives 2016 is to provide the technology and basic training to the ten people currently on our waiting list. 

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Midlands Gives has connected our non-profit organization with others in the community and given us tools and training to succeed as an organization. 

Name of person to attribute quote to: Jeanie Farmer

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? No

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2016-04-04 17:06:19

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

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2014

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Ann Akerman

Phone Number: 8034456216

Email: aakerman@scsdb.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

For more than 167 years, the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind has served children throughout South Carolina who are deaf, blind and multi-disabled.  The Walker Foundation serves as the nonprofit charitable arm of the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind in efforts of securing critical resources to help ensure the highest quality education and enrichment programs for our students.  Through the funds raised, children from all 46 counties have access to not only a specialized school located in Spartanburg, SC but also services within their own home school district through SCSDB's Outreach Program.  Not only does SCSDB serve children K-12, children birth to 3 who are diagnosed with a visual and/or hearing impairment receive critical services by our itinerate teachers.  Since the school began in 1849, thousands of children served by the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind have had the same opportunities as sighted and hearing children.  Through the support of individuals, corporations, foundations, and local businesses throughout South Carolina, we are empowering these children to achieve great success.  We are providing these deserving children the tools needed, through assistive technology, American sign language, etc., to achieve independence and self-sufficiency.  Together we are "embracing the possibilities". 

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Our goal is to expand our reach throughout the Midlands on the important role that The Walker Foundation and the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind has played and continues to play in the lives of thousands of families throughout South Carolina.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Through our partnership with the Central Carolina Community Foundation and Midlands Gives, we have been able to expand the public's awareness about the important role that The Walker Foundation and the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind plays in the lives of thousands of families throughout South Carolina. 

Name of person to attribute quote to: Ann Akerman

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Ann Akerman, CEO

Email: aakerman@scsdb.org

Phone number: 8034456216

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Jeff Kaplan

Email: Jeff.Kaplan@marriottcolumbia.com

Phone number: 8037446925

Comfortable interviewing with:

Print

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

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We are truly honored to be a part of this event as we educate our communities on the important role we all play in the world of philanthropy.

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2016-04-04 11:52:22

Trustus Theatre

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Leila Ibrahim

Phone Number: 8032549732

Email: leila@trustus.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Founded in 1985, our mission is to provide the Midlands with plays that create conversations, unique professional development for local business and educational programs for local students. Our sense of community is as strong as ever. With the funds raised through Midlands Gives, we’ll continue bringing new voices, bright talents and one-of-a-kind entertainment and educational programs to all of our neighbors in the area.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

We plan to include the #MidlandsGives in our press releases & printed programs for upcoming productions, our event e-mails to our subscribed patrons and share and educate on our social media platforms - Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.   Everything we do will be authentic and create a conversation.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Over the past thirty years, Trustus has grown from less than 50 seats into the vibrant 132 seat theatre we have today. Ticket sales account for only 30% of our operating expenses so we rely on the gracious support of our community. Midlands Gives will enable us to continue our educational programs, our culturally relevant productions and strengthen our bond to the community we love so much.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Leila Ibrahim

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Leila Ibrahim

Email: leila@trustus.org

Phone number: 8032549732

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

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We do not have images from past Midland Gives events - we are happy to share any of our photos from productions, professional development.  We have several individuals from our ensemble and student groups that are happy to speak with the media.

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2016-03-31 21:53:47

Tutor Eau Claire Reading & Dyslexia Resource Center

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:

Michelle Keiffer

Phone Number: 8433682817

Email: michellekeifer5@gmail.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

From a current parent of a TEC student.  “This is Ariah (picture attached), age 10. She is dyslexic. She has struggled with reading for years. She has called herself stupid, dumb and unable to learn. She felt hopeless, and her father and I cried because we couldn't fix this for her. We prayed for something or someone to come and help. Enter Tutor Eau Claire Reading & Dyslexia Resource Center and Laura Rogers [Morning Clinic Director]. After just one session at TEC, Ariah had confidence and hope in the future! She is proud of where she is. I have cried tears of joy watching her read signs, books and texts on my phone. Hope is a beautiful thing and worth every penny we have spent on the Reading Clinic. The staff there is unbelievably amazing. Ariah gets so excited every Tuesday and Thursday! We are permanent fans!”  At Tutor Eau Claire Reading & Dyslexia Resource Center, we believe that every child deserves to learn how to read! Beginning as early as Kindergarten, we are judged by how well we read &/or spell.  For 1:5 of our population, the difficulty with this seemingly simple task often leads to embarrassment, ridicule, failure in school and even imprisonment. *As many as 80% of inmates have a learning disability.    Using a direct, multisensory, scientifically-proven approach, we restore self-esteem and literally change the trajectory of students' lives by giving them skills to unlock the written English language.    Financial support raised during Midlands Gives provides funding for volunteer training and student scholarships.  With your help, we will continue to transform withdrawn, defeated and frustrated non-readers into confident, proud and eager learners.   

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Midlands Gives has increased awareness of the work we do with dyslexic children and provided funding support to give more struggling readers the skills they need to navigate the written language.  Due to the cost of appropriate intervention (on average, private tutoring for dyslexic students ranges from $50-60/hr), we strive to offset costs for 100% of our students and offer substantial scholarships to about 75% of our families.  Otherwise, most of our students would go without help.   In the past year, we have experienced tremendous growth.  Our amazing volunteer staff consistently serves between 4-12 hours per week, so that we can help as many kiddos as possible.  Still, we have a waiting list upwards of 15 students!  We are at capacity both with space and trained volunteers.  Our goal with Midlands Gives 2016 is to raise at least $10,000 for scholarships and training.  Our long term vision is to not turn away even one child that is seeking our help!  We know what to do to help them.  Our only limit is funding.    With the generosity of philanthropists in the Carolinas who have a heart for children & literacy, we know that it is only a matter of time before all children have access to appropriate intervention!

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

“Before I came here there were a lot of words I didn't know how to spell.  My tutor taught me how to break the words into syllables & now I can figure out how to spell any word.”

Name of person to attribute quote to: Jordan, Scholarship Recipient

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Tracey Ely, Founder & Director

Email: tectracey@gmail.com

Phone number: 8032525051

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Wendy Robertson, parent of TEC student

Email: luvyoumore@netzero.com

Phone number: 8033123418

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Additional Comments:

Thank you for the opportunity to share the mission of Tutor Eau Claire through Midlands Gives!  We truly appreciate all of that is invested in the non-profits of the Midlands to help make the Midlands a better place for everyone to live. 

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2016-03-31 17:23:11

USC Educational Foundation Archaeological Research Trust

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Nena Rice

Phone Number: 8033313431

Email: nrice@sc.edu

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

The Archaeological Research Trust is an endowment of the SC Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology at USC and solicits funds from the private sector to fund research project throughout South Carolina. Among its projects are Santa Elena in Beaufort County, the earliest Spanish capital in the New World that dates to the mid 1500s and Fort Motte in Calhoun County, where Brig. General Francis Marion and Gen. Lighthouse Harry Lee beat the British. Another project involved helping to salvage three Confederate cannons from the Great Pee Dee in Florence County. Researchers at this premier archaeological research institute study the rich cultural heritage from the last 20,000 years. There are many stories to tell...

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Our goal is to bring awareness of the interesting prehistory and history throughout the state of South Carolina in hopes to educate the public and get them involved in preserving their history working and volunteering with us. Our goal is to gain support from the general public in donating funds to continue this important archaeological research throughout the state.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

We are celebrating our 25th year in raising funds through the Archaeological Research Trust, and we hope that Midlands Gives will give us a new avenue in securing more funding for the future.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Nena Powell Rice

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Nena Powell Rice, Director of Outreach / Development

Email: nrice@sc.edu

Phone number: 8033313431

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Email:

Phone number:

Comfortable interviewing with:

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

Attach a File:

Link to multiple photos or videos in an online gallery or Dropbox folder:

Additional Comments:

This is our first year in participating in Midlands Gives.

I give Central Carolina Community Foundation permission to share the information in this form with media and use in marketing materials:

Yes

Form submitted:

2016-04-01 10:00:50

USO South Carolina

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Katie Kennedy

Phone Number: 8038227955

Email: kkennedy@uso.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Funds raised during Midlands Gives will be used to open a new USO center for military recruits. This center will be located in MEPS at Fort Jackson. A place of respite, this new USO center will provide snacks, beverages and games for military recruits. While providing ease of mind to both concerned family members and nervous recruits, USO volunteers will introduce these future service members to the 75 year old organization and how the USO will be always by their side. By making a donation to the USO South Carolina during Midlands Gives, patriotic Americans will ensure these recruits have a comfortable place to wait, as well as snacks to enjoy while going through the entrance process of serving our country!

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Name of person to attribute quote to:

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Joanie Thresher, Director

Email: jthresher@uso.org

Phone number: 8034041824

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Email:

Phone number:

Comfortable interviewing with:

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

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Additional Comments:

I give Central Carolina Community Foundation permission to share the information in this form with media and use in marketing materials:

Yes

Form submitted:

2016-03-28 14:21:30

West Columbia Beautification Foundation

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Lexington

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Brian Carter

Phone Number: 8039398600

Email: bcarter@westcolumbiasc.gov

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

With funding from Midlands Gives, the Beautification has and will continue to plant flowers, shrubbery, and trees, install hanging baskets, and beautify different areas around the City of West Columbia.  Creating green spaces and adding color from flowering trees and plants, help to enhance the historic feel of the area making it inviting to visitors and residents.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

Name of person to attribute quote to:

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Melissa Sprouse Brown

Email: melissasprouse@aol.com

Phone number: 8033124051

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? No

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Email:

Phone number:

Comfortable interviewing with:

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

wcbf2016.jpg

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Additional Comments:

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Yes

Form submitted:

2016-04-01 15:07:31

Woodshed Archive

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Kelly Gilbert

Phone Number: 8039175148

Email: kelly@woodshedarchive.org

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

One of the primary ongoing projects of the Woodshed Archive is our weekly "Woodshed Session". For two hours on a weeknight, in the Woodshed, an artist or group of artists perform original tunes that are broadcast live (via the Woodshed Internet Radio Station) to an online local and global community, recorded, (minimally) mixed, published on our website, and archived - all under a Creative Commons License. We have a professional photographer on site who captures the sessions digitally for the online photo gallery that accompanies each archived session. The artists are able to use the photos as they choose, for their social media pages and other promotional materials. Occasionally, the sessions are videoed and streamed simultaneously on YouTube Live.  This relationship, between the musician(s), the Woodshed Archive, and the arts community, allows all parties to benefit:  the musician(s), by performing live to an unlimited global online audience, receiving the resulting high-quality recording, photos, and video to use and share as desired, and most importantly, securing a permanent presence in the Woodshed's archive;  the Woodshed Archive, by adding another unique archive to our collection, broadcasting it on our radio station, and publishing it on our website for the community to enjoy;  and, the local and international arts community, by participating via social media during the live broadcast if desired, by enjoying the recorded broadcast at any time via our website, and by supporting this permanent growing library of music and media through donations and volunteer opportunities.   The funds raised through Midlands Gives will be used to purchase and maintain the equipment and resources needed to build and preserve our digital archive as well as to help fund ongoing projects:  specifically, high quality audio and video recording equipment and software, bandwidth to broadcast live and recorded performances online, and library/archiving software.  Two current projects needing funding include our ongoing Columbia Live Music “Woodshed Sessions” Archive with over 400 hours of recordings and a very special project to archive over 40 years of DAT, CD, and tape recordings of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, recorded by their long-time archivist of 40 years, Leonard Gibbs.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

Last year was our first year as an NPO and with Midlands Gives. We were new to fund-raising and didn't set many goals since we didn't know what to expect. We were chosen as a recipient of the "Cheerful Giver" match of $1000, so matching that was our main goal, which we were able to reach. This year we have a full year under our belts as an NPO, have watched all of the SCANPO Webinars, attended the Midlands Gives workshop, and are prepared to promote ourselves and Midlands Gives via social media, emails, and special events between now and May 3rd. We were able to secure our own $1000 match this year and plan to hold a special event the day of giving to help encourage donations. Our goals this year include gaining 200 more followers on social media, increasing our email list by 20%, increasing community awareness of our organization and our value to the community, and meeting our $1000 match with a total financial goal of $5000 and at least double our donors.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

The assistance provided through Midlands Gives not only helps us with raising funds and creating awareness of our organization, but also gives us the tools and skills we use every day to help our community become more informed and involved.

Name of person to attribute quote to: Patrick Chapman, Executive Director/CEO of Woodshed Archive

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Patrick Chapman, Executive Director/CEO of Woodshed Archive

Email: patrick@woodshedarchive.org

Phone number: 8033948007

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Darren Woodlief, musical artist and band leader. See Additional Comments section below for description/quote.

Email: darrenwoodlief@gmail.com

Phone number: 8034049785

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

woodshed_archive_website_screenshot.jpg

Attach a File: patrick_chapman_records_woodshed_archive_session.jpg

Link to multiple photos or videos in an online gallery or Dropbox folder:

http://woodshedarchive.org

Additional Comments:

All photos depict scenes from sessions in which equipment, computer bandwidth, digital storage, etc were purchased or maintained with some of the funds raised via Midlands Gives. All photos by Jerry Allen. http://woodshedarchive.org  Continuation of descr

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Form submitted:

2016-03-31 22:36:12

Work In Progress, Inc.

Our organization has participated in Midlands Gives during the following years:

2015, 2016

Counties Served by Organization:

Lexington, Richland

Organization's Midlands Gives Representative:

Rosemary Hedden

Phone Number: 8033159757

Email: Rhwip@aol.com

Tell us a story of how your organization has affected the community or will affect the community with the help of funds from Midlands Gives.

Work In Progress, Inc. has been assisting persons with a diagnosis of mental illness with obtaining, maintaining and retaining individual employment within Richland and Lexington counties of South Carolina for over twenty (20) years.  The following story is about a work candidate that is still working and has been successful for the past three years in not only her employment but also abstaining from alcohol and drugs.  "On the way home from her new job Jane asked me to pull over.  I saw her approach a homeless woman on the side of the road and observed her giving the lady something wrapped in a paper towel.  When Jane returned to the car I wanted an explanation.  Jane said, " I was sharing part of m chicken with her because I know she is hungry.  I know she didn't get enough to eat and I remember that feeling from when I was homeless"  She went on to say " You helped me to get to the point where I was sick and tired of being sick and tire.  I am so glad that you did not give up on me, that you expected more from me than I expected from myself" Jane has successfully worked her recovery program for 3 years and is taking her job of 2 and one half years, one day at a time.  She has received The Outstanding Employee Award from her employer, and at times feels depressed but now she KNOWS that she has the support from her friends at Work In Progress to help her get through.

Describe your Midlands Gives strategy and goal for this year or previous years. If describing a previous year, did you meet or exceed this goal?

This year we will have a three pronged strategy. 1) Aggressive social media leading up to May 3, 2016.  We learned from our experience last year that we need to make our Facebook more robust. 2) Reaching out to our champion donor base 3) Speaking with people at our 20 year celebration on April 28, 2016 about the importance of Midlands Gives to our community.

Please provide a quote on the impact Midlands Gives has made for your organization or the community you serve.

 "Work In Progress is changing peoples lives."

Name of person to attribute quote to: Clare Morris

Would a member of your organization be willing to interview with media about Midlands Gives? Yes

Name and Title of Spokesperson: Rosemary B. Hedden

Email: Rhwip@aol.com

Phone number: 8033159757

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

Would a group or individual from the community you serve be willing to interview with media regarding Midlands Gives? Yes

Individual or group name and how they have been impacted by your organization:

Cissy Weaver

Email: ipgadivot@yahoo.com

Phone number: 8033150155

Comfortable interviewing with:

Television, Radio, Print

If you have high-res photos from previous Midlands Gives events or photos showing how Midlands Gives funds were used, please attach them. Please name file name with description of photos and organization:

Attach a File:

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Additional Comments:

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Yes

Form submitted:

2016-04-01 11:22:16

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