Community Spotlights: Ronald McDonald House, Greenwood Habitat for Humanity, and more



Students raise $1,300 for Ronald McDonald House

Students from Bridges to a Brighter Future spend one Saturday each summer washing cars to raise money for a charity of their choosing. This year, the group of 75 high schoolers raised more than $1,300 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas in Greenville. Bridges to a Brighter Future is a nationally recognized and award-winning program for Greenville County high school students who have the potential to go to college but have significant financial, personal, and cultural barriers.


Countybank donates $100K to Greenwood Habitat for Humanity

Countybank, celebrating 85 years of community banking in the Upstate, has announced a gift of $100,000 over the next five years to the Greenwood Area Habitat for Humanity. This donation will support general operations, programming, and infrastructure for the organization, including area home builds.

Funds for this gift come from The Countybank Foundation.


Mental Health America of Greenville County to hold free events

Mental Health America of Greenville County (MHAGC) is holding a series of free informational events to inform the community about its services. Events will be held at 429 N. Main St., Ste. 2, Aug. 31 from 9–10:30 a.m.; Sept. 11 from 1–2:30 p.m.; Sept. 21 from 9–10:30 a.m.; Oct. 9 from 1–2:30 p.m.; and Nov. 13 from 1–2:30 p.m. Interested participants should RSVP by emailing or by calling 864-467-3598.


Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awards grants

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has awarded community enrichment grants to provide financial support to organizations whose services go beyond meeting basic needs and will help lift people out of poverty. Compass of Carolina received $10,000 to support the Domestic Violence Starts Small program, which provides free therapy hours for children and adolescents victimized by witnessing domestic violence in their home. Foothills Family Resources received $20,000 to move those living in poverty throughout northern Greenville County from crisis to self-sufficiency. Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter received $15,000 to support the Palmetto Place Unaccompanied Youth program, which provides shelter and services to teens that have been forced to leave their families and to teens that have never had a family support system. A $25,000 grant to United Ministries will support the United Ministries-Interfaith Hospitality Network community, which is deeply committed to assisting congregations to help homeless families with children find a home and hope in Greenville and the Upstate.


H. C. Jennings Scholarship Foundation funds presented to three students

The Harold C. Jennings Foundation presented scholarships on Aug. 3 to children of police officers. The recipients for the 2017-18 scholarship awards are as follows: Danielle Blair, daughter of Lt. Chi Blair, will be a freshman at the University of South Carolina majoring in international business and political science. Monica Colwell, daughter of Cpl. Rob Colwell, is a previous scholarship winner who will be a senior at North Greenville University majoring in criminal justice and legal studies. Audrianna Cureton, daughter of Sgt. Eric Cureton, is a previous scholarship winner who will be a sophomore at Greenville Technical College majoring in nursing.


Applications for postgraduate diploma in corporate sustainability accepted

Applications for the postgraduate diploma in corporate sustainability are now being accepted. Sessions begin Jan. 25, 2018, and run through May 18, 2018. The program includes five sessions, which take place Thursday (8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.) and Friday (8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.) over the four-month period on the campus of Furman University. It includes 70 contact hours, and 7.0 Continuing Education Units will be awarded upon completion. The cost is $3,995 per person. Postgraduate diploma in corporate sustainability sessions are taught by John Meindl, senior associate with the Center for Corporate and Professional Development; Wade Worthen, professor of biology at Furman; Brad Bechtold, executive director of Continuing Education; and Michael Johnson, CEO of Cox Industries, along with 13 other experts in the field. For more information, contact Furman’s Center for Corporate and Professional Development at 864-294-3136, or visit the website at


Greenville Federal Credit Union awarded for contribution to public education

Greenville Federal Credit Union has been selected as the 2017 State Board of Education’s Business Volunteer Award Recipient. The State Board of Education Volunteer Awards Program annually recognizes businesses, civic organizations, individuals, and school improvement councils for significant contributions to public education. Recipients of the awards are among a select number of organizations, school improvement councils, and individuals in South Carolina that demonstrate a commitment to excellence in public education.



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