In Our Community: Origins Church, A Child’s Haven, and more

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RELIGION
Origins Church finds a new home at Cigar Warehouse

Origins Church Greenville has found its new home at The Old Cigar Warehouse. The Church started meeting in 2009 as a small group in a living room and continued to expand to weekly meetings at Spill the Beans. The church will now transition into The Old Cigar Warehouse on Sunday mornings. Matthew Elrod, Origins’ lead pastor said, “We exist to make disciples who love God, love one another, and love Greenville, and we strive to impact downtown lives on a personal level and provide a community for them to belong.” Tammy Johnson, owner of High Spirits Hospitality, which is the parent company of The Old Cigar Warehouse, said her team is excited about Origins being at the historic West End venue. The Old Cigar Warehouse has hosted more than 1,000 events in the past five years, but has never had a weekly, recurring event. Worship gatherings are held on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. at the Cigar Warehouse at 912 S. Main Street. Small group gatherings are held during the week throughout the city. Learn more at www.originsgreenville.org.

PHILANTHROPY
Cliffs residents help students, firefighters, veterans, and victims of domestic violence in the Upstate 

Residents of the Cliffs are helping students from all around the Upstate by volunteering in the classroom and donating money to local schools. Charitable donations in 2017 totaled nearly $1 million across all seven of the Cliffs communities in the Upstate. Members of the Cliffs came together through Cliffs Resident Outreach (CRO), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of volunteers dedicated to enabling Upstate South Carolina children to succeed by focusing on literacy, nutrition, and mentoring for kids in Greenville, Pickens, and Oconee counties. Other initiatives by The Cliffs communities in 2017 benefited local fire departments, the Upstate South Carolina domestic violence agency known as Safe Harbor, area veterans, and animal rescues.

NONPROFIT
A Child’s Haven receives 2018 Engenius Grant

A Child’s Haven has been chosen as the recipient of the 2018 Engenius Grant for $1,344. As the recipient of this year’s grant, A Child’s Haven continues its partnership with Engenius. Since 2016, they have given $17,640 in support for A Child’s Haven. Last year, Engenius owner Chris Manley worked with the team to create a new website for A Child’s Haven, achildshaven.org, to help ensure a modern and user-friendly platform for others to donate and support families.

POLITICS
League of Women Voters of Greenville to hold program on Election Integrity in the 21st Century

The Greenville League of Women Voters will hold an event entitled Election Integrity in the 21st Century. The program will be held at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, located at 2310 Augusta St., on Tuesday, March 20, at 5:30 p.m. The event will feature speaker Dr. Dunca Buell, NCR professor of computer science and engineering at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Buell has been working for over 10 years on the issues of election integrity, computer security for elections, and post-election analysis of the data. The event will discuss the security of elections in a networked world, post-election evidence-based analysis, and more. From 5:30-6 p.m., there will be a postcard party where guests can write postcards to their senators and representatives. The program itself will begin at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

CHARITY
Spinx Hosts 18th Annual Charity Classic Golf Tournament

The annual SPINX Charity Classic Golf Tournament will be held on Tuesday, May 8. This event is a major fundraising event to support local charities, and the beneficiaries for the 2018 tournament include the American Red Cross, the Children’s Museum of the Upstate, Loaves & Fishes, Pendleton Place, and Safe Harbor. Additionally, there will be a donation to the SPINX Company’s Employee Assistance Fund. This year’s tournament will feature the addition of a third course to include Greenville Country Club – Chanticleer, Cliffs Keowee, and Cliffs Valley courses.

“The golf tournament is an event that we look forward to hosting every year because it’s not only a fun day of golf, but it’s an opportunity for us to come together with our partners, vendors, and associates to give back to the communities we serve,” said Stewart Spinks, founder and chairman of the SPINX Company and the Spinks Family Foundation. Since 2000, SPINX and the Spinks Family Foundation have raised nearly $1 million for local charities with proceeds from the tournament. Registration at all locations will be at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. at each course. A pairings party is scheduled the evening before the tournament and includes food, beverages, raffle, and a silent auction.

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