A Child’s Haven awarded $10K grant

A Child’s Haven was awarded a $10,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, created by the late actor Paul Newman. The grant was made as part of the foundation’s commitment to enhancing the lives of children with limiting conditions.

Annual Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health to be held May 18-19

The annual Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health (SESMH) is returning to downtown Greenville on May 18-19 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. This year’s theme is Mental Health Collaborations: Diversity and Inclusion – Integrating Research, Education, and Practice. The forum will facilitate collaboration between patients, caregivers, health care providers, academians, and the community for those who are coping with mental illness. One in four people will be affected by mental illness or neurological disorders throughout their lives, but around two-thirds of people never seek out help.

The 2018 event will have seven regional and national keynote speakers, including Thomas R. Insel, M.D., co-founder and president of Mindstrong Health and former National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) director; Elizabeth Vargas, ABC anchor and Emmy award-winning journalist; Elizabeth Houtsmuller, Ph.D., associate director of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI); Deborah S. Blalock, Med., LPCS, CPM, executive director of Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center; Donna Maddox, M.D., forensic psychiatrist; and Alan Litwin, M.D., M.P.H., vice chair of academics and research, department of medicine, Greenville Health System.

Junior League of Greenville Awards $40K in grants to local nonprofits
The Junior League of Greenville (JLG) has awarded $40,399.28 to four nonprofits in the Greenville community. SWITCH, an organization that fights to end human trafficking and sexual exploitation in the Upstate, was awarded $10,950.24, which will help to provide training materials for 20 volunteers to teach in schools, churches, and other community organizations. Diaper Bank of the Carolinas, an organization that focuses on providing diapers for children in the community who otherwise wouldn’t get them, was awarded $10,000 to support the Community Baby Shower Series 2018. West Greenville School, which strives to provide specialized educational opportunities necessary for students, was awarded $15,699.04, which will go toward their Project Discovery curriculum kits to support improved student outcomes. Lastly, Caroline Ballet Theatre was awarded $3,750, which will help them implement an after-school program for Title 1 schools that will provide apparel, shoes, and transportation to the studio for six months.

BB&T Fall for Greenville donates more than $53K
BB&T Fall for Greenville has announced that it has awarded more than $53,000 to seven local nonprofit organizations through its Fall for Giving program. The program supports the efforts of nonprofit organizations whose missions and programs directly impact the areas of culinary and food, cultural diversity, family, and music.

Meals on Wheels of Greenville was awarded $20,000 to replace the organization’s 20-year-old brasier, which has been used to prepare over 6 million hot meals for delivery to their clients. Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas was awarded $15,000 to fund the organization’s new family pantry. Loaves and Fishes was awarded $5,000 to help purchase a new, more efficient refrigerated box truck that will help with the organization’s mission to rescue food and help hunger. A Child’s Haven was awarded $5,000 for a food storage freezer to use as part of their new Family Farm-to-Table project. Greenville Technical College was awarded $5,000 toward the Fall for Greenville Culinary Arts Institute Scholarship Endowment Fund. Legacy Early College was awarded $2,013 to purchase sound equipment that will support the music program, cultural events, and family and community outreach. And Advanced Institute for Development and Learning was awarded $1,650 to purchase a new washer and dryer for their new facility.

Additionally, nonprofit organizations can apply to receive a portion of the 2018 festival proceeds by providing volunteer support for the event. Applications are available online, and the deadline to apply is May 29 at 5 p.m. Over the last 15 years, BB&T Fall for Greenville has donated over $600,000 to 30 nonprofit organizations in the Upstate.


Student receives new national writing award from YoungArts

Aidan Forster, a senior at the Governor’s School, has been announced the winner of the new 2018 Young Arts Lin Arison Excellence in Writing Award, which provides a $50,000 scholarship. Forster is from Greenville and attended Wade Hampton High School before attending the Governor’s School. Forester is one of 19 students selected nationally for creative writing, and he attended YoungArts Week in Miami in January. In the 2018 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition, he received two gold medals, one silver medal, and one silver medal with distinction for his writing portfolio.

Forester is currently a nominee for the U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts Program, as well as a National Merit Finalist. Forester’s work was included in the 2017 Best New Poets annual anthology of 50 poems from emerging writers, and his poetry chapbook, “Exit Pastoral,” was selected to be published by YesYes Books as a winner in the Vinyl 45’s Chapbook Contest. He is the youngest author to be chosen.

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