In Our Community: Carolina Nephrology, Meals on Wheels of Greenville, and more

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PHILANTHROPY
Carolina Nephrology raises more than $10K for National Kidney Foundation

Carolina Nephrology raised more than $10,000 through sponsorships and fundraising for this year’s Upstate Kidney Walk. The walk was held in March at Furman University. In total, the walk generated approximately $60,000 to help fight kidney disease. Funds from the walk will be used to provide resources to administer free health screenings, host educational sessions, and further support kidney research. Education is a critical aspect of the prevention of kidney disease because there are rarely other signs. The walk encourages individuals in the Upstate with high blood pressure, diabetes, or a family history of these conditions to participate in regular screenings while generating support for kidney patients and other affected groups.

Subaru and Meals on Wheels America fund more than 870 meals for Meals on Wheels of Greenville
Meals on Wheels of Greenville has received funds to provide more than 870 meals for the homebound in Greenville County. The gift comes from the partnership between Meals on Wheels America and Subaru of America as a result of the Subaru Share the Love event. From November 2017 to January 2018, Subaru donated $250 for every new Subaru sold or leased to a charity chosen by the customer, including Meals on Wheels. For 10 years, Subaru of America and its participating retailers have supported the mission of Meals on Wheels by funding community-based programs dedicated to fighting hunger and isolation. Since its inception, Subaru has helped to deliver nearly 2 million meals to America’s senior and homebound community.

Samsung and Harvest Hope Food Bank partner to provide meals for special-needs families
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division, part of Samsung Electronics Home Appliances America (SEHAA), announced a $35,000 donation to Harvest Hope Food Bank to help provide disaster-relief meals to feed people with special medical needs in South Carolina. South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control runs an emergency sheltering program for people with “special medical needs.” These are citizens who may require electricity to run their medical equipment to help them breathe or eat.  Their daily, lifesaving medication may require refrigeration, or they may need specific climate control measures. For those citizens, a separate emergency shelter is established.  With Samsung’s $35,000 donation, Harvest Hope Food Bank based in Columbia will provide disaster meals to “Special Medical Needs Shelters” across South Carolina. This is the second time Samsung has invested in helping people in need through Harvest Hope Food Bank. Last September, Samsung partnered with Harvest Hope to feed veterans. Harvest Hope serves 20 counties in South Carolina. During a disaster, Harvest Hope is the lead food bank, coordinating efforts with other food banks across the state.

EDUCATION

GREENVILLE TECHNICAL COLLEGE
GTC named one of 18 Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges
Greenville Technical College has been selected as one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges, which was extended to only 18 institutions this year. The designation comes from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education in partnership with the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development. The award recognizes the extent and effort to which diversity and inclusion exist in administrative structures, commitments, work environments, and staffing practices. This includes promising inclusive practices, increasing faculty and staff diversity, fostering the staff’s sense of belonging, and equipping college student educators for their work with students.

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