Residents of The Cliffs Valley recently gave $34,681 to Upstate Warrior Solutions to help meet local veterans’ needs. Photo provided.


Habitat for Humanity dedicates seventh CEO Build home

More than 30 local business leaders recently dedicated a home as part of the seventh Habitat for Humanity CEO Build in the Grace Point community. The annual build strives to unite community businesses to help construct homes for local families making between 30 and 60 percent of the area median income. Along with Habitat, executives support the future homeowners through volunteer hours. 

Betty Powers and her son Quinn will receive the newly constructed Habitat house. The Greenville natives have completed hours of work on their new home through the ReStore. Their home is an important milestone in the completion of the Grace Point subdivision, as it will be the final phase of the neighborhood.

“We are glad our CEO Build has made such an impact within the businesses around the Upstate,” Monroe Free, president and CEO of Habitat Greenville, said in a news release. “We continue to gain more and more organizations every year and have been very fortunate and proud to collaborate with these terrific companies.”

Former Michelin executive Dick Wilkerson led construction for the seventh CEO Build. Contributing businesses include Greenville Health System, Renewable Water Resources, Greenville Technical College, Spinx, and Lockheed Martin.

“I always have such a great time when I get to help out with the CEO Builds,” Wilkerson said in the release. “Having different businesses from all over the Greenville community come out to support these families and Habitat is always such an awesome thing to see.”

The Cliffs Valley presents check to Upstate Warrior Solutions

Residents of The Cliffs Valley recently gave $34,681 to Upstate Warrior Solutions to help meet local veterans’ needs. The donation was a result of a Memorial Day golf tournament hosted by The Cliffs Valley. Presentation of the check to UWS took place on the first tee behind The Cliffs Valley Clubhouse.

UWS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to connect veterans to available resources, lead them to self-empowerment, and inspire the community to recognize local warriors and their families as neighbors and friends. More than 2,300 Upstate warrior family members have been helped since UWS began in 2013.

Harvest Hope Food Bank receives $12,000 donation from The Darden Foundation

The Darden Foundation granted $12,000 to Harvest Hope Food Bank to help fight hunger. Funds from the unrestricted grant will be allocated to areas in the community in most need.

“One in 7 people struggle with hunger in our 20-county service area, including 86,000 children,” Keith Ferrell, interim CEO at Harvest Hope, said in a news release. “Hunger does not discriminate, and there are many children, families, and seniors who turn to our food bank for help. The Darden Foundation’s donation will go a long way for the people in our community.” 

Working daily to eliminate hunger and provide healthy food for more than 300,000 individuals in its service area, Harvest Hope is South Carolina’s largest food bank and serves about 38,000 people per week. The Darden Foundation also works to support families in need of food across the U.S. The Darden Foundation has partnered with Feeding America for six years and has a network of 200 food banks.


King of Pops gives back to The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club

King of Pops will give 10 percent of its sales made at The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center to The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club. Beginning their partnership in 2017 when King of Pops participated in The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, King of Pops and The Salvation Army are working to build better futures for local youth.

“We are so thankful for our partnership with King of Pops,” Mike Burdine, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club, said in a news release. The ice-pop company began setting up its pushcart at the Kroc Center with the idea to give back to the Boys and Girls Club. Partnering with Belk, King of Pops also helps provide back-to-school clothes for youth in the clubs.

“King of Pops has always been committed to supporting the community and creating unexpected moments of happiness,” King of Pops general manager Mandy Musgrove said in the release. “And we are so thrilled to provide both through our partnership with the Boys and Girls Club.”


United Ministries adds 5K run to 29th annual Transformation Walk

Presented by Bon Secours, United Ministries will host its 29th annual Transformation Walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. For the first time, this year’s event will include a timed 5K run on a certified course. Beginning and ending at First Baptist Church of Greenville, the race will travel through parts of the Swamp Rabbit Trail and Cleveland Park.

Individuals and teams interested in participating should register online at

The walk is free, and participants are encouraged to raise money for the cause. Proceeds will benefit the programs of United Ministries such as free GED preparation, crisis assistance, interim housing for homeless families, job training, and the Place of Hope day shelter.

The cost of the run is $30 and includes a T-shirt and bib. Following the race, there will be festivities, family friendly activities, and an awards ceremony. 

“We look forward to hosting this event every year. The Transformation Walk and Run is a great opportunity for our community to come together and help those in need in Greenville,” United Ministries executive director Tony McDade said in a news release. “Without the involvement of our staff, supporting organizations, and our community, we would not be able to continue our programs here at United Ministries.”

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