In Our Community: Huff history awards; Rebuild Upstate; Homes of Hope; and more

TD Bank’s charity arm gave $15,000 to GTC’s financial education center. Photo provided.


TD Charitable Foundation supports financial literacy and community service at Greenville Technical College

Students of Greenville Technical College (GTC) recently celebrated Financial Literacy Week with the help of TD Charitable Foundation. TD Bank’s charity arm gave $15,000 to GTC’s financial education center. The gift allowed the center to host activities and events throughout the week to improve students’ financial knowledge and health. “We are grateful to TD Bank for funding initiatives that supplement what our students learn in classrooms and labs, giving them knowledge that will benefit them as graduates and community members,” Ann Wright, Greenville Tech Foundation vice president for advancement, said in a news release.

Students learned about budgeting, spending, credit scores, debt management, and online security. To coincide with Money Smart Week, a final financial literacy event will occur in April 2019. Also, the gift will continue to assist GTC in getting the necessary supplies for community service days such as the 9/11 Day of Service and Martin Luther King Day of Service. “We are very proud of the impact Greenville Technical College makes in our community, which begins with the students whose lives are changed for the better at the school,” TD Bank regional Vice President Cal Hurst said in the release. “Through this gift, we are proud to help extend that impact even further into the student body as we work to equip them for the rest of their lives with financial knowledge and skills.”


Huff Awards recognize American history scholarship, support Upstate history literacy

Furman University recently presented three awards at the American History Book Club and Forum. Rice University professor and CNN presidential historian Douglas Brinkley was featured at the event. The three award winners were Eleanor Mixon, Ashley Causey, and Audrey Neumann.

Mixon, a junior history major at Furman, received the $1,500 A.V. Huff American History Scholarship for her research on the Red Scare of 1919-20. Two education alumnae, Causey and Neumann, received the $500 Kate Huff History Scholars Award. Causey teaches at Hillcrest High School. Neumann teaches at Roebuck Elementary School. The Huff Awards are funded by the American History Book Club and Forum to advocate history literacy in the Upstate.


Rebuild Upstate receives national award for third time in five years

Rebuild Upstate was recently honored with the 2018 Best Practices Award in the category of Stewardship of Volunteers, making it the third win in the past five years. ReFrame Association, a network of volunteer-based home repair organizations, presented the award to Rebuild Upstate. Since 2011, Rebuild Upstate has been a part of the association and became a charter member in 2013.

Agencies who receive the Stewardship of Volunteers Award must display excellence in volunteer recruitment, retention, and appreciation. Rebuild Upstate has previously won best practices awards in electronic marketing and community partnership. “This award is a testament to our staff’s dedication to ensuring volunteers have a great volunteer experience every time,” Rebuild Upstate president, CEO, and founder Chris Manley said in a news release. “As a result of this focus, we have been blessed with amazing volunteers who daily change lives through home repairs for the families we serve.”


Homes of Hope opens new Men’s Workforce Development Training Center

Homes of Hope recently opened a new training center to help men who are overcoming drug and alcohol addictions. The nonprofit’s mission is to produce men who can thrive in any walk of life. Homes of Hope provides men with the necessary tools for a fresh start through biblical discipleship and construction-related job training. 

The new Men’s Workforce Development Training Center will improve the program through 10,000 square feet of learning space. The center has a smart board for classroom instruction and a life-size model of homes designated for families experiencing poverty. Homes of Hope helps rebuild communities and individuals through the areas of housing, economic, and workforce development. Over 590 homes have been developed and over 300 men fighting addictions have been helped since the inception of Homes of Hope in 1998.


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