In Our Community: Raising awareness & funds

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The Greenville County Sheriff Community Patrol provided 12 hours of operational support to identify over 75 homeless encampments across the county. Photo provided.

VOLUNTEER

Greenville agencies and volunteers take part in national Point-in-Time Count

United Housing Connections, along with other members of the Upstate Continuum of Care (CoC) and volunteers, participated in the national Point-in-Time Count in Greenville. The count lasted for a week and included more than 100 volunteers and over 30 homeless-services providers, who either donated items, conducted surveys, or provided agency support. The Greenville County Sheriff’s Community Patrol provided 12 hours of operational support to identify over 75 homeless encampments across Greenville County, and two team deputies helped volunteers conduct PIT surveys and provide resources.

“The PIT Count is our best estimate of homelessness on a single night in January. The count is a massive effort, and we are grateful for the continued support of the community,” Daniel Cooper, Upstate CoC’s director of strategic initiatives, said in a news release. In addition to the count, those involved provided winter survival essentials and helpful resources to the homeless.

TOURNAMENT

Lions Club fishing tournament hopes to reel in money for eye care

The Greer Centennial Lions Club will host its second bass-fishing tournament April 6 to raise funds for eye care and vision services in Greer. Open to the public and sponsored by the Greer Commission of Public Works, the tournament will award $1,000 for the biggest catch and two other top prizes. It will be held at Lake Robinson and feature a picnic with Mutt’s BBQ. Registration forms are available online at www.greercpw.com/lakes-recreation and in select locations. Visit the website for tournament guidelines and more information.

Money raised from the tournament will be used for the Chandler Creek Elementary School vision voucher program. “Last year showed us the Greer community is hungry for another bass fishing tournament. Securing 41 boats our first year was remarkable, and we only hope the momentum continues,” Becky Pickett, Greer Centennial Lions Club president, said in a news release. “We used tournament funds to purchase a glaucoma screening machine that has been well received at events like Big Thursday, Greer Family Fest, and many health fairs in the community.”

GRANT

Hollingsworth Funds grants $50,000 to Greenville Homeless Alliance

Hollingsworth Funds recently awarded Greenville Homeless Alliance a $50,000 grant to help reduce the number of homeless individuals in Greenville. GHA plans to continue investing resources in forming a strategic plan to address homelessness in Greenville County. Initiatives include permanent supportive housing, medical respite and education, and advocacy. GHA will also help identify gaps in the service network for those experiencing homelessness.

“This grant is another example of Hollingsworth Funds’ commitment to a systems-level approach to solving community issues,” GHA coordinator Susan McLarty said in a news release. “Hollingsworth has provided research, planning, and operating support for our effort to make homelessness brief and rare, and we truly consider them a partner in our work.”

EDUCATION

School Choice Lottery results posted for 2019-20 school year

Greenville County Schools recently posted the results of the Change in Assignment Choice Lottery online. The results show each student’s order of selection for each requested school. For parents who submitted requests during the Change in Assignment Choice Lottery window, they may access their students’ information through the choice form number. Any requests submitted on or after Jan. 7 are not in the lottery results.

Lottery order doesn’t guarantee placement. Space by grade level will later determine school choice assignments based on student projections for each school by grade. By March 29, student choice assignments will be determined and all parents will receive assignment letters via current students or via mail for those new to the district.

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