ScanSource invests in International African American Museum
The International African American Museum in Charleston has received a $250,000 leadership gift from Greenville-based ScanSource Inc. ScanSource leadership will also provide the museum with expertise and lending support during the planning, designing, and building stages of the project.
“I have had the pleasure of knowing ScanSource CEO Mike Baur for many years now,” said Joseph P. Riley Jr., former Charleston mayor and IAAM board member. “His leadership and his team’s unrivaled commitment to excellence have made ScanSource into the innovative technology company it is today. It is an honor to work with ScanSource to create the International African American Museum.”
IAAM will have interactive, multimedia learning experiences to engage visitors. There will also be outreach and programming opportunities that will take the museum’s lessons outside of its walls to benefit local communities.
“As a provider of technology products and solutions, we knew this would be a meaningful opportunity for us to tap into our resources and business partnerships to help outfit the museum and give visitors a powerful, engaging experience,” Baur said. “Historically, ScanSource has a strong culture of giving back with our time, talent, and resources — with a focus on education. We’re grateful to be a part of such an important initiative that will continue to give back for generations to come.”
IAAM will be located on Gadsden’s Wharf in Charleston, where nearly half of all enslaved Africans arrived during the transatlantic slave trade. The museum will commemorate and celebrate the integral role that Africans and their descendants played in the history of America and South Carolina.
Meals on Wheels of Greenville receives funds from Meals on Wheels America to support Pet Food Program
Meals on Wheels of Greenville has received a grant for $800 from Meals on Wheels America to support its Pet Food Program. The program will provide donated dog and cat food monthly to homebound individuals served by Meals on Wheels who are unable to care for their pets. The program was started in 2003 when volunteers noticed that clients were sometimes sharing their meals with their pets. Many homebound individuals rely on dogs and cats as companions that help with loneliness, so the program aims to ensure that both owners and pets have the nutrition they need.
Currently, 126 Meals on Wheels clients receive pet food. This grant will fund much-needed supplies to support this program, including bags to portion out the food, labels, and storage bins. This year, Meals on Wheels America has granted more than $200,000 to nearly 100 local Meals on Wheels programs through the Meals on Wheels Loves Pets initiative.
Renovations to begin for Greer Branch Library
Renovations will begin in late August on The Jean M. Smith Branch of the Greenville County Library System at 505 Pennsylvania Ave., Greer. The library is adding 5,500 square feet and updating the building. When finished, the branch will include an expanded children’s area (double the current size), a dedicated space for teenagers, an enlarged community meeting room that seats 120, two new four-person conference rooms, enclosed quiet space for reading and studying, interior updates, drive-up materials returns, a family restroom, a nursing room, and additional parking.
The project budget is almost $5 million, which is funded by the library system’s accumulated capital fund reserves with no bond issue necessary. There will also be engraved pavers available for purchase to further support the project. The branch closed Monday, July 30, and will reopen in fall 2019. During the closure, the public is invited to use the Burdette Branch at 316 W. Main St. in Taylors or any of the 10 other Greenville County Library System locations. Also, beginning Aug. 13, the Bookmobile will be available from 1:45-4:30 p.m. every other Monday in the parking lot of the Greer First Baptist Church, 201 W. Poinsett St. Materials borrowed from the Jean M. Smith Branch in Greer may be returned to the Bookmobile or any Greenville County Library System location.
Upstate Forever permanently protects 488 more acres
Upstate Forever now protects almost 500 acres on two tracts in Pickens and Cherokee counties through wetland and stream mitigation partnerships. By working with the state Department of Transportation, Upstate Forever identified strategic projects that would satisfy the mitigation requirements for the impacts to waterways by local highway improvements, thus helping protect infrastructure and local headwater streams and habitat areas.
The 353-acre Grassy Knob tract in Pickens County helps to protect the Oolenoy River, which is one of the main headwaters of the Saluda River. It also supports valuable habitat near Table Rock State Park, Caesars Head State Park, several heritage preserves, and many other conservation easements along the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway. Upstate Forever and SCDOT worked with the Open Space Institute and Naturaland Trust to propose the project to the Army Corps of Engineers.
The additional 135 acres in the Gilkey Creek tract in Cherokee County includes several important headwater systems and part of the Thicketty Creek subwatershed. The protection of this property will offset impacts to streams and wetlands from the widening of Interstate 85 in the Broad River Basin.
These projects are part of a larger effort to improve water quality in the Saluda and Broad River basins by locating mitigation projects closer to impacts. Streams within the Saluda River Basin and the Broad River Basin are designated by South Carolina as “impaired”; these projects will contribute to water-quality improvements for a rapidly growing Upstate while providing habitat for a diverse array of wildlife. Upstate Forever protects more than 21,000 acres on 118 properties across the Upstate through voluntary conservation easements.