Swift Charities donates $150K to Miracle Hill Ministries

Swift Charities has presented a $150,000 grant to Miracle Hill Ministries to build one of the eight transitional houses comprising Miracle Hill at Restoration Place, a recovery village that will support recent graduates of the organization’s Overcomers residential addiction program. Swift representatives presented the award on June 19.

“We love partnering with Miracle Hill because we see the difference being made in the community. They are delivering a better life, whether it’s for the homeless, people overcoming addiction, or for kids in foster care,” said Yvonne Howell, Swift Charities ambassador for the Greer terminal, according to a news release.

Miracle Hill at Restoration Place is located directly behind the Overcomers Center and will allow graduates to remain in close proximity to not only the center but also other important resources. The 7-acre community will house up to 48 men and will include a shared green space that will be utilized for cookouts, sports, and fellowship. Each three-bedroom home will be built to Energy Star efficiency standards. The total cost of the project is expected to be nearly $1.8 million. Construction will continue as funds are raised.

Swift Charities Executive Director Jim Stone said in an award letter, “It is our intention to leverage our monetary gift and passion for this project by sharing our excitement and the opportunity to participate with like-minded customers and suppliers.” Additionally, the company hopes to participate actively in a work project, helping to build out the infrastructure of this transitional community.

Swift Charities is the charitable arm of Swift Transportation Co., a Phoenix, Arizona-based American truckload motor shipping carrier.

Meals on Wheels of Greenville announces young professionals group

Meals on Wheels of Greenville has announced a new young professionals group: Meals on Wheels of Greenville Young Professionals. The group will be composed of individuals ages 21 to 39 and will support the mission of Meals on Wheels through volunteering, fundraising, and advocacy.

“We’re excited to engage young professionals throughout Greenville County in the mission of Meals on Wheels,” said Jessica Sharp, director of volunteer services at Meals on Wheels of Greenville and staff liaison to the group, according to a news release. “As MOWGYP members, young professionals will have the opportunity to volunteer their time, fundraise to support operations, raise awareness about the Meals on Wheels mission, network, and develop leadership skills.”

An annual membership fee of $60 provides 12 meals to a homebound client of Meals on Wheels. A membership form and additional information about the group can be found at

CDS announces Outshine summer reading program

The Center for Developmental Services is inviting Upstate families to participate in its Outshine summer reading program. CDS staff and volunteers will read with children to keep them academically engaged and on track with their reading. The program meets at the CDS from 12:30-2 p.m. Wednesdays beginning on June 20 and ending Aug. 8. The Greenville County Schools Food and Nutrition Services Summer Meals Program will also be offered at CDS from 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. every Wednesday this summer, offering free meals to all school-aged children.


Student wins an environmental scholarship

Claire Windsor has been given the 2018 Greater Greenville Sanitation District Sustainable Schools Program Environmental Scholarship. Windsor was chosen from students across Greenville County School District and will receive $1,000. She was the 2018 valedictorian of Travelers Rest High School.

Windsor has served as an officer in the Beta Club, National Honor Society, Lions Club, and the ecological awareness club during her time at TR High School. She plans to attend the University of South Carolina Honors College to double major in global and environmental studies.

“One of Claire’s biggest accomplishments while at Travelers Rest High was a recycling program that she single-handedly researched, implemented, promoted, and evaluated,” said Michael Eudy, the science department chair at Travelers Rest High, in a news release. “As an adviser on this project, it was amazing to watch Claire work so hard to try and get her fellow students to buy into the recycling campaign.”

Seniors across Greenville County who are planning to pursue degrees related to the environment, public education, waste management, or sustainability were eligible to apply for the scholarship. Finalists were selected on the basis of their past work in their school and/or community to help with waste minimization.

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