St. Andrews Optimists recently hosted Jack Sloan as their breakfast speaker. Sloan is the Director of Development for Pawmetto Lifeline. He serves with a large formal staff, eight veterinarians, and at one time or another more than 800 volunteers. The overall goal of the facility is giving its animals safe,Continue Reading

For the first time, Special Olympics South Carolina will not be able to hold any of their in-person gala events. In a typical year there are three – Special Night for Special Olympics in Charleston, Give to Gain Gala in Columbia and the Greenville Gala in Greenville. The 2020 SpecialContinue Reading

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s looked different this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of hosting a large in-person gathering in Columbia, participants walked as individuals or in small groups on sidewalks, tracks and trails wherever they chose in the community October 24. To date,Continue Reading

“Exceptional individuals with different abilities.” This is the motto of the Babcock Foundation, three members of which spoke recently to St. Andrews Optimists.  Babcock Foundation works to enable people with disabilities to enjoy normal lifestyles. In the words of the Babcock presenters, a life with disabilities should not be aContinue Reading

On November 14 , 2020, The SC State Farmers Market in conjunction with The Midlands Crafters Association will host a FREE family event for the community. This event will host over 100 vendors, crafters, and local businesses from all over the Midlands. There is FREE admission and FREE parking; everyoneContinue Reading

Caregivers Need Your Help! No one has been hit harder during the pandemic than family caregivers. Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other chronic illness is a full time and unpaid job. Now more than ever, these families need hope and relief from pandemic challenges like reduced support systems, isolationContinue Reading

St. Andrews Woman’s Club members collected 340 bottles of water to be used in special education classrooms in school District 5. Jinni Friend (left), Special Education Coordinator for the district, and Danielle Yarborough (right) accepted the donation from club member Ann Martin (center). This will be an ongoing project ofContinue Reading

Central Carolina Community Foundation has named new members to its Board of Trustees:  • Julie C. Albrecht, Vice President, CFO at Sonoco Products Company;  • Clifford Bourke, Jr., Vice President of Legal Services at Southeastern Freight Lines, Inc.;  • Andy Folsom, Vice President, Strategic Investments, M&A and Tax at BlueCrossContinue Reading

Together SC, the state’s network of nonprofit organizations has announced four new board members elected by its nonprofit member organizations from across South Carolina. They include Nicole Echols, executive director of the Pee Dee Branch of Harvest Hope Food Bank in Florence; John Hart III, executive director of Good SamaritanContinue Reading

The Big Red Barn Retreat (BRBR) has been named the recipient of a $25,000 Dorothy D. Smith Charitable Foundation grant. The Foundation’s contribution will fund free weekly yoga and tai chi classes for veterans, active duty service members, first responders and their families. Post-traumatic and/or combat-related stress is a criticalContinue Reading