Category Archives: Community Outreach

Books 2 Boys initiative launched in Midlands

COLUMBIA, S.C. (September 20, 2016) – Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, in collaboration with the Richland Library and City of Columbia Parks and Recreation, will kick-off the Mayor’s Books 2 Boys initiative at 4 p.m. on Sept. 27 at Martin Luther King Park. “This is something we’re incredibly excited to get going because of the genuine…
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Growing Home Southeast hires Brennon Graham as CEO

Columbia, SC - After an extensive executive search, Growing Home Southeast will appoint Brennon Graham as its Chief Executive Officer. Chosen by the Growing Home Southeast board, Brennon will move into the role full time on January 1, 2017. Growing Home is a family services company that provides resources and support for at-risk children and…
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Senior volunteer group holds 9/11 remembrance event

COLUMBIA, SC – September 8, 2016 – The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of the Midlands hosted a Day of Service and Remembrance event on September 7 at Greenview Park in the City of Columbia.  The event was part of the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance to commemorate the events of…
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State officials recognize September as Hunger Action Month

Columbia, SC - September 1 - Today, Lieutenant Governor Henry McMaster joined hunger advocates from across South Carolina to kickoff September as Hunger Action Month - a month-long campaign to help solve hunger in the state. “It is a sobering reality that many of our elderly citizens and children are facing hunger each day,” said…
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Stephen G. Morrison Visionary Award nominations open through Oct. 10

COLUMBIA SC August 31, 2016 - One Columbia for Arts and History announces a request for nominations for the 2016 Stephen G. Morrison Visionary Award. The award is presented to an individual who reflects values and qualities similar to those that Mr. Morrison generously offered in support of the growth and vitality of the City…
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Columbia Citizens Join Mayor Benjamin to Fight Heart Disease

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Sept. 1, 2016) – Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin will lead residents, city employees and local celebrities at 11 a.m. on Sept. 7 as they literally take steps from City Hall to the State House to fight the No. 1 killer of Columbia citizens – heart disease. Mayor Benjamin will host the city’s first…
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Lourie Center Celebrates National Senior Center Month

Each September, the Lourie Center National celebrates National Senior Center Month, and recognizes the many ways older adults contribute back to their communities and enjoy an active, high quality of life.  The 2016 theme is: Find Balance at Your Center! The Lourie Center encourages older adults to remain physically and socially active to remain independent…
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Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital offers tips to help reduce bullying

There are many different forms of bullying. Bullying is defined as repeated oppression by psychological or physical actions toward a less powerful person by a more powerful person or group. Direct bullying can be physical or verbal. Examples of physical bullying are bumping, shoving, holding back or restraining, shoving someone into a locker, etc. Verbal…
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USC to host social justice discussion Sept. 8-9

Columbia, South Carolina– The I. DeQuincey Newman Institute for Peace and Social Justice at the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina presents its inaugural “Call to Action,” on September 8 and 9, 2016, at the Inn at USC.  With the focus on diversity, inclusion, and community action, Dr. Atira Charles, Assistant…
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Operation Clean Sweep in Orangeburg County

Much of Mike O’Cain’s time is consumed with being president of O’Cain Construction Company Inc., a successful construction company, but that did not stop him from carving out time to construct an ambitious prevention campaign to tackle what he sees as a mounting litter problem across Orangeburg County. O’Cain noticed more trash than normal during…
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