Left My Heart in the Holy City – Original Poem

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By Mark A. Leon

I left my heart in the Holy City

The spirits draw me in with the sweet song of the streets
Cobblestone roads and the gallop of horses in the distance
She romances me with her pallet
Serenades with the wind whistling off the Palmettos

With a cocktail on the rooftop we toast the sunset
A breathtaking theatrical performance
With a wink from the moon, the evening sweeps you off your feet

Left my heart in the Holy City
Fair Charleston, the jewel of the South
A present to be unwrapped filled with magic and surprise

The tower bells ring, ushering in a new hour; a new adventure
Let her Southern warmth cascade the senses
A steamy night awaits filled with passion

With a secret smile and a courtesy bow, a gentleman woes the Southern Belle
Tradition alive and well in the Holy City

Plantations showered with flowers
Prominence and power
Tradition so sincere

In the garden, a maiden awaits her place
Resting under the shade of the tree
Born the fairer being
Destined to grace

Left my heart in the Holy City
So, proud, under the flag of Sumter
Free as the waterways out of the Harbor

Church steeples dance
Ghosts sway under the hot sun
A celebration of sin and charm

Now I rest under this Southern sky for tomorrow I will leave my heart in this Holy City

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Hurricane Hugo – 31 Years Later (Reflections in Pictures and Video)

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“I’ll wait for you, should I fall behind, wait for me” – Bruce Springsteen

On or about midnight on September 21/22 will mark the 31st anniversary of Hurricane Hugo sending a destructive path through Charleston and its neighboring beaches and towns.? For many, this was the most difficult period of their lives, overcoming life-threatening conditions, losing homes and trying to find ways to start again.? Over the next several months, the area had to find a way to begin again and bring back the Southern warmth and beauty it had known for hundreds of years.

After all was said and done, there were 27 fatalities in South Carolina from the effects of Hurricane Hugo.

Locals and citizens from neighboring towns and districts reached deep within their hearts and helped their fellow friends.? Bringing sand to the beaches, laying a foundation where a home once stood, providing shelter to strangers now without homes and giving food and warmth when needed.

We were and continue to be a resilient and proud area, who has overcome much adversity so the sun may shine each day and we can continue to say how proud we are of our home.

Hugo was an event we should never forget.? It was tragic, but in the end, we found a way to rebuild and become stronger than ever before.

We would like to take you back to those days, weeks and months and provide a pictorial remembrance of Hurricane Hugo, 28 Years Ago.

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Remember our past and find strength in our ability to remain stable.

One of the most symbolic remembrance markers of this event is the Folly Boat.? This boat that remained after the path of destruction is today used to show our sense of community, one message at a time.

The next time you are at at White Point Gardens at The Battery, walk through the gates of the Battery Park Carriage House.? Just on the left you will see the water line damage from Hurricane Hugo and know just how powerful a hit we took and more importantly how we persevered and grew as one single community.

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Medicare Advantage: Helping Keep Charleston Healthy

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By: Heather Bumgardner, NP, Clover Health

Charleston, Chucktown, the Holy City, so many names for this special town of ours, it’s no wonder we are America’s favorite destination. With sunsets over the Cooper River, quick jaunts to Folly Beach, healthy afternoons biking along the Ravenel Bridge, and indulgent afternoons with a peanut butter burger at Poe’s Tavern—there’s love for Charleston at all ages. We know the decision to live, and retire, here is easy, but not all decisions seniors face are so simple—finding a healthcare plan among them.

While South Carolina ranks in the bottom quarter of all states for health outcomes for ages 65+, Medicare Advantage plans are disrupting this status quo. By providing more comprehensive care than traditional Medicare, these plans are charting a promising new path for delivering quality care, creating healthier outcomes in Charleston, and throughout South Carolina.

Here is what makes Medicare Advantage different from traditional Medicare and why it can have such a profound impact on healthcare—it’s about being cared for before you get sick. Studies?show seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans have one-third fewer emergency room visits and almost a quarter fewer hospital stays than those enrolled in traditional Medicare. With Medicare Advantage, there is a focus on preventative, total care, which is what seniors need most.

As a nurse practitioner who cares for seniors throughout the Southeastern Coast, I know that Medicare Advantage is without question the best health plan for Charleston’s seniors.

During one of my recent home visits to a member, a kind gentleman in his early eighties, I noted that his heart rate was alarmingly low. I knew it was a dire situation that required a doctor immediately, so I called the paramedics and after they rushed him to the hospital for evaluation, a pacemaker was implanted.

During his recovery, he called me to express his gratitude for the actions that ended up saving his life – truly his thanks is to his Medicare Advantage plan. Without it, I wouldn’t have been there for a routine well visit.

With Medicare open enrollment—the time of year when you can make changes to your Medicare coverage—coming to a close December 7, I hope to call your attention to all the health benefits you should and could be receiving from your provider. This week, consider Medicare Advantage, which I truly believe is the best option for seniors.

Let’s get South Carolina – and our beautiful Charleston – back on track with better health outcomes so that our seniors can take advantage of all that our city has to offer, for many years to come. Spread the word to your family and friends: Medicare Advantage is the plan that provides the care our beloved seniors need, when they need it most. I hope you’ll help us get more people signed up.

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Remembering the Charleston Nine: 13 Years Later…Still Never Forgotten; Forever in our hearts

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By Mark A. Leon

Today, June 18, marks the ninth (12th) anniversary of death of nine courageous firefighters who lost their lives in a devastating furniture store fire.  So often a community is defined by its food, architecture, activities and geography.

For Charleston, SC, its people truly define its legacy and its ability to survive and grow.

Charleston was the setting of the first shots of the American Civil War and a city so rich in early colonial history that we cannot turn a street corner without seeing a cobblestone road, a home where General George Washington slept, the first opera house in the US, a site of slave auctioning and plantations that helped the US economy flourish.

Yet, twelve years ago, on June 18, 2007, nine firefighters sacrificed their lives immortalizing themselves in Charleston’s rich history.  They were gentleman, fisherman, church-going family men, military vets, artists and friends.  One of those brave men often said he would retire from the fire department and replace legendary Summerville high school coach John McKissick.

Today, these brave men continue to rest in our hearts.  As citizens and community members who rest at night knowing hundreds like them protect us from the dangers around, we reflect and remember the unselfish acts of courage of Brad, Mike, Melvin, James, Michael, William, Mark, Louis and Brandon.

To all of you, we honor.

For those that did not know them, here is a little bit about them that will give a little warmth during this somber time:

Bradford “Brad” Baity — Engineer 19
Baity is remembered as a soft-spoken man with a dry sense of humor. An engineer at Station 16, he was quick to help others, friends and strangers. Baity had been with the department for nine years before the fire. His buddies say he was intelligent — very good with computers. In addition to being a firefighter, the 37-year-old also worked as a stagehand at playhouses in the area, including the Gaillard Municipal Auditorium. He left behind a wife, daughter and son.

Mike Benke — Captain 16
Captain Mike Benke, age 49, was a 29-year veteran of the fire service. He was a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and liked to take his son fishing. He was a local soccer coach, and his nickname around the firehouse was “Cappy.” Like many firefighters, Benke had a second job. He did inventory for Sears. Benke was a Charleston native, and his friends say he never got mad about anything. He is also described by those who were close to him as a dedicated family man, devoted husband and father.

Melvin Champaign — Firefighter 16
Melvin Champaign was a 46-year-old Army veteran and aspiring pastor. The Tae Kwan Do black belt was still fairly new to the Charleston Fire Department. He was a native of James Island and spent time working on the West Coast before returning to the Charleston area. He was known for his smile and his fashion sense. Coworkers say they will never forget his showing up for training wearing a leather hat with a feather in it. Champaign left behind a teenage daughter and two younger boys in Washington state.

James “Earl” Drayton — Firefighter 19
The 32-year veteran of the Charleston Fire Department was the oldest of the nine firefighters killed in the Sofa Super Store Fire. Drayton was known by generations of firefighters, and many at Station 19 in West Ashley and around the community called the 56-year-old “Old School.” He had a reputation of being well-dressed and meticulously washing his black Chrysler. He retired three times from the CFD, each time, his wife says, they asked him to come back.

Michael French — Engineer 5
French was a 27-year-old engineer with the Charleston Fire Department. At the time of the Sofa Super Store fire, he had been with the department for 1.5 years. An Eadyville native, he began his firefighting career as a volunteer with the Pine Ridge Rural Fire Department outside Summerville. Before coming to the CFD, he worked with the St. Andrews Fire Department. French’s friends say he enjoyed boating and talked a lot about his 5-year-old daughter.

William “Billy” Hutchinson, III — Captain 19
Billy Hutchinson was a captain with 30 years of service. He is described as a man of good nature and sports enthusiast who at age 48 still loved to play golf and shoot hoops. He was known for being a great firefighter, but he was also known as the go-to guy for a haircut. At $2 a pop, he would cut the hair of fellow firefighters — a skill he carried over from his second job at Williams Barber Shop in Goose Creek. Hutchinson was married and had three children.

Mark Kelsey — Captain 5
Kelsey was an engineer with 12.5 years of service. Described as a gruff Navy veteran who “told it like it is.” His coworkers say he had a loud voice and describe it as the hardest thing in the Ashley River Fire Department station. The 40-year-old was known for taking rookies under his wing. A native of Indiana, he came to Charleston with the Navy and never left. Kelsey had a custom motorcycle that he rode rain or shine and left behind a teenage son.

Louis Mulkey — Captain 15
Louis Mulkey lived and breathed Green Wave sports. Local firefighters often openly joked Mulkey would one day quit fighting fires and succeed legendary coach John McKissick. Mulkey was a coach for the school’s JV football team and was known for his competitiveness. Family members of the 34-year-old describe him as brave. Mulkey worked as a firefighter for 11.5 years, and according to his family, it was his love. Mulkey left behind a wife.

Brandon Thompson — Firefighter 5
A native of Mobile, Alabama, Thompson was a 4-year veteran of the Charleston Fire Department with 11 years of fire service experience. Those close to him say he was always looking for a grant to purchase a thermal imaging camera for the Pine Ridge Rural Fire Department, where he volunteered for 11 years and was captain. At the time of his death, the 27-year-old was planning to be married. The ceremony was to take place on October 7th on Folly Beach.

*Biographies provided by ABC News 4

Simple Acts of Kindness Remind Us of the Warmth of Charleston

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Love in Charleston

By Mark A. Leon

Being intimately engulfed in the Charleston landscape, I can attest there is something special here that embodies the core principles of friendliness.

I would like to share six (6) very personal accounts.  These testimonies are just a snapshot of the remarkable Charleston stories that fill the air all around these parts.

Charleston Love and Kindness Can Be Felt All Around

Neighborhood Flood Relief:  I lived on the corner of Morris Street and Rutledge Avenue when I first moved to Charleston.  Being new to the area, downtown flooding was more of a myth than a reality.  One afternoon, while working from home, I was taken back by a steady downpour beating against my window.  Perhaps it was a feeling or just the need to take a break, but I put on my best weather proof clothes and went outside.  The corner of Morris and Smith had become a river and many cars were trapped in the mayhem.  Myself and several neighbors, without hesitation, went car by car helping drivers push their vehicle from the ravage flooded area.  It was a gesture of neighborly support and one of the first truly unwavering acts of generosity I had experienced here.

The Day After Mother Emanuel AME:  On the Thursday morning after the Mother Emanuel shooting, I went to the Battery to watch the sunrise and clear my head, allowing time to process what had transpired just a few hours earlier.  It was ten minutes after six in the morning, the sky was clear, early humidity filled the air with a thick warmth and all was quiet.  I said hello to some passing joggers and then sat on a bench at White Point Garden.  A wonderfully sweet local walked by with her dog and sat next to me.  Her companion, an older canine pressed up against my leg, laid down and nestled by me.  The woman began to talk, not about the shooting, but the morning, her love of dogs and the neighborhood.  After she departed, two other ladies came by asking about my faith and gave me information pamphlets.  They smile and walked away.  I don’t know if they knew and weren’t ready to talk about it, but I took comfort in those very early conversations with the backdrop of the rising sun over the harbor to symbolize a new beginning.

A Fallen Baby Bird:  On a spring morning, I met a friend for an early morning walk and coffee at White Point Garden.  We were saddened to see that a baby bird had fallen from its nest and injured itself.  A local area doctor, while walking his dog, saw the wounded bird as well and offered to get a box and mesh to transport it.  He went home a few blocks away and returned with the transport material.  We carefully put the frightened bird in the box and I offered to take it to a Vet in West Ashley that we were fortunate to find open.  This incredibly selfless doctor who had a scheduled surgery did everything he could to help us until he was forced to the hospital.  I received a call later that day from the veterinarian’s office that they had to put the bird down.  All I could do was think about the sound of the scared bird as I drove to West Ashley and knowing it was its last moments.  Then I remembered the kindness of three people who put their lives aside to try and save this newborn bird.

A Moment of Humanity for a Homeless Man – It was a Sunday morning in December, 2017 and I will on King Street at 8:45 AM awaiting the City Church Service at the Charleston Music Farm.  A homeless man, bundled up and pushing a grocery cart, was on the sidewalk heading South.  As he slowly moved in front of the Glazed Doughnut Shop and took a rest, a student noticed him.  He quickly bought a doughnut and cup of coffee and walked outside to present to the homeless man.  They shook hands, exchanged a few kind words and then the student went back inside as the homeless man warmed up and put food in his tummy.  It was a heartwarming moment amount two strangers at very different places in life.

A Surfer’s Smile Can Change Your Day – Just a few weeks ago, I had just had Turkish Coffee a Center Street Coffee on Folly Beach and then walked to the beach to watch the waves and do some meditative activities.  A young surfer, about 5’2″, curly red hair and a smile that could move all the clouds that morning, asked me for assistance taking her board out of her bag (chalk had made it stick).  I helped her and she smiled.  About 10 minutes later, she entered the sand with her board over her head and as she walked near me she smiled and said hey.  That exchange gave me such a fulfilling feeling.  I later went into The Tides, got a paper and pen, and wrote that surfer a thank you note for making my day with just a simple smile.

A Baby Sea Turtle Rescue StoryIt was last summer, on an early morning sunrise walk on Folly Beach that we discovered a baby sea turtle with a limp front leg.  Nelson (our name for him), had hatched just a few hours earlier, but with the injury did not have the strength to make it into the ocean with the tide coming in.  We contacted Animal Control and the Aquarium and were instructed to assist Nelson into the ocean.  We did and later found out he was the only survivor of all the eggs that were laid in that spot.  Click the link for the entire story.

These are just a few of the hundreds of Charleston stories.  The country witnessed our unwavering resolve during the Mother Emanuel Shooting, Hurricane Matthew, Hurricane Irma and the 1000 Year Rains, but it is the very personal individual stories and acts of kindness that go without credit that illuminates this city.

Take some time to sit down with the locals and listen to their stories.  You will understand truly how much this award means to us.

We would love to hear your stories.

To All Our Veterans, We Salute and Thank You – Personal Commentary

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By Mark A. Leon

Today is a day of reflection and love for hundreds of thousands who have served or waited for their loved ones to return home from domestic and foreign lands.? It is a day we all experience in a different way. For some, it is filled with sadness of the loss of a loved one or happiness because of the sacrifices made to preserve freedom throughout the world.

Whether you reflect on this day in silence or cheer, take a moment to remember. Remember the honor, dedication, sacrifice and commitment.

As a history major in my undergraduate days, I had the honor of studying under some of the most knowledgeable academic minds on the topic of history of the United States and foreign nations. I have taken that knowledge with me as I continue to see the world around me.

Each day, I wear the military dog tags of my father. He is still healthy and vibrant and I value every moment I spend with him; but I display it with pride for the dedication and commitment he gave to his family and his country. I may not have been born at the time or even a thought in his mind, but I know somewhere in Europe, he thought about his future and now that future is the present and I am a very important part of it.

When I think of Tim and Necia and their three children, I cannot help but sentimental at the story of their love. Two Air Force specialists who met in basic training, fought for the lives of others thousands of miles away and found their way into each others arms amid bloodshed and tears years later. Now as I see the unconditional love they provide to their children, I can only smile and embrace how I am fortunate to have them in my life as well.

Two years ago, I lost my Uncle Murray Passo, one of the most decorated World War II soldiers I have ever known.? He was a quiet, but proud man, who rarely spoke of the war, his injuries or the lives he saved stepping into open gunfire.? As I uncovered his medals and pictures, I saw a story unfold.? Though most don’t share the terrors they faced, we know and I am thankful we have a day dedicated to them.

To my father, Necia, Tim, Murray and some many more that have affected our lives, thank you. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and my life.

Charleston Solar Eclipse Two Year Later – A Look Back

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Two years ago today, August 21, 2017, the country got swept up in a rare celestial event and at the heart was Charleston South Carolina.? The total solar eclipse that had all of us staring at the sky just after 2:00 PM was a life time event for many.

Businesses closed, couples got married, we rallied in parks and beaches with neighbors and friends and frantically looked for the right glasses.

Even up to the event day, the weather was uncertain, but the gift from the angels made it possible to be part of this rare event.

It truly was a day we will never forget.

Here is a look back in pictures and video

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Charleston, SC Time Machine – Photographs From the Past

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Once again, we have dug into the archives of Charleston, South Carolina’s history and uncovered a photographic time capsule.? Some of these memories are subtle family moments, some of the historic significance and some will just have you smiling remembering a different time in Charleston.? Kick back and take in each photograph.? See what memory it brings back to you.

Welcome to the Charleston, SC Time Machine.? Get comfortable.

Charleston Archive Photos

Morris Island Lighthouse before the erosion

Charleston, SC Firefighters taken between 1855 – 1865

Sullivan’s Island, S.C. Lieutenant Comdr. Edward Barrett and Lieutenant Cornelius N. Schoonmaker

Folly Beach – 1946

Confederate Currency

Morris Island Beach 1863

Gullah Geechee Civil Rights Leader Septima P. Clark Founder Citizenship Schools on historic Johns Island

Group of African Americans in Charleston, SC – 1860

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The Battery – Post Civil War

Charleston RiverDogs Playing Card

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1960’s Charleston families waving goodbye

Ashley Plaza Advertisement

Bus in Charleston, SC – 1960’s

North Charleston Burger King – 1960’s

Children Fishing at Colonial Lake

The Citadel – 1950’s

You have to admit, that was a fun ride.

Back to the time machine to the present day.? We hope you continue to remember the past fondly in our Charleston, SC home.

Volunteer Opportunities in the Lowcountry – Get Involved

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There are organizations all around the Lowcountry whose success is based on volunteers that generously give their time and resources to helping others. Here are a few of the organizations that could use a few good people like you!!!

A great resource for short term volunteer opportunities is VolunteerMatch.com.? There are currently 183 locals matches in the Charleston, SC area.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The South Carolina Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation organizes events to raise money for “CF” research. We host many events throughout the year as well as raise awareness in the community.

Address? 215 East Bay Street, Suite 205B, Charleston, SC 29401
Contact? Erin Healy

Phone? (843) 722-6460

Website? http://www.cff.org

National MS Society

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society funds more MS research, offers more services to people with MS, provides more professional education programs and advances more MS advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world. Through its home office and fifty-state network of chapters, the National MS Society provides assistance to over a million people annually in its continuing mission to end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis.

Address? 9801 Southern Pine Blvd. Suite I, Charlotte, NC 28273

Contact? Linda Vanderbosch

Phone? 800-344-4867, option 2

Fax? 704-527-0406

Website? http://www.nationalmssociety.org/ncp

Seacoast Dream Center

The Dream Center, part of Seacoast Church’s North Charleston campus, is modeled after the Los Angeles Dream Center, which has proven to reduce crime in the community by 70%. To give significance to this percentage here are some disturbing statistics regarding North Charleston.

Address? 5505 North Rhett Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29406

Contact? Amie Heath

Phone? 843-375-1099

Website? http://www.seacoast.org/campushome.asp?pageID=795

Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities

Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. (P&A) is a resource where individuals in South Carolina obtain quality information and referral about disability rights, enabling people with disabilities to be effective self-advocates.

Address ?3710 Landmark Drive, Suite 208, Columbia, SC 29204
Contact? Kimberly Tissot

Phone? 803-217-6728

Fax? 803-790-1946

Website? http://www.protectionandadvocacy-sc.org/

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Respite Care Ministries

Respite Care Ministries is a groupd of respite programs designed specifically for people with memory loss and their caregivers.

Address 405 King St, Charleston, SC 29401

Contact ?Allison Menick

Phone ?843-478-2796

Muscular Dystrophy Association

MDA combats neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive medical and community services, and far-reaching professional and public health education.

Address? 29 Leinbach Drive Suite D-5, Charleston, SC 29407

Contact? Jolie Pegg

Phone? 843-556-3654

Fax? 843-556-7826

Website? http://www.mdausa.org

Lowcountry Earth Force

Now is the time to foster a scientifically capable and civically engaged populace. Through Earth Force young people get hands-on, real-world opportunities to practice civic skills, acquire and understand environmental knowledge, and develop the skills and motivation to become life-long leaders in addressing environmental issues.

Address P.O. Box 22583, Charleston, SC 29413

Contact Kelli Beltran

Phone 843-720-8525

Fax 843-720-1432

Website http://www.earthforce.org/charleston

Goodwill Industries

Goodwill Industries is the primary community resource for training and employment of people seeking economic independence and improved quality of life.

Address? 2150 Eagle Drive, Building 100, North Charleston, SC 29406
Contact Erin Burneyko

Phone (843) 566-0072

Fax (843) 566-0062

Website http://www.PalmettoGoodwill.org

SC Maritime Heritage Foundation

To offer a unique educational platform for students in the Palmetto state, encouraging responsibility, teamwork, and other attributes necessary to become future leaders, while unearthing South Carolina’s maritime past.

Address 10 Wharfside Street, PO Box 22405, Charleston, SC 29401

Contact Christine Haigh

Phone 843/722-1030

Website http://www.scmaritime.org

Charleston County GAL Program

According to the South Carolina Department of Social Services, there were 548 Charleston County children living in foster care on June 30, 2007 . Our volunteers work with these vulnerable children to help them find safe, permanent, nurturing homes as quickly as possible. We work one-on-one with children to learn as much as we can about them, and help them find safety and security by providing advocacy and support.

Address P.O. Box 296, Charleston, SC 29402

Contact Charlene Gadsden

Phone (843) 958-4350

Fax (843) 958-4357

Website http://charleston.scgal.org

Hospice Care of America

Provides one on one care to patients and their families in the home setting. Some volunteer activities may include: running errands; reading to patient; singing to patient; doing crafts with patient; listening to patient and caregiver; providing companionship.

Address 9217 University Blvd, Suite C1D, North Charleston, SC 29406

Carolina Lowcountry Chapter of the American Red Cross

Nonprofit organization utilizing volunteers in Armed Forces Emergency Services, International Services, Disaster Services, Health & Safety, Volunteer & Youth Services, Blood Services, & RSVP.

Address 8085 Rivers Avenue, Suite F, North Charleston, SC 29406

Contact Lisa Wills

Phone 843-764-2323 Ext 364

Fax 843-764-2318

Website http://www.LowcountryRedCross.org

Charleston Habitat for Humanity

Charleston Habitat for Humanity provides affordable homeownership opportunities for working families of moderate income in the cities of Charleston and North Charleston. Families can qualify for either new homes or home repair programs.

Address 731 Meeting Street, PO Box 21479, Charleston, SC 29403
Contact Laurel Prichard

Phone (843)722-7145

Fax (843)722-7142

Website http://www.charlestonhabitat.org

Carolina Lowcountry RSVP

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) provides opportunities for people 55 and over to make a difference in their community through volunteer service. RSVP volunteers contribute anywhere from a few to over forty hours a week, serving through schools, day care centers, police departments, hospitals and other nonprofit and public organizations to help meet critical community needs.

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8085 Rivers Avenue., Suite F, North Charleston, SC 29406

Contact Pam Dillon

Phone (843) 764-2323 ext. 381

Fax (843) 764-2318

Website http://www.lowcountryredcross.org

Senior Companions

Senior Companions receive not only a tax free stipend and gas allowance but get paid during pre-training and in-service training as well as ten paid holidays. This income does not affect any of your social security or other pensions. In addition, you are providing a vital service to your community that you yourself might need someday. Senior Companions are doing extraordinary things and their service to the elderly gives back more heartfelt love that we can spread around.

Address 259 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401

Contact Thelma Gaillard

Phone (843) 722-4127

Fax (843) 722-3675

Website http://www.charlestonareaseniors.org/seniorcompanion.html

Charleston Area Children’s Garden Project

The Charleston Area Children’s Garden Project works to provide kids with a community-based outdoor learning experience. Most of our gardens are planted in neighborhoods where problems such as crime, poor health, or financial hardship are part of everyday life for many youngsters.

Address P.O Box 13302, Charleston, SC 29412

Contact Darlena Goodwin

Phone 843-478-3748

Website http://www.childrensgardenproject.org

The Sustainability Institute

The Sustainability Institute is a nonprofit environmental organization with a focus on energy conservationadn the built environment. We pursue our mission by offering a variety of services and programs. Our programs include workshops, trainings, and community outreach dedicated to teaching homeowners, building professionals, and community leaders the benefits of sustainability and environmentally conscious practices.

Address 1441 East Montague Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405
Contact Renee Patey

Phone 843-529-3421

Website http://www.sustainabilityinstitutesc.org

SCMF final logo copyPeople Against Rape

PAR provides free intervention and advocacy services for adult and child victims of sexual assault, adult survivors of childhood sexual assault, and victims of domestic violence. PAR also helps families and friends learn how to provide support to victims.

Address 2154 N. Center Street Suite 302, N. Charleston, SC 29406

Contact Volunteer Coordinator

Phone 843-745-0144

Fax 843-745-0119

Website http://www.peopleagainstrape.org

Communities in Schools

Communities In Schools works within the schools to help at-risk youth stay in school and be successful.

Address MSC 1201, 701 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29403

Contact Courtney Winders

Phone (843) 720-2346

Fax (843) 720-2338

Website http://www.CISCharleston.org

East Cooper Community Outreach

ECCO provides food, clothing, dental, medical, education and financial help to assist our clients out of generational and situational poverty.

Address 1145 Six Mile Rd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466
Contact Paul Suchy

Phone 843-849-9220

Fax 843-849-0943

Website http://www.eccocharleston.org/site/c.8pLJLVPxEaLSH/b.8343465/k.BE7D/Home.htm

Noble Ones Bully Breed Rescue

We are a rescue dedicated to the rehabilitation and re-homing of abandoned, stray, and neglected bully breed dogs. Noble Ones Bully Breed Rescue hopes to transform the undeserved negative image that society has of these animals through education.

Address Ladson, SC 29456

Contact Jennifer Lopez

Phone 843-771-3997

Website http://www.NOBBR.org

Crisis Ministries

Each year 2,000-3,000 volunteers help Crisis Ministries provide the basic human needs of food, shelter and hope to the hungry and homeless in the Charleston community.

Address 573 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29413-0038

Contact Brad Cashman

Phone 843-723-9477

Website http://cooper.palmettosoft.com/~chashome/

Trident United Way

Trident United Way invested more than $1 million on programs that measurably help children succeed in school.

Address 6296 Rivers Avenue North Charleston, SC 29406

Phone (843) 740-9000

Website http://www.tuw.org

American Cancer Society Hope Lodge – Carol Grotnes Belk Campus

The Hope Lodge offers room and board to cancer patients and families of cancer patients with extended hospital stay in downtown Charleston.? It is run and operated by volunteers that offer time and resources to maintain the facility.

Address 269 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Phone (843) 958-0930

Website http://www.cancer.org/treatment/supportprogramsservices/hopelodge/charleston/charleston-about-our-facility

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Guide to Charleston Area Farmer’s Markets

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We love our farmer’s markets.? Fresh produce, homemade food and drinks, live music, handmade soaps, honey, smiles, clothes and so much more.? It is a lifestyle in the Lowcountry and a weekly event we love to share with neighbors and loved ones.? We love them so much that we nearly have one every day of the week and most area municipalities.

Here is a short guide to help you know when and where to get your farmer’s market on in the Lowcountry

Charleston Area Farmer’s Market Guide

Charleston Farmer’s Market – Marion Square, Charleston, SC – Every Saturday from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

The Workshop – 1503 King Street, Charleston, SC – Every Saturday from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Year Round – Indoor)

Lowcountry Farmer’s Market at Tanger Outlets4840 Tanger Outlet Blvd, North Charleston, SC 29418 – Every Saturday at 9:00 AM (March 16 – December 19, 2019)

West Ashley Farmer’s Market – Ackerman Park, 55 Sycamore Avenue, West Ashley, SC – Every Wednesday from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Hanahan Farmer’s Market – 1601 Eagle Landing Blvd, Hanahan, SC – Thursdays from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Folly Beach Farmer’s Market – Folly River Park, Folly Beach, SC – Every Monday from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

John’s Island Farmer’s Market – 2024 Academy Road, John’s Island, SC (New Location for 2017) – Every Saturday from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

James Island Sunday Brunch Farmer’s Market – 1977 Maybank Highway (Behind The Pour House), James Island, SC – Every Sunday from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Isle of Palms Farmer’s Market – 1 14th Avenue, Isle of Palms, South Carolina 29451 – Every Thursday from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

James Island Farmers Market – The Town Market on James Island – 871 Fort Johnson Rd (The James Island Youth Soccer Club Fields) Year round – Every Saturday 9:00 AM -1:00 PM

Daniel Island Farmer’s Market – Seven Farms Drive (In Front of Volvo Cup Arena) – Every Thursday from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Mount Pleasant Farmer’s Market – Farmers Market Pavilion on Coleman Boulevard (Moultrie Middle School), Mount Pleasant, SC – Every Tuesday from 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM

North Charleston Farmer’s Market – Felix C Davis Community Center, 4800 Park Circle, North Charleston, SC – Every Thursday from 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Sullivan’s Island Farmer’s Market – 1921 I’On Avenue (In Front of Poe Library) – Every Thursday from 2:30 PM – 7:00 PM – April 4 – June 27

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