Issue 6.25 | Monday, April 21, 2014
Carolina ranks 34th in volunteerism
APRIL 21, 2014 -- Wanna Sikes is a busy. working grandmother with one child and two grandkids ages 13 and 10 living in her home. But she finds time to volunteer with Pinewood Preparatory School, Habitat for Humanity, Roscoe Reading, Junior Achievement, Berkeley County Kids Who Care and Trident United Way. A new study finds that there were nearly a million of us like Wanna volunteering in our communities across the state last year.
But Wanna is still in the minority: three quarters of adults in the Lowcountry reported that they didn't volunteer even once.
for National & Community Service's annual Volunteering
and Civic Life in America found that South Carolina is behind the
national average in volunteering, ranking 34th among the 50 states and
the District of Columbia.
At the same time, more than half of us contribute money to charity, providing the resources to help more children graduate high school, more families raise themselves out of poverty and more individuals lead a healthy lifestyle in the Lowcountry.
As the coordinator of volunteer activities in the community, Trident United Way's 2-1-1 Hotline has a comprehensive database of volunteer opportunities with hundreds of area non-profits. In the past decade, this service has helped connect thousands of volunteers with non-profit organizations in need. The hotline can be accessed by dialing 2-1-1 or visiting tuw.org.
community has some of the most innovative non-profits in the nation; from
Metanoia, a community development organization on the cutting edge of
asset-based development; to Wings for Kids, a pioneer in social-emotional
learning; to national leaders in the Food Bank and United Way systems,"
said Chris Kerrigan, CEO of Trident
the nation, we put in 7.9 billion hours of service, valued at $175 billion.
Notably, volunteers are almost twice as likely to donate to charities
as non-volunteers, according to this study.
study has ramifications for area non-profits. It demonstrates that engaging
volunteers can lead to donations down the road. Windwood Family Services
has been notable in capitalizing on Trident United Way's Day of Caring
by developing long-term relationships with businesses and their employees.
After a Day of Caring project at C.C. Blaney Elementary School a few years
ago, Rick Hendrick Imports and its staff began contributing regularly
to the school, building, painting and raising needed items for the children
who attend and their families.
Here are some highlights of the study:
The study also found that 46 percent of South Carolina's volunteering is for faith-based organizations. That compares to just 24 percent in Connecticut and 25 percent in Alaska.
Ways help South Carolina in a million ways
2014 -- If you ever wanted proof that South Carolinians have a lot of
basic, unmet needs, just look at what the state's United Ways are doing.
year, the United Way Association of South Carolina and two affiliates
that run the free statewide 2-1-1 helpline are expected to handle a million
calls from people. Yep. A million calls for help.
the calls, United Ways link people to help with health care needs, food,
clothing and shelter -- areas that directly meet the organization's mission,
said UWASC director Tim Ervolina of Columbia.
association has built a powerful statewide help database that includes
17,000 services offered by more than 4,000 public, private and non-profit
organizations. Through three call centers -- one in Columbia that handles
2-1-1 calls from 40
counties, one in Aiken (three counties) and one in Charleston (three counties)
-- more than 80 paid staff members and volunteers field calls from people
who need everything from a warm bed for the night to a meal to help with
daunting task, Ervolina said, but one that allows the United Way to focus
on individuals while breaking down silos of help typical at many agencies
and organizations. Furthermore, the association applies private-sector
entrepreneurial lessons to manage three basic kinds of help calls:
of Blythewood, a licensed master social worker who handles some of the
more difficult cases, remembers one call in particular. A woman with obsessive-compulsive
disorder hardly ever left her home. She called to say she was going to
end her life by eating all of her pills. It was quickly clear she was
very lonely, Lilly said.
how she told the woman that she wanted to provide assistance, but wouldn't
do so until the woman got her pills out of the room. The woman, who didn't
identify herself so that Lilly could send help from authorities, put away
the pills and talked for 20 minutes. She promised she would call again
if she felt suicidal.
didn't know if she would keep her promise," Lilly said. "When
she called back, I felt really relieved," adding that the woman called
two or three times a week to deal with her loneliness.
listening is a skill that we all need to have here."
As a state,
we're lucky our United Ways provide much-needed support to so many people
who have nowhere else to go. After spending time at a call center, it's
clear more work is needed to increase capacity by state government and
nonprofits to meet the basic needs of South Carolinians.
have more need than availability of services," Ervolina said.
Our high-poverty state prides itself on being charitable. But what's so frustrating -- and challenging -- is how much more work we all have to do.
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in Lake City offers something for the whole family
APRIL 21, 2014 -- Last year, Pluff Mud Kids trekked to Lake City on a day trip to investigate a brand new twist on art and design. For the grand opening of this new and unusual art festival, the creative team behind ArtFields pulled out all the stops to reimagine Lake City as a giant museum, spreading art across every surface, wall and nook and cranny in everyday spaces such as shops and restaurants.
That out-of-the-box thinking encouraged children and families to walk right up and be involved and immersed in the art, which was one of the aspects that most appealed to my children.
Leaving their thoughts written on a wall at the "Before I Die" installation was empowering and helping spray paint a massive wall mural alongside real artists was a thrill for 9 year olds. My kids were able to see and understand sculpture, photography, the texture of oil paint, the art of graffiti and the idea that anything and everything can be created from basic materials and creative brain power.
Another key point to engage your children throughout the day is through participation in the voting process for their favorite works of art. Your votes count toward big cash prizes awarded to winning participating artists. With the addition of food and music and beautifully-designed gallery spaces, your family can spend an entire day peacefully wandering the small campus of Lake City. (There is also a free shuttle service this year which is helpful for families with small children).
come away deeply inspired and perhaps find new ways to tempt the creativity
in your child.
The following are highlights to look forward to for this year's festival which commences April 25 and runs through May 4:
more about our experience last year at ArtFields, click
here. For tickets, directions and other general information, visit
the ArtFields website here. Lake City is located in Florence county, 89
miles from Charleston.
announces "Stand Up Friday" rally, workshop on April 25
called "Stand Together Acclaim a New Day" will include numerous
human rights groups. It is free.
County's Summer Youth Employment program takes applications
Summer months are around the corner and Charleston County Government is again offering the Summer Youth Employment Program.
The program provides teenagers and young adults who reside in Charleston County an opportunity to develop workplace readiness skills, provide exposure to a professional environment and gain experience in the operations of county government.
"Last year's program was so successful that it was an easy decision to bring it back again this year," said Teddie E. Pryor Sr., chairman of Charleston County Council. "The abundance of applications we received showed us there is a serious need for summer employment opportunities in our county."
The program runs from June 16 to August 1. Students will be working 20 hours a week. The county expects to be able to fund up to 100 students who want to get work experience this summer, according to a press release. The goal is for students to obtain summer employment and explore the various career opportunities that exist within County departments, while gaining critical workforce skills.
Student eligibility requirements for the Summer Youth Employment Program are:
"The Summer Youth Employment Program will provide opportunities for teens and young adults to have a meaningful employment experience working alongside Charleston County professional staff and to develop work place readiness skills that will serve them throughout their career and academic endeavors," said Patricia Henley, who coordinates the program for the county.
Below Stairs is a brutally honest memoir about the author's life in domestic service in early twentieth-century England. A kitchen maid at 13, Powell worked her way up to the best job in the house, Cook, by age 18. The author portrays this life in a surprisingly objective way, considering how much she actually disliked it. Powell also humorously relates her trials and tribulations in finding a husband while working long hours for the "gentry." The writers of Downton Abbey, the wildly popular PBS series, took much inspiration from Powell's book. It is a very interesting, quick read. If you enjoy this subject, she wrote a follow-up called Servants' Hall: A Real Life 'Upstairs, Downstairs' Romance.
Artist Jasper Johns was born in Augusta, Georgia, on May 15, 1930, probably because its hospital was the closest one to Allendale, South Carolina, where his parents were living. His father, William Jasper Johns, was a farmer and former lawyer who divorced his mother, Jean Riley, by the time the artist was three years old.
Johns spent his childhood with various family members in Allendale, Columbia, Batesburg, and Sumter, where he graduated from high school in 1947. He attended the University of South Carolina from September 1947 until December 1948, when he moved to New York. In May 1951 he was inducted into the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Jackson until he was sent to Japan during the Korean War. Upon his discharge he moved to Manhattan and resided there until the mid-1990s, with regular sojourns spent at Edisto Beach, South Carolina (1961-1966), Saint Martin, French West Indies (1969-), and Stony Point, Long Island (1974-1991).
In 1954 Johns destroyed all of his previous work and began two of his signature series: the flag and the target. Four years later his career had clearly been launched: the prestigious Leo Castelli Gallery began to handle his art, the Museum of Modern Art acquired several of his works, and he represented the United States at the Venice Biennale.
Johns is a pivotal figure of twentieth-century American art, occupying a critical position that mediates Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Minimalism. Like the latter, he is interested in art materials; he is proficient in a variety of media, including drawing and lithography, oil and encaustic painting, and collage and assemblage. Using commonplace subjects-such as the American flag, numbers, or a beer can-he discharges a fundamental tenet of his art: "Take an object. / Do something to it. / Do something else to it."
Johns's career falls into three broad periods: early work characterized by great detachment, abstract work from the early 1960s and 1970s that often emphasizes patterns, and imagery from the 1980s that is more personal and based on early recollections. For example, he incorporated symbols relating to his step-grandmother in several paintings emblematic of his childhood, and in 1992 he employed a floor plan of his grandfather's house in Allendale.
later the Museum of Modern Art organized Jasper Johns: A Retrospective,
which attempted to identify his sources, present his biography and achievements,
and assess his place in modern art. In the accompanying catalogue, curator
Kirk Varnedoe acknowledged Johns's influential role: "Johns's presence
can be felt at or near the origin point of virtually every generative
idea of importance in avant-garde painting and sculpture in America for
McLeod park's groundbreaking
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ONLY, Fun Home: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., April 21, Memminger Auditorium,
56 Beaufain St., Charleston. The off-Broadway musical "Fun Home,"
based on the book that's become controversial at the College of Charleston,
will have two shows with many of the award-winning musical's original
cast. Tickets: $15. More.
CofC Concert Choir: 8 p.m., April 21, Grace Episcopal Church, 98 Wentworth Street, Charleston. The College of Charleston Concert Choir will offer its spring performance -- free for students; $10 for others. This year's concert will include music by Charles Ives, Pierre de Manchicourt, Johannes Brahms, Rheinberger and Eric Barnum.
Charleston Music Fest: 8 p.m., April 22, Recital Hall, Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Phillip St., Charleston. The College of Charleston School of the Arts will stage its season finale, From Baroque to the Romantics, with a stellar collection of musicians. Pieces to be performed are by Tchaikovsky, Handel, Chausson and more. Tickets are $30. More.
film screening: 7 p.m., April 23, Charleston Music Hall, 37
John Street, Charleston. The Lead Safe America Foundation and local groups
are hosting a documentary on lead poisoning, followed by a conversation
with the film's director. The film, "MisLEAD: America's Secret Epidemic"
outlines how lead paint is still in many historic homes and has toxic
effects. Free. More.
Bowling for Good: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., April 24, The Alley, 131 Columbus St., Charleston. Teams of four to six people will bowl for 1.5 hours to help support healthy babies and responsible mothers to benefit the Florence Crittenton Programs of S.C. Registration is $400.
(NEW) Shakespeare's Birthday: 7 p.m., April 24, Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street, Charleston. Celebrate William Shakespeare's 450th birthday with a performance by the Charleston Renaissance Ensemble and commentary by Nan Morrison. Tickets are $20 for members; $30 for non-members. More.
Where the Wild Things Run 5K: 8:30 a.m., April 26, Caw Caw Interpretive Center, Ravenel. The race through the beautiful settings of the park is for ages 10 and up. There are free activities for kids starting at age 6. Online registration is open here.
Day Festival: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 26, Riverfront Park,
North Charleston. The 15th annual event will include an art contest, introduction
of the county's new environmental management mascot, music and more.
(NEW) Festival of Choirs: Starts at 1:30 p.m. and with 5 p.m. finale, April 26, Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St., Charleston. The 6th annual event is a one-day festival and will feature renowned conductor Craig Jessop, former music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Free. More.
signing: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., April 27, Blue Bicycle Books, King
Street, Charleston. Folly Beach resident Penny Travis will sign copies
of her book, "Kabul Classroom: A Memoir of an American Teacher in
E-Waste Recycling Rally: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 8, parking lot near North Charleston City Hall, 2401 Mall Drive, North Charleston. Verizon employees will host an electronics recycling rally for local residents and small businesses that want to recycle old computers, monitors, TVs, computer cables and all sorts of electronic devices as well as glass, plastic and aluminum (no hazardous waste or things containing fluids). Random participants will get prizes.
Musical cabaret: 8 p.m. May 9, and 8 p.m., May 10, with companion events starting an hour earlier. Location: James F. Dean Community Theatre, Summerville. Singers of Summerville and the Flowertown Players will offer a musical cabaret-style fundraiser with "What I Did for Love: 100 years of Show Tunes." More.
Happily Ever After: 2 p.m. May 10, Charleston Music Hall, Charleston. Charleston Ballet Theatre is bringing "Happily Ever After -- A Tale of Dancing Princesses" to the city as its spring production. Tickets are $12-$30. More.
(NEW) Art in the Park: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., May 11; and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., May 22, Old Towne Creek County Park, West Ashley. Artists of all skill levels ages 12 and up are invited to participate in this plein air painting opportunity in what will once become a full-time county park. Cost: $40 for county residents. More.
RiverDogs Re-opening: 5:15 p.m., May 27, Riley Stadium, Charleston. Because opening night was rained out last week, the Charleston RiverDogs will conduct opening night festivities in the middle of the season -- on May 27. This second opening night will include fireworks, cheerleaders, a marching band and much more.
Westmark, photography exhibits: Through July 13, Gibbes Museum, Charleston. The museum will host two special exhibitions to keep a focus on contemporary art. "John Westmark: Narratives" explores the human figure in the Factor Prize-winning artist's large-scale paintings. "Beyond the Darkroom: Photography in the 21st Century" takes a look at photographic works acquired for the museum's permanent collection over the last 10 years. More.
Bird walks: 8:30 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday and Saturday. This is the time of year that a great variety of migrating birds fly through the Lowcountry so what better time to take part in one of the regular early morning bird walks at Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel. Pre-registration is suggested. Cost is $5. Walks also are conducted on James Island and Folly Beach.Learn more online.
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