nonprofits with technology volunteers
Special to Charleston Currents
6, 2011 - "Our computers were donated ... in 1994."
did our Web site, but we can't find him to update it."
are the complaints from many nonprofits in our community. With limited
resources, it's hard to find solutions to these problems. With an
obvious priority of meeting community needs, in-house technology-related
issues are often on the back burner.
this need, some tech people in Charleston talked about what to do.
Early in 2010, Michael Carnell of Palmettobug
Digital and I started the Palmetto
Technology Hub, known as SC Path. Fortunately, we have
a very active tech community and quickly had a number of volunteers
sign up. We've been able to promote the service to nonprofits as
part of my role with
Coastal Community Foundation.
how the service works: Volunteers sign up through the Web site,
listing their areas of expertise, such as networking or Web design.
They also have the opportunity to indicate interest in providing
free group training to nonprofits. Once they sign up, they receive
log-in information to our help desk system.
also visit the Web site to request help. They provide contact information
and a brief description of their issue. We have a disclaimer stating
that help is not guaranteed and may not be immediate, so they don't
rely on the service for emergencies. It's all dependent on the availability
the ticket is submitted, all registered volunteers receive an email
notification. A volunteer with the right skill set and time will
take ownership of the case and correspond with the nonprofit about
the need. This is all done within a central helpdesk system so everyone
can see what's happening with a case and other volunteers have the
opportunity to provide their input.
off to a good start and that's due to our committed volunteers.
The Web site was built and is hosted by Michael Carnell at no charge.
The only monetary expense has been some inexpensive business cards
to promote our service. We have several goals for 2011, and invite
the community to support us through time or simply spreading the
in February, we're sending a monthly e-newsletter with tech tips
and upcoming events. You can subscribe at www.scpath.org.
need a creative person to design an official logo for use on the
hope to offer more training. In 2011, we had a session on Twitter
and one on Web sites. Both were well received.
are a few nonprofit and volunteer spotlights in the "News"
section of our site. We'd like to do more of that so people can
know about the great things being accomplished.
finally, a FAQs or resource section. We're providing tips in our
e-newsletter and would like to eventually have a resource section
on the site as well.
if you need assistance or can offer your tech skills to a nonprofit.
We also invite trainers who are willing to share their information
in small group sessions. If you have any suggestions or ideas for
this project, please email your ideas to email@example.com.
Arnoldi is director of information management for the Coastal
Community Foundation of South Carolina.
is back for a third helping this month
By ANN THRASH, contributing editor
6, 2011 - January used to be a slow time in the restaurant business
in Charleston. Not so anymore, thanks to the huge success of
Charleston Restaurant Week. The event made its debut in January
of last year and was such a smash that, rather than wait a full
year for another go-round, the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association
(the event's sponsor) decided to hold an early-fall version, too.
That took place Sept. 8-19 and was likewise a big hit, with more
than 50 restaurants participating.
third Charleston Restaurant Week is right around the corner - it
will take place Jan. 14-22. Restaurants all over the Lowcountry,
from neighborhood joints to white-tablecloth spots, will be offering
some truly exceptional deals - many featuring three courses for
$30 or three courses for $20. Last year, a number of restaurants
were so pleased with the turnout that they extended the special
deals through the end of January, making Restaurant Week a gift
that kept on giving.
neat about Restaurant Week is that even a quick glance at the list
of participating dining spots makes it clear that whether they're
old or new, Charleston or North Charleston, East Cooper or West
Ashley, Folly Beach or Isle of Palms, restaurants all over the area
are behind this event.
a few of the participating places include Husk, Slightly North of
Broad, Pearlz Oyster Bar, the various Wild Wing Cafes, the Sanctuary
at Kiawah, 82 Queen, Rice Market, Fish, Palmetto Ale House, Blu,
Blossom, the Boathouse at Breach Inlet, and the Woodlands. Now that's
really something for everyone.
like the approach taken by one couple I know who have vowed to use
Restaurant Week to try out two or three of the most recently opened
places in town. That's my plan this year, too. One spot we'll be
visiting for sure is Eurasia, a great new restaurant in the Whole
Foods Shopping Center in Mount Pleasant. My mom, sister and I had
lunch there shortly after it opened in early December, and it was
outstanding, so I'm eager to try it for dinner and to introduce
it to my husband.
managing partner, Andy Fallen, has been associated with some of
Charleston's best restaurants in the past 15 years -- including
Peninsula Grill, 39 Rue de Jean, Coast, and Samos Taverna. If my
recent lunch was any indication, Eurasia is well on the way to being
one of Mount Pleasant's top restaurants. Check out its Restaurant
Week menu, which features three courses for $30:
course: a choice of Hot and Sour Soup, Fried East Coast Oysters,
or Chopped Romaine Caesar.
a choice of Gingersnap Crusted Pork Loin, Sauteed Shrimp &
Smoked Gouda Grits, or "Off the Hook 'Rockafella' "
(which is described on Eurasia's regular menu as "daily catch
- fried oysters - creamed spinach with fontina cheese - cherrywood
smoked bacon - stravecchio - mashers").
course: a choice of Country Fair Apple Fritters, Hazelnut
Chocolate Pate, or a scoop of gelato or sorbet.
kind of terrific value and delectable food is what Restaurant Week
is all about. There's a list of all participating restaurants, with
links to the special menu deals they'll be offering, here.
You can also "like" the Restaurant Association's Charleston
Food Festivals page on Facebook
for ongoing updates.
final bit of advice: It's not too early to start making reservations.
Hit that Web site, plot your course, and reserve those tables!
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Charleston Green Business Challenge, co-sponsored by the city and
the Sustainability Institute, continues to build the number of companies
that are participating in the year long experience.
business council: The Chamber of Commerce finally has established
a Council on Green Business, and will have its first meeting in
2011. This is for only members who are involved in green businesses.
or call 843-805-3116 for more information.
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named state's first Storm Ready University
Citadel is the first college in South Carolina to join a small group
of colleges and universities across the Southeast taking the initiative
to prepare an emergency response plan for severe weather.
Ready University is a nationwide program that helps communities
better protect their citizens during severe weather ranging from
tornadoes to tsunamis. The program encourages communities to take
a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations.
Williamson, The Citadel's director of environmental and health safety,
spearheaded the emergency response plan.
qualify for Storm Ready recognition," Williamson said, "the
college had to establish a 24-hour warning point, implement a system
to monitor and receive the severe weather warnings, develop a formal
weather response plan, and regularly promote the importance of readiness
through training and exercises. Essentially, we have overhauled
our emergency response protocol."
Ready University is a volunteer-based program supported by the National
Weather Service and the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration.
set here for New York summer arts program
South of Broadway Theatre Company will hold auditions on Jan.
22 for young artists who want to spend a month-long residency in
New York City this summer.
Summer in the City Auditions will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 11 at
1080 E. Montague Avenue in North Charleston.
artists ages 14-19 who are studying theater, musical instruments,
voice, dance and more are invited to audition. Students selected
for the Summer in the City program will reside at The Julliard School
in New York from June 5 to July 2 while taking master classes and
attending workshops with world-class mentors.
previous SITC mentors have included:
faculty Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music
New York Philharmonic
great Marcus Roberts
School for Film and Television teacher/actor Neal Lerner
management/casting consultant Bob Luke
choreographer Jerry Mitchell
The 2010 Summer in the City participants were (from left) Kaylan
Becker, Ashley Ridge High; Nolan Bateman, School of the Arts;
A.J. Gardner, Wando High; Sasha Lorow, Berkeley High; Jenna
Chandler, Wando; Alexandra Martindale, School of the Arts; Michelle
Query, Stratford High; Josh Woolwine, Wando; and Claire Thompson,
in the City Director Mary Gould and a staff of adult chaperones
guide participants through an artistically rewarding experience.
Tickets to Broadway shows, other entertainment venues, costs associated
with training, travel and Juilliard dormitory room and board are
covered in the tuition.
interested in auditioning or discussing scholarship assistance should
call Mary Gould at 843-814-4451. Scholarships may be available through
The South of Broadway Theatre Company thanks to the generosity of
The Zucker Family Endowment/InterTech Corporation, Sherman Capital
LLC and The Yaschik Foundation. Annually, up to $20,000 in total
scholarships have been awarded.
launches Green Initiative for businesses
Metro Chamber of Commerce launched its Green Initiative Wednesday
at its quarterly membership meeting.
Chamber's Green Initiative was created to promote regional prosperity
through innovative solutions that reduce businesses' environmental
footprint and positively impact the region's quality of life.
Chamber is committed to the balanced application of sustainable
efforts within the workplace. The goal of our new Green Initiative
is to show businesses how they can implement sustainable practices
and add to their own bottom line," Chris Fraser, regional advancement
vice chair and chairman of the new Green Initiative, said. "In
other words, it is about being green and saving green. Our ultimate
goal is to do our part to contribute to our nation's energy independence
through local efforts, specifically aimed at our region's business
Chamber launched its Green Initiative to help small-to-mid-sized
businesses save money while doing the right thing for the community
and the global environment. Involvement with this new Chamber initiative
will help members reduce their imprint, improve their triple bottom
Line (People, Planet, Profits) and increase the loyalty of their
staff, customers and overall image.
green practices not only positions our community for better sustainability
but it can also help businesses cut costs and be more productive
with their resources. The ultimate goal is to contribute to our
nation's energy independence through local efforts to create a lower
reliance on fossil fuels and other non-renewable resources,"
addition, the Chamber is encouraging its members to fill out the
Green Initiative Checklist, which consists of a few questions to
help businesses get started with their sustainability efforts. Any
member that fills out the check list can also participate in the
Chamber's Council on Green Business, which will meet each quarter
beginning in the first quarter of 2011 with the mission to provide
members with leading sustainability and environmental education
as well as a network of resources and experts to help save them
time and expense.
Chamber also has partnered with the city of Charleston on the Green
Business Challenge. The Chamber's role is to help recruit businesses
to participate in the challenge, to host training seminars throughout
the year and to look for existing Chamber programs to feature green/sustainable
topics which would include panels of members that are already implementing
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eroded lives, energy of Lowcountry residents
was arguably the most significant disease in the history of South
Carolina from the colonial period until the early twentieth century.
It attracted less public discussion than yellow fever and smallpox,
but its impact in terms of morbidity and mortality was much greater.
Plasmodium falciparum ring-forms and gametocytes in human
yellow fever and smallpox tended to erupt in spectacular but short-lived
epidemics, malaria quietly and steadily eroded the lives and energy
of a large part of the population. The most common symptoms of malaria
are fever, chills, and aches. In classic cases, spikes in the fever
come at regular intervals. Depending on the severity and type of
case, malaria may produce vomiting, severe headaches, jaundice,
hemorrhaging, blood clots, an enlarged spleen, and renal failure.
Before the late nineteenth century malaria was referred to by various
names, including ague and fever, intermittent fever, and remittent
fever. From the late colonial period, many South Carolinians called
it "country fever" to distinguish it from yellow fever,
which was largely confined to Charleston and other ports.
is a parasitic infection caused by protozoa known as plasmodia
and transmitted by anopheline mosquitoes. Two types of malaria dominated
in South Carolina. Both are highly debilitating diseases that produce
lethargy and vulnerability to other infections. Plasmodium vivax,
which probably came with European settlers in the 1670s, is the
less virulent of the two forms. The introduction of the more deadly
Plasmodium falciparum came with the importation of large
numbers of African slaves in the 1680s and after. Many West Africans
were immune to vivax, and some had acquired or inherited
resistance to falciparum. The observations of planters and
physicians of black resistance to malaria helped give rise to the
proslavery argument that blacks were peculiarly adapted to labor
in the southern climate. Nevertheless, many blacks suffered severely
from falciparum, as they still do in parts of Africa.
the early eighteenth century, malaria was endemic in the Lowcountry.
It continued to plague the region throughout the eighteenth and
nineteenth centuries, and was a major contributor to the region's
high mortality rates and reputation for unhealthiness. It was particularly
dangerous to infants, young children and pregnant women. The severity
of malaria was the result not only of the Lowcountry's semitropical
climate and marshy topography but also of its plantation economy,
particularly the cultivation of rice and indigo, which provided
ideal breeding conditions for the anophelines. From the late colonial
period, the threat of malaria transformed many of the planting families
of the Lowcountry into seasonal migrants. They fled the plantations
during the summer and early autumn for locations perceived to be
less dangerous: the North, Charleston, the pinelands, the upcountry
and the seashore.
the nineteenth century, malaria became a major health problem in
much of the state, especially in newly cleared and undrained lands
and along river valleys. It reached epidemic status on several occasions
during the Civil War and after. In the early twentieth century,
coastal South Carolina was one of the most persistent hyperendemic
pockets of the disease in the country. In the 1930s parasite rates
as high as 50 percent were not uncommon among schoolchildren in
rural areas, with the highest rates in the coastal counties. In
the early 1940s the construction of Santee Cooper hydroelectric
dams produced one of the last epidemics of malaria. In the rush
to complete the project in the face of war, the upper reservoir
(Lake Marion) was not completely cleared of trees. They impeded
flow and provided excellent breeding grounds for anophelines. In
1944, 39 percent of people living on the north shore of the lake
tested positive for malaria. By the early 1950s, however, the disease
had virtually disappeared from the state for reasons that are still
not entirely understood, but improvements in mosquito control (especially
the development of the pesticide DDT), drainage, housing and nutrition
probably all played a part.
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can happen at any point:
- You are
walking to your car at the shopping mall after late night of shopping
and a stalker follows you.
- You are
sound asleep in your home and you are awakened by an intruder.
- Your teenager
is talking back constantly and fighting over even the littlest
- You find
a posting from a friend on Facebook that reads like a suicide
- You and
your spouse just had a "blow-out" over seemingly uncomplicated
Ryan Blumenthal, author of "Mentalist Martial Arts" has
been studying, researching, and practicing the field of forensic
science in South Africa for more than 14 years. Every forensic case
has a story to tell, and Blumenthal asks "could there have
been avoidable factors in the death of that individual?"
claims that most life-threatening scenarios such as homicides and
suicides happen during the immediate "emotional storm."
There is no time to get to the root of the problem but you must
misdirect the anger. Here are his tips:
- If you
are being accosted by a male perpetrator, the female should fake
a seizure, throw up, start convulsing, or roll her eyes back to
throw off the attacker.
- Think through
the scenario of someone entering your home and have an escape
and/or defensive plan i.e. phone speed dial alert, yell that the
silent alarm went off.
- In a verbal
confrontation try to immediately change the subject matter and
misdirect the conversation and allow the peak emotions to die
- Use triple
negatives to destroy linear thinking patterns and distract the
thing is not to stop questioning."
of the West re-enactment: 3 to 6:30 p.m., Jan. 8. Cadets
from The Citadel will reenact the Jan. 9, 1861, firing on the Union
supply ship the Star of the West in commemoration of its 150th anniversary.
With support from the city of Charleston, the re-enactment will
take place on Morris Island. Between 15 and 20 faculty and cadet
re-enactors from The Citadel Military Living History Society will
participate. In addition, The Citadel Alumni Association will host
a Charleston harbor cruise that will pass by Morris Island during
the reenactment. The harbor cruise will leave the aquarium wharf
at 3 p.m. and will return at 6:30 p.m. rain or shine on Jan. 8.
Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased online at www.citadelalumni.org
or by calling PJ Calogrides at 843-953-6586 or email email@example.com.
for Awakening: 9 a.m., Through Jan. 8, 2011. This 5-day
retreat with Henk Brandt and Carolyn Rivers will focus on working
with Henk to develop the power of mindfulness, bringing us closer
to an intimate, more harmonious life, and with Carolyn to identify
our heart callings, the unrealized potential or buried longing many
of us carry inside. Participants will work with them individually
and together. Tuition: $595. Register
Sneak preview of documentary: 4:30 p.m., Jan. 9, Charleston
Library Society, 164 King St. A free sneak preview of the film,
"For Once in My Life," by Jim Bigham and Mark Moormann.
The film tells the story of an inspiring group of people and their
dream to make music as it follow the 28 members of the Spirit of
Goodwill Band while they prepare for the concert of a lifetime.
As they navigate daily life, the musicians and singers -- all with
a wide range of severe mental and physical disabilities - display
innate talent, humor and tenacity. Following the screening, Professor
Tom Heeney of the College of Charleston will lead a discussion with
Robert Smith, CEO, Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina,
about the work of Goodwill in our community. The film is coming
to PBS Feb. 1.
ONGOING AND SOON
RiverDogs sale: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Jan. 11, RiverDogs
Souvenir Shop at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park. The Charleston RiverDogs
need to make room for their new line of gear for 2011. Fans are
invited to take full advantage of this closeout sale, with all sweatshirts
at $20, and everything else in the store available with 25 percent
savings. For more information, please call the RiverDogs at (843)
577-DOGS (3647) or shop
Civil War Lecture: 7 p.m., Jan. 13, Holliday Alumni
Center, 69 Hagood Ave. James Lee Conrad, a noted author on Civil
War history, will give a free public lecture as part of The Citadel's
commemoration of the college's role in the firing upon the federal
steamship Star of the West, what many contend were the first hostile
shots of the Civil War. Conrad is the author of "The Young
Lions: Confederate Cadets at War," "Rebel Reefers: The
Organization and Midshipmen of the Confederate States Naval Academy,"
and is co-author of "Defensor Fortis: The Official History
of the U.S. Air Force Security Forces."
Azalea Society: 6:30 p.m., Jan. 24, Carriage House
at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. The Rev. John Drayton Chapter
of the Azalea Society of America will focus on hybrid azaleas at
this month's meeting. The society meets the fourth Monday of each
month. For more information call 571-1266.
Creativity with Anne LeClaire: 6:30 p.m., Jan. 28, 297
East Bay St. Theologians, poets, artists, writers and philosophers
have long known that in order to create anything, including a deeply
fulfilling life, the first requirement is that we become quiet.
It is in this space of stillness that truths surface, understandings
expand, and we discover in the silence of our hearts answers to
living authentically. Begin the new year by joining Anne in exploring
the possibilities of silence and its connection to creativity and
to living not just to survive but to thrive. Tuition: Evening lecture
only, $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Weekend workshop (includes
lecture): $195 by January 5, $250 after. Register
Evolution: 6:30 p.m., Feb. 4. What does conscious evolution
mean? How can we live it in our relationships and spiritual unfolding,
and use it to discover our vocations of destiny? How do we follow
the compass of joy: the Law of Attraction to What We Want to Give?
Futurist and evolutionary pioneer Barbara Marx Hubbard tells her
powerful personal journey of transformation, emphasizing the discovery
of life purpose, the evolution of motherhood, a vision of our future,
the importance of Evolutionary Spirituality, and the discovery of
Regenopause in post-menopausal women. Tuition: evening lecture only,
$25 in advance and $35 at the door; weekend workshop (includes lecture):
$250 by January 4, $295 after. Register
Cuban Exhibit: Feb. 4-March 28, City Gallery at Waterfront
Park. An opening reception for Polaridad Complementaria: Recent
Works from Cuba, an exhibition that introduces North America
to the new generation of influential artists from Cuba, will be
held from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 4. The exhibit offers more than 40 works
of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video and installation
art to provide a sense of the serious aesthetic and conceptual concerns
that characterizes Cuban art today. The City Gallery, at 34 Prioleau
St., is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday
and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Exhibit: Through Feb 28, 2011, The Meeting Place, 1077 East
Montague Ave. North Charleston. In his exhibit, "Sea and Shore,"
local artist David Springer will present metal sculpture depictions
of Lowcountry birds, plants, and wildlife. Window viewing, free
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