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Community Action Projects

Flashes of Hope - Midlands

Flashes of Hope South Carolina Midlands will provide a myriad of volunteers to come together from many diverse backgrounds for the purpose of capturing professional and lovingly memorable photographic images of pediatric patients with life-threatening diseases, disorders, and injuries like cancer, sickle cell, and trauma. This program will be offered to many who may not have the ability to pay for such services, but certainly will not remain exclusive to them.

Flexdawgs

The Flexdawgs created a website, www.greenvillediversity.org, to exemplify community building efforts in Greenville. The purpose of this website is to not only "spread the word about successes in the Greenville area," but also to explore areas of improvement in our community. The website features diversity as it relates to Greenville’s economy, education, its community, the arts and diversions.

4Wrd Thinking

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “I think it is one of the tragedies of our nation, one of the shameful tragedies that 11:00 on Sunday morning is one of the most segregated hours, if not the most segregated in Christian America.” Our capstone group, 4wrd Thinking, examined Dr. King’s observation by hosting a conversation among religious leaders in the Upstate about this challenging issue. We posed a series of questions to the attendees: Is Dr. King’s observation still valid today? Should something be done to address this phenomenon?

Fostering Greatness

DLI Group 2 formed a partnership with a local Greenville nonprofit, Fostering Great Ideas (FGI), to increase their pool of mentors by 25%, with a focus on increasing the diversity of mentors so that children in foster care can be mentored by someone with whom they can easily identify. You can learn more about FGI at FGIonline.org.

Fostering Hope

Team Fostering Hope has partnered with Fostering Great Ideas (FGI), an organization dedicated to improving the lives of children as they struggle in foster care (fgionline.org). Currently in Upstate South Carolina, there are 1,642 children in foster care and only 900 foster families. Seven hundred and forty two more foster families are needed TODAY so that every child can live with a family while in foster care.

Frogmore Stew

Frogmore Stew desired to expand the conversation on diversity and community leadership to all of South Carolina. Their avenue for doing this was the creation of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to celebrate success in diversity and inclusion. These PSAs infused music, sports, and teamwork into a central message on the “Power of Diversity.” The group will use mass media to promote these PSAs across the state to stimulate statewide dialogue. 

Fusion

With the general belief that young people are the future leaders of South Carolina and must be taught diversity issues, members of Fusion geared their interest towards the seniors of Clarendon County’s public and private high schools. Their goal was to build leadership skills, relationships, and community among these high school seniors by planning a community service project. Members of Fusion partnered with City Year Columbia and the Clarendon community to achieve their goal.

Gangbusters

The Gangbusters Group was key to the launching of the BeRight! Project of Bible Way Church of Atlas Road. This project aims to provide resources to parents and/or young people in order to prevent and address negative lifestyle behaviors (gang activity, truancy, teen pregnancy, etc). Through their hotline, BeRight! is able to refer clients to a variety of resources to help them with their specific concern. Gangbusters was able to bring together the important ingredients to launch this project in a very public way.

The Gap Busters

Funding is often the greatest obstacle to obtaining a college degree. Even with lower tuition costs at Midlands Technical College (MTC) and the financial resources available through state and federal student aid programs, students still need money for tuition, books and living expenses. These expenses have the potential to leave a “gap” and may prohibit a student from attending class; the gap amount may be as low as a few hundred dollars, which can cover a car repair expense, a sudden homeless situation, a utility bill, or a minor unexpected illness.

GEMAS

The GEMAS Learning Circle focused on creating a communication tool that could be used to address and raise awareness of the homelessness issue in Greenville County, South Carolina. Team members identified the need for educating the community on the facts surrounding homelessness and the lack of affordable housing. With an ultimate goal set to provide adequate and affordable housing for all Greenville residents, the GEMAS team set out to design a communication tool that highlighted both the success and failures of several housing projects throughout the county.