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Community Projects

Blue Pearl Club Connectors

The Blue Pearl Club Connectors is proud to partner with Jesse Bobo Elementary School in Spartanburg to provide valuable educational opportunities to its Blue Tie and Pearls of Wisdom Clubs. Jesse Bobo is a Title I school located just inside the city limits of Spartanburg, SC. Their Blue Tie (Boys) Club and Pearls of Wisdom (Girls) Club currently consists of twelve boys and twelve girls, all in the 5th grade, who have been identified by the school’s faculty as students who would benefit from additional learning and character-building opportunities.

DLI Carry On Crew

In honor of Foster Care Awareness Month, and in partnership with Fostering Great Ideas and the Greenville Fire Department, the Carry On Crew led a city-wide project to collect gently used or new luggage, handbags, and diapers for children in foster care. In South Carolina, there are more than 4,600 children in foster care and nearly 500 children in foster care in Greenville. As these precious children move from one place to another, they often have nothing but plastic garbage bags to carry their belongings with.

Book Bags of Love

The Book Bags of Love initiative was developed to provide book bags to adult men who are experiencing temporary homelessness. The team feels this is an important initiative based on the disparity of resources available for men compared to women and children enduring similar situations. By partnering with local companies such as Dude Wipes, Dead Down Wind Body Wipes, and Good Wipes as well as raising money, the team will be able to provide bags containing toiletries and a document holder. Supporting this need will strengthen our community.

One Fairfield

Purpose:

The goal of One Fairfield is to create an opportunity for the student bodies of Fairfield Central High School and Richard Winn Academy to foster communication and ultimately establish relationships with each other. As a result of the racial composition of each school, student exposure to diversity in the education setting is limited. Richard Winn has a predominantly Caucasian student body, and Fairfield Central High School has a predominantly African American student body. While the schools are separated by only 5 miles in Winnsboro, SC, their current interactions are limited and educational opportunities vary. One Fairfield poses a plan for a purposeful interaction between the two student bodies.

Project Power Play

Project Power Play is a capstone project that connects USC Rotaract, USC’s Society of Automotive Engineers, and a corporate sponsor to enhance maneuverability for children with mobility challenges. Following a model designed by Georgia’s Etowah Electric Eagles FRC robotics team, South Carolina college students will design, build, test, and deliver mobility solutions through robotic technology. The project will allow students to apply their STEAMM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics, Medical) to serve others and impact the local community.

Fight4Her

Fight4Her focuses on assisting female veterans in the Upstate with connections and resources that they might engage to more successfully transition from their military service to the private sector, especially in their search for meaningful employment. We learned of the need from our team member, Rachel Putman, through her work at Goodwill Industries of the Upstate.

Pendleton Place Partners

Moved by the podcast we listened to on our first DLI class day, our group, Pendleton Place Partners, has collaborated with Pendleton Place, a local nonprofit that, among many other services, seeks to break the cycle of poverty and abuse through programs for youth transitioning out of foster care.

COPA Design: Building Communities

Rationale: A legacy Community Impact Program aligned with Furman University’s Diversity Leadership Institute in the Riley Institute.

Project Description:

From the beginning, the group intentionally focused on the desire to make a direct impact on whatever project we took on. The group was in complete alignment and quickly gravitated towards what we internally called a legacy project. Members of the group had conversations with DLI graduates resulting in strong relationships and idea sharing which led to the COPA II project. Initially created in the Spring 2018 cohort, COPA Champions began to take form.

Greenville Greeters

Mission

The purpose of the Greenville Greeters program is to challenge the misperceptions and false assumptions that people without disabilities have and to engage and connect with each other in a workplace setting, to shift the perception that allows people without disabilities to see the talents, skills, and abilities of people with disabilities.

Swamp Rabbit Express - Strengthening Communities, Nourishing Lives

Approximately 76,000 students attend Greenville County Schools and about half of these student rely on the Food and Nutrition Program. This DLI group worked to expand student access to free, nutritionally balanced meals during the summer months. As a result of their vision, a second food truck will be donated to the Greenville County School District and allow lunches to be delivered directly to students in their own neighborhoods when school breakfasts and lunches are not available.