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Community Projects

Tool Cultivators

Project Name: Community Toolshed

Project Concept: Tool Library in partnership with Gardening for Good

Problem: Need for gardening tools for volunteer days and for community members wanting to start and maintain community gardens. There are about 80 known community gardens in Greenville County.

Solution: A tool library located in Greenville County that would house tools that can be checked out and borrowed.

Touchstone

Team Touchstone sought to develop a project that could advocate for homeless individuals. Thus began team Touchstone's community action project, with a mission to uncover some of the stereotypes associated with the homeless population. More importantly, Touchstone seeks to highlight the varied issues often faced by children, teens and adults who have become members of this faceless and often overlooked segment of our Upstate South Carolina community.

Trailblazers

The Mary Black Rail Trail is a multi- use trail that runs through Spartanburg County. The group plans to utilize the Mary Black Rail Trail in order to build community and celebrate diversity. The goal is to celebrate some of the positive things that are already happening in Spartanburg – successes, history and where the community is going. Thirty percent of people who use the Rail Trail are minorities. The focus will be on this area because the trail brings people of different backgrounds together.

2012 CUED In! (Calendar of Upstate Events on Diversity)

To promote diversity education and awareness, CUED-In produced a 'Diversity Calendar' for the Upstate. The calendar highlights events that bring new viewpoints, cultures, and traditions to the community. With the calendar, CUED-In hopes to give a human face to diversity through photos highlighting diverse peoples, events and even foods. This calendar promotes the inclusion and acceptance of diversity, and will be distributed across the Upstate.

Uni-Form-Ity

Adopting uniforms is an increasingly common strategy to create a sense of equality and social harmony in public k-12 schools.  Although the costs of uniforms are typically low in absolute terms, they can be relatively high—even prohibitive—for some families. Uni-Form-Ity seeks to meet this challenge by assisting Berea Middle School, which is located near Furman University. The school plans on requiring uniforms beginning in the 2015-2016 school year.

Upstate Drivers

Upstate Drivers recognized a need for a forum that would allow DLI graduates to remain in contact as well as to continue promotion of diversity in South Carolina. Therefore, group members proposed the idea of forming "The Upstate of South Carolina Diversity Council," whose primary purpose would be to provide this forum that will support successful diversity management within our communities.

VGER: Public Transportation—Greenville, SC

VGER Team members focused their project on studying the issue of public transportation in Greenville County and examining the current Greenville Transit Authority (GTA) transportation system in Greenville. The team conducted a survey to determine the current perception of public transportation in Greenville. They found that an overwhelming majority of those surveyed owned their own form of transportation and had never used GTA for public transportation.

Wake Up Carolina

The purpose of Team Wake Up Carolina’s project is to inform the state of South Carolina about the prevalence of opioid addiction. Through the spread of personal testimonies of the effects of drug abuse, Wake Up Carolina will communicate its life-saving message about the signs of opioid addiction at schools, churches, police departments, and other locations. The project’s goals are to break stereotypes about drug addiction and to “turn the light on” when it comes to awareness of opioid addiction for communities around the state.

Walking with the Doc

The GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail is a 21-mile multi-use trail that extends from Greenville to Travelers Rest. The beauty of the trail is that it affords all residents – no matter their age, race, or athletic ability – the opportunity to get fit and be active. However, research shows that less than 10% of Swamp Rabbit Trail users are non-white. This is especially troubling given that physical inactivity is a leading cause of chronic diseases like heart disease, which minorities are already at greater risk of developing.

World Changers Dream Team

The World Changers Dream Team partnered with approximately 50 students participating in the 21st Century after-school program at Pendleton Elementary School on a month-long project that explored both personal and social responsibility. The team facilitated opportunities for the 3rd through 6th grade students to learn about personal responsibility through a financial literacy curriculum and practice social responsibility by completing service projects together in small project teams.