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One Hartsville

Team Members: Row 1 (l-r): Brandolyn Pinkston, Rainey Knight, LaCrystal Jackson
and Natalie Zeigler
Row 2 (l-r): Doug Taylor, Dick Puffer and Jim Morris (Not pictured: Mindy Taylor)

While small, rural towns - like Hartsville, SC - confront many of the same problems as urban cities, they also face challenges that are distinct, including the lack of easy-to-get-to support services. This lack can affect the educational growth and skill development of rural youth. At the same time, people who live and work in rural places boast a strong sense of community  and willingness to work together to make things better.

To overcome some of the challenges and make things better, One Hartsville was formed with one simple goal: to invest in local programs and services to improve the lives of and create future opportunities and exposure for youth in the Hartsville, SC community. One Hartsville is coordinating with local community organizations and businesses to provide financial support to refurbish and complete a Teen Center at the Hartsville Boys and Girls Club. The initiative also includes developing a summer youth program that exposes youth to banking and financial literacy, career opportunities, bullying, nutrition, pregnancy prevention, and the arts. Efforts are also being made to increase positive communication and collaboration within the community.