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Upstate Class XXVII, Spring 2019

Upstate Class XXVII, Spring 2019

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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.

SAFER (Shelter Access for Every Rider) Greenville

The Greenlink bus transit system is the primary means of transportation for many members of the Greenville community. However, many Greenlink bus stops are not easily accessible by individuals living with disabilities because these stops lack ADA-compliant waiting areas. In addition, only 65 of Greenlink’s 427 bus stops have sheltered waiting areas. Building concrete landing pads and shelters at Greenlink bus stops can improve the look, safety, and accessibility of these stops.

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.

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.

H.E.A.L. (Helping Educate and Lift)

Heal, Educate, And Lift (H.E.A.L.) is a cohort of the Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI) Program through the Riley Institute at Furman University. We are a diverse group of community leaders fueled by our desire to facilitate meaningful and intentional change in our community. H.E.A.L. selected to pursue EJI’s Soil Collection Project as our Capstone Community Action Project for DLI because of our genuine commitment to progress in South Carolina.