In our first segment, we spoke with Diane Perlmutter, co-chair of the Greenville Women Giving board. Diane shared with us that they are a women’s collective giving organization where each member makes equal contributions, and then a determination is made regarding which non-profits around Greenville will receive grants. The organization was founded back in 2006, and they provide grants in the five areas of arts, education, the environment, health, and human services. Diane also spoke about the SHEroes campaign, which gives their members and anyone in the community an opportunity to nominate a woman who has done something special for Greenville Women Giving, who are then listed in a double-page ad in the Greenville Journal. If any woman is seeking to become a member of this organization, the sole requirement is that they must donate $1,200 a year for three years.
Segment two of the show focused on Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina. We spoke with Casey Pash, President, and CEO of the organization. She shared with us that, in addition to the organization being over 100 years old, Junior Achievement of the Upstate and Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina recently consolidated to form this new organization. The focus of this program is to teach students the skills of financial literacy, work-readiness, and entrepreneurship. The program serves over 25,000 students across the state of South Carolina from kindergarten through 12th grade. In the midst of a global pandemic, the organization is always in need of virtual volunteers who must complete a 30-minute training session. If anyone is interested in volunteering, simply visit their website at greatersc.ja.org, or you can call the office at 803-252-1974.
In our last segment, we spoke with Autumn Shearin with the Harvest Hope Food Bank, which serves as both a food bank and a food pantry. Their food line operates every Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., where the recipient drives through, and the organization ensures that the family will have a week’s worth of groceries. Typically, this organization serves approximately 200 families a day. However, in the midst of the pandemic, they now serve 500 families a day. Harvest Hope has received donations from numerous organizations, including the Greenville Redevelopment Authority, Wells Fargo, Fluor, Lockheed Martin, and Greenville Women Giving. If anyone is interested in volunteering or making a donation, they can go online to harvesthope.org.