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JUNE 2021 Focus on the Palmetto State

In our first segment, we spoke with Muriel Taylor, Director of Volunteers and Community Engagement with Meals on Wheels of Greenville. Muriel shared with us that, in light of the pandemic, the organization now operates a no-contact delivery method three days a week for their clients. Muriel also informed us that they are seeking volunteers for summer deliveries, meal packaging, and assisting with upcoming special events. The organization will be holding their annual Wheels for Meals event on August 22 at Trailblazer Park in Travelers Rest that will include various cycling events and food. Furthermore, their Meals for Cartwheels Golf event will be held on October 4 at Hollytree Country Club in Simpsonville. This event will raise funds and awareness for those who are homebound in the community. If anyone wanted to learn more about the organization, they should visit mealsonwheelsgreenville.org, email them at volunteer@mowgvl.org or call 864-233-6565.

In segment two of the show, we spoke with Sarah Lyles, Executive Director of Palmetto Pride. Sarah shared with us that the organization was created by the state legislature back in the late ‘90s to address litter concerns in the state. Steps have been taken recently to crack down on litter, which include revising the state litter laws to match neighboring states, increasing community service initiatives, and adding laws specific to illegal dumping. The organization also offers various educational programs to students ranging from elementary school to college. Some of their upcoming community and statewide events include Adopt-A-Highway cleanups, the Grab-A-Bag campaign, and working with the SC7 group to conduct clean-ups in the low country. If anyone wanted to learn more about this organization or report litter, they should visit palmettopride.org or call 877-7-Litter.

In the final segment, we spoke with June Deen, Director of Advocacy for the American Lung Association. June shared with us that in the S.C. state legislature, a bill that could potentially increase teen tobacco use has been placed on the calendar for next year’s session. The goal of the bill is to not allow a city or county government to enact any laws that would restrict flavored tobacco products, whether they be cigarettes or e-cigarettes. The organization is seeking to rally community support against this bill by having constituents voice their concerns with their senators and house members. June also shared that they’re always seeking volunteers to work special events, including hosting stair climbs, serving as clinic leaders that conduct asthma education programs and anti-smoking programs in schools. If anyone wanted to learn more about this organization or sign up to volunteer, they should email june.deen@lung.org or visit lungaction.org.

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