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Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Greer Relief Week
May 17 all-day
Greer Relief

We are excited to announce the first ever Greer Relief Week! With over 85 years of service to the community, we wanted to celebrate with this week of fun and fundraising. Your help is needed to raise money and awareness for our mission.

Greer Relief serves the Greater Greer community, through our Stability & Empowerment programs. Our services vary from financial assistance, to food, to teaching those in need. To learn more about our impact, check out our 2021 Annual Report.

Greer Relief Week will run from May 14th – May 21th.

There are plenty of ways to get involved. Need some ideas?

  1. Percentage Night: Donate a certain percentage of your earnings from a certain day/timeframe.
  2. Donation Match: Agree to match donations from your clients.
  3. Special Item Sale: Donate money earned from a specific item from your menu/services.
  4. Host a Drive: Hold a donation drive for our food and/or supply pantry. You could even offer discounts to those who bring an item to donate!
  5. Heart Hands: These Helping Hands help raise funds for Greer Relief. We will provide the tear-off notepad for your customers to make a donation to Greer Relief. This is another great opportunity for you to match funds.

Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact Caroline Robertson for more information.

Feel free to come up with your own ideas to support us during this week!

Leadership Spartanburg applications open
May 17 all-day
online

Leadership Spartanburg offers a backstage pass to Spartanburg County while preparing participants to work within our community as effective, knowledgeable leaders. Learn about, examine, and respond to the social and economic challenges and opportunities Spartanburg County faces during the nine-month program.

LEADERSHIP SPARTANBURG Class
May 17 all-day
online
Leadership Spartanburg’s nine-month curriculum will run from September 2022 through May 2023, focusing on community information and issues, volunteerism and leadership development. Sessions are held one day a month, typically the third Thursday of the month from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Applications and letters for the 2022-2023 Leadership Spartanburg class are open through June 20, 2022.

Time commitment: An in-town opening retreat, followed by a eight-month curriculum from October through May that focuses on community information and issues.

Tuition:

  • OneSpartanburg, Inc. Members: $1,895
  • Non-members: $2,295

Selection Criteria

  • Civic Involvement
  • Leadership Potential
  • Diversity Perspective
  • Commitment to the Leadership Program and the community

2022-2023 Session Topics

  • Talent, Place, Economy and Image
  • Spartanburg’s History & Where We’re Headed
  • Fostering Spartanburg’s Educational Attainment
  • Community Issues: Challenges & Successes
  • Spartanburg County’s Economic Excellence
  • Local Talent to Promote Community Cohesion
  • Spartanburg’s Quality of Life & Cultural Assets
  • Health & Wellness: Impacting the Local Communities
Multifamily Recycling Grant Program
May 17 all-day
online w/ North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
 

NC DEACS Accepting Applications Now!

Last month DEACS launched a Multifamily Recycling Grant to support recycling at multifamily properties in North Carolina. Local governments, recycling businesses, and property management companies are all eligible to apply for funding. Grant funding can be used to purchase equipment and site developments to establish or expand recycling access for multifamily units. The maximum award is $250,000.

  • Multifamily Recycling Grant Program – OPEN
    This special grant program offers funding to initiate or expand multifamily recycling programs within the state. Eligible applicants include local governments, recycling businesses or non-profits, multifamily property owners, or multifamily property management companies. Grant funds may be used to purchase typical equipment needs to start or expand the collection of traditional household recyclables (paper, cardboard, metal cans, glass and plastic bottles and containers) from multifamily residences. Examples of eligible purchases include carts, dumpsters, collection vehicles, concrete pads, recycling corrals and education. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with no due date. Approved grant applications will be funded in the order in which they are received until funding is exhausted.

    Download the Multifamily Recycling Grant request for proposals (RFP) by selecting one of the following links (PDF or Word). Please submit completed applications to Tara Nattress at [email protected].

The Blood Connection in Urgent Need of O Negative Blood Donations
May 17 @ 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Blood Connection Greenville

The Blood Connection (TBC) now has an urgent need for O negative blood donations specifically in its Upstate region, which includes Greenville, Spartanburg, Lexington, Easley, Greenwood, and Seneca in South Carolina as well as Asheville and Hendersonville in western North Carolina. TBC is the exclusive blood provider for all hospitals in these regions.

O negative blood is the most transfused blood type for traumas and emergencies, so the demand never wavers. O negative blood donors are often referred to as the “universal donor” since everyone, no matter their blood type, can receive O negative blood. TBC now finds itself with dangerously low inventory levels of O negative blood and blood products caused by continued low donor turnout and recent trauma cases at TBC hospital partners in South Carolina.

The only way for the O negative blood supply to be replenished is for the public to donate blood. Anyone who knows they have O negative blood is urged to donate blood with TBC immediately. If potential donors do not know their blood type, they can donate with TBC and blood type information will be shared.

TBC has spent the past year battling historically low blood donor turnout. After many pleas with the South Carolina and North Carolina community, TBC has seen some recovery from these low collection numbers, but not enough to comfortably sustain the local hospital blood supply. TBC aims to have a 5-7 day supply of O negative blood but has recently had a 2-3 day supply. In some instances, one trauma case alone can use up that supply. Only about 7% of the world’s population has O negative blood.

To find a donor center or mobile unit location to donate, go to thebloodconnection.org/donate, call 864-751-1154, or walk into any donor center or mobile unit. TBC has eight donor center locations in the Upstate and western North Carolina regions.

Greenville Parks + Rec Afterschool Program
May 17 @ 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Various Community Centers

Afterschool

The Study Buddies Afterschool program is offered at four community centers throughout Greenville. The program runs Monday through Friday from 2:30-6 p.m. Participants will receive homework assistance, life skills development, recreational activities, educational projects, and much more. A healthy meal is provided daily for each participant. This program is open to students in K through 8th grade.

Registration is currently open for city of Greenville residents. 

Participants in the Study Buddies Afterschool program  will receive homework assistance, life skills development, recreational activities, educational projects, and much more. A healthy meal is provided daily. This program is open to students in 5K through 8th grade.

We are committed to providing our students a safe, enriching, and healthy afterschool experience. View Afterschool Health and Wellness Policy (PDF)

Dates: August 17, 2021 – June 1, 2022                                                         *Program does not run when there is no school for holidays, half days, teacher work days, vacations, or snow days (following Greenville County School calendar).

Time: 2:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Fees:  $585 for City Residents

Discounts for families registering two or more children. Payment plan available in 9 installments with the first initial payment due upon registration.

Financial Assistance: City of Greenville residents with documented financial need will automatically qualify for a reduced fee after school program. Qualified participants must complete the application and submit all required documentation to be eligible for the reduced fee. Financial aid will automatically be added to the participants online account after their application and documentation has been approved. Applications are available online (see below under documents) or in person at David Hellams Community Center or Bobby Pearse Community Center.

Financial assistance rates are $270 for the year. Sibling discounts do not apply to financial assistance rates.

Locations:

  • Bobby Pearse Community Center (FULL)
    • Elementary: Stone Academy
    • Middle: League Middle
  • David Hellams Community Center
    • Elementary: East North Street
    • Middle: Greenville Middle
  • Nicholtown Community Center
    • Elementary: Lake Forest
    • Middle: Northwood Middle
  • West Greenville Community Center
    • Elementary: AJ Whittenberg (transportation will be provided)
    • Middle: League
    • Legacy Charter School also provides transportation to the Center

Bussing Directly From The School To The Community Center: The City of Greenville DOES NOT provide transportation from the school to the afterschool site. Parents are responsible for arranging school bus transportation and also letting the school know that their child will be attending this afterschool program.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Refunds are not available after the first week of the program.
  • Prior to August 17, Parent/Guardian must submit all completed parent consent forms.

DOCUMENTS

Parent Handbook

Parent Handbook Forms

Financial Assistance Application Form

Afterschool Flyer

Strawberry Festival + Cookoff Competition
May 17 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Greer City Park

Celebrating Strawberries!!!
Let’s have a local cookoff competition!
40 Farmers Market Vendors
Entertainment from @Deepdishdixielandgreenville
Food Trucks Rambo Dogs & Lobster Dogs
Do you make an amazing Strawberry treat or just love tasting all the foods?!
Join us May 17, 4:30-7:30pm for a tasting of all things strawberry!
1 Tasting = $1 Tasting Ticket
Proceeds benefit your Greer Farmers Market.
Individuals, businesses, and restaurants can join in the competition. FREE registration fee and custom trophies will be AWARDED! Super fun event, come on out the Greer City Park!
For details and signup: https://form.jotform.com/220963589445165
To volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4dabaf2da6f9c34-greer
Volunteers get Free Tasting Tickets!!!!

ARTALK: Sight(s) Specific
May 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Greenville Center for Creative Arts

In Sight(s) Specific, artists Charles Geiger, Julia Morrisroe, and Meredith Stoudenmire investigate the deeper impact of climate change, migration, and the controversial narratives associated with American monuments. Through abstracted forms, environmental and social issues precipitate to create conversation surrounding our past and our future.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Greer Relief Week
May 18 all-day
Greer Relief

We are excited to announce the first ever Greer Relief Week! With over 85 years of service to the community, we wanted to celebrate with this week of fun and fundraising. Your help is needed to raise money and awareness for our mission.

Greer Relief serves the Greater Greer community, through our Stability & Empowerment programs. Our services vary from financial assistance, to food, to teaching those in need. To learn more about our impact, check out our 2021 Annual Report.

Greer Relief Week will run from May 14th – May 21th.

There are plenty of ways to get involved. Need some ideas?

  1. Percentage Night: Donate a certain percentage of your earnings from a certain day/timeframe.
  2. Donation Match: Agree to match donations from your clients.
  3. Special Item Sale: Donate money earned from a specific item from your menu/services.
  4. Host a Drive: Hold a donation drive for our food and/or supply pantry. You could even offer discounts to those who bring an item to donate!
  5. Heart Hands: These Helping Hands help raise funds for Greer Relief. We will provide the tear-off notepad for your customers to make a donation to Greer Relief. This is another great opportunity for you to match funds.

Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact Caroline Robertson for more information.

Feel free to come up with your own ideas to support us during this week!

Leadership Spartanburg applications open
May 18 all-day
online

Leadership Spartanburg offers a backstage pass to Spartanburg County while preparing participants to work within our community as effective, knowledgeable leaders. Learn about, examine, and respond to the social and economic challenges and opportunities Spartanburg County faces during the nine-month program.

LEADERSHIP SPARTANBURG Class
May 18 all-day
online
Leadership Spartanburg’s nine-month curriculum will run from September 2022 through May 2023, focusing on community information and issues, volunteerism and leadership development. Sessions are held one day a month, typically the third Thursday of the month from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Applications and letters for the 2022-2023 Leadership Spartanburg class are open through June 20, 2022.

Time commitment: An in-town opening retreat, followed by a eight-month curriculum from October through May that focuses on community information and issues.

Tuition:

  • OneSpartanburg, Inc. Members: $1,895
  • Non-members: $2,295

Selection Criteria

  • Civic Involvement
  • Leadership Potential
  • Diversity Perspective
  • Commitment to the Leadership Program and the community

2022-2023 Session Topics

  • Talent, Place, Economy and Image
  • Spartanburg’s History & Where We’re Headed
  • Fostering Spartanburg’s Educational Attainment
  • Community Issues: Challenges & Successes
  • Spartanburg County’s Economic Excellence
  • Local Talent to Promote Community Cohesion
  • Spartanburg’s Quality of Life & Cultural Assets
  • Health & Wellness: Impacting the Local Communities
Multifamily Recycling Grant Program
May 18 all-day
online w/ North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
 

NC DEACS Accepting Applications Now!

Last month DEACS launched a Multifamily Recycling Grant to support recycling at multifamily properties in North Carolina. Local governments, recycling businesses, and property management companies are all eligible to apply for funding. Grant funding can be used to purchase equipment and site developments to establish or expand recycling access for multifamily units. The maximum award is $250,000.

  • Multifamily Recycling Grant Program – OPEN
    This special grant program offers funding to initiate or expand multifamily recycling programs within the state. Eligible applicants include local governments, recycling businesses or non-profits, multifamily property owners, or multifamily property management companies. Grant funds may be used to purchase typical equipment needs to start or expand the collection of traditional household recyclables (paper, cardboard, metal cans, glass and plastic bottles and containers) from multifamily residences. Examples of eligible purchases include carts, dumpsters, collection vehicles, concrete pads, recycling corrals and education. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with no due date. Approved grant applications will be funded in the order in which they are received until funding is exhausted.

    Download the Multifamily Recycling Grant request for proposals (RFP) by selecting one of the following links (PDF or Word). Please submit completed applications to Tara Nattress at [email protected].

The Blood Connection in Urgent Need of O Negative Blood Donations
May 18 @ 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Blood Connection Greenville

The Blood Connection (TBC) now has an urgent need for O negative blood donations specifically in its Upstate region, which includes Greenville, Spartanburg, Lexington, Easley, Greenwood, and Seneca in South Carolina as well as Asheville and Hendersonville in western North Carolina. TBC is the exclusive blood provider for all hospitals in these regions.

O negative blood is the most transfused blood type for traumas and emergencies, so the demand never wavers. O negative blood donors are often referred to as the “universal donor” since everyone, no matter their blood type, can receive O negative blood. TBC now finds itself with dangerously low inventory levels of O negative blood and blood products caused by continued low donor turnout and recent trauma cases at TBC hospital partners in South Carolina.

The only way for the O negative blood supply to be replenished is for the public to donate blood. Anyone who knows they have O negative blood is urged to donate blood with TBC immediately. If potential donors do not know their blood type, they can donate with TBC and blood type information will be shared.

TBC has spent the past year battling historically low blood donor turnout. After many pleas with the South Carolina and North Carolina community, TBC has seen some recovery from these low collection numbers, but not enough to comfortably sustain the local hospital blood supply. TBC aims to have a 5-7 day supply of O negative blood but has recently had a 2-3 day supply. In some instances, one trauma case alone can use up that supply. Only about 7% of the world’s population has O negative blood.

To find a donor center or mobile unit location to donate, go to thebloodconnection.org/donate, call 864-751-1154, or walk into any donor center or mobile unit. TBC has eight donor center locations in the Upstate and western North Carolina regions.

Banco de Comida I Food Pantry
May 18 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am
United Ministries Administration and Emergency Assistance
Banco de Comida I Food Pantry
May 18 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
United Ministries
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BBB OF THE UPSTATE: SHRED DAY
May 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church

Take advantage of free document shredding in the Upstate. Better Business Bureau® of the Upstate & AARP® South Carolina are partnering together to host a FREE Secure Your ID “Shred Day,” a national event created to promote awareness about identity theft and fraud protection. AARP and Better Business Bureau Education Foundation will be providing educational handouts to prevent consumers and businesses from becoming victims of identity theft. Individuals and businesses can take advantage of FREE on-site document shredding and take home practical tips to prevent identity theft online and off. Consumers are allowed to bring 3 banker 10″ x 12″ x 15″ size boxes or 3 kitchen “13 gallon size” plastic bags per consumer or business. Maximum number per consumer or business is 3. Cardboard boxes will be emptied and returned to consumers. Please, DO NOT bring the following items: desktop computers, monitors, laptops, printers, or external hard drives. In an effort to shred your sensitive documents in a timely manner, there is no need to remove binders, binder clips, paper clips, staples, rubber bands, or CDs/DVDs prior to shredding. Due to safety concerns and to ensure that we are able to serve as many vehicles as possible, we are unable to accept attendees on foot or allow consumers to get out of their vehicle to watch their paper shredded. The complimentary shred event is first come, first serve or until the shred trucks fill up. REGISTER TO WIN A FREE $100 SHREDDER! The AARP South Carolina Sweepstakes takes place between April 1, 9:00 a.m. EST zone and May 31, 2022, 9:00 a.m. EST zone. Register here: aarp.cventevents.com/71G83Q

Secure Your ID “Shred Day”
May 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Greenville Convention Center

Take advantage of free document shredding in the Upstate.

Better Business Bureau® of the Upstate & AARP® South Carolina are partnering together to host a FREE Secure Your ID “Shred Day,” a national event created to promote awareness about identity theft and fraud protection.

AARP and Better Business Bureau Education Foundation will be providing educational handouts to prevent consumers and businesses from becoming victims of identity theft. Individuals and businesses can take advantage of FREE on-site document shredding and take home practical tips to prevent identity theft online and off.

Consumers are allowed to bring 3 banker 10″ x 12″ x 15″ size boxes or 3 kitchen “13 gallon size” plastic bags per consumer or business. Maximum number per consumer or business is 3. Cardboard boxes will be emptied and returned to consumers. Please, DO NOT bring the following items: desktop computers, monitors, laptops, printers, or external hard drives.

In an effort to shred your sensitive documents in a timely manner, there is no need to remove binders, binder clips, paper clips, staples, rubber bands, or CDs/DVDs prior to shredding. Due to safety concerns and to ensure that we are able to serve as many vehicles as possible, we are unable to accept attendees on foot or allow consumers to get out of their vehicle to watch their paper shredded. The complimentary shred event is first come, first serve or until the shred trucks fill up.

Register to win a FREE $100 shredder! Visit AARP South Carolina website: aarp.cventevents.com/71G83Q.
Sweepstakes takes place between April 1, 9:00 a.m. EST zone and May 31, 2022, 9:00 a.m. EST zone.

Greenville Parks + Rec Afterschool Program
May 18 @ 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Various Community Centers

Afterschool

The Study Buddies Afterschool program is offered at four community centers throughout Greenville. The program runs Monday through Friday from 2:30-6 p.m. Participants will receive homework assistance, life skills development, recreational activities, educational projects, and much more. A healthy meal is provided daily for each participant. This program is open to students in K through 8th grade.

Registration is currently open for city of Greenville residents. 

Participants in the Study Buddies Afterschool program  will receive homework assistance, life skills development, recreational activities, educational projects, and much more. A healthy meal is provided daily. This program is open to students in 5K through 8th grade.

We are committed to providing our students a safe, enriching, and healthy afterschool experience. View Afterschool Health and Wellness Policy (PDF)

Dates: August 17, 2021 – June 1, 2022                                                         *Program does not run when there is no school for holidays, half days, teacher work days, vacations, or snow days (following Greenville County School calendar).

Time: 2:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Fees:  $585 for City Residents

Discounts for families registering two or more children. Payment plan available in 9 installments with the first initial payment due upon registration.

Financial Assistance: City of Greenville residents with documented financial need will automatically qualify for a reduced fee after school program. Qualified participants must complete the application and submit all required documentation to be eligible for the reduced fee. Financial aid will automatically be added to the participants online account after their application and documentation has been approved. Applications are available online (see below under documents) or in person at David Hellams Community Center or Bobby Pearse Community Center.

Financial assistance rates are $270 for the year. Sibling discounts do not apply to financial assistance rates.

Locations:

  • Bobby Pearse Community Center (FULL)
    • Elementary: Stone Academy
    • Middle: League Middle
  • David Hellams Community Center
    • Elementary: East North Street
    • Middle: Greenville Middle
  • Nicholtown Community Center
    • Elementary: Lake Forest
    • Middle: Northwood Middle
  • West Greenville Community Center
    • Elementary: AJ Whittenberg (transportation will be provided)
    • Middle: League
    • Legacy Charter School also provides transportation to the Center

Bussing Directly From The School To The Community Center: The City of Greenville DOES NOT provide transportation from the school to the afterschool site. Parents are responsible for arranging school bus transportation and also letting the school know that their child will be attending this afterschool program.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Refunds are not available after the first week of the program.
  • Prior to August 17, Parent/Guardian must submit all completed parent consent forms.

DOCUMENTS

Parent Handbook

Parent Handbook Forms

Financial Assistance Application Form

Afterschool Flyer

Thursday, May 19, 2022
Greer Relief Week
May 19 all-day
Greer Relief

We are excited to announce the first ever Greer Relief Week! With over 85 years of service to the community, we wanted to celebrate with this week of fun and fundraising. Your help is needed to raise money and awareness for our mission.

Greer Relief serves the Greater Greer community, through our Stability & Empowerment programs. Our services vary from financial assistance, to food, to teaching those in need. To learn more about our impact, check out our 2021 Annual Report.

Greer Relief Week will run from May 14th – May 21th.

There are plenty of ways to get involved. Need some ideas?

  1. Percentage Night: Donate a certain percentage of your earnings from a certain day/timeframe.
  2. Donation Match: Agree to match donations from your clients.
  3. Special Item Sale: Donate money earned from a specific item from your menu/services.
  4. Host a Drive: Hold a donation drive for our food and/or supply pantry. You could even offer discounts to those who bring an item to donate!
  5. Heart Hands: These Helping Hands help raise funds for Greer Relief. We will provide the tear-off notepad for your customers to make a donation to Greer Relief. This is another great opportunity for you to match funds.

Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact Caroline Robertson for more information.

Feel free to come up with your own ideas to support us during this week!

Leadership Spartanburg applications open
May 19 all-day
online

Leadership Spartanburg offers a backstage pass to Spartanburg County while preparing participants to work within our community as effective, knowledgeable leaders. Learn about, examine, and respond to the social and economic challenges and opportunities Spartanburg County faces during the nine-month program.