COMMUNITY HELPING HANDS

Donations provide a nice Pat on the back

brantin@thestate.com (803) 771-8306April 27, 2014 

— The Five Points Foundation recently presented $50,000 to more than 25 Midlands charities and nonprofit organizations with revenue from this year’s St. Pat’s in Five Points celebration.

The donation brought the total contributions to nearly $1 million during the festival’s 32-year history.

“Local nonprofits are an integral part of this city and we enjoy being able to support them financially,” said Amy Beth Franks, executive director of the Five Points Association. “With a $6 million impact annually, St. Pat’s means so much not only to Five Points, but Columbia as a whole. It is our responsibility to give back to the groups that do so much for our city year-round.”

St. Pat’s in Five Points is one of Columbia’s signature events and this year welcomed more than 40,000 festival-goers into Columbia’s oldest entertainment district to celebrate all things Irish.

Funds are used for beautification projects, security cameras, marketing and hosting free events for the community.

Support for law enforcement training

Ellet Brothers in Chapin donated three 9mm Glock Gen 4 handguns to the Chapin Police Department’s Law Enforcement Explorer Post 170.

The handguns will be used to train Explorers about gun safety as well as how to shoot proficiently in preparation for upcoming Explorer competitions.

The Explorer group provides educational training programs for young adults about purposes, mission and objectives of law enforcement.

The program seeks to help young adults law enforcement careers and to challenge them to become responsible citizens.

Crisis Pregnancy Center seeks volunteers

Daybreak Crisis Pregnancy Center in Columbia is seeking volunteers for its TACTICS program for young men that will begin this fall.

The abstinence-based program complements the agency’s No Apologies No Regrets program for preteen and teenage girls. It teaches students about dealing with peer pressure, having goals, self-respect and making good choices.

Male volunteers are needed to help expand clubs into schools that offer programs for girls.

Volunteers are asked to work two or three hours per week at an area high school or middle school in the late afternoon. The volunteers will work under the supervision of a Daybreak staff member and must complete a training seminar and pass a SLED check.

For more information on volunteering or the requirements, contact Kimberly Poovey at (803) 771-6634.

Help for the homeless

United Way of the Midlands and the Midlands Area Consortium for the Homeless recently announced that the U.S. Housing and Urban Development office had awarded more than $2.6 million for housing projects that serve homeless people in the Midlands.

“We are very pleased to announce these awards for the Midlands area,” said Mac Bennett, president and chief executive officer of United Way of the Midlands. “This means we can continue to support over 1,100 people working their way back to financial stability.”

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