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How Renee Started VolunteeringMarch 10, 2016
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Renee Collins. Renee is one of Harvest Hope Food Bank’s awesome volunteers! Renee was able to take a short break from her volunteer work to chat.
When asked why she likes volunteering at Harvest Hope, she replied, “I see results, instantly...Here, you see the faces and you know that you are helping somebody ‘right now’ and it’s personal.” She added, “I loved it and just kept coming back."
Renee and her autistic son started volunteering at Harvest Hope in 2012. “I wanted to give him a place where he could volunteer during the summer and on the days that he doesn’t have school,” said Renee. She also mentioned that another reason she decided to volunteer was to give her son the unique opportunity to develop work skills that would help him in the future.
Volunteering at Harvest Hope is a great opportunity for young people to see how others experience the world and opens their eyes to something new. It was great hearing about the reasons why Renee and her son give their time to the community through our organization. Thanks for sharing with us, Renee!
If you know of anyone else with an interesting story to tell, like Renee’s, please let us know at email@example.com.
Eartha Kitt Foundation Raises Money For Harvest HopeFebruary 19, 2016
The Eartha Kitt Foundation, founded by Kitt Shapiro (daughter of the late actress), was created in memory of a legendary local entertainer and to further her commitment to helping those in need. Noticing the efforts made by Harvest Hope Food Bank in the wake of October’s flood and wanting to find a way to get involved, the Foundation reached out to us.
On February 1st, they created a crowdrise page in order to raise $10,000 (equal to 50,000 meals) to help us provide essential support for clients in our service areas.
Eartha Mae Kitt was an American entertainer, born in North, South Carolina. She remains well-known for her 1967 role as Catwoman in, the third and final season of the television series, Batman. Orson Welles, a famous American actor, director, writer and producer once called her the "most exciting woman in the world.”
Many of us, here, at Harvest Hope also remember Eartha singing Santa Baby. This song brings back so many memories! Please take a moment to remember Eartha and check out the YouTube video below:
We would like to extend our heart-felt gratitude to The Eartha Kitt Foundation for your generous support of our mission. We are really excited about this opportunity to help people in the community and the opportunity to honor and perpetuate the memory of a local legend.
Once Homeless. Forever Philanthropist.February 11, 2016
On Veterans Day, last year, we wrote a piece involving a veteran named Charles. Charles was one of our clients, many years ago, who left a very unique legacy behind.
Charles' story, "Once Homeless, Always Philanthropist," was featured in our winter 2015 newsletter. It gives a great example of the awesome character of the people that we serve. Check out his story below.
"Allow us to introduce one of our many clients. Meet Charles. Charles was honorably discharged from the Navy. He left the service from Charleston on a lonely bus to Columbia. Lacking employment opportunities, he became a statistic we commonly see at the food bank. As it is for many veterans, transition back to civilian life seemed impossible. Charles spent 3 years homeless.
Through just a few visits to Harvest Hope Food Bank and with the assistance of the Department of Veterans Affairs, he was able to get back on his feet. Charles was able to make a good living, obtain housing and made connections with people in the community that accepted him as family. Charles overcame his circumstances and his amazing comeback became a great success story for Harvest Hope Food Bank.
Many years later, Charles was diagnosed with cancer. In a hospital bed clinging to his last moments, he never forgot the support that he received when times were tough. Upon his passing in June of 2015, it was discovered that Charles left his fortune along with his pick-up truck to Harvest Hope Food Bank as a way of giving back to the organization that provided him so much support during his moment of despair. His generous gift provided over 40,000 meals for those in need. Harvest Hope Food Bank salutes you, Charles. Thank you for your service to our country and our battle against hunger.
Harvest Hope continues to serve people in the community, like Charles, by providing critical hunger relief through our network of 450+ member agencies across 20 South Carolina counties. Our member agencies include local food pantries, emergency shelters, senior centers and after-school programs. Last year, donations provided food to serve more than 20 million meals in the Pee Dee, Midlands and Greater Greenville areas."
Charles' story has gained some notoriety, lately. Our winter 2015 story made it to the pages of South Carolina's top newspaper. We are very pleased that The State Newspaper featured Charles, reaching 240,000 people!
For more information about donating and/or volunteer opportunities, please visit our website: www.harvesthope.org.