CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Thousands of people around the Lowcountry are banding together to help the community during Trident United Way Day of Caring on Friday.
It's an effort that started in 2000, but picked up steam after 9/11.
Hundreds of organizations and volunteer groups are participating in the effort to build a stronger community and help those in need.
Some of the organizations participating include:
-Lowcountry Food Bank
- Employees of Elliott Davis LLC, several federal agencies and Cummins Inc will serve as Reading Partners to read aloud and discuss Dr. Seuss's "Oh! The Place You'll Go! with kids at Chicora, Mary Ford, Goodwin, Mitchell and Burns Elementary Schools, in North Charleston, and Memminger.
-A network of organizations will collaborate on a Connect to Care Expo at Moncks Corner Medical Center, 401 North Live Oak Drive, Hwy 17A, Moncks Corner.
-Fifty sailors from the Navy Nuclear Power Training Command will descend upon the Gregg Middle School renovation at 500 Greenwave Blvd in Summerville.
-The folks at Cummins, selected as this year's Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist by the Association for Fundraising Professionals, will help plant and tend a community garden in partnership with Metanoia, to provide free, locally-grown food for the Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood. The project includes the construction of a worm farm. The garden is at 3107 North Carolina Ave. in North Charleston.
-Santee Cooper, Berkeley County Government and Berkeley Water employees will conduct eye clinics at Sumpter Free Health Clinic, 1083 Hwy 35 in St. Stephen.
-Members of Trident United Way's Women's Leadership Council (WLC) will work with the pre-natal and post-natal girls at Florence Crittenton, 19 St. Margaret Street in Charleston to talk about life choices and career options. This is part of an ongoing mentoring relationship the WLC has with the girls.
-David Weekly Homes will join children at the Buddy Bench as part of an anti-bullying initiative at Lambs Elementary School, 6800 Dorchester Road in North Charleston.
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