Local nonprofit thankful for Lowcountry Giving Day

VIDEO: Local nonprofit thankful for Lowcountry Giving Day
Published: May. 5, 2015 at 10:30 PM EDT|Updated: May. 5, 2015 at 11:56 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The clock is ticking but you still have time to donate to the Lowcountry Giving Day.

The day-long donation drive has already raised over $3.7 million, all the money is going to local nonprofits.

This is the second year Coastal Community Foundation, a local nonprofit itself, has hosted the event. They selected the 180 nonprofit organizations featured in the event.

Trident Literacy is one of the foundations receiving funds.

"Literacy is the foundation of everything," said Eileen Chepenik, Executive Director off Trident Literacy.

Every year, Trident Literacy teaches around 1,500 adults in the Lowcountry how to read.

"It takes a lot of courage to admit that they have low literacy skills and some can barely read at all," said Chepenik.

Beyond improving reading skills, the non profit also helps people earn their GED and even learn English.

"We help about 300 immigrants learn English and some actually pass the citizenship test while they're with us," said Chepenik.

There are many more people in need who they haven't reached yet.

"There are 60,000 adults in the Tri-County who don't have a high school credential and that has a serious impact on our economy," Chepenik said.

Trident Literacy, has been operating in the Lowcountry for 43 years.

Chepenik says the Lowcountry Giving Day isn't just about the donated money, but also getting the word out about their services and bringing the community together.

"All of these organizations can't exist without the philanthropy of the rest of the people in the community," Chepenik said.

Last year, Lowcountry Giving Day raised $4 million for local nonprofits.

You can donate here: https://lowcountrygivingday.org/.

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