Hands On: Economic Mobility Volunteer Series

When we announced our 2021 Hands On: Economic Mobility Volunteer Series, we were hopeful for the impact we could make together across Greenville County — but we were blown away by how this community showed up!

Nearly 800 volunteers joined donors and community partners to support local students and teachers, create pathways to employment for those looking to enter or re-enter the workforce, and address food insecurity in our community.

With your support, we:

  • Collected over 3,000 meals for families in Greenville County
  • Received 380 completed graduation cards to celebrate our Class of 2021
  • Raised $1,800 to offset out-of-pocket expenses for local teachers.

Learn more about each of our series events:

1. OnTrack Greenville: Navigating Education in a Post-COVID World
Presented by Canal Insurance Company

Led by OnTrack Greenville Executive Director Dr. Edward Anderson, this conversation focused on how OnTrack has supported our schools and our students through a very different and difficult year, including the launch of our SchoolCNXT app, mentoring opportunities and community resource drive-thrus.

You can watch the full presentation here.

2. Celebrating Seniors: Card Writing for Greenville County Grads
Supporting Sponsors: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices C. Dan Joyner, REALTORS

To celebrate the hard work and perseverance of the Class of 2021, we called on our community to complete graduation cards for seniors at our OnTrack schools. Nearly 400 cards were collected to show Greenville County graduates some well-deserved love.

Thank you to our sponsors at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices C. Dan Joyner, REALTORS and card writing host sites Cohesive Coffee and Starbucks.

3. Support the Teachers Fund

Teachers spend an annual average of $500-$1,000 out of pocket to purchase items for their classrooms. To help offset these expenses for Greenville County teachers, we launched the Support the Teachers Fund and raised $1,800. You can still give to the fund here.

4. Virtual Opportunity Fair
Supporting Sponsors: Fluor Corporation, First Palmetto Bank, GE, Insight Global, ITW Hartness

The arrival of COVID-19 introduced new challenges for graduating students and those struggling to find work. To support those looking to enter or re-enter the workforce, we hosted a Virtual Opportunity Fair featuringjob interview coaching, resume writing, dress for success tips and financial coaching. Thank you to our volunteers and sponsors at Fluor Corporation, First Palmetto Bank, GE, Insight Global and ITW Hartness.

5. Food First Community Food Drive 
Presented by UPS Inside Sales | Supporting Sponsors: GE, Harris Teeter, JTEKT North America

Nearly 64,000 people in Greenville County are considered food insecure, and over 75 percent of households receiving food assistance have children under 18. To address food insecurity in our community, we held our Food First Community Food Drive on Friday, May 28. With drop-off locations in Greenville, Travelers Rest and Greer, we collected over 3,600 lbs of food for food pantries to serve families and individuals across our county! Learn more about our food pantry partners here.

A special thank you to our Food First Community Food Drive presenting sponsors UPS Inside Sales and supporting sponsors GE, Harris Teeter and JTEKT North America.

Thank you for continuing to show up when our neighbors need us most and helping us build a Greenville County where all people have access to the opportunities to achieve their full potential.

Together, we are building a brighter future for Greenville County and a stronger, more equitable community for all. To continue supporting our work, consider making a gift today.

A special thank you to our partners for making this series possible:

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