In case you missed it — United Way of Kershaw County announced the expansion of new transitional housing developments through its New Day program. The initiative connects members to temporary housing and provides access to education, skills training + mental health resources.
DYK — United Way is a world-wide nonprofit that works to lend a helping hand to citizens by mobilizing local community involvement? Luckily for us, we have a few United Way branches in our backyard that strive to identify missing resources within our diverse communities and then connect citizens to services that improve quality of life.
United Way of the Midlands participating in Volunteer Week | Photo provided by United Way
The COLAtoday team sat down with Sara Fawcett, the President and CEO of United Way of the Midlands, and she shared the organization's 2021 Community Assessment with us. It outlines eight months of gathered data across six counties. Through the assessment, United Way identified eight steps we can take to fill in resource gaps within our communities.
Two of the actionable steps are:
- Creating a more unified vision for growth and economic development.
Supporting adults in upskilling and obtaining better paying jobs.
So, to play a part in connecting families to economic stability, we’re sharing three available jobs that don’t require a college degree:
Front House Supervisor | The Gourmet Shop is looking to hire a motivated individual with service experience + offers the possibility of growth, daytime hours, and a fun environment.
Sales Consultant | CarMax requires someone to help customers in finding the right vehicle, guide visitors through the car buying process, and compile relevant records.
Traffic Control Flagger | Area Wide Protective needs someone to set up work zones with proper equipment, communicate to keep everyone safe, control traffic flow, and provide outstanding service to customers.
If you’re reading this and do have a job in the Soda City, maybe your company can collaborate with United Way to kickstart a Workplace Campaign. We encourage you to read through the full assessment + identify ways you can take action to improve the quality of life for all communities within the Midlands.
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- Tropical Terrarium Workshop | Wed., May 11 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Gardener's Outpost, 1211 Franklin St, Columbia SC, 29201 | $35 | A hands-on terrarium crafting workshop with two-inch tropical plants 🪴
Wine Wednesday / Terrarium in a Bottle | Wed., May 11 | 6:30-8 p.m. | PlantHouse Columbia, 702 Cross Hill Rd. | $35 | This workshop has allowed us to keep over 1,000 glass bottles out of landfills.
- Blue Man Group | Thurs., May 12 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Koger Center for the Arts | $100+ | Featuring original music, custom-made instruments, surprise audience interaction + hilarious absurdity 🥁
Public Tour: Sculpture And Transformation In Rodin And Agha | Thurs., May 12 | 6-7 p.m. | Columbia Museum of Art | Free with admission | Enjoy a guided tour through two exhibitions that explore the nature of sculpture and the manipulation of light + space through metal.
Devine in Bloom Fashion Show |Thurs., May 12 | 6-10 p.m. | Riverside Community Church, 2925 Devine St. | $60+ | Start the evening off with an amazing garden party followed by the fashion show. 👚
- Darren Brand | Fri., May 13-Sat., May 14 | Times vary | The Comedy House | $20 | There is a two-item minimum with your ticket purchase.
Goin' South | Fri., May 13 | 7-10 p.m. | Icehouse Amphitheater, 107 W Main St. | $25+ | Proceeds will benefit The Christopher Conner Foundation to provide educational scholarships and need-based financial aid for SC musicians + their families. 🎸
Kokedama Workshop | Fri., May 13 | 6:30-8 p.m. | PlantHouse Columbia, 702 Cross Hill Rd. | $25 | The crew will share the history of kokedamas and instruct guests on how to create their own.
- Drink Pink Rosé Festival | Sun., May 15 | 12-5 p.m. | Hampton Preston Mansion and Gardens, 1615 Blanding St. | $75+ | The Southeast's largest Rosé Festival is in its seventh year, ft. 100+ Rosé wines, paella by chef Kristian Niemi of Bourbon and Black Rooster, live music, and local vendors. 🍷*
We have a monthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
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The artist lineup for the 9th annual Reggaetronic Lake Murray Music Festival has been announced. The festival will include performances by Henry Fong, Brian Dawe, Signal Fire, Sun Dried Vibes + Lefty at the Washout. The festival will take place on Sat., June 4 at Spence Island. 🎶
Flock together. The annual South Carolina Poultry Festival begins tomorrow. From May 12-14, head to downtown Batesburg-Leesville for the parade, road races, and attractions like games, rides, food vendors + craft booths. (Cola Daily) 🐓
Whatever floats your boat. A house on Lake Murray is on the market for $3.2 million. The two-story property on Old Chapin Road comes with a wrap around porch, pool, and a private lakefront view with a dock. The listing also promises the installation of a 2,100-lb. boat lift. (The State) 🏠
- Columbia Eye Clinic is opening its newest location at 3227 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. Roger Winn, SIOR + Braden Shockley of Trinity Partners represented the tenant while Nick Stomski, SIOR represented the landlord in the transaction of the 5,700-sqft building. 👀*
The COMET is looking for input from Lower Richland residents about routes, amenities, and reflex routes. Take the survey or attend the public meeting on Mon., May 23 from 6-8 p.m. at the Garners Ferry Adult Activity Center (8620 Garners Ferry Rd., Hopkins). (WLTX) 🚦
Re•Find is holding its Spring Flea event on Sat., May 14. Attendees can enter the outdoor market (at 10508 Two Notch Rd.) for free, shop from a variety of vintage vendors, and enjoy snow cones + tacos. Vendors can apply for a spot using this form. 🛍
Richland Recycles Day is coming up. On Sat., May 14. Residents can drop off materials like tires, electronics, scrap metal, paper + hazardous waste for free at the State Fairgrounds (1200 Rosewood Dr.). The collection takes place from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and patrons must show proof of Richland residence. 🚮
NoMa Warehouse is holding The Steel Garden Garden Party this Sat., May 14. The social shopping event features delicious food, sweets, a champagne bar, local vendors, and live music. Get your all-inclusive ticket and spring over to 2222 Sumter St. from 3:30-5 p.m. for the festivities. 🌼
Let’s raise the woof. Modern Companion’s Barking Lot Pawty is returning this Saturday for the second year. All fur babies + families are invited to enjoy dog-friendly games, giveaways, and vendors. The free event will be held at 508 B Lexington Ave. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 🐾
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Spend the day sipping champagne on the Smoked courtyard for the Chandon Garden Party on Sat., May 21 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The $75 ticket price includes live music + entertainment. A brunch omelet station, oyster roast, all-you-can-drink champagne + original Peak Drift beers will be available for purchase. 🍾*
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