Every weekend, all six Charleston Radio Group stations come together to highlight the Lowcountry! Lowcountry Forever is a 30-minute program focused on those making a difference here, where we live. Every week, we talk one-on-one with community leaders, heads of nonprofits, newsmakers and individuals working to make the Lowcountry an even better place to live. Tune in each Sunday and hear about the good things going on in our neighborhoods, and to learn what you can do to help.
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Charleston MLK Celebration and The Formation Project
(Jan. 10, 2020)
The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in Charleston is one of the oldest in the nation, dating back to 1972, prior to the establishment of a national holiday honoring the Civil Rights leader. The Executive Director of the YWCA of Greater Charleston, the organization in charge of the celebration, LaVanda Brown talks about the history of the celebration, the challenges brought on by the pandemic, this year’s events, and the legacy of Dr. King and his impact in our community today. Learn more about the celebration on the YWCA of Greater Charleston’s website.
The Charleston region is one of the areas of our country that has a large percentage of the human trafficking that occurs in the U.S. As part of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Kat Wehunt, the founder of the Charleston “The Formation Project” spoke about the problem in the Lowcountry. Wehunt talked about her own experiences with trafficking, why so much of it occurs in Charleston, what people should know about the issue and how The Formation Project is working to prevent human trafficking and assisting those who have been trafficked. Visit the website of The Formation Project to learn more.
Dee Norton & American Cancer Society
(Oct. 25, 2020)
The Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center in Charleston has a goal to create a community where children are safe from abuse and trauma. Throughout the month of October, the Center is asking Lowcountry residents to take their pledge to prevent child abuse. Beverly Hutchinson discussed how the pledge works, as well as explaining the mission of the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center, what the center does to help children and families, and what area residents can do to assist their efforts.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Charleston Radio Group has teamed up with the American Cancer Society to support their local events all month long. The final, and signature event is the “Making Strides Charleston Car Parade.” Kyle Jamison is a cancer survivor who not only participates in the event, but has involved the North Charleston Police Department, where he is an officer. Kyle talks about how the American Cancer Society assisted him while he was fighting the disease, how the organization helped his mother, also a cancer survivor, and how people can be a part of this year’s Making Strides event.
Operation Gratitude, The Reindeer Run & Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Center
(Nov. 1, 2020)
The Halloween Candy Give-Back Program, part of Operation Gratitude, has been connecting communities with Military and First Responder Heroes each fall since 2007. Suzy Kopp, a local real estate agent and Operation Gratitude advocate, provides information on the organization and how area residents can donate their extra Halloween candy to Deployed Troops, Veterans, and First Responders with the goal of forging strong bonds between the civilian and service communities nationwide.
The annual Reindeer Run, sponsored by Half Moon Outfitters is a 5K charity run that benefits the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital. Haley Krischner is the race director, and spoke about the history of the race, how Covid-19 has changed this year’s event to a virtual run, and how people can register and get involved this December.
With Veterans Day approaching, Sue Kerver the Voluntary Service Program Manager at the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Center, updates the Lowcountry on their upcoming programs for Veterans. Plus, shares details on the November 11th, virtual Veterans Day Parade. And, provides information on how people can volunteer and help Veterans in need during these COVID-19 times, and throughout the holiday season.
The Salvation Army & Camp Rise Above (Nov. 8, 2020)
Like most non-profits and community organizations, Covid-19 has created challenges for the Salvation Army. Sgt. Mike Michels, the local commander of the Salvation Army, explained how their “Angel Tree” program is adapting this year because of the pandemic, as well as sharing the changes to their kettle program. In addition to explaining the year round services that the Salvation Army provides through the Lowcountry, Sgt. Michels spoke of their needs and how people could volunteer and assist them in their mission.
Every year, millions of children are able to have the experience of going to camp. However, not all children are provided that opportunity. Erin Ulmer, the Executive Director of Camp Rise Above, explains how the non-profit give children with disabilities or diseases that same opportunity. In addition to the discussion on the services Camp Rise Above provides, Ulmer also shares the challenges COVID-19 has presented, and give information about the November 14th Homebrewed Harvest event, to raise funds for Camp Rise Above.
Raising the Volume (Gaillard Center) & The Charleston Basket Brigade (Nov. 16, 2020)
The Charleston Gaillard Center has launched a new program entitled “Raising the Volume,” a conversation on music, race, art, activism and community. One of the two show hosts, Markus Amaker talked about his hope for the program and explained his role in the project. Also discussed was who would be featured on “Raising the Volume,” why they were chosen and the education angle of the program, and how it would impact area schools.
Every year, the Charleston Basket Brigade gathers at the North Charleston Convention Center on the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving to pack and deliver more than 3,000 meals to families in need. Because of Covid-19, this year’s Charleston Basket Brigade will be different, with no packing event. Pam Hartley, the founder of the Charleston Basket Brigade talks about the challenges the pandemic has provided, the greater need in the community because of it, and how they are moving forward this year. Plus, she provides information on how people can still assist in providing turkeys to those who otherwise might have to go without.
Toys for Tots & "Turkey & a Twenty" at One80 Place (Nov. 22, 2020)
Homelessness continues to be an issue across the Lowcountry, particularly in the city of Charleston. One80 Place is a non-profit with a mission to prevent and end homelessness. Chief Development Officer Marco Corona discussed how One80 Place works and what their short and long terms goals are for the Lowcountry. Katie Smith, their Director of Annual Giving spoke of the effects of COVID-19 on their fundraising efforts, and talked about their upcoming holiday fundraiser, “Turkey and a 20” on Tuesday, November 24th.
The annual Marine Corp Reserve “Toys for Tots” campaign is underway for the holiday season. The toy collection drive in the Lowcountry is one of the largest across the country. Staff Sgt. Woodruff, the local Toys for Tots coordinator talked about the challenges of this year’s drive because of COVID-19. He shared information on Toys for Tots needs for this year, important deadlines, explained how the toy drive helped the community and how listeners could take part in this year’s Toys for Tots campaign.
"Pick Me SC" w/the Charleston Animal Society & South Carolina Stingrays (Dec. 6, 2020)
The no-kill Charleston Animal Society continues its community outreach. From December 4th through the 13th, the Charleston Animal Society has taken the lead in “Pick Me SC,” a statewide event where larger shelters work with, and help out smaller, rural shelters in getting animals adopted. Kay explained how “Pick Me SC” works, and spoke about animal issues in the Lowcountry, and provide tips for listeners with pets for the holidays.
When COVID-19 hit the Lowcountry last spring, the South Carolina Stringrays were one of the many businesses directly affected, having to end their season two months early, in March. Rob Concannon, the teams President and GM, discusses how the organization reacted to the shutdown, the adjustments they had to make over the spring and summer months, and how they are preparing for a new season, with COVID-19 restrictions, which opens on Friday, December 11th.