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Upstate Giving, May 15, 2017

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AFL awards $15K grant to Middle Tyger Community Center

AFL has provided a $15,000 grant to the Middle Tyger Community Center, an organization that provides holistic resources to enhance and support the lives of people in Spartanburg County. Made possible by AFL’s Community Outreach Program, the grant will support the This Is My Child program and provide scholarships for low-income families and enhance the science curriculum for the new 3K class, according to a news release.

“Research demonstrates that participation in quality early learning can boost children’s educational attainment and earnings later in life,” said Andrea Moore, executive director of the center, in the release. “Children who attend high-quality preschool programs are less likely to utilize special education services or be retained in their grade, and are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college and succeed in their careers.”

The goal of This Is My Child is to prepare at-risk children for success in school. The Middle Tyger Community Center currently serves 44 children from six weeks old through 3K. This Is My Child provides quality childcare and preschool education while the young parents attend high school, college or GED classes. Tuition is offered on a sliding scale based on income.


Blue Ridge Fest raises funds for charities

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative reports $215,000 was raised for local nonprofits during the 20th annual Blue Ridge Fest in late April.

According to a news release, the funds will support nonprofit organizations in Greenville, Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties. Since the event’s inception, Blue Ridge Fest has raised more than $2.5 million for local human help organizations that provide individuals with necessities such as food, shelter, clothing and health care.

The charities receiving funds in 2017 include: Anderson Interfaith Ministries; Collins Children’s Home; Dot’s Kitchen of Westminster; Feed a Hungry Child; Helping Hands of Clemson; Hidden Treasure Christian School; Meal on Wheels of Anderson; North Greenville Crisis Ministry; Oconee Disabilities and Special Needs Board; Ripple of One; The Dream Center of Pickens County, and United Christian Ministries.

Representatives from Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative will host check presentations later this month for each non-profit organization receiving funds, according to the release.

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