The weeks are ticking down until the start of our annual October Month of Service drive, and SCACPA is proud to help CPAs connect with their peers to make a difference in their communities.

SCACPA offers volunteer opportunities throughout the year to get involved with the Association. But this is the time of year when we show how community involvement is critical to making South Carolina better for individuals and businesses.

Be sure to keep check in at our “2019 CPAs Give” page at www.scacpa.org/service for more information and updates.

Our year-round #WhyCPA campaign tells the public why CPAs are trusted members of the community. CPA Month of Service is what proves it.

HELP US PROMOTE YOUR EVENT VIA SCACPA SOCIAL MEDIA

If you or your firm has its own special project in the works, let Vice President of Membership Lisa McGee know at lmcgee@scapca.org so SCACPA can promote it through our social media.

There are many organizations that are preparing for the urgent need of Hurricane Dorian disaster relief. The One SC Fund accepts donations that turn into grants to nonprofits to fund relief, recovery and/or rebuilding assistance programs for state-declared emergencies.

Also, the South Carolina community information site sciway.net has links to Service Organizations and Nonprofits throughout the state.

Here are some charities that regularly attract the attention of SCACPA members as we plan for Month of Service:

Children’s Trust of South Carolina – The only statewide organization focused on the prevention of child abuse, neglect and injury. https://scchildren.org/) * Recipient of SCACPA’s 2018 Month of Service gift

South Carolina Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – Seeks to end animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation, and investigates reports of animal cruelty. http://humanesc.org/)

Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina – Volunteer-delivered, K-12 programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and inspire students to reach their potential. https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-centralsc/)

Previous years’ “CPAs Give” beneficiaries have included:

  • Palmetto Health Walk for Life (Central Chapter)
  • Hope Center for Children (Foothills Chapter)
  • Bluffton Self Help (Sea Island Chapter)
  • Harvest Hope Food Bank
  • Lowcountry Foodbank
  • Northside Development Group
  • Pee Dee Heart Walk
  • United Way Mental Illness Recovery Center

Remember, the South Carolina Secretary of State’s office hosts a Charities Database that provides transparency about the organizations that file their reports. For example, you can learn how much of a group’s fundraising goes toward total expenses and how much is devoted to program services during the most recent reporting year.

GET INVOLVED WITH YOUR LOCAL CHAPTER

Each of our eight Chapters will have its own Month of Service activity. Look to www.scacpa.org/service for announcements from the Chapters for which causes each will support. SCACPA is a strong and vibrant community thanks to everyone’s hard work.

Central – Harvest Hope

Join your fellow SCACPA Central Chapter members on Friday, Oct. 18, at Harvest Hope for a day of hands-on service. After sorting donations, at 3:15 pm, join your colleagues for Happy Hour until 5:15 pm at River Rat Brewery.

Coastal – Beach Sweep & Happy Hour

Coastal Chapter members are invited to attend the Beach Sweep & Happy Hour on Thursday, Oct. 24 for SCACPA’s Day of Giving. Garbage bags and rubber gloves will be provided. The beach sweep will conclude at Dunleavy’s Pub, where participants will receive appetizers and two drink tickets. We’re capping registrations at 50 members, so go ahead and sign up to save your spot. Everyone who registers prior to October 10 will receive a Coastal Chapter Month of Service T-shirt.

Grand Strand – Horry CAST Haunted Hustle 5K

The Chapter will be participating in the Horry CAST Haunted Hustle 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. Family-Friendly Halloween Costumes are recommended. The Chapter will pay for entry fees for either the 5K Run or 1 Mile Walk for Chapter Members. Please RSVP no later than Friday, Oct. 18. Proceeds will benefit Horry CAST.

Event Details are coming soon for the Catawba, Foothills, Pee Dee, Piedmont and Sea Island chapters.

HAVE YOUR FIRM START AN INITIATIVE

The more you give, the more you get. This will be the second year of SCACPA’s Community Connected Engagement Awards. In November, we’ll review your descriptions of your philanthropic endeavors and announce a winner for the firm, chapter or individual who made the most significant impact, and that activity will be saluted at a luncheon during the 2020 Spring Splash accounting conference in Spartanburg.

McGregor & Company was the recipient of the inaugural Community Connected Engagement Award for their work in assisting food banks near four of its offices throughout South Carolina during our October Month of Service.

More than 1,300 pounds of nonperishable items and canned goods were donated, surpassing the firm’s goal of 1,000 pounds. Clients, colleagues and friends donated items at the McGregor & Company offices in Barnwell, Columbia, Greenville and Orangeburg. The beneficiaries were Cans for Cans (Barnwell), Oliver Gospel Mission (Columbia), Loaves & Fishes Community Services (Greenville) and the Filling Station (Orangeburg).

“We are grateful to be able to contribute to the work that Loaves & Fishes does to feed the hungry right here in our Greenville Community,” the firm wrote on social media while sharing photos of the food pickup at the Greenville office.

Last year, money that SCACPA raised through “CPAs Give” T-shirt sales and other donations created the McRoy and Jo Skipper Memorial Fund. Skipper, 74, was a partner at WebsterRogers and energetically served the CPA community for more than 40 years. This year marked the first time SCACPA was able to award the scholarship during its annual recognition of exceptional South Carolina accounting students.

See also: “SCACPA Members Talk About the Value of Volunteering During October Month of Service”

“As CPAs, we have an obligation to serve others,” said Phillip Parker, CPA, an instructor of Accounting, Finance, and Insurance at USC Lancaster and Treasurer of the Catawba Chapter.  “We do this by volunteering our time, resources, and abilities.  Our payment comes in the form of feeling good by helping others.

“I want to leave this world having made a positive impact on others.”