We’re getting close to SCACPA’s annual October Month of Service. The Association is proud to offer ways to connect with your peers to make a difference in your community.

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. Community involvement is critical to making South Carolina better for individuals and businesses.

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 one will support. SCACPA will again have a “CPAs Give” T-shirt for sale as a fundraiser to wear at their charity and service events.

The Coastal Chapter will again be conducting a beach sweep and social for its project.

Penny Lewis, CPA and former SCACPA Board Chair, joined fellow members last October when they held their beach sweep on Sullivan’s Island followed by a happy hour at Dunleavy’s Pub.

“I met several new friends and caught up with some older friends that I had not seen in a while,” Penny said. “Not only did we all make a difference in our community, we all had fun and laughed.  I connected with CPAs who have practices similar to mine, and we have bounced ideas off of each other.”

SCACPA is a strong and vibrant community thanks to everyone’s hard work.

“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.”

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.