SCACPA’s annual Month of Service is here. Are you still wondering how you can help your community this October? Let SCACPA help you get started.
First, if you or your firm is supporting any event, definitely let the SCACPA staff know so we can promote it through our social media. The best way is to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Association is proud to offer ways to connect with your peers to make a difference in your community. And we’ve got just the T-shirt that makes you look good doing it!
Last year, firms, chapters and individuals bought “CPAs Give” T-shirts and together we generated $2,625 for Children’s Trust of South Carolina. This year, the money we raise through “CPAs Give” T-shirt sales will benefit the newly formed scholarship fund in honor of Past President H. McRoy Skipper, CPA.
CHAPTER-SPONSORED DAYS OF SERVICE
Our eight statewide chapters are already coming up with exciting events to host. Here are some examples, so be sure to register to meet CPAs in your area.
Catawba – A T-Shirt sale will be available soon!
Central – Homeworks, Friday Oct. 19, 1-5 p.m. Come join your fellow SCACPA Central Chapter members at Homeworks for a day of hands-on service and help make a visible difference in the Capital City by repairing homes for low-income homeowners.
Coastal – Beach Sweep & Happy Hour, Thursday, Oct. 25. Register before Oct. 11 and receive a free Coastal Chapter CPA Gives T-shirt! This is a member-only event, and registrations will be capped at 50 members. The Beach Sweep is from 2-4 p.m., and we provide the garbage bags and rubber gloves. The beach sweep will conclude at Dunleavy’s Pub, where participants will receive appetizers and two drink tickets.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
There are many organizations that are preparing for the urgent need of Hurricane Florence disaster relief.
Go to CharityNavigator.org to find a list of highly rated organizations that are responding in the aftermath. The One SC Fund accepts donations that turn into grants to nonprofits to fund relief, recovery and/or rebuilding assistance programs.
Here are some of the charities that attracted out attention as we started planning for Month of Service:
Battle Buddies Inc. – Helps veterans, active military, first respondents and their families in times of crisis, focusing on suicide awareness and prevention. https://battlebuddy4life.org/
Additional veterans charities: https://www.sciway.net/org/military.html
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
Diaper Bank of the Carolinas – Provides diapers for children and families that fall under the poverty line. https://www.diaperbankofthecarolinas.org/)
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/)
Last year’s CPAs Give beneficiaries 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.
Community involvement is critical to making South Carolina better for individuals and businesses.
SCACPA WANTS TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR INVOLVEMENT
There’s one more important announcement we want to share about the October Month of Service: SCACPA is announcing the launch of our Community Connected Engagement Awards.
In November, we’ll review your description of your philanthropic endeavors and announce three winners: for Large-Firm Engagement, for Small-Firm Engagement and a Difference-Maker of Distinction.
SCACPA is a strong and vibrant community thanks to your hard work. Always remember you can make a difference in your community and a difference for those around you. Help us to continue our efforts within South Carolina to make the CPA profession well-known and well-respected.
Let’s come together as a generous community of leaders and support our state. Let’s get involved and share our success stories.