October 2018

  • Posted by Erin Johnson

    Redefining Cycling in the Midlands

    October 31, 2018

    “We want to redefine what cycling is in the Midlands,” states Scott Nuelken, President and Chair, Cola Town Bike Collective. This is the goal of Cola Town Bike Collective’s project, Sprocket.

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  • Posted by James Mercado

    More Than Yarn

    October 2, 2018

    Yarn may seem like an unusual item to use to bring a community together but that is exactly what it has done in Sumter.

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September 2018

  • Posted by Erin Johnson

    Growing Connections

    September 6, 2018

    The Town of North’s beautification project of the 178 & 321 Intersection was selected as a 2018 Connected Communities grant recipient.  The Connected Communities grant initiative funds innovative ideas in three focus areas,

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August 2018

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Creating Community Connections

    August 30, 2018

    Knight Soul of the Community (SOTC) was a three-year study of the 26 John S. and James L. Knight Foundation communities across the United States.

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September 2017

  • Posted by CCCF Guest

    A Summer to Remember at the Lexington Main Library

    September 8, 2017

    Each summer the Lexington Main Library offers a variety of events in conjunction with the Lexington County Public Library’s summer reading program.  Thanks to the Connected Communities Grant, it can easily be described as "A Summer to Remember!"

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June 2017

November 2016

  • Posted by CCCF Guest

    Marked by the Water

    November 30, 2016

    It took less than a week after the rains had stopped—before the water really started to subside—for the artists in the SC Midlands to start looking for an outlet for all the creative energy we had stored as we had witnessed the worst period of flooding in any of our lives. The 1000 Year Flood that struck us on October 4th, 2015 effected our community in ways that ranged from threatening to devastating. There was work to be done. From physical labor to hauling supplies to helping keep tabs on needs and news via social media, everyone had a job to do. And no less important was the job of the artists who rose to meet the cultural imperative for which they knew they were responsible—documenting not only what happened to our community, but how it made us feel and think. How it changed the way we saw our places in nature, in the community, and in the future.

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October 2016

February 2016

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    The Midlands' Remarkable Culture of Volunteerism

    February 12, 2016

    Our community is made up of many remarkable people who generously donate their time and talents to a variety of causes without expecting anything in return. The collective impact of our community’s volunteer efforts is inspiring and is one of the main reasons this week’s “Love Where You Live Series” writers love the Midlands.

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January 2016

December 2015

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Reflections of a Story Catcher

    December 11, 2015

    From JoAnn Turnquist:  This week, the Jewish community is celebrating Hanukkah, the annual celebration of the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. This meaningful holiday brings families together and, whenever families gather, stories are shared. In this week’s “Love Where You Live” blog post, we have the pleasure of hearing from one of our community’s greatest “Story Catchers,” Robin Waites, Executive Director of Historic Columbia. Historic Columbia is helping the Columbia Jewish community share their stories through the Columbia Jewish Heritage Initiative. This initiative is funded through the Foundation’s Connected Communities grant initiative, an initiative designed to create a more open and welcoming community. I hope you enjoy Robin’s reflections on this initiative and that it brings you closer to our Jewish friends this holiday season.

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October 2015

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    A Philanthropic Partnership

    October 16, 2015

    In the aftermath of the recent floods, the kindness of neighbors and strangers alike has been demonstrated over and over again throughout our region – philanthropy in action.  Although it will take time to recover and rebuild, it is important to celebrate the first steps we have taken towards that goal. Best of Philanthropy is a celebration of giving back. Each year, the Foundation partners with our friends at Columbia Metropolitan Magazine to present the Best of Philanthropy Awards event. This event celebrates and honors ordinary people doing extraordinary service in the community. 


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September 2015

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    My dad's glasses: Seeing things differently through art and collaboration

    September 18, 2015

    From JoAnn Turnquist: It is a joy to introduce our next guest blogger in our “Love Where You Live” series. Ed Madden is the inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of Columbia. He is also an associate professor of English and director of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina. Recently, Mr. Madden participated in the Identity show at Columbia Museum of Art. This art show was one of many community engagement activities tied to the Warhol exhibit at the museum and was funded through the Foundation’s Connected Communities Grants. I hope you enjoy his story of how he is giving back to Columbia through the arts.


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August 2015

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Why I Go 'Round in Circles'!

    August 27, 2015

    From JoAnn Turnquist:  I’m delighted to introduce Dr. Benjamin Dixon, our first guest blogger in our “Love Where You Live” series. Dr. Dixon is the founder and President of COLA Gives, Columbia’s first African-American giving circle.  Through his efforts, communities have come together to make a difference through collective giving. I hope his story inspires you to “love where you live” and “live what you love.”


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  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Love Where You Live

    August 13, 2015

    There’s a lot to love about the Midlands. From vibrant festivals and weekend events to beautiful parks and places to gather, our community offers much to do and many places to enjoy. As we work to improve our community, we want to recognize the good work that is already being done. So, during the next twelve months our blog will tell the stories of the everyday philanthropists in our community, folks who love where they live and who through their actions are helping build a connected community.  We look forward to sharing these stories and hope they inspire you to love where you live and invest in its future.

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