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With volunteer opportunities ranging from animal and wildlife rescue to arts and culture, and community improvement and support, Upstate South Carolina offers residents a chance to tap into their creativity when it comes to enriching quality of life for all.
Just look to The Greenville Humane Society, one of the largest no-kill facilities in the Southeast, which inspired a group of young professionals to form the Green Collar Society. This grassroots group helps to further the cause of the Greenville Humane Society through events like “Yappy Hour,” a bring-your-dog happy hour hosted in collaboration with Quest Brewing. Another key event is Blue Ridge Fest, one of the premier charity events in Upstate SC, which combines great entertainment and a classic car cruise-in with good food. The event has donated nearly $2.8 million to Upstate charities throughout its 20+ years.
Upstate SC is a community where people aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. A case in point is United Way Hands On Greenville Day. On the first Saturday in May each year, well over 100 projects are completed. In 2018, more than 4,600 volunteers combined for 18,400 hours of service across roughly 140 locations.
Whatever moves you, there are groups and causes where you can plug in. Have a passion to promote the arts? Check out the Metropolitan Arts Council. Want to protect and conserve picturesque properties? Work with the Nature Conservancy of South Carolina. How about serving as a mentor? Look to the Boys and Girls Club of the Upstate. To promote continued international diversity, tap into Upstate International or join the efforts of the Hispanic Alliance or Sister Cities International.
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