OPS students raise funds with products made in S.C.

Orangeburg Preparatory School is the first school in the region to partner with Local Happiness to offer custom Orangeburg-invented JoJo Socks, Orangeburg Pecan Co. and other made-in-South Carolina items while raising funds.

Ken Carey, creator of Local Happiness, a Certified SC Product-filled fundraiser, said, “Now schools have great opportunities to support businesses from all over South Carolina instead of from all over the world.”

“We are excited to offer parents and community members the opportunity to purchase South Carolina-invented gifts. We hope it’ll do well for our school,” said Kim Miller, OPS teacher.

Four years ago, Carey got frustrated with his own elementary-aged children having to sell out-of-state frozen cookie dough to raise money. After seeing the Certified SC Grown sticker and one that said, “Nothing Fresher, Nothing Finer, Buy South Carolina,” Carey went online and learned that there are companies here making great products.

Local Happiness partnered with Freddie Felder at Orangeburg Pecan Co. and Joanna Goodwin at JoJo Socks and other Certified SC Product makers from all over The Palmetto State.

For more on the effort, visit localhappiness.net/orangeburgprep.

Verizon leads efforts against domestic abuse

GREENVILLE —Verizon has donated nearly $157,000 to South Carolina domestic violence prevention efforts year-to-date.

Through its HopeLine program, as well as through the Verizon Foundation, the wireless provider has supported domestic violence initiatives across South Carolina with funding, and in addition to cash grants, donated cell phones and wireless service to shelters that serve women who need a way to stay connected to loved ones when leaving abusive relationships.

HopeLine, Verizon’s cell phone recycling program, turns no-longer used wireless devices, batteries and chargers into support for domestic violence agencies. Phones donated in South Carolina directly benefit the state’s domestic violence shelters on an on-going basis.

“This October, we observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month amid one of the most widespread conversations about the issue I have ever witnessed,” said Jerry Fountain, president for Verizon Wireless in the Carolinas and Tennessee. “Verizon has been focused on domestic violence prevention and awareness since 2001, and we’re proud to support these incredible organizations who are making a difference in our communities. In this monumental year, we’re introducing new ways any person can contribute to changing the culture.”

To get involved, South Carolinians can donate no-longer used cell phones at any Verizon Wireless store. Verizon ensures personal information is erased from all donated devices before refurbishing or recycling them in an environmentally friendly way and putting the proceeds to work for domestic violence agencies.

SCSBDC director elected to board

COLUMBIA — Michele Abraham, the state director of the South Carolina Small Business Development Centers, was recently elected to the board of directors for the national association of SBDCs. Elected by open vote of 63 state and regional directors, Abraham will serve a two-year term.

The national board represents the collective interest of America’s SBDC members by promoting, informing, supporting and continuously improving the Small Business Development Center network, which delivers nationwide educational assistance to strengthen small and medium-sized businesses, which helps to grow local, state and national economies.

Seventeen South Carolina Small Business Development Centers across the state offer individual, confidential business consulting at no cost.

SRNS Safety Program earns DOE award

AIKEN — Savannah River Nuclear Solutions LLC continues to achieve STAR Status within the Department of Energy’s Voluntary Protection Program each year. Only a small percentage of DOE sites, laboratories and organizations can make the same claim.

Upon receiving Star of Excellence recognition by DOE three years consecutively, award recipients are recognized for their continued safety excellence with the Legacy of Stars Award.

SRNS has received 13 Star of Excellence Awards and recently received their fourth Legacy of Stars Award at the VPP National Conference. This is the sixth time since SRNS won the Management and Operations contract for the Savannah River Site that SRNS has received DOE’s highest safety honor.

In a related announcement, Savannah River Remediation, the liquid waste contractor at SRS, has surpassed 6.5 million hours of work without a lost work day. SRR employees achieved the milestone on Sept. 24. The company’s last lost work day case occurred on March 25, 2013.

To put this accomplishment in perspective, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data indicates the average company in SRR’s industry would have experienced 29 injuries, requiring a worker to miss a day of work during the span of 6.5 million hours.

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