Tuesday is a big day for nonprofit agencies in The T&D Region and around the Midlands of South Carolina.

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The Central Carolina Community Foundation’s Midlands Gives challenge is crucial to the organizations and their missions. The 24-hour online giving campaign begins at midnight Tuesday and runs 24 hours until the clock turns to Wednesday at midnight.

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In its sixth year, Midlands Gives serves as a hub for donors to give online to more than 400 nonprofits in the 11 Midlands counties served by the foundation. On Tuesday, donations will be accepted via one central website at http://www.MidlandsGives.org. (You can go online now and schedule your donation).

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The nonprofits to whom gifts are directed serve a wide range of needs. In The T&D Region, the organizations seeking your help include:

• Healing Species teaches compassion, preventing violence and changing lives through rescued dogs.

• The Orangeburg County Historical Society encourges the study and research of the history of Orangeburg County.

• The Oaks/United Methodist Community. The mission of The Oaks is to provide superior continuing care retirement living and a working environment.

• CASA/Family Sytems serves Bamberg, Calhoun and Orangeburg counties. The primary focus is support, advocacy and intervention to individuals and families affected by sexual assault, family violence, and/or child abuse and neglect.

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• The Orangeburg Civic Ballet endeavors to bring cultural enrichment to Orangeburg County and the surrounding community.

• Edisto Habitat for Humanity is a Christian housing organization in Orangeburg.

• Family Health Centers Inc. is a federally funded community health center serving the medically underserved residents of Orangeburg, Bamberg, Calhoun and upper Dorchester counties.

• Jazz 90.3, WSSB – A public radio station at S.C. State University.

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• Orangeburg County Community of Character – The organization promoting character development.

• The Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center provides the facilities and encouragement for people to enjoy and participate in the arts.

• Claflin University – Funds are used for the FOCUS100 Scholarship Fund, which contributes emergency funding assistance to students who might otherwise be forced to forfeit attending school due to short-term financial hardships.

• Dazz Orangeburg provides life-affirming health and reproductive services in a Christian environment.

• The Junior Service League of Orangeburg provides assistance to the needy and volunteer community service.

• Elloree Heritage Museum & Cultural Center Inc.

• Second Chance of Orangeburg Animal Rescue Coalition is a volunteer-led organization devoted to a safe haven for homeless pets.

• The Orangeburg Part-Time Players provides cultural enrichment through live community theater.

• Orangeburg SPCA -- The Orangeburg Maude Schiffley Chapter of SPCA is a no-kill, non-profit adoption center.

• Sandy Run Museum and Cultural Center.

• The Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College Foundation provides monetary support for the academic programs and services offered by OCtech.

• The Downtown Orangeburg Revitalization Association encourages development, redevelopment and improvement of downtown Orangeburg.

• The Dr. Robert E. Howard/WHS Scholarship Fund offers opportunities for attending an academic institution of higher learning in the Orangeburg area.

The list is impressive, including community improvement, human services, animal rescue, the arts and more. Nearly every person will be touched by a nonprofit at some point in life.

The local nonprofits participating in Midlands Gives are rallying together to encourage everyone to join in and make our community stronger through giving. Tuesday is the day.

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