Mount Pleasant teen donates bikes to dozens of youth at Windwood Farm

2020-02-20T16:34:21-05:00February 20th, 2020|Categories: Homepage Featured Post, In the Press|

By Zach Giroux - The livelihood of 25 boys at a residential treatment facility was made a little bit better over the weekend. The boys’ happiness was a result of 25 bicycles donated by a single teenager. On Sunday afternoon, Feb. 16, Mount Pleasant 14-year-old Luke Payne and his family dropped off a trailer of used and refurbished bicycles to Windwood Farm Home for Children in Awendaw. The delivery was a surprise but both parties are still shocked with excitement and overjoyed. “We were just really tickled that somebody chose our charity,” said Debbie McKelvey, Windwood Farm’s executive director. “Especially somebody young stepping up and doing something like that; it’s very meaningful to us.” Since 1985, the private non-profit care program has been housing children 6 through 16-years-old to prevent abuse and neglect. Some children are homeless, the majority are in custody of the state after several previously failed placements. The program is [...]

Making Christmas brighter for Windwood Farms youth

2020-09-18T12:27:25-04:00December 17th, 2019|Categories: In the Press|

Peper column: Making Christmas brighter for Windwood Farms youth By Warren Peper There are a number of generous civic clubs that go the extra mile this time of year to provide a better Christmas to less fortunate children. It was an eye-opening privilege last week to watch the members of the Charleston Metro Exchange Club literally wrap their arms around a group of boys from Windwood Farm. Windwood is designed to provide hope, help and healing for abused and neglected boys in Charleston and Dorchester counties. When the boys, generally aged 8 to 14, arrive at the facility, all of their possessions are contained in a black plastic bag. What isn’t quite as visible is the additional baggage of abuse and neglect. While at Windwood, the goal is to provide safety, in a nurturing environment, while the boys are also given structure and therapy. Every single boy who arrives with his plastic bag is [...]

Charleston RiverDogs bring baseball, smiles to boys at Windwood Farm Home in Awendaw

2019-07-03T15:35:18-04:00July 3rd, 2019|Categories: In the Press, News|

Around lunchtime on a hot Wednesday late last month, Walter Nolan-Cohn took a break from the sun and chowed down on a chili dog. The lunch buddy beside him was one of 25 boys who live at Windwood Farm Home for Children in Awendaw, some 22 miles from Riley Park in downtown Charleston where Nolan-Cohn works. “We got to really talk to them and give them positive words of encouragement,” said Nolan-Cohn, the Community Relations Director for the Charleston RiverDogs baseball team. Lunch wasn’t the only reason he and several other RiverDogs staffers made the trip out to Windwood. The group partnered with Blackbaud and renovated Windwood’s baseball field. In one day, more than 30 members of the baseball team’s staff and a handful of Blackbaud employees cut the overrun grass, added new bases and reshaped the baseball diamond to bring it up to date. “It was essentially a backstop with high grass and [...]

Help is On the Horizon for the Children of SC

2019-02-14T15:29:14-05:00April 26th, 2018|Categories: In the Press|

Susan Alford is the director of the state Department of Social Services. Legislators approved Tuesday creating a new agency to oversee DSS and other child-welfare agencies. File COLUMBIA — South Carolina's child-welfare agencies are on the verge of getting a new watchdog to ensure they are doing their jobs. The General Assembly sent a bill to Gov. Henry McMaster on Tuesday creating a new state agency that lawmakers say should save lives and provide South Carolinians one stop for complaints. "We want to make sure children are getting the help they need from the state," said Rep. Bruce Bannister, R-Greenville. "We're trying to create independent oversight." More than 230 employees in four existing state programs would transfer to the new Department of Children's Advocacy, easing fears in a Republican-dominated Legislature that usually opposes growing government and adding employees. The only new position created — an agency director — would likely cost taxpayers $110,000 a year, according to [...]

Read about our Partnership with Jersey Mikes

2017-09-29T13:31:29-04:00April 15th, 2015|Categories: In the Press|

Manasquan, NJ (Restaurant News Release) Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its authentic fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, joined with its generous customers this March during the 5th Annual “Month of Giving” to raise more than $3 million for 150 different charities nationwide. Read More

Group works to help families remain intact

2017-09-29T13:36:17-04:00February 18th, 2015|Categories: In the Press|

The Summerville Journal Scene - A new group in Dorchester County has been quietly working to help families in disarray, but the group is far from new to the Lowcountry. Windwood Family Services started in 1985 as a juvenile residential care program in Awendaw. Read More