Adverse Childhood Experiences South Carolina’s Adverse Childhood Experiences Initiative Empowering communities to prevent childhood adversity Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that occur in a child’s life prior to the age of 18. This adversity can harm a child’s brain and its development, which can result in long-term negative health and social outcomes. ACEs include emotional, physical and sexual abuse; domestic violence; substance use and mental illness of someone in the household; being separated from parents, including incarceration and divorce; food insecurity; and homelessness. Through the empowerment of communities, the South Carolina ACE Initiative helps children and families overcome the effects of traumatic experiences, prevent poor health outcomes and promote well-being later in life. Children’s Trust is training to increase awareness of ACEs and their impact, collecting and disseminating data, building a prevention planning framework, and promoting sound legislative policy to address ACEs in our communities. More about the Original ACE Study Know [...]
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 [...]
Mark your calendar for November 8th and join us for "Havana Nights", the gala to support Windwood Family Services. Being held at The Cedar Room, the night will include Cuban influenced food and drinks, live auction, silent auction, raffles, live music, dancing, and of course cigars and fedoras! Join us as a sponsor!
103.5 WEZL and the Town of Mount Pleasant are kicking off summer with our 2018 Party in the Park presented by Southern Lumber and Millwork. The free summer concert series returns to Mount Pleasant's Memorial Waterfront Park every Tuesday in June! Windwood is the proud beneficiary of proceeds from the Dixie Vodka tent! Join us for free music and awesome adult libations as we raise money for our children and families. If you are over 21 and would like to volunteer to help us serve patrons please sign up! See the full lineup below!
Join us every Tuesday and Thursday through the end of May at Edmunds Oast Exchange for $5 beer and wine tastings. Carefully selected by Edmunds Oast's Beer Director and Sommelier, these libations are sure to delight. The items being tasted change daily so make sure to check out more than one of these events! And follow us on Instagram @Windwoodfarm to see what we are pouring each night. See you at the Exchange 5:30-7:30 through the end of May.
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 [...]
Click Here to Become a Sponsor Today! Click Here to Make an In-Kind Donation to our Silent Auction! Click Here to Download the FULL Sponsorship Packet! PRESENTING SPONSOR - $10,000 15 complimentary VIPig tickets with 15 commemorative pint glasses 10x10 corporate sponsor tent in VIPig section, including open bar and private food station Radio commercials and TV exposure Placement in promotional campaign including electronic/print media and signage Logo on the Pork & Pearls website and listing on event ticket Presenting sponsorship acknowledgement in all promotional materials Expanded marketing package, with 10 social media mentions Recognition in event highlight video Preferred event parking KIDS KORAL SPONSOR – $7,500 12 complimentary VIPig tickets with 12 commemorative pint glasses 10x10 corporate sponsor tent in VIPig section, including open bar and private food station Radio commercials and TV exposure Placement in promotional campaign including electronic/print media and signage Logo on the Pork & Pearls website Logo placement throughout Kids [...]
How to Help a Child in Foster Care this Christmas The holiday season; a time for joy, a time for happiness. Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, Kwanzaa; a time of giving and of family. It is a time of wonder and excitement for millions of children across the nation, and across the globe. It is a time when memories are made, and love is shared. Yet, for so many children in the foster care system, it is anything but a time of joy, a time of excitement. Indeed, it is just the opposite. ‘Tis the season? Not for the roughly half a million children in foster care in the United States. It is often a time of great sadness and despair. For these children, it is a reminder of so much anxiety and trauma in their young lives. Many foster children are faced with the realization that they will not be “home for the holidays,” [...]