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  • Ice Cream Benefitting Epworth Coming Soon

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    Epworth’s famous peanut butter ice cream has been a special treat for children and guests for decades.  It has become a part of the very fabric of the Epworth story. Soon, Epworth’s ice cream (along with some new flavors!) will be available off campus as a social enterprise.  The Epworth Ice Cream Company is an innovative startup business developed by the Friends of Epworth, where ice cream is sold commercially and 100% of profits are donated to support the children at Epworth.  The State Newspaper ran a story about the origins of the ice cream and future plans, click here to read the story and find out more! The Epworth Ice Cream company, which is a separate entity from Epworth Children’s Home (though all profits will come back to ECH), will launch product sales this summer and you are invited to help this social enterprise grow!  Visit epworthicecream.org to see where the ice cream is available and to sign up to receive updates to get the “scoop” on how you can support the children at Epworth one delicious treat at a time.
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  • Epworth Receives Digital Literacy Grant

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    The State Workforce Development Board (SWDB) awarded Epworth a $100,000 grant to serve foster youth by providing digital literacy skills development that leads to job skills and credentials.  IT-oLogy will develop and deliver two programs for Epworth’s initiative: a series of workshops for their high school and older students that focuses on basic digital and technology competencies, and a program of certification courses that will be available to selected Epworth students to prepare them for the job market. Epworth will also integrate soft skills training through their program by including a formal career services program for their youth.   A recent study by the Pew Research Center indicated that roughly 1 in 10 adults said they would have difficulty finding programs and services online, contacting potential employers via email, filling out a job application online, finding available jobs online, and using computers to create a resume. And the Colorado State Library reported that people who used the internet to search for work reduced an individual’s average time unemployed by 25 percent. “We are excited about the work these three organizations across our state will do to help close the digital skills gap and help put provide people with new job opportunities,” said Pat Michaels, the board’s Governance Committee chairman. “While South Carolina’s businesses are hiring and have put a record number of people to work across the state, we have more work to do to prepare those unemployed for today’s workforce. These grants will do help develop programs to improve the computer literacy skills for those in need so they can participate in today’s changing workplace,” said Cheryl Stanton, executive director of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce and a SWDB board member. In total, $225,070 in grants were awarded to three organizations for the development of programs to improve digital literacy in jobseekers and to help close the digital skills gap.  Other programs receiving funding are: Greenville County Schools Lifelong Learning – Greenville – $25,070: Lifelong Learning will use the grant to incorporate a digital literacy program as a prerequisite for the Job Readiness classes currently offered at Greenville’s SC Vocational Rehabilitation office. Medical University of South Carolina – Project Rex – $100,000: Project Rex will use the grant to develop an innovative approach to building digital literacy skills and job readiness training through the Autism News NetWORK, an online, news media style series of videos that participants will produce, featuring interviews of fellow participants discussing their experiences living with autism. View full SCDEW announcement here  
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  • Midlands Gives is May 1st!

    Midlands Gives is Just Around the Corner on May 1st!
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  • UM Churches: Order Your Mother’s Day Offering Materials

    It’s that time of year again to order your Annual Mother’s Day Offering materials! The Annual Epworth Mother’s Day Offering will be Sunday, May 13th in every South Carolina United Methodist Church. Thank you in advance for intentionally promoting this vital and effective ministry to your congregation. Remember Epworth is NOT an apportioned item. When we as pastors highlight Epworth as a signature ministry of our conference, people respond. On behalf of the children who call Epworth home, I thank you for your part in helping your congregation meet and exceed your $6.00 per member giving goal. For more information on our annual Mother’s Day offering, or to print materials, please click here.
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  • Food Truck Rodeo Postponed to October 3

    ***The Epworth Food Truck Rodeo, originally scheduled for Tuesday, September 12 has been postponed due to Hurricane Irma.  The new date will be Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 5-8pm.***
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  • UM Churches: Order Your Work Day Offering Materials

    The Annual Epworth Work Day Offering will be Sunday, September 10th in every South Carolina United Methodist Church. Thank you in advance for intentionally promoting this vital and effective ministry to your congregation.
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  • Alumni Homecoming Weekend

    June 24-25, 2017 The annual Epworth Alumni Homecoming weekend will be held at Epworth Children’s Home. Please see the (tentative) schedule of events listed below: Saturday, June 24 11:00am Campus Open to Alumni 11:00am Lunch (Hot Dogs) 5:00pm Dinner (Fish Fry) 11:00am – 6:00pm Silent Auction Sunday, June 25 11:00am Church Service – Rev. Megan Gray (Epworth minister, 2007-2012) will be the guest minister at the church service 12:00pm Covered Dish Luncheon 1:00pm-3:00pm Annual Meeting Food – If you are coming on Saturday, please bring a soda, snack or dessert. For those coming on Sunday, be sure to bring a covered dish, vegetable, meat, or a dessert that will feed 6-8 people. Tea, ice, salt, and pepper will be provided by Epworth, and maybe some peanut butter ice cream also! Silent Auction – The Silent Auction will be held on Saturday and Sunday to raise funds for the Epworth Alumni Association general fund. New or gently used items are acceptable. Also, home canned and baked goods are welcome. Forms will be available for your to list the item and a beginning bid. Bids may begin at 1:00pm. All bids should be in even dollars. Items that are not sold on Saturday will be available for bid on Sunday. Anyone who doesn’t attend on Saturday, but would like to participate in the Silent Auction may bring their item on Sunday. The money raised is used to provide gifts to Epworth seniors at special times in their lives and to support our annual homecoming.
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  • Cook-out for Kids BBQ Fundraiser

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    The Epworth Children’s Home Alumni Association’s 9th annual “Cookout for Kids” fundraiser features barbecue fresh off the grill, homemade baked goods, live music, and vintage automobiles. Saturday April 8, 2017 11:00am to 3:00pm on Epworth’s campus. (2900 Millwood Ave, Columbia, SC 29205) Get Your BBQ Chicken and pork plates are $10, kids plates $5, and whole Boston butts for $30 and orders may be eat-in or take-out, including a drive-thru line!  Homemade baked goods will be available for purchase from the Red Hat Honeys.  All purchases may be made at the event or pre-ordered by emailing epworthalumniassociation@gmail.com. Fun for Everyone Over 30 beautifully restored, vintage Model A Fords will be on display from the Palmetto A’s automobile club and racing sprint cars too! Entertainment includes live music from Jellyroll & Delicious Dish as well as bounce houses, face painting and balloon art for children.  Come enjoy a beautiful spring day at Epworth! It’s for the Kids! The event is hosted by adults who spent some or all of their childhoods at Epworth.  For 121 years, Epworth alumni have transitioned from children from a disrupted childhood to become independent and successful adults.   Epworth alumni include business leaders, ministers, decorated military veterans and a wide spectrum of everyday successful citizens.  Through the “Cookout for Kids” the alumni return to the Epworth campus to give back to the place that helped raise them and provide for the next generation of children.  In addition to raising funds, the alumni make sure that every child at Epworth get a free BBQ meal and can enjoy the day as well! Let us know you are attending by visiting out Facebook event page: 9th Annual Cookout for Kids BBQ BBQ Order Form Printable Event Flyer Volunteer Volunteers are needed for the event.    If you are interested in volunteering as a cook team or to help with hospitality and service on Saturday, please contact epworthalumniassociation@gmail.com.  Barbecue cook teams will setup their own equipment on campus and cook all night to prepare barbecue for service on Saturday.  Saturday needs include fixing meals and drinks, working the drive-thru line, keep the dining area clean, and more. Special thanks to Richland County H-Tax for supporting this year’s Cookout for Kids!
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  • UM Churches: Order Mother’s Day Offering Materials

    The Annual Epworth Mother’s Day Offering will be Sunday, May 13th in every South Carolina United Methodist Church. Thank you in advance for intentionally promoting this vital and effective ministry to your congregation.
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  • Friends of Epworth Gala

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    The Friends of Epworth are proud to announce the 5th Annual Friends of Epworth Gala to benefit Epworth Children’s Homes on Friday, March 17, 2017 at the new My Carolina Alumni Center in Columbia. As the signature event for the Friends of Epworth, the event raises awareness and funds for Epworth and the children who call Epworth home.
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