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McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A. is proud to support charities throughout the Midlands of South Carolina. Each month we choose a charity to sponsor. If you would like to have your charity considered for our Charity of the Month, please send an email to info@mcwhirterlaw.com. Please provide your contact information, the charity name & website, and the charity’s mission.

the Animal Mission

The Animal Mission

McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A. is proud to support The Animal Mission. The Animal Mission is a South Carolina based 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to providing free or low cost spay and neuter procedures for all pet owners in our area, in an effort to help achieve ‘No-Kill’ status for our local municipal shelters. Originally established as a ‘Friend of the Shelter’ organization in 1991, we refocused our mission in 2006 to target the shelter’s severe overcrowding situation (and euthanasia rate of over 80%) via an aggressively-funded spay/neuter initiative. To learn more, visit www.animalmission.org.


American Legion Riders

American legion riders

McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A. is proud to support the American Legion Riders. This group of American Legion members ride their motorcycles to raise money for children’s hospitals, schools, veteran homes, severely wounded service members and scholarships. You can often find their members escorting a fallen soldier to their final resting place. To learn more, visit www.legion.org/riders or our local Post 6 at www.alrp6.org/alrp6.org.


Dickerson Children's Advocacy Center

Dickerson Children’s Advocacy Center

McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A. is proud to support the Dickerson Children’s Advocacy Center. The Center works with children affected by physical and sexual abuse, drug endangerment, and the witnessing of violence. They provide a safe and caring environment where children and their non-abusive parent(s) or guardians can receive services and emotional support under one roof. The Center is a child-focused facility that provides forensic interviews, forensic medicals, mental health and victim advocate services to victims of child abuse between the ages of 0 to 18. Providing these services in a single location can help alleviate additional stress and trauma that that these children can experience by moving between agencies. For more information, visit https://www.dickersoncac.org.


PAALS

McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A. is proud to support Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services (PAALS). PAALS trains animals to assist people with varying abilities to live more independent and enriched lives by providing them with assistance dogs. Some of their specially trained canines are taught to turn lights on and off, tug open doors, pick up dropped items and alert for help to assist individuals in wheelchairs. Other dogs go on to assist children with autism and soldiers with PTSD to accomplish therapeutic and real life goals. To learn more about PAALS, visit https://paals.org


Midlands Fatherhood Coalition

Midlands Fatherhood Coalition

McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A. is proud to continue our support for Midlands Fatherhood Coalition. With multiple offices serving Aiken, Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland and Sumter counties, the Coalition helps fathers overcomethe barriers to being a responsible and involved father. For more information, visit https://www.scfathersandfamilies.com/programs/midlands_fatherhood_coalition


Outdoor Dream Foundation

McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A. is proud to show our continuous support for the Outdoor Dream Foundation. This group of dedicated volunteers grant outdoor adventures to children who have been diagnosed with terminal or life-threatening illnesses. To learn more about the incredible work of this organization, visit www.outdoordream.org.


Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter

McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A. is proud to show our continuous support for the Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter. A safe and nurturing environment for abused and neglected children and homeless teens throughout South Carolina. Children have access to after-school programs, tutoring, recreational and social activities. They offer services concentrating on personal healing and development. For more information visit them on the web at… http://palmettoplaceshelter.org/


Wounded Warrior Project

wounded warrior project

McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A. is proud to support the Wounded Warrior Project. This organization provides free programs and services to address the needs of wounded warriors and fill gaps in government care. The demand for their programs and services has grown from serving a handful of injured veterans to now serving tens of thousands, and they continue to receive hundreds of new registrations from injured veterans, their families, and caregivers each month. For more information, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.


Kids’ Chance of South Carolina

McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A. is proud to continue our support for Kids’ Chance of South Carolina. Kids’ Chance was created to provide scholarships and support for college and vocational students whose parents have been fatally or catastrophically injured in a work-related accident. For more information on Kids’ Chance of South Carolina visit them on the web at… http://www.kidschancesc.org/


PETSinc.

McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A. is proud to support PETSinc.. A no kill shelter in West Columbia, SC who have helped 80,000 animals find a home. On top of being a shelter, PETSinc. also has a cheap shots clinic open on Saturdays, and have started a rehabilitation program for animals who need extra care. For more information you can visit them online at.. http://www.petsinc.org/about-us/


Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels delivers food for individuals who are 60 and older, home-bound, or unable to prepare a meal or get to a meal site. A five day frozen meal plan is available for those able to use a microwave or an oven to heat their meals. This service is volunteer dependent and meals are delivered on weekdays during lunch hours. We are proud to help support this service. For more information on this service and others like it please visit the Lexington County Recreation & Aging Commission online at… http://www.lcrac.com/Default.aspx?tabid=369218


UMCSC in Ghana

We are proud to announce our continuing support for The Orangeburg Ghana Technology Project. The technology center has made some big steps in the last few months and we are excited to say that it now has a roof. The funding for the project goes towards building the technology center and filling it with 40 computer stations, an adult library, and a children’s library. The power source in Ghana is unreliable so the technology center will also need a generator to power the equipment and other basic electrical commodities. To learn more about this project visit them on the web at… http://umcscinghana.org/#about


Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A., is proud to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the leading organization funding Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) research. T1D is a life-threatening autoimmune disease that affects children and adults. There is no way to prevent it and there is no cure, JDRF is hoping to change that. To learn more, visit them on the web at… http://www.jdrf.org/


Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Once again, we are honored to be a proud sponsor of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Kick Off For a Cure campaign. This is a very worthwhile organization whose mission is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care. To learn more, visit them on the web at… https://www.cff.org/SouthCarolina/


Red Cross for SC Flood Victims

What a tragic October this has been for many of our neighbors who have endured the recent floods. Tommy Bellinger presented a check to the staff of the Red Cross to help with their efforts. The Red Cross was here to help with our disaster and has provided thousands with needed food and shelter. We are proud to give back to our community by contributing to their cause.


Summer Celebration of Water

We are happy to support the City of Columbia’s Summer Celebration of Water. This is a free family-friendly festival that lets you try canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding in the Columbia Canal. You can also learn to fish and see the Columbia Fired Department demonstrate a water rescue.


Kershaw County Relay for Life

We are a proud supporter of the Relay for Life event in Kershaw county. This events benefits the American Cancer Society which seeks to find a cure for cancer.For more information about the American Cancer Society, click this link… http://www.cancer.org/index


South Carolina Special Olympics

We are a proud supporter of the South Carolina Special Olympics. The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.For more information, click this link… http://so-sc.org/about-us/


USO MGC Long Run

We are proud to support our troops by sponsoring the MGC Long Run to benefit the USO. The USO’s mission is to lift the spirits of America’s troops and families.To learn more about the USO, click this link… https://www.uso.org/


YMCA Harborside Lights 5K

We are excited to be a sponsor for the YMCA Harborside Lights 5K run. Proceeds for this event go to support the YMCA’s Brighter Future for the Midlands campaign. For more information about how the Midlands YMCA helps underprivileged youth in our community, click this link…. http://columbiaymca.org/


YMCA Fall Festival

We were excited to provide Halloween bags for the Columbia YMCA Fall Festival. Over 800 kids received bags at the festival and other YMCA activities. We appreciate all the YMCA does for the youth in the Midlands and we were happy to have them as our October charity of the month. Have a safe and Happy Halloween!For more information about the YMCA, click this link… http://columbiaymca.org/