USC Upstate ACHIEVE Program receives $8,859.30 from the Spartanburg Community Thanksgiving Service

USC Upstate ACHIEVE Program received $8,859.30 during the Annual Spartanburg Community Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at Mount Moriah Baptist Church. The annual Thanksgiving Service is sponsored by the Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance in partnership with The Spartanburg County Foundation.

Each year, members from the Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance identify a charity to receive the offering collected at the service, which is matched by The Spartanburg County Foundation up to $5,000. This year, the Foundation made an outright gift of $5,000. Because of this and the collective gifts of service attendees, a total of $8,859.30 was granted to USC Upstate ACHIEVE Program.

The ACHIEVE (Academic Challenges Helping Individuals Expand Values and Education) Program provides employment and educational training for at-risk, out-of-school, low-income youth, ages 16-24.

“The monies awarded through the Thanksgiving offering will give these youth readily available behavioral and mental health counseling and activities to promote positive outcome in education, career, future choices and standard of living,” said Helen Merriweather, ACHIEVE Program Director.

For 38 years, thousands of youth have received intensive educational, employability and leadership training/guidance. The offering collected during the Service will provide licensed, on-site counselors to at-risk youth in need of mental/behavioral health counseling. This evidence-based group and one-on-one counseling practice has proved to be vital to prevent adult mental health issues.

Thank you to everyone that attended the service and contributed to such a worthy cause.