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Becca’s Graduation

By Xiao Yu

Rebecca “Becca” TurnerRebecca “Becca” Turner just graduated from the University of South Carolina Upstate, yet, without a traditional commencement. Becca started attending USCU at age 14 through the Scholars Academy program, which provides top high school students an opportunity to take college courses and advanced high school classes on the university campus. In the following six years Becca earned her high school diploma and college degree. She looked forward to that final moment when her family could watch her walking through the lawn in graduation cap and gown. But then Coronavirus stole her ceremony. Becca’s...

Mobile Meals under COVID-19

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Mobile Meals vanMobile Meals is a nonprofit organization that provides nutritious meals, services and fellowship to the frail and homebound citizens in Spartanburg County. Each weekday, approximately 150 volunteers dedicate their time to deliver meals to approximately 1,500 vulnerable recipients throughout the county. Mobile Meals also delivers love, compassion and hope to those in need. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on Mobile Meals. Since most volunteers are elderly and need to be self-quarantined, they are no longer available to deliver meals. “But every challenge comes with its...

PSA: Truck Driver

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Female Truck DriverHilda (Lola) Salas Truck Driver, Hunter Transportation Hilda (Lola) Salas is a professional truck driver at Hunter Transportation. At the age of eight, she became fascinated when she saw a woman truck driver and had wanted to become one every since. Lola became a professional truck driver later in her life and has been enjoying her dream job very much. What Lola likes most about her job is the people. She has great co-workers and meets people from all walks of life with diverse backgrounds. Her biggest challenge in her job is the “four wheelers” who dangerously cut into the space in front of...

PSA: Import Team Leader

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Thomas Jones sitting at desk in officeThomas Jones Import Team Leader, John S. James Co. Thomas Jones is an import team leader at John S. James Co., an international freight forwarder and customs brokerage company. Growing up in Charleston, Thomas has always been fascinated by the maritime industry. His college degree in hospitality management and work experience in hotel and restaurant business help him to excel at John S. James Co. since customer service skills are important. Thomas and his team oversee multiple shipments that come into the United States every day. His job involves communicating with customers to keep them up-...

Vocational Rehabilitation—the Best Kept Secret in SC

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Vocational RehabilitationFor more than 90 years, South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) has been bringing South Carolinians with disabilities and employers together. The mission of VR is to prepare and assist eligible South Carolinians with disabilities to achieve and maintain competitive employment. People with disabilities want to be employed and educated, and to participate in their communities. More than 360,000 South Carolinians, ages 18-64, have a disability. More than 250,000 of them are unemployed. Many of these individuals would like to go to work but need assistance to prepare for and achieve that...

Art for Paws

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Art for Paws art exhibitionGreenville art dealer Rob Rowen and his wife Suzanne Golden are ardent animal lovers. They approached Greenville County Animal Care, South Carolina’s largest open admission animal facility where Suzanne volunteers, to jointly present a unique art exhibition Art for Paws. The exhibition is a fundraiser to help Greenville County in becoming a no kill community and to help the animal facility to carry out and promote compassionate treatment of animals through adoption, education and affordable spay/neuter and veterinary care.