Focus on The Palmetto State

October 2014 at 9:30 am

In our first segment we meet Julie Vidotto, Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Clemson University.  This is a membership organization whose mission is to provide educational opportunities for mature adults. OLLI was formed so Upstate adults age 50 and older can continue the joy of learning and building community. The program is dedicated to providing opportunities for seasoned adults to gain knowledge and expertise in a wide variety of academic and recreational pursuits that match participants interests and way of life.The organization has nearly 1,000 members and offers more than 200 courses and activities each year. OLLI's goal is to make learning fun and interactive while also strengthening its community and encouraging participants to form lasting friendships.

In segment two we speak with Lynn Dingle, Marketing Director for United Way of Anderson County.  They have launched their 2014 fundraising campaign which funds the various programs and services of the United Way.  Their mission is to meet immediate needs through supporting health and crisis programs that help individuals and families as they work towards self-sufficiency or maintain their independence. The concentrate on four major areas:  Education, Income, Health, and  Basic Needs.

In our last segment we meet Regina Gilmore and Cristina Visnansky of The Chapman Foundation. This foundation is a non-profit organization, born out of William & Kimberly Chapman's innate desire to give back to the community, which helped in their own success as businesspeople. The Chapman Foundation was created specifically to receive and administer financial contributions for scholarships and charitable contributions.  Their objectives include:

  • Promoting Education Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
  • Raise Funds for public education and educational institutions
  • Generate a spirit of community involvement and volunteerism
  • Provide information on tapping into the available resources
  • Create awareness on the importance of education

The Chapman Foundation Scholarship Award was started to help African and Latin American seniors graduating high school. The student must exemplify excellence and have plans to continue their education.