The City of Greenville and the Cancer Survivors Park recently provided an opportunity for Thrive Upstate participants to be a part of making their community great. Too often we deny individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to reap the intrinsic rewards of volunteerism and contributing to the community, simply because they lean on others for assistance in other areas of their life. Giving back to the community is a big part of Thriving in Life! The Thrive team worked side by side with the City of Greenville crew to plant, weed, work, and help beautify the wonderful Cancer Survivors Park.
Greenville Drive Game
We enjoyed a great afternoon at Fluor Field, “Greenville’s Front Porch.” The warm, sunny afternoon at the ballpark was perfect. Thanks again to AJ Gallagher & Co. for the tickets. Coincidentally, two individuals supported by Thrive Upstate started their jobs at Fluor Field the same day! It was really cool to have team Thrive both cheering in the stands and working behind the scenes…it captured exactly what we’re trying to accomplish with community integration.
Several hundred individuals and staff from Thrive Upstate joined Greenville County elementary, middle, and high schools for the 2019 Special Olympics held at Furman University on 4/24/19. Thrive Upstate was honored by having one of our individuals carry the Olympic torch to kick off the games.
Thrive Upstate participated in the “Festival of Friendship” at the J.L. Mann High School Track on Sunday, April 7th from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. The event was free to attend and featured music, motivational speakers, games, food, and information booths from various organizations such as Thrive Upstate.
Thrive Upstate’s team of Head & Spinal Cord Injury (HASCI) survivors and staff
put on an informative Brain Injury Awareness Event last week.
The stories they told and demonstrations of how the brain responds to injury were unforgettable.
Thrive Upstate staff, drummers and spectators gathered at NOMA Square, downtown Greenville on March 29th, 2019. It was our first “Drumming Up Awareness” event and a great way to end Disabilities Awareness Month.
Thrive Upstate greets employees at Michelin USA Corporate Offices
2018 Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade
Thrive Upstate “Bells Among the Poinsettias” – winner of the Joel Poinsett Award
To see more highlights from this year’s parade, click here: 2018 Geenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade
Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign
HASCI Team Supporting our Community, December 5, 2018
The Head and Spinal Cord Injury group recently contributed to the Salvation Army and were highlighted in a news clip on Fox Carolina. Click here: FOX NEWS CLIP Our own Emory McDaniel is interviewed and does a great job! This is a wonderful example of individuals with disabilities not only relying on the community for support, but actively giving back to the community of Greenville. The “Let’s Talk” self-advocacy group has been collecting food for the food bank all month as well. We will do more and more of these activities going forward. We will be the change we expect to see in others.