Since our inception in 2009, CFPAA has maintained a successful humanitarian program that through service-minded projects and charitable drives, teaches CFPAA students valuable life lessons about the importance of civic duty and paying it forward. At CFPAA, we endeavor to instill a sense of duty in our children with a mindset that believes that With every right they have as a young citizen, comes a responsibility; with every opportunity they are blessed to experience, comes an obligation; and with every possession they have been given, comes a duty (inspired by the words of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.).
Throughout the season, several service projects and/or charitable or causes are selected, through which students are encouraged to participate and show support for. Students earn completion checks for each service drive for which they participate, and those earning a minimum of seven checks are designated as official CFPAA Goodwill Ambassadors. In addition, CFPAA does, from time to time, offer alternative experiences for which students can earn check marks. The charitable organizations selected range anywhere from local churches to renown charities, such as the Salvation Army. Throughout the season, as more specifications are sorted out, they are made known and those details also become available on this webpage.
CFPAA GOODWILL AMBASSADORS"
Anna Spencer a senior of Carolina Forest High School has been dancing at Carolina Forest Performing Arts Academy since our opening in 2009, making this her tenth year at the studio.
CFPAA Goodwill Ambassador Senior Coordinator
November and December Drive: Angel Tree-Consider adopting an angel from our CFPAA Angel Tree for Salvation Army.
We will once again have the Salvation Army Angel Tree this year!. The Salvation Army has been providing toys and goods to needy families at Christmas for over 60 years. The Angel Tree Angels will arrive in early November. If you have been financially blessed this year and would like to adopt an angel, please see the front desk. CFPAA has adopted 40 angels this year. The gifts purchased for your angel would be due back to the studio by December 14th. Thank you for considering adopting an Angel from the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program.
February-March Drive: Fostering Hope:
Fostering Hope is always accepting new and nearly new clothing (preemie newborn to teen), shoes, toys, books, and other children's items.
We have seen children open up at Fostering Hope as they to pick out clothing and other items they like. You can watch the smile appear as they realize someone out there cares about them. Knowing how important this can be for a child, all of us at Fostering Hope take great pride in making sure that the items the children can select from are clean and gently loved.
Please help us show these children we care by taking a minute to check for rips, stains, or items that are well worn. Remember, if it is something you would not have your child use anymore because of its condition, another child wouldn't want to use it either.
Some items we can only accept new. These items include: underwear, socks, hygiene supplies, etc.
April-May Drive: Dress for Success.
What is Dress for Success?
Dress for Success Worldwide is an international non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women. Dress for Success Charleston County (DFSCC) has suited over 4000 women. All of their services are free for their clients, and their staff consists of volunteers only. The professional clothing, employment retention programs and ongoing support that they provide their clients symbolize their faith in every woman’s ability to be self-sufficient and successful in her career. CFPAA has the same faith in the young ladies and women that walk through its doors on a weekly basis, and what better way to show our value in sisterhood?
What They Do:
Dress for Success provides women in need with professional attire to attend job interviews or to maintain new jobs. They provide clothing wardrobe to ensure that their participants will have what they need to sustain employment. Most of the apparel they provide to their clients come to them from other women in the community, and hosting a donation drive is a great way for us to support Dress for Success.
What We Can Do:
Goodwill Ambassador Drive for: May and June:Dress for Success Donation Drive:
When deciding on what to donate, consider what you would wear to a job interview. That is exactly the type of clothing Dress for Success is looking for to distribute to their clients. Dress for Success does have a caveat with regards to donations: Many of their clients go from the apparel center directly to an interview, so they ask that we please ensure that all items donated are laundered and ironed, not more than 5 years old, and suitable for wearing to a job interview.
Items accepted include: Interview appropriate suits; Interview appropriate blouses; Professional separates including blouses, slacks, skirts, dresses, blazers and jackets; Work appropriate shoes; Jewelry and scarves; Handbags (briefcases, portfolios or work appropriate handbag).
Your fabulous suits and other professional apparel can furnish another woman with the confidence to enter or return to the workplace, make a great first impression and land a job that could change her life. This is a way we can support the women in our state by helping them take a crucial first step towards a better future. Our support can make a difference.
June Drive: There is currently no drive assigned to June. Thank you to all of you that participated this year, and don't forget to complete your Record of Participation Form, available at the link below.