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Midlands Gives May 2, 2017

What is Midlands Gives?
Hosted by Central Carolina Community Foundation, Midlands Gives is a 24-hour online giving event that brings the region together as one community, raising money and awareness for local nonprofits in 11 Midlands counties.
When is Midlands Gives?
Midlands Gives will take place online on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, from 12:00 am to 11:59:59pm, Eastern Time.
How does it work?
Central Carolina Community Foundation has set up an online giving platform at with searchable profiles of participating nonprofits. All donations will be processed through this website, which allows nonprofits and donors to track the giving on May 2nd via the site’s leaderboards.

If you would like to donate to Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center, click on the below link.

If you would like to donate to the National Federation of the Blind of SC (NFB of SC), click on the below link.

We appreciate your support!

BBQ Fund Raiser!

The Columbia chapter of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) will be having our annual BBQ fund raiser on Thursday, April 27, 2017, from noon to 8 p.m., at the Federation Center of the Blind located at 119 S Kilbourne Road, Columbia, SC. You receive half a BBQ chicken or chopped BBQ sandwich, green beans, corn on the cob and a roll for only $10.00! The food is prepared by The Friendly Caterer. If 15 dinners or more are purchased and you are within 10 miles of the Federation Center, you can have your dinners delivered. The funds from our fundraiser go toward programs such as the general operation of the Columbia chapter, assisting our members to attend the state and national conventions of the NFB, and sponsoring the NFB national office in Baltimore, Maryland.

NFB BELL Academy 2017

The National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina is proud to present

NFB Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning Academy!

For ages 4-12 years


This is the fourth year of NFB BELL Academy in SC! We are looking forward to seeing return students as well as meeting new students. Each summer our students have shown great progress in skills and self-confidence. Jamie Allison is Braille literate and a certified classroom teacher. Jennifer Duffell-Hoffman is the mother to two blind teenage boys.


Our program will run June 5-June 15, Monday to Thursday, 8:15-3:45 daily in Spartanburg on campus at South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind.


We are passionate about Braille literacy, white cane travel, slate and stylus, Nemeth, the abacus and other nonvisual skills and we teach these in a positive and fun manner.


Lunch: Lunch and snack will be provided daily. Lunch will primarily consist of sandwich meats and cheeses or peanut butter and jelly on bread or wraps with carrots and fruit. Milk, juice and water served. No soda. Sweets will be limited. Please tell Jennifer about any food allergies or other concerns.


Registration Fees: A $40.00 fee is requested, but will be waived if cost prohibitive. Please speak with Jennifer about fee waiver if needed.


Transportation: We do not provide transportation.

Please call Jennifer at 803-287-5391 or email at with any questions or concerns.


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Jennifer A. Duffell-Hoffman NFB BELL Academy, South Carolina Coordinator SC Parents of Blind Children, State President Lancaster, South Carolina Mobile: 803-287-5391 E-mail: The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can have the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.