This year, SC Appleseed is celebrating 35 years as a voice for those in need in South Carolina. During the past 35 years, we have served, helped, advocated, fought for and spoken up for 1,000’s of low-income families, children, seniors, consumers, workers and Veterans.
What follows is a list of 35 real-life instances in which SC Appleseed has been a voice for someone in need…
We are a voice…
For the vulnerable:
| for the child whose home is someone else’s couch.
| for the immigrant woman who needs to stay in a domestic violence shelter.
| for kids who need lots of extra help to learn.
| for 90,000 kids kept on Medicaid each year.
| for abused women who need to protect their confidentiality and privacy in court settings.
| for the boy denied education services and kept in an isolated classroom for the school year.
| for the 1 in 4 children in South Carolina who go hungry at night.
| for the battered woman who needs an interpreter in court for her protection hearing.
| for the child who is trafficked for sex and labor.
| for children in foster care that need protection, services and education.
| for the domestic violence victim who didn’t have laws to protect her.
For those left out:
| for the family who has health insurance for the very first time.
| for the man who can’t get an ID because of his criminal record.
| for children denied citizens benefits because of the immigration status of their parents.
| for patients with preexisting conditions who were denied health insurance.
| for the elderly veteran who needs help writing his will.
| for the uninsured in South Carolina who could have been covered if federal funding was accepted.
| for the high school graduate at risk of losing her scholarship due to her parents’ immigration status.
For those taken advantage of:
| for the elderly couple trapped in the debt cycle of payday lending.
| for the family whose home was being foreclosed on while they were still trying to make payments.
| for the single mom who was protected from abusive debt collection.
| for the college student who could not get his heat turned on by the landlord.
| for the man who saved his home when state exemption laws were changed.
| for the group of renters whose landlord stopped paying the water bill.
| for students who were pushed out of school even though their parents were asking for help.
For those struggling just to get by:
| for elderly people facing higher power bills.
| for a hungry family to get more fruits and vegetables with their SNAP benefits.
| for parents who could get no one else to help their children.
| for those struggling with substance abuse and need services fast.
| for the family going from welfare to work that needs childcare assistance.
| for the low-income family who needs help with their phone bill.
For those who want to help:
| for the 200 lawyers and advocates we train each year through our CLE’s.
| for the pro bono attorneys who volunteer with Lawyers 4 Vets.
| for the teacher who wants to help educate her vulnerable students.
| for 1,000’s in South Carolina who now have legal information just a click away.
1,000 voices each giving $35 in honor of our 35th year MATCHED dollar-for-dollar will raise critical support to help make South Carolina a place of opportunity and justice for all.
LEARN MORE: http://www.scjustice.org/2014/06/30/1000voices/