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Happy New Year!

Get Connected in 2016

Happy New Year!  The beginning of the year is a time to get excited about the many possibilities to improve ourselves and our communities!  There are so many opportunities to get involved and impact your neighborhood.  Some examples are listed below:

  • Neighborhood Association Meetings.  Neighborhood association meetings are held monthly.  By attending, you get to share your ideas and really shape the direction of your community while also learning what challenges your community is facing!  Click here to find out when your neighborhood’s next one is. 
  • Lunch and Learns.  We will be hosting a variety of educational opportunities throughout the year to educate residents on various topics.  February’s topic is Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft.
  • Attend City Council Meetings.  Did you know that as a resident of the City of Greenville, you can advocate for the issues that matter most to you?  City Council meetings are open to the public, and are typically held the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m., although there are some exceptions.  Click here to see the calendar for 2016.  You can also view the agenda for upcoming meetings and minutes from previous meetings by clicking here.
  • City’s Boards and Commissions.  The City has 13 boards and commissions which serve the City Of Greenville and advise City Council on various topics.  For more information or to view upcoming vacancies, click here.
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA).  Volunteer with United Way this season to help prepare taxes for low-income individuals.  No previous experience is necessary and training is free. All volunteers will become IRS-certified to prepare taxes through VITA and ensure individuals and families receive all eligible tax credits and deductions, including Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Educations Credits, etc.  For more information, or to sign-up, visit or call (864) 382-3325.
  • Hands On Greenville. Hands On Greenville organizes hundreds of volunteer opportunities throughout Greenville County, and is always looking for volunteers. They also accept volunteer opportunities, and can be a good resource if your neighborhood association needs a few extra hands for a community clean up. The neighborhood or community group needs to be or partner with a non-profit organization that is registered on the Hands On Greenville website,
New Year's Resolutions

Resolution: Dream Job

Did you make a resolution this year to get your dream job?  If so, we’d love to help you fulfill it!  We have partnered with SHARE and Goodwill specifically to help you—our community residents—gain a skill and get that dream job, all at no cost to you! SHARE’s LADDER program helps you prepare for careers in CNA, Property Management, Truck Driving, Advanced Manufacturing, Real Estate, Computer Training and many more.  Goodwill’s Training programs help you prepare for careers in Food Service, Retail, Advanced Manufacturing, and CNA.  One helpful characteristic of both SHARE and Goodwill is that they pair you with a Case Manager who, like a career coach, provides personalized support and guidance.  They can answer questions, connect you with additional resources, and help you navigate through complex systems.  If you are interested, please contact Quiwanna James at SHARE at (864) 527-8990 or Melissa Cheek at Goodwill at (864) 351-0121 to get started. 

Protect yourself and loved ones from identity theft.

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Did you know identity theft is more than just a financial concern? It can also impact your medical records and your children's ability to access funding for school.

The City of Greenville and the Greenville County Human
Relations Commission will host public workshops on February 9 & 16 to help you and your loved ones avoid identity theft. Martha Phillips, staff attorney and Director of the Identity Theft Unit at the SC Department of Consumer Affairs will share tips for protecting our identities. Door prizes and a light meal will be provided at the following two events:

  • Tuesday, February 9, Noon to 1 p.m. at the David Hellams Community Center located at 111 Spartanburg Street.
  • Tuesday, February 16, 6:30 yo 7:30 p.m. at the Pleasant Valley Connection located at 510 Old Augusta Road.
Please contact the Human Relations Commission for more information at 467-7095.

Connections for Sustainability is now

Community Connections

The Connections for Sustainability newsletter began in 2011 as a part of a grant project that focused primarily on the West Side of Greenville, specifically the West Greenville, Southernside, and West End Neighborhoods. Over the past five years the Connections logo has been applied to an increasing variety of endeavors, and now serves as the community engagement flag for the Community Development division of the City. As such, we wanted to update the logo slightly to reflect this broader scope.

Community Development works to make connections within the community to foster greater access to jobs, affordable housing, and livable neighborhoods. We attend monthly Special Emphasis neighborhood meetings, and are interested in helping you and your neighborhood connect with information, people, and resources. Give us a call anytime to learn more about what we do, and how we may be able to help you! 467-4570

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