2020 has been a year that many would like to forget. However, there were plenty of good things that came out of this year. Here are some of South Carolina’s best feel-good news stories of 2020!
Starting a business during a global pandemic is not an easy feat – but, Alfreda Small was up for the challenge. Alfreda Small recognized the lack of mental health care in her community in Horry County and vowed to make a difference, opening her own affordable mental health clinic in Conway, South Carolina.
In October, David Beasley, former Governor of South Carolina, accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the United Nation’s World Food Program. Beasley currently serves as the Executive Director of the World Food Program, which was recognized for the extensive efforts they are making to not only combat hunger but also improve the conditions in conflict-stricken areas.
In an effort to aid small businesses through this time of uncertainty, Google recently launched a new training program for minority-owned small businesses in South Carolina. The program, “Grow With Google,” provides small businesses with tools to increase their online presence and increase clientele.
Ben Navarro, a local philanthropist and entrepreneur, has vowed to provide high school graduates in Charleston with $10,000 a year to go towards their college tuition with his new Meeting Street Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will undoubtedly help more students be able to afford and attend college.
In July, volunteers of the Adaptive Surf Project and the Surfrider Foundation began installing 6 new wheelchair mats across North Myrtle Beach. These wheelchair beach access points allow those that have a disability to enjoy the shore more easily.