Carolina One Real Estate Services honored local nonprofits in April 2018 at the company’s first awards ceremony of the year. The Core Charitable Contributions Committee, comprising a committee of Carolina One sales associates and co-chaired by Tom Tillery and Paige Pollack, presented checks of $1,000 to six groups including the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired Charleston (ABVI). The grant will help fund ABVI’s Own Your Life program. 

“We would like to thank Carolina One Real Estate Services for supporting blind and visually impaired adults in the Charleston Tir-County area,” said Anne Reid, Director of Development for ABVI. “Because of the company’s support, we can help our clients achieve independence in their personal lives and develop skills to gain employment.” 

ABVI’s Own Your Life program has two tracks: Employee Development and Personal Enrichment. The Employee Development track is designed to train our blind and visually impaired clients in the adaptive skills they need to join the workforce. Participants attend classes in assistive technology, computer training, daily living skills, braille, Orientation & Mobility, interview skills and resume building to develop job-readiness skills. In Personal Enrichment, our clients are offered classes in daily living skills with topics including personal hygiene, cooking, money management, home maintenance and more. Clients may also participate in assistive technology training, braille, group therapy, art therapy and iPad and computer tutoring. By teaching our clients to perform these basic skills without sighted assistance, we are helping them lead safe, dignified, independent and rewarding lives. 

Carolina One Real Estate Services also presented checks to The Cystic Fibrosis FoundationFriends of Fisher House CharlestonPalmetto Military Support GroupPet Helpers and Trident Literacy Association.

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