HALOS - Turning help into hope.

posted Jun 22, 2011, 2:14 PM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Sep 23, 2015, 11:15 AM ]

     Calvary Episcopal Church is proud to be a HALOS PARTNER.  Our HALOS representative is Mrs. Mildred
     Wise.  She sincerely thanks parishioners and friends for their financial support when called upon and asks
     for your continued support.


Watch for Millie's HALOS campaigns!!!                 

Send a child to summer camp with a monetary donation! 
In 2011, over 150 children spent a safe, fun filled summer while their caregivers were able to continue to work.
  • Donate school supplies or a uniform for the HALOS Back to School Program.
    Last year, over 700 children received the required essentials to start school prepared to learn and succeed.

    Make a child's holiday wishes come true!
    Buy a gift for an abused or neglected child or adopt a family in need.  Over 1,850 children received gifts last year and over 20 families were adopted.

    Celebrate a child's birthday!
    Donate a $20 gift card for a foster child's birthday.  Many children have never had their birthdays acknowledged or celebrated.

    Meet a one time, specific need for a child!
    Gently used beds, cribs and bunk beds are always needed.  HALOS maintains "Resource Closets" at Department of Social Services offices in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties with items like overnight clothing, toiletries, diapers, and baby items to meet children's emergency needs.


HALOS is the Proud Recipient of the 2011 Erin Hardwick Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management from the South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations

Every day, children across South Carolina suffer from abuse and neglect. In 2004, 17 cases on average were confirmed each day in the state. And in Charleston County alone, more than 1,800 children have open cases of abuse or neglect with the Department of Social Services.

At HALOS (Helping And Lending Outreach Support), we provide assistance to abused and neglected children in Charleston County and to their caregivers. Through a variety of programs and initiatives, we help to improve the lives of these children.

However, HALOS is only as strong as our partners, and we need your help to succeed in our mission. With a single donation, you can change the life of a child.

HALOS works hand-in-hand with individuals, businesses, civic groups, clubs, and religious organizations in the Charleston area to help children and their caregivers. Through partnerships with generous individuals and groups, we connect interested parties with children who desperately need their help. Donors can sponsor children for summer camp, supply much-needed back-to-school items, and donate gifts to celebrate birthdays and Christmas. Donors can also provide essential household items to caregivers who need them to keep children out of foster care. And through the Kinship Care program, volunteers can donate their time and expertise to support those caregivers who provide a safety net for abused and neglected children.

Imagine the relief a little boy feels when he is able to stay with his grandparents instead of moving to a foster home. Or the joy a little girl feels after years of neglect when she goes to summer camp for the first time and has a safe place to stay during the summer.

Then imagine how you can make such a difference in the life of a child in your community.

At HALOS, anyone can make a difference in the lives of these children; all it takes is the willingness to help. And there are a variety of ways for you to directly influence the lives of children in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties:

  • Send a child to summer camp with a monetary donation!  In 2011, over 150 children spent a safe, fun filled summer while their caregivers were able to continue to work.
  • Donate school supplies or a uniform for the HALOS Back to School Program.  Last year, over 700 children received the required essentials to start school prepared to learn and succeed.
  • Make a child's holiday wishes come true!  Buy a gift for an abused or neglected child or adopt a family in need.  Over 1,850 children received gifts last year and over 20 families were adopted.
  • Celebrate a child's birthday!  Donate a $20 gift card for a foster child's birthday.  Many children have never had their birthdays acknowledged or celebrated.
  • Meet a one time, specific need for a child!  Gently used beds, cribs and bunk beds are always needed.  HALOS maintains "Resource Closets" at Department of Social Services offices in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties with items like overnight clothing, toiletries, diapers, and baby items to meet children's emergency needs.
  • Provide a meal or childcare for grandparents and children attending monthly support group meetings!  HALOS provides support group meetings for caregivers who are raising their relatives' children in order to avoid foster care.  You can  provide a quick and easy meal or childcare. This is your chance to work directly with children and families! Volunteer orientation and training is required.  “Volunteer Orientations” will be held each month for returning and new volunteers.  Each childcare volunteer will be asked to fill out a volunteer application, sign a volunteer commitment form and have a SLED check done prior to volunteering at support group as a childcare provider. Contact Tara Durham, HALOS Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteer@charlestonhalos.org for more information.  Thank you for your support


 HALOS WISH LIST

  • New or Gently Used Twin Beds, Bunk Beds, Toddler Beds, and Cribs in good condition and assembled (we CANNOT accept cribs with drop-down sides or missing hardware)
  • Diapers (Newborn through Size 5), Pull-Ups, and Baby Wipes
  • New Car Seats
  • Living/dining room furniture
  • Dressers
  • Household products (dishware, silverware, pots/pans, cleaning supplies, towels)
  • Bedding (sheets/pillowcases, comforters, blankets, etc)
  • Gift Cards to WalMart/Target for Birthdays and holidays
  • Small items for teen gifts (jewelry, picture frames, wallets, caps, etc.)
  • Monetary donations to send children to summer camp
  • Unrestricted monetary donations

 Volunteers for Kinship Care Resource & Support Program:

  • Background-checked volunteers aged 16 and over to provide childcare at monthly support group meetings and respite events
  • Volunteer groups to prepare food for adults and children at monthly support group meetings (average of 25 adults and 45 children per meeting)

There are some items that we cannot accept at HALOS.  Please ask us where you can go to donate the following items that we do not accept here:

  • Used car seats
  • Clothing for children over 24 months of age
  • Used toys
  • Cribs that have drop-down sides
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