On August 1, 2023, members of the Trident United Way African American Leadership Council and Tocqueville Society gathered for a private tour and reception at the International African American Museum led by IAAM President & CEO Dr. Tonya Matthews and other team members. Attendees also had the opportunity to hear from AALC Chair Jennifer Brown, Tocqueville Society Chair Giff Daughtridge and TUW President & CEO DJ Hampton.
The Trident United Way African American Leadership Council Eighth Annual Book Drive collected and distributed over 1,800 books to students in grades K-3rd at E.B. Ellington Elementary, Harleyville Elementary and St. Stephens Elementary. These books are provided to students to read when they are out of the classroom to help prevent the "summer slide" and ensure students will continue on their path to literacy.
The Trident United Way African American Leadership Council 2022 Winter Coat Drive exceeded their goal of 97 coats, receiving a total of 107.
Donated coats were sorted and packed by members of the AALC Steering Committee and TUW staff, and delivered by the AALC Steering Committee to Harleyville Elementary School on Monday, where parents arrived in the morning to collect coats for their children.
Trident United Way African American Leadership Council hosted a Lunch & Learn on October 27, 2022. The conversation focused on housing attainability and retention in the Tri-County area and the impact this is having on our community. Attendees heard from speakers Craig Logan (Housing Executive Fellow, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce), Bill Standfield (CEO of Metanoia) and Esther Adams (Manager of Strategic Initiatives, Center for Heirs' Property Preservation), and had the opportunity to ask speakers questions. Thank you to all of the attendees and speakers for participating in the Lunch & Learn and providing an incredibly insightful discussion.
Trident United Way African American Leadership Council collected 3,031 books for their 7th annual book drive. Books were distributed to 728 students ages Child Development through 3rd grade at E.B. Ellington Elementary School, North Charleston Elementary School and St. Stephens Elementary School. Thank you to everyone who participated and made this possible!
On May 11, 2022 the Trident United Way African American Leadership Council held the 2022 Member Celebration, honoring two community leaders and celebrating the seventh year of the AALC and their annual book drive. Don Smith, Hendrick Automotive Group, was recognized as the 2022 Community Leader and Sonia Hanson, SouthState Bank, was recognized as the 2022 Philanthropist of the Year. Raphael James, Anchor at WCSC Live 5 News was the event Emcee.
On June 3rd the Trident United Way African American Leadership Council distributed the 650 books collected during their 5th annual book drive to students ages kindergarten through 3rd grade at E.B. Ellington Elementary School in Ravenel. Thank you to everyone who participated and made this possible!
On February 29th Trident United Way's African American Leadership Council brought out a hard working group to do some much needed spring cleaning at the Ronald McDonald house. The group dusted A LOT in several guest rooms and common areas as well as cleaned and polished all the glass around the three stairwells, balcony on second floor, and offices. Thank you to everyone who came out to make the house sparkling clean!
Trident United Way's African American Leadership Council held its fourth annual book drive in April and May and collected a record number 1,657 books! These books were distributed to 342 children in 20 classrooms at St. Stephen Elementary, Burns Elementary, and North Charleston Elementary. Providing new books ahead of summer break will help children combat summer slide and keep them reading year-round.