MCPC awards second grant set to help local charities

COUNTY — The newly formed Manufacturers Caring for Pickens County (MCPC) Forum has announced the second in a series of social outreach grants to local charities and community service organizations.

The $1,000 grant will be shared by the Samaritan Health Clinic, Wounded Warrior Project, and Honoring Their Service, Inc.  All three organizations have demonstrated outstanding community efforts to benefit the residents of Pickens County.

“We are pleased to support Samaritan Health Clinic which provides an important service in our community by offering, among other things, free medical care to residents of Pickens County who are otherwise unable to pay or have limited incomes,” said Linda Bacigalupo, president and CFO of Tri-Tech USA, Inc., and a MCPC board member. “Likewise, the Wounded Warrior project honors and empowers wounded soldiers returning from the battlefield and supports our servicemen and women and their families through the recovery and rehabilitation process.  We are grateful to these dedicated men and women for their service to our country and honored to support this worthy organization.”

“Being a ski instructor for handicapped children and disabled military personnel for Adaptive Sports Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project, I am very excited to support Honoring Their Service (formerly known as Communities for Marines) for great programs they provide for our military that come back from war with a permanent disability like a missing limb or PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder),” said board member Michael R. Fee, Vice President and Owner of Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc.

MCPC’s goal, according to its website “is to reach out to our Pickens County community, to enhance, develop, and enrich our socioeconomic values and conditions to higher levels.”

MCPC recently worked with the School District of Pickens County to update guidance counselors on current job skills needed and is in the process of giving guidance counselors and students tours of county manufacturing facilities.