Time is now to select your favorite non-profit

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Who will be The Sampson Independent’s Community Partner for the next 12 months? That decision is up to voters, who have a chance now to select from the four non-profit agencies vying for an opportunity at $2,500 in free advertising and the right to use the Civitas Media Community Partner logo.

It’s all part of a program sponsored by Civitas Media LLC, The Independent’s parent company, designed to reach out and help non-profits reach out to others in the community.

The giveaway, being called the MyOwn Community Service Partner Campaign, is being held in conjunction with the new community website — MyOwnClinton.com — that was launched by the Independent late last year, and co-sponsored by Sampson Regional Medical Center and Sampson Community College.

“We’re proud to be a part of the Sampson County community and this is one of the ways we want to show our gratitude,” said Michael Bush, chief executive officer of Civitas Media. “The $2,500 in free advertising will help a local charity deliver its message online or in print, however it chooses. The new website will bolster our already robust print and online products.”

Nominations have now been made, and the agencies that can now be voted for are the Clinton Area Foundation for Education (C.A.F.E.), the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program, the Fitness Renaissance Program and the SCC Foundation.

According to Sherry Matthews, editor and community relations manager for The Independent, votes can now be cast at the MyOwnClinton website.

“It’s simple. All one has to do is visit www.myownclinton.com and find the MyOwn Partner logo at the top of the home page. Click on that and it will take you to the place where votes can be casts. We encourage everyone to take part, voting for their favorite non-profit agencies.

Voting will continue through Sunday, Sept. 7.

At that time, votes will be tallied and a winning agency will be announced the following week.

“All four of these agencies provide a tremendous service to the people in our community,” Matthews said. “We hope a lot of people will show their support by voting.”

The agencies

The SCC Foundation makes people’s lives better by using donor gifts to provide scholarships to local students as well as students from surrounding counties. These include local high school graduates, working adults, and individuals who might not otherwise have an opportunity to attend College. In addition, gifts to the Foundation help provide program funding and mini-grants for faculty and staff at SCC which ultimately enriches the educational experience at Sampson Community College for both students and staff. The Foundation also serves a community outreach function for the College by connecting businesses, artists, and volunteers with individuals and resources available at the College so that the College can be a hub for community engagement and growth via education. Ultimately, gifts to the Foundation help create a stronger community and a brighter future for us all.

Founded in the mid-1990’s, C.A.F.E. is an organization dedicated to enriching the education of students in the Clinton City School system. Teachers apply for grants to provide exciting and innovative tools to enhance lesson plans, motivate students, and access technology. The grants provide money for projects which are not eligible for funding through the Board of Education. Over the years, many students in grades kindergarten through twelfth grade are positively impacted by C.A.F.E. grants which include an array of projects such as study books, gym equipment, a learning garden, and electronics to name a few. Every spring the organization hosts an Art Auction at Clinton High School to help raise money for these much needed grants which touch the lives of children and instill a love of learning.

The Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) is operated under the Sampson County Health Department and helps uninsured and underinsured women ages 50-64 gain access to breast and cervical cancer screening and some diagnostic services based on certain financial and age criteria. In addition, BCCCP provides breast cancer case management which includes making sure the patient has a provider, adequate transportation and is aware of community resources. Dedicated to early detection and prevention, this organization promotes the importance of health and especially focuses on minorities who are at a greater risk for breast cancer. BCCCP also hosts a breast cancer rally every October to promote awareness of this important disease and celebrate its survivors.

The Fitness Renaissance Program helps fight childhood obesity through an awards program designed to reward achievement for students who reach their individualized fitness goals in grades K-5th. At the end of each grading period, students who reach their goal receive a sticker. Then at the end of the school year, students who achieve their individualized goal for each grading period receive a gold medal and students who achieve their individualized goal for all but one period receive a silver medal. Today, one in three children in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity causes a broad range of serious health problems which are typically only seen in adults such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. This program promotes health and nutrition as well as exercise. The annual spring triathlon Super Sprint is also sponsored by Fitness Renaissance.

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