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Programs & Partnerships

Empower Our Families

The Ivy Heritage Foundation of Irmo, Incorporated provides services and support to families because we understand that a healthy family is the foundation of a healthy community. We will take a multi-generational approach to fortify families within our communities by addressing child hunger and promoting positive youth development and leadership, mental well-being, and senior life. These services shall include weekend and holiday meals for children within local communities through the Childhood Hunger Initiative Power Pack (CHIPP) and Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) interactive youth leadership development for youth ages 11-13, in partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Upsilon Omega Omega Chapter.

Enhance Our Environment

The Ivy Heritage Foundation of Irmo, Incorporated will employ select strategies to optimize our collective ability and to improve and protect the environment at scale. We will prioritize activities that promote adopting more sustainable and responsible practices.  Some of the areas include tree planting; creating community and home gardens to reduce negative environmental impact and promote sustainable agriculture through the Green Iceberg Community Garden; waste reduction efforts to engage individuals and communities in eco-friendly practices to reduce household waste; shredding and electronics recycling days as an annual event to safely dispose of unused electronic devices and securely shred old paper documents resulting in reducing the burden on landfills and natural resources.

 

Advocate For Social Justice

The Ivy Heritage Foundation of Irmo, Incorporated will strive to be at the forefront of social justice to promote fairness and equity. We will stand in the gap to empower our communities and act in the best interests of all people through social advocacy and justice.  We will equip communities with the tools, knowledge, and support to activate their voices and mobilize self-help to empower communities to help themselves. The areas of focus will include voter education, registration, and mobilization to empower communities to utilize their most powerful tools of community change and advocacy during local, state, and national elections; public policy forums, which will create convenings of non-partisan, open dialogue on policy challenges and the direction of our country; candidate forums, which will be non-partisan public events featuring candidates running for office who wish to express their positions on issues; and public servant’s guides, which will provide concise overviews highlighting women of color currently serving in political leadership positions along with information on how to create a pathway for women in politics.

Uplift Our Local Community

The Ivy Heritage Foundation of Irmo, Incorporated, and Upsilon Omega Omega Chapter will celebrate excellence, promote a focus on service, stimulate effective culture, and showcase best practices with proceeds from Jazz and Art and Still Standing for IHF Scholarships and donations to community recipients. The focus areas shall include Celebrating Local Community Impact with a recognition program that celebrates community partners that have made an exceptional impact in Lexington and Richland Counties.

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