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Greer Community Ministries teams with SERVPRO of East Greenville County for a School Supply Drive.

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Community Greer Community Ministries teams with SERVPRO of East Greenville County for a School Supply Drive. A list of school supplies needed across all grade levels.

SERVPRO of East Greenville County has partnered with Greer Community Ministries, a local non-profit that provides services to those in need in Greer, SC. GCM follows the philosophy that “no elderly, homebound or disadvantaged person in the Greater Greer area will go hungry,” and has several programs to support their goals. These include a Meals on Wheels kitchen that served almost 90,000 hot and fresh meals, a food pantry and a clothing closet.

GCM also works to provide families in need with school supplies, and this year they have a goal of providing at least 500 children with supplies they need to start off the school year. Children within the Greenville and Spartanburg County school districts can come by GCM’s location at 738 S. Line St. Ext. in Greer with proof of residency and registration for grades 1-12 to pick up supplies every Monday – Friday until August 17. They are also accepting supplies and cash donations at the location or via their website. Saturday, August 4, GCM is hosting the Benson Classic Car Show in Greer from 10 am until 2 pm.

Where SERVPRO of East Greenville County comes in, is that our office is a drop off location for school supplies Monday – Friday 8.30 am until 4.30 pm until Thursday, August 16. Every person that drops off a new, unused bookbag at our location will be entered into a random drawing the week of August 24. The prizes include a Tasting Tour for Two from 6&20 Distillery.; event passes from Frankie’s Fun Park or a three-room carpet cleaning from us (a big thanks to our prize sponsors btw.)! So, donate and make yourself feel great and maybe win a prize to boot.

We take pride in giving back to our community and working with Greer Community Ministries.

3 Tips To Keep Your Family Safe During Greenville’s 2018 Festivals

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Community 3 Tips To Keep Your Family Safe During Greenville’s 2018 Festivals Write your phone number on their wrist and cover it with liquid bandage in case you get separated

Warm weather is (finally) here. And with it comes some of the Upstate’s many outdoor festivals and events. These festivals are fantastic opportunities to spend some time with the family and enjoy what many local businesses have to offer. Live Music, games, and fried… everything, there can be so much to experience. But, all of the fun can quickly turn to panic if you realize that your little one(s) are not close by. And if that makes you freak out, imagine how a child may feel.

As with most things, it is best to be prepared if something like this ever happens. Having a game plan can help to reduce the time a family is separated and limit the stress and anxiety that adults and children may face. So, with that being said here are 3 methods (from Simplemost.com) that you can try when attending festivals or theme parks.

Teach Your Children to Call Out Your “Real’ Name

Yes, our real names may be mom, dad, grandpa, etc. to our kids, but this rings true for most families. And that is why it is important to teach your child to call out your first name if you ever get separated in public. The combination of their voices and your name can stand out and grab your attention quickly. It can assist anyone they may come across locate you faster if your child knows your first and last name. Just maybe tell them not to call you by your name at the dinner table.

Practice Getting Lost

Mister Rogers said “Always look for the helpers,” and who are we to disagree. Educating your kids about who is there to help can be a great, and less scary, portion of the stranger danger conversation. Stressing how to identify police officers, firefighters, or other public servants will empower children with the ability to look for help on their own and reduce their feelings of helplessness. If you feel that your child is too young to easily ID police officers, you can always train them to look for another “mommy” with her kids. As a parent, they can be super quick and more than ready to help out a young child in need. But its essential rehearse this scenario a few times to make sure that they understand the plan.

Write your contact information somewhere it cannot be washed off or lost.

By the time my niece was four she could recite all the lyrics from almost any Disney song (especially the one about letting go), but she was having the toughest time remembering her parents’ phone numbers. Examples like this are why the Clovis Police Department in California recommend writing contact info on a child’s wrist and covering it with a spray-on bandage so that the ink will stay put. This can be a lot more impactful than just having a paper that can be easily lost or thrown away and make it very easy for any helpers contact you.

We hope that you never need these tips, but if you do, we hope that they are a tremendous help. And you have to worry about is heartburn from all the festival food.

SERVPRO of East Greenville County Celebrates ICC National Building Safety Month

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO of East Greenville County Celebrates ICC National Building Safety Month ICC National Building Safety Month is celebrated every May. This is the 38th year of the campaign.

May is Building Safety Month (BSM), and this year will mark its 38th year. BSM is an international public safety campaign initiated by the International Code Council that promotes a better understanding of creating and sustaining safe structures for businesses, individuals, and families. The theme for this year is Building Codes Save Lives and will place a focus on how building codes protect homes, offices, schools and many more structures.

Each week will have a specific topic which will cover a variety of information including safety tips and FAQs.

May 1-5: Partnering with Code Officials to Build Stronger, Safer Communities

May 6-12: Advancing Resilient Communities Though Science and Technology

May 13-19: Protecting Communities from Disaster

May 20-26: Safeguarding Our Water

May 27-31: Improving Education & Training Standards for a Safer Tomorrow

SERVPRO of East Greenville County will share many of the tips provided by the ICC and some of our own throughout the month.  Check out the 2018 ICC Home Safety Checklist for some quick and simple ways to make your home a safe home.

Buy or Rent? Both are too expensive.

10/28/2016 (Permalink)

Buy or rent? Both are too expensive

By Polyana da Costa · Bankrate.com

You often hear that this is a great time to buy a home because rates are low and home prices are still attractive. But the majority of Americans think housing is still unaffordable, a recent survey shows.

 

About 6 in 10 Americans say it's challenging to find affordable, quality housing in their community, regardless of whether you want buy or rent. The findings come from an annual survey on housing attitudes commissioned by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and conducted by Hart Research Associates.

Struggling to make housing payments

More than half of the respondents in the survey say they have had to make at least one sacrifice in the last three years to pay for their mortgage or rent. The sacrifices included taking a second job, deferring retirement savings, accumulating credit card debt, cutting back on health care and healthy foods and moving to a neighborhood where they felt less or one with worse schools.

The public's perspective on the housing recovery also is pretty pessimistic, according to the survey.

"The American people do not see the housing crisis as something that is behind us," says Geoff Garin, president of Hart Research Associates.

About 7 in 10 respondents said that we are still in the midst of the housing crisis or that the worse has yet to come.

I want a home!

Still, the American dream of owning a home isn't dead.

Even though a growing number of people say that renting is becoming more appealing than buying, according to the survey, about 70 percent of respondents say the aspire to own a home.

But they don't always look at it as an investment.

About half say it's an "excellent long-term investment," and about 43 percent say that's no longer the case.

What do you think?

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Upstate SC is the Place for Business!

7/15/2015 (Permalink)

Upstate businesses preparing for growth, survey shows

Staff Report 
gsanews@scbiznews.com 
Published June 4, 2015

A SunTrust Business Pulse survey shows 77% of business decision-makers are confident about the strength of their companies and four out of five are preparing for growth in the near term. David Torris, SunTrust Banks’ region president for the Upstate and Western North Carolina, said Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson counties are riding strong economic currents.

Torris said consumers since the Great Recession “have become buyers again. In the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson area, the local retail industry has benefitted significantly with gross sales hitting the highest mark in more than a decade, ending 2014 with a $13.8 million increase over the previous year. We’re seeing momentum in the real estate market, where the sale of housing units increased by more than 22% from February to March.”

Torris said economic development efforts continue to show big results.

“So how do we keep the economy moving forward? Mirroring the national findings of the SunTrust survey, area business leaders plan to stimulate growth primarily through new products and services, while others are considering mergers and acquisitions,” Torris said.

He said many are looking to the banking industry, “not just for access to capital, but for strategic advice.” He said banks help businesses by “providing them with the counsel, expertise and tools so they have confidence and control over their finances.”

Proud, active member of the Greenville Chamber!

5/4/2015 (Permalink)

Community Proud, active member of the Greenville Chamber! Greenville Chamber Headquarters

We have a longstanding relationship with Greenville and the Chamber!  

http://www.greenvillechamber.org/

Use your Smartphone camera for so much more than taking selfies...

1/19/2015 (Permalink)

Getting older has its benefits and its...challenges...Add a Bionic eye to your toolbox!  Use your smartphone camera as a scoping video camera or as a way to take pictures of items that are hard to get to or hard to remember.  If you are having trouble seeing something in low light, use your smartphone camera.  It has autofocus and can see in low light.  I used it to help me open a combination lock outside of work when I absolutely could not see the numbers on the discolored wheels with the naked eye.

The smartphone camera can also be used to take pictures under your car, in your engine compartment, to get serial numbers located behind your washer...

We will continue to post ingenious "life hacks" as they come to us!