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Compassion & Community: Labors of Love that Will Warm Your Heart

OK, we’re feeling pretty sappy this Valentine’s Day. We just love love! And we may or may not be planning on buying ourselves heart-shaped chocolates and watching The Notebook on repeat after hours. It’s called self-care…ever heard of it? But all jokes aside, we really are feeling the love this month—for our inspiring clients.

Rawle Murdy has had the privilege of working with so many inspiring organizations over the past four decades, each one on a mission to enhance people’s lives. This month, we wanted to highlight a few of our local clients who consistently give back to the community.

Providing everything from career services to accessible public transportation and workforce housing, these clients strive every day to make the Lowcountry a better place to live, work, and play—for everyone.

Housing for All

As the Town of Mount Pleasant grows, housing prices grow with it. In fact, surveys show that 72% of people who work in Mount Pleasant don’t live there. In addition to pricing out healthcare workers, firefighters, and other pillars of the community that aspire to live in Mount Pleasant, this workforce housing crisis creates traffic and congestion for commuters and residents alike.

That’s where Housing for All – Mount Pleasant comes in. This 501(c)(3) nonprofit was formed as one of the main recommendations from the Affordable Housing Taskforce started in 2016 by the Mount Pleasant Town Council. The organization seeks to create, encourage, and support the development of attainable housing accessible for those who work, live, or aspire to live in Mount Pleasant. To combat rising costs, Housing for All aims to build a diverse mix of permanent housing options throughout the Town of Mount Pleasant, specifically targeted toward the town’s workforce and individuals who make less than $57,000 annually or families that make less than $82,000 annually.

But the nonprofit needed to raise awareness and earn the support of the entire community to make this dream a reality. Rawle Murdy was able to pitch in pro bono and use our expert PR team to leverage media contacts, increase brand awareness, and tell their story the right way. At Tuesday night’s town council meeting, one year later, Housing for All received unanimous support to fund their proposed workforce housing project, breaking ground in 2020. The nonprofit also now has two full-time staffers and the mayor’s full support.

CARTA & the Community

The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) provides Charleston residents and visitors with affordable transportation in the Charleston area, linking people, jobs, and communities. The transportation system has a multitude of services to make people’s lives easier, from the free DASH shuttle that whisks you around the peninsula to the HOP Park & Ride Shuttle that offers $5 all-day parking and a shuttle arriving every 15 minutes.

Needless to say, CARTA is always identifying new ways to improve the lives of Charleston residents via transit services. Just one example we’ve been lucky enough to help with is the relocation of a bus stop near Patriot Villas in North Charleston. Patriot Villas is a facility for homeless veterans that has remained at full capacity since it opened its doors in 2017.

Working with staff at Patriot Villas, CARTA was able to effectively relocate the bus stop, providing a closer and safer stop and making public transit in Charleston more accessible for veterans. Check out the video Rawle Murdy created to celebrate the successful project!

SC Works Trident

SC Works Trident, a Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments program, offers career guidance, job training, referral programs, and more for our region’s workforce, connecting job-seekers and employers. For job-seekers, SC Works helps match individuals with jobs and give them the training they need to succeed in the role. For employers, the organization identifies skilled and qualified candidates. The overall mission of SC Works Trident is to build a skilled workforce through collaboration and reduce unemployment.

The organization works with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, the S.C. Department of Social Services, the Commission of the Blind, Adult Education, and the S.C. Department of Vocational Rehabilitation to ensure that everyone is afforded equal opportunities to further their career. SC Works Trident frequently hosts events and job fairs to give job-seekers easy access to employers in their area, where they can learn more about the roles and even interview on the spot.

In August, SC Works held a disability expo at its Charleston facility to provide individuals with disabilities in the Tricounty region the opportunity to connect with employers, learn about applying for and maintaining benefits while working, discuss job training resources, and more. Rawle Murdy was fortunate enough to assist with awareness and press coverage for the expo to make sure as many people as possible knew about the event and the opportunities it presented. Read more about the disability expo and SC Works Trident’s mission here.

Think you’d like to join our roster of all-star clients? Just give us a buzz. We’re always happy to help.