S.C. legislature designates May South Carolina State Guard Month
COLUMBIA—The South Carolina legislature has designated the Month of May, 2019 as “South Carolina State Guard Month” to bring awareness about the important role this historic organization has played in the Palmetto State. As part of State Guard Month, the South Carolina Missions and Operations Support Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, has launched “Boots on the Ground” fundraising campaign to help with essential training and to purchase equipment and other necessities that would otherwise be out-of-pocket expenses by our volunteers.
Since 1670, the all-volunteer historic South Carolina State Guard has had boots on the ground trained and ready to serve when called upon. When we were needed to respond to hurricanes Joaquin, Harvey, Matthew, and Florence, our personnel were there to answer the call. In 2018 alone, the nearly 1000 members of the State Guard volunteered more than 90,000 hours in service to our state. In times of disaster, we work alongside federal, state, and local first responders.
From search and rescue operations, medical teams, legal support, engineering expertise, chaplain and counseling services, to direct distribution of supplies and providing military funeral honors to our veterans, State Guard members are “trained and ready” to serve when called upon - without pay.
What can you do?: Throughout the month of May you have the opportunity to help us meet our $350,000 fundraising goal. Please ask your audience to support of the South Carolina State Guard at participating establishments or by donating online throughout the month. For a minimum donation of $1 (or $5 or more) to the “Boots on the Ground” #SCSGBoots campaign, your audience’s name or the name of a loved one will be placed on boot cutouts, which will proudly be displayed at participating establishments during May. Additionally, your audience can make a secure online donation through the South Carolina State Guard Mission & Operations Support Foundation website at scsgmops.org or visit us on Facebook at @SCStateGuard to donate via one of the posted “Donate” buttons.
Additional information can be found at http:// sg.sc.gov/newsroom/?p=387
We appreciate your using any methods available to ask your audience to support the South Carolina State Guard.