The North Augusta Service Network offers area organizations a way to connect, partner and help each other.
The group, which consists of about a dozen service organizations, meets at noon on the first Thursday of the month at Second Providence Baptist Church to talk about the activities and needs of those they serve, group facilitator Peggy Trivelas said.
Trivelas participated in a group in Aiken called Quality of Life when she was the Area 1 superintendent. The group included organizations that tried to fill community needs by networking with one another.
The idea for the North Augusta group came from her son-in-law, who wanted to connect one of his volunteers from Target with an organization, and she realized that a group similar to Quality of Life didn’t exist in North Augusta.
“I saw a need for a way for individuals and agencies that support the community to network,” she said.
After contacting several groups, the network held an organizational meeting in May and began meeting monthly in September. About 20 to 25 people attend each meeting and so far, it has been beneficial for many, Trivelas said.
“Someone who has a need to start a group is able to get information from others who have had that experience and can say, ‘Here are some contacts,’” she said.
A volunteer from Target who minored in foreign language was able to connect with the Learn English for Living Foundation that tutors the Hispanic population in English.
The Family Y had a scarf and hat drive and was able donate them to children in the school system.
“It helps those of us who are involved in helping similar populations know how to connect to help other agencies,” Trivelas said.
They hope the network continues to expand to include more partners.
There are no dues to participate. For more, contact Trivelas at (803) 641-2427 or firstname.lastname@example.org.