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Mar 22 2017

Volunteer Spotlight: Dr. Marie Williams

Dr. Marie Williams

By Jennifer Meshanko for The Island Connection Dr. Marie Williams has extensive volunteer experience. Throughout her life, she has tutored in children’s and adult literacy programs, mentored at-risk pre-teen girls and completed 26 overseas mission trips. Dr. Williams wanted to open her own free dental clinic until she found the dental clinic at Our Lady …

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Feb 08 2017

Volunteer Spotlight: Eliana Ibanez-Burnham

Eliana Ibanez-Burnham

By Jennifer Meshanko for The Island Connection Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach volunteer, Eliana Ibanez-Burnham, shares her expertise in social work to help those in need on James, Johns and Wadmalaw Islands. Eliana was born and lived most of her life in the Washington, D.C. area. Her parents were from Chile, and her family …

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Jan 14 2017

Volunteer Spotlight: Dr. Ralph Principe

Dr. Ralph Principe with Roper St. Francis nurse, Kelsey Low.

By Jennifer Meshanko for The Island Connection Dr. Ralph Principe has been involved with Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach since its inception and continues to help those in the local community. Growing up in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Dr. Principe looked up to and respected the town’s family physician. This role model sparked his interest in …

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Nov 22 2016

Volunteer Spotlight: Dr. Frankie Bearly

Dr. Frankie Bearly

By Jennifer Meshanko for The Island Connection Throughout Dr. Frankie Bearly’s career, she has made time to volunteer and give back to her community. Dr. Bearly was born in Norfolk, Virginia. Her father was in the United States Navy, which moved her family to the Midwest. She remained in the Midwest to attend Kansas University, …

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Oct 14 2016

Volunteer Spotlight: Sue Veon

Sue Veon volunteers at both local Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach programs.

By Jennifer Meshanko for Island Connection Sue Veon is a native Charlestonian who is giving back to her local community by volunteering at both Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach locations on Johns Island and downtown Charleston. Growing up in Charleston, Sue attended Catholic schools and graduated from Bishop England High School. During high school, …

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Jul 06 2016

Volunteer Spotlight: Heidi Steinkamp

Heidi Steinkamp

By Maria Gurovich for The Island Connection Dr. Heidi Steinkamp’s passion for medicine and helping others was sparked by her mother who was a registered nurse and her father who was left paralyzed from the waist down after contracting polio prior to the development of a vaccine. Born in 1980 to older parents, the youngest …

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Jun 24 2016

Volunteer Spotlight: Jacquintas Washington

Jacquintas Washington. (Photo by Maria Gurovivch)

By Kelley Andres for The Island Connection Jacquintas Washington doesn’t know how he got the musical gene but he hopes that, one day, he will use histalent to teach music to others. “Music brings people together and can transform kids to find a purpose and to reach their goals by teaching focus and discipline,” he …

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Apr 27 2016

Volunteer Spotlight: Barbara And Edward Fitzpatrick

“We have been enjoying coming for close to 9 years. We love helping--it’s gratifying.”
Ed Fitzpatrick

By Maria Gurovich for The Island Connection Queens, New York natives, Barbara and Edward Fitzpatrick have been married for almost 60 years. Ed and Barb’s sisters went to school together. Ed worked at a deli and one day, during a “bread strike,” Barb came in to purchase some bread. “I had some bread stored under …

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Mar 17 2016

Volunteer Spotlight: Johnny Mae Benjamin

“I am 67 years old and have lived in Charleston my whole life and I have never seen so much homelessness in this area.”
Johnny Mae Benjamin

By Maria Gurovich for The Island Connection Johnny Mae Benjamin spends her days singing the Gospel of the Lord. Whether she is in her church or volunteering at The Neighborhood House, she lives her life singing God’s praises. Johnny Mae is an Evangelist and a missionary at Grace Cathedral on Rutledge Avenue, and when called …

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Feb 17 2016

Volunteer Spotlight: Chuck Jackson

“I volunteer to help others, of course, but also help myself keep busy and stay out of trouble.” 
Chuck Jackson

By Maria Gurovich for The Island Connection One of four siblings, 48 year-old Chuck Jackson was raised by a single parent in Charleston’s Eastside public housing located on Johnson Street. “Growing up in the ‘projects’ was hard,” remembers Chuck. Early in his life, there was a sense of community in the neighborhood. However, by the …

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