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Engaging the Community during the pandemic

Below are some of the ways agencies are providing service to their communities during this time:

City of Aiken Staff are reaching out by phone call to program participants just to check in on their well-being, particularly the senior adult population.  City of Aiken - Mobile Egg Hunt Easter Bunny comes to your house Story Click Here


City of Charleston We are doing daily Virtual Recreation opportunities. I’m doing a themed post with crafts and activities to do as a family at home, as well as gathering and sharing videos of virtual fitness classes for all ages, soccer drills at home, virtual tours of zoos and museums, virtual art and science classes, etc. We are also posting those activities on our website. I created a Virtual Recreation page where people with Facebook can keep up! We are also doing “REC on the Go!” where we are packing about 150 bags weekly to deliver to parks, facilities and playgrounds for families to grab and go do recreation activities at home. These bags will be available at select locations and will be restocked weekly with different activities and themes. This week's bags included coloring sheets about good hygiene, Easter and spring; pencils; seasonal crafts; stickers; crayons; sidewalk chalk; and tattoos! We are planning to put adult coloring sheets, mindfulness activities, fitness workout sheets, and other related things in each for the parents/caregivers. if you want to keep up!


Charleston County Parks is tailoring our social content to our audiences at home. We have developed a “Nature in Your Neighborhood” series that will include tips on building Fairy Houses and Birding in your own backyard. We are sharing family team building activities that are easy to do. We will also be posting some “Stay Fit” ideas such as Yoga videos and even tips for Climbers. Also, look for some “Did You Knows” about our Parks. This is all part of an effort to keep our audience engaged until they can get back to the Parks.


Dorchester County We are alternating full time staff in office and telecommuting to reduce interactions, but still working and very busy. We have closed river access per the governor’s order.  Rosebrock Park is still open but the shelters and restroom (congregation points) are closed.  While we are experiencing high usage rates, we are not seeing groups congregating.  Same with the river access prior to closing it. 


City of Goose Creek Our staff is currently putting together “virtual recreation” videos that we will be posting on our social media accounts next week.  They will be tutorial videos on various sports, fitness exercises, arts and crafts projects, etc.


City of Hardeeville We are working to keep our PRT audience engaged with some Facebook live events we are programming as we speak to include a live Egg Hunt, nature trail walks, etc.


Moncks Corner is currently working from home and each day one person will come into the office.  We are in the midst of Virtual Recreation.  Today, I videoed Berkeley High School’s baseball and softball coach doing baseball and softball drills.  The staff member that comes into the office will work on our Facebook Page preparing posts.  Our goal is to provide an activity or program every day.  The Town of Moncks Corner is about to open up a drive thru testing site at our Market Pavilion. 


Mt. Pleasant has started posting links to activities that our residents can do at home… story time, crafts, sports training videos, etc., but would love to get more ideas if you have a list of programs other agencies are doing. We are working on messaging for a scaled back farmers market operation during this outbreak. Putting procedures and precautions in place for how it will be operated. We see it as a safe alternative for providing a source for fresh produce to the community. It won't be the festival atmosphere that people are used to. We may not even call it the Farmer's Market. Looks like we will open it on 14 April until this mess is over.

City of Myrtle Beach
 We are currently rolling out 2 videos a day via our Facebook and Youtube pages.  These are everything from fitness classes, instructional videos such as karate and LAX, children story time by our Library staff, STEAM activities for kids that they can do at home, and self-defense classes.  We are now looking at some pretty creative things such as a Hot wheels racing league where kids can send in their cars and we hold a race and air it live.


City of Orangeburg We are working here in Orangeburg full time staff on a rotating schedule , part-time staff is off.  Full maintenance staff. Other than that we just have our Rose gardens open and walking trail.  We are also still doing funerals. 


St. Andrew's is offering a variety of fitness classes on YouTube and our website. We also post them on social media. They are getting quite a few hits.


Summerville  Maintenance staff continues with routines and are doing some special projects.  Part-time staff have been offered the option to help with the projects if they would like some hours. We’re doing a weekly “virtual” challenge on Facebook.   Each week the winner will receive a $25 gift card for Rec programs. Parks and trails are still open for people to  walk.

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