Savannah Goodwill Awarded For Services To Veterans: Recognized for Veteran Programs Providing Education and Job Resources

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(SAVANNAH, GA) On May 17, Goodwill of the Coastal Empire was recognized by Goodwill Industries International at its Spring Conference for their commitment to serving veterans. Only two member agencies were awarded as Vested in Veterans Center of Excellence. Goodwill of the Coastal Empire will serve as a role model to other Goodwill’s designing programs to serve veterans. Theresa Gerton, deputy secretary for policy at the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Services (VETS) program, served as the keynote speaker at the lunch. She encouraged Goodwills to continue their great work connecting veterans and their families to much needed employment and support services, emphasizing the growing need for credential building in this population.

Goodwill of the Coastal Empire began its dedicated veteran services program in 2010 with Operation Open Doors, serving homeless veterans in Savannah and the surrounding areas. The agency quickly realized other veterans within the community could benefit from their services

Today, the Savannah Goodwill operates ten job connection centers with professionals who assist veterans with an array of services and supports. All veterans are assigned a peer counselor who serves as a navigator supporting the efforts of the veterans to address immediate needs such as housing, benefits verifications and medical concerns.

“We owe it to every one of our veterans and their families to provide them with the tools they need to advance beyond their military careers and connect them with employers who understand the value of their military experience, so they can succeed at work and at home,” said Brenda Pollen, vice president of mission services. “Through Vested in Veterans, we will enable veterans and military family members to focus on their careers and financial goals, and create a road map for successful civilian careers.”

These efforts are bolstered by the agency’s many community partnerships, including the Veterans Administration, Savannah-Chatham County Homeless Authority, Step-Up-Savannah Workforce Action Team’s Apprenticeship Program, and local colleges and universities.

GOODWILL OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE
Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, Inc. is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization with over 850 employees. In 2013, Goodwill provided services to 19,518 people and placed 1,672 into employment. Goodwill serves 33 counties in Georgia and South Carolina, operating 19 retail locations, and ten Job Connection Centers. Goodwill accepts tax deductible donations of clothing, household items, computers, and car donations, as well as operates an online store at www.shopgoodwill.com. For more information on Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, please visit www.goodwillsavannah.org. Find on Facebook: Savannah Goodwill, or follow on Twitter: @SavGoodwill.

VESTED IN VETERANS CENTER OF EXCELLENCE
In 2013, Bank of America and Goodwill Industries International launched the Vested in Veterans initiative with Goodwills in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles and San Antonio. “Bank of America’s investment in Goodwill is just one of the ways we are helping individuals, including returning military, to access the education and training they need to access jobs and build better financial futures,” said Kerry Sullivan, president, Bank of America Charitable Foundation. “We’re honored to recognize the sacrifice and leadership of our military members, veterans and their families through longstanding support and pleased to partner with Goodwill as part of our ongoing commitment to improve local economies.”

BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Bank of America’s commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a strategic part of doing business globally. The bank’s CSR efforts guide how it operates in a socially, economically, financially and environmentally responsible way around the world on behalf of shareholders, customers, clients and employees. Bank of America’s goal is to help create economically vibrant regions and communities through lending, investing and giving. By partnering with stakeholders, the bank creates value that empowers individuals and communities to thrive and contributes to the long-term success of our business. Bank of America has several core areas of focus for CSR, including responsible business practices; environmental sustainability; strengthening local communities with a focus on housing, hunger and jobs; investing in global leadership development; and engaging through arts and culture. As part of these efforts, employee volunteers across the company contribute their time, passion and expertise to address issues in communities where they live and work. Learn more at www.bankofamerica.com/about and follow on Twitter at @BofA_Community.

Know the ABCDE Rule to Recognize Melanoma Warning Signs

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(SAVANNAH, GA) May is Melanoma Awareness Month. Dr. Corinne M. Howington, board-certified dermatologist at Low Country Dermatology, offers tips to prevent or minimize chances of getting skin cancer.

Skin cancer prevention is important because the American Academy of Dermatology discovered that one in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer at some point in their lifetime. Melanoma is the deadliest and most aggressive form of skin cancer.

“If Americans learn how to recognize the warning signs of skin cancer, then we can prevent one person from dying every hour from melanoma,” said Dr. Howington.

The American Academy of Dermatology suggests learning the ABCDE rule to recognize the warning signs of melanoma.

The ABCDE rule says “A” stands for asymmetry. “If a mole does not look the same on both sides, then you need to see a Dermatologist immediately,” said Dr. Howington.

“B” stands for border irregularity. Border irregularity is when the edges of a mole are ragged, notched or blurred.

“C” stands for color. “If the color of a mole differs from one area to another, then you should get a skin cancer screening immediately,” said Dr. Howington.

“D” stands for diameter. If a mole is the size of a pencil eraser, it could be malignant.

“E” stands for evolving. A mole is considered evolving if it changes in size, shape or color.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or if your skin is changing, itching or bleeding, you should seek medical advice from a Board certified dermatologist.

Skin cancer screenings and sitting in the shade between the hottest time of day, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., can prevent melanoma, a common type of skin cancer. You can also prevent skin cancer by wearing protective clothing, using “broad-spectrum” sunscreen, avoiding tanning beds, and exercising caution around water, sand and snow because these elements intensify the sun’s heat.

Sunscreen should be applied every two hours or after swimming or sweating. It is best to use one ounce of sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 to protect yourself from both UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreen should be applied any time you go outside if your skin is not covered by clothing.

To encourage early detection monthly self exams are recommended. You can check your skin for skin cancer by following these six simple steps:

Step 1: examine every part of your body in the mirror.

Step 2: record what each of your moles, freckles and age spots look like. Keep in mind that it is normal for moles to be black, red or blue.

Step 3: look at the back of your legs and feet and the spaces between your toes and soles.

Step 4: inspect the back of your neck and scalp with a mirror by parting and lifting your hair to feel for bumps.

Step 5: check your back and buttocks with a mirror to feel for bumps.

Step 6: check for changes every year by using the ABCDE model. If you notice any changes, then see a dermatologist immediately.

Early detection is key. Follow these steps to safely enjoy your time in the summer sun and minimize its dangers.

ARTICLE SUBMITTED BY DR. CORINNE M. HOWINGTON OF LOW COUNTRY DERMATOLOGY
Low Country Dermatology specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Corinne Howington is a board certified dermatologist, with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Low Country Dermatology is located at 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406. For more information, call (912) 354-1018 or visit www.lcderm.com.

Author Rowan Wolfe Announces The Publication Of Murder In The Park

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Rowan Wolfe announces the publication of Murder in the Park, the third book in a series of fact-based crime/military thrillers.

Like the two previous books, the story begins with a real event. In this case, the supposed suicide of an assistant legal counsel to the White House during the Clinton administration. And just like the first two books, Wolfe has changed names “To protect the innocent and the guilty.”

The author insists that this story is NOT about Hilary Clinton.

“It’s a continuation of the first two books with the same recurring characters,” she says. Wolfe’s fast-paced, action-packed thriller will take the reader from Washington, D.C., to a South American drug cartel compound in the the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida, the Appalachian Mountains, Savannah, Georgia, and all points in-between.

Wolfe admits that she has a very vivid imagination and was once told by a contact at the FBI that she has “incredible insight.” After seven years of research, Murder in the Park incorporates both fact and fiction, and “It will be up to the reader to decide which is which,” Wolfe adds.

MORE INFORMATION ON ROWAN WOLFE:
Rowan Wolfe was born in England, but is now a U.S. citizen. She was “bitten by the writing bug” while living and working as the marketing director for a corporation in Connecticut. A former journalist with degrees in marketing and graphic design, Wolfe moved to Annapolis, Maryland, in 1998, and won the Maryland Writers’ Association Annual Fiction Contest in 1999. A few months later, she began sponsoring midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy. Wolfe’s crime and military thrillers are loaded with authenticity and well-researched detail. The plots for The Trial of Evan Gage, Incident at Tybee Island and Murder in the Park are based on actual events. This theme will continue in the next planned sequels of a four (maybe five or more) book series. Read chapters and synopses from the Rowan Wolfe thriller series at http://www.rowanwolfe.com/read-an-excerpt/

Wolfe and her Welsh Pembroke Corgis now live in the South. Writing under the pen name Carolyn Eastwood, she just launched a new series of dog detective mysteries, written for adults but very suitable for children ten and up. The series is set in the Savannah area and star the author’s four Welsh Pembroke Corgis. Each book in the series is illustrated by Wolfe. To view chapters and synopses, visit http://www.mycorgidogs.com/about-the-books/

A portion of the proceeds from this series will be donated to CorgiAid, a nonprofit organization founded to provide financial assistance to corgis and corgi mixes, as a way to say “thank you” for all of the great work they do. For more information on CorgiAid, visit www.corgiaid.org

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Announces Camp Buddy

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(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society is hosting their annual Camp Buddy summer camp in Chatham County. This educational and therapeutic camp runs for two weeks starting Monday, July 14 and ends Friday, July 25 at Coastal Middle School. (www.ldssga.org)

Camp Buddy is for children with Down syndrome, ages 3-13. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for ages 3-5 and 10-13. For children ages 6-9, it runs from 1 to 4 p.m.

Special education, occupational, physical and speech therapists have designed a customized curriculum to help children retain information they learned during the previous school year.

“Every year we see children improve their skills exponentially. This makes us extremely happy for the children and their parents,” said Savannah Camp Buddy director Pam Hussey.

The goal of Camp Buddy is to promote retention of information by offering programs to prepare children for the upcoming school year.

“Last year, children 6 years old and older enjoyed reading new books on the last day of camp, while children ages 3 to 6 enjoyed a puppet show, costumes, obstacle courses, a cow milking station and many other activities,” said Hussey.

This year’s camp activities include music, dance, arts and crafts, as well as bike, trike and scooter board riding. After camp, each camper is sent home with an individualized therapy plan and a medal.

Armstrong physical therapy students are volunteering their time and skills for Camp Buddy.

Camp Buddy is sponsored by the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society and is made possible through the generosity of the community, friends and family of LDSS and events like the Buddy Walk and Night of Champions.

Camp Buddy is $30 per child. This cost includes therapy sessions, entertainment and food.

For more information about Chatham Camp Buddy, contact Molly Marchese at (912) 213-9127 or Pam Hussey at (912) 220-6429. (www.ldssga.org)

ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a non-profit support group to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership in support, outreach, education and advocacy. Meetings are held every 4th Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact with one another. We encourage people to bring their children. We are an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. http://www.ldssga.org/

Media Contact
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912.844.9990

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Announces Effingham Camp Buddy

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(EFFINGHAM, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society is hosting their annual Camp Buddy summer camp in Effingham County. This educational and therapeutic camp starts Monday, June 23 and ends Friday, June 27 at Rincon Elementary School. (www.ldssga.org)

Effingham Camp Buddy is for children of all ages with Down syndrome. For children ages 3 and over, Effingham Camp Buddy runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. For children under 3, the camp runs from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

Special education, occupational, physical and speech therapists have designed a customized curriculum to help children retain information they learned during the previous school year.

“Every year we see children improve their skills exponentially. This makes us extremely happy for the children and their parents,” said Savannah Camp Buddy director Pam Hussey.

The goal of Camp Buddy is to promote retention of information by offering programs to prepare children for the upcoming school year.

This year’s camp activities include music, dance, arts and crafts, as well as bike, trike and scooter board riding. After camp, each camper is sent home with an individualized therapy plan and a medal.

Chef Nick Mueller (Chef Nick Mueller & Company Catering) will provide hands-on food preparation activities for the campers and Armstrong physical therapy students are volunteering their time and skills for Camp Buddy.

Molly Marchese, mother of a child with Down syndrome and a Camp Buddy organizer says, “The therapists, camp counselors and volunteers work as a team to create a wonderful environment for the kids, helping them exercise their motor, speech and social skills, improve confidence, and have a lot of fun too!”

Camp Buddy is sponsored by the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society and is made possible through the generosity of the community, friends and family of LDSS and events like the Buddy Walk and Night of Champions.

Camp Buddy is $30 per child. This cost includes therapy sessions, entertainment and food.

For more information about Effingham Camp Buddy, contact Molly Marchese at (912) 213-9127 or Pam Hussey at (912) 220-6429. (www.ldssga.org)

ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a non-profit support group to benefit people with Down Syndrome and their families through local leadership in support, outreach, education and advocacy. Meetings are held every 4th Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact with one another. We encourage people to bring their children. We are an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. http://www.ldssga.org/

Media Contact
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912.844.9990

Learn how to protect your skin from the summer sun with Dr. Corinne Howington’s free information session

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(SAVANNAH, GA) In recognition of skin cancer awareness month in May, Dr. Corinne M. Howington, board certified Dermatologist at Low Country Dermatology, is hosting a free information session Wednesday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Dr. Howington will discuss five tips to prevent skin cancer at her Low Country Dermatology office located at 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406. Participants will also receive complimentary sunscreen lotion.

“I am eager to share this information with the public this month,” said Dr. Howington, “because 1 in 5 Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime and skin cancer is preventable.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment please call (912)354-1018.

ABOUT LOW COUNTRY DERMATOLOGY
Low Country Dermatology specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Corinne Howington is a board certified dermatologist, with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Low Country Dermatology is located at 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406. For more information, visit lcderm.com.

Media Contacts
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
crusso72@gmail.com
912.665.0005

Kelli Hartley
Low Country Dermatology Practice Manager
KHartley@lcderm.com
912.354.1018

Courtney Zechman Joins Low Country Dermatology

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Low Country Dermatology is pleased to announce that Courtney Zechman joined the company as a licensed esthetician. In her new role, Zechman will be performing facials, SilkPeel Dermalinfusion, chemical peels, waxing, Dermaplaning, laser hair removal, laser tattoo removal, and laser facial treatments.

Zechman comes to Low Country Dermatology from Lavender Hill Spa Salon in Richmond Hill, GA, where she gained experience performing facials, waxing, and makeup.

Zechman attended the Aveda Institute in Covington, LA for Esthiology. She is originally from Louisville, KY.

“I’m excited to be working with Dr. Corinne Howington and her staff at a quality company like Low Country Dermatology,” said Zechman, “I plan on bringing a spa like experience to our guests here at the office by adding some warmth and relaxation to our treatments.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment please call (912)354-1018.

ABOUT LOW COUNTRY DERMATOLOGY
Low Country Dermatology specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Corinne Howington is a board certified dermatologist, with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Low Country Dermatology is located at 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406. For more information, visit lcderm.com.

Media Contact
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
912.665.0005
crusso72@gmail.com