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Local nonprofit Charleston Hope will host its annual Match Hope fundraiser Sept. 14-23. The organization’s mission is to increase mental and behavioral health resources in local educational institutions.

Funds from the 10-day initiative will go towards Charleston Hope’s programs, in an effort to expand mental health support for students and professional development for teachers in Title 1 schools.

The nonprofit’s goal this year is to raise $100,000.

Charleston Hope currently operates two mental health programs in Title 1 schools. The Thrive Program is a school-based counseling and therapy initiative to support students’ mental, emotional and social well-being.

The second initiative, referred to as the Step-In Program, is an after-school girls empowerment program that helps female students “discover their strengths, learn their value and build their support system to navigate challenges in life,” according to the organization.

“My daughter has blossomed into a butterfly since joining the program at the beginning of the year. She used to be shy and afraid of making new friends. This program has allowed her to step into a beautiful light that I have never seen before,” said an anonymous mother, whose daughter is part of the Step-In Program. 

“I am honored that the program was available to us. Charleston Hope truly understands the importance of nurturing young minds.”

As part of the fundraising efforts, Charleston Hope will host Cocktails and Conversations on Sept. 21.

The event will showcase Charleston Hope’s roster of health-supporting programs, as well as provide updates about what the nonprofit has been up to since its shift in mission and vision, which occurred earlier this year. 

Refreshments, including cocktails and various hors d’oeuvres, will be served at the function.

To purchase tickets for the Cocktails and Conversations event, visit the Charleston Hope website

To make a donation to Charleston Hope’s cause, click here.

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