County Chamber keeping list of fire relief efforts
Fire in the early morning hours last Wednesday damaged and destroyed eight buildings on Front Street in Georgetown. About 130 people lost their jobs at businesses in the 700 block of the city, and others who lived above some of the businesses lost their homes.No cause of the fire has been determined as yet. Damage estimates are unknown, and range from a few million dollars upwards to $15 million.
The outpouring of support has been terrific. There is a jobs meeting today, and a number of fundraising and other events are planned.Here's a list of activities compiled by the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce.
The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce will hold two meetings today.
The Employment Services meeting for workers displaced by the Georgetown Fire will be offered in two sessions. The first session will be at 9:30 a.m., and the second will be at 11 a.m. Each of the sessions will be held at the Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments office at 1230 Highmarket St. in Georgetown. Resources include:
- Information and guidance about filing for Unemployment Insurance online via mybenefits.dew.sc.gov or by phone at 1 (866) 831-1724.
- SC Works Online Services ( jobs.scworks.org) registration.
- Searching for work using SC Works Online Services.
- Information about training resources.
- Information about upcoming employment workshops.
Duncan Methodist Church hosted a fundraiser dinner Friday night. Wildfish Grill restaurant also hosted a fundraiser Saturday with live music, food, beer all donated by other local businesses.
See Pages 1B and 6 and 7B for a story and photos from both events.•••
Reflections Grill at 816 Front St. is also raising money. Staff will be donating all gratuities to Front Street employees who are now unemployed due to last Wednesday's fire. Call (843) 325-2428.•••
Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival raised at least $1,200 over the weekend. The event was at Atalaya Castle at Hunting- ton Beach State Park.•••
Screven Baptist Church at 2221 South Island Rd. in the Maryville section of Georgetown held a special honorary church service Sunday. The church would like to recognize and honor the courageous acts from local firefighters and emergency workers.•••
Walking Shadows Ghost Tours will hold a tourism fundraiser. Meet at 800 Front St., Georgetown.
The benefit ghost tour on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 9 p.m., is to benefit those affected by the Front Street Fire. All benefits go to support those involved. Cost is $12 per person.
Respond by calling (843) 543-5321 or send an e-mail to:
email@example.com.•••Rotary Club of Pawleys Island has set up a Facebook Page: Front St. Unemployment Relief https://www.facebook.com/groups/589991024391196/perma- link/590031021053863
This is a Facebook group is established by The Rotary Club of Pawleys Island to aid friends and family directly affected by the fire on Front Street. There are many people out of work. Use this as a launching page to put these people in touch with possible temporary or full time employment opportunities. If you are a business owner in need of labor please post on this page and support Georgetown. God bless Georgetown.•••
The American Red Cross and Salvation Army were both immediately on scene Wednesday. Both groups provide help in emergencies year-round. Donations are always welcome.
Cash contributions can be used for any needs, of course.
Several groups and businesses have worked together to establish:
Front Street Fire Relief Fund. The fund was started on last Thursday at First Citizens Bank. The bank's office is on Front Street in Georgetown. Call (843) 546-6317.
Monetary donations may be made at all of the following institutions at any of their locations.
The account is called the “Front Street Fire Relief Fund”.
Listed are the institutions and their web address to find the location nearest to you.
- First Citizens Bank: www.firstcitizensonline.com
- First Federal Bank: www.firstfederal.com
- American Red Cross: www.redcross.org
- Anderson Brothers Bank: www.abbank.com
- Georgetown Kraft Credit Union: www.gkcu.org
- SCBT-South Carolina Bank And Trust: www.scbandt.com
- To donate online, visit www.georgetownfirerelief.com
The Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce located at 531 Front St. in Georgetown will continue to compile information on additional fund-raising events and activities related to the fire. You may call the Chamber at (843) 546-8436, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Georgetown Communications continues to provide news, photos and information about the fire, its effects on the community and ways people can help.
Our newspapers include:
Georgetown Times, www.gtowntimes.com, Facebook: Georgetown Times
Waccamaw Times, www.waccaawtimes.com
Inlet Outlook, Facebook: Inlet Outlook
We invite our readers to keep reading as well tell the stories about the fire and the determined efforts to deal with loss and rebuild.
You may contact us at: 615 Front St., Georgetown, SC 29440. Call (843) 546-4148.
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