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The State: Could $500k help stop diabetes deaths and amputations? West Columbia group hopes so

This article was originally published on thestate.com By Morgan Hughes A West Columbia community group has been chosen as part of a $3.4 million federal program to prevent and manage Type 2 diabetes rates among African American and Hispanic residents. The Brookland-Lakeview Empowerment Center will receive $500,000 to put between 200 and 350 people through

Brookland-Lakeview Empowerment Center: Preserving History, Empowering Youth and Seniors

Cindye Cotton This story was originally published by the United Way of the Midlands. Housed in a formerly segregated school, Brookland-Lakeview Empowerment Center (BLEC) works to preserve Lakeview School’s rich history while educating and empowering seniors and youth through various avenues. The Brookland Center for Community Economic Change (BCCEC) acquired BLEC in 2004. And since

BLEC Featured on Central Carolina Community Foundation Blog

Investing for Impact: Midlands Gives Increases Local Nonprofit Capacity For eight years, Midlands Gives has served as a celebration of everyday philanthropy while increasing the capacity of local nonprofit organizations. With registration for the ninth annual Midlands Gives now open until January 7, 2022, we spoke with a few Midlands Gives nonprofit organizations to learn

BLEC Mentees Featured on NAM Website

October 20, 2021 - Columbia, South Carolina, USA: National Association of Manufacturers hosts a visit with the governor of South Carolina Henry McMaster. Photo by Ian Wagreich Brookland-Lakeview Empowerment Center mentees had a rewarding experience learning about career opportunities  in the manufacturing industry. Some of the mentees were also interviewed by CNN this

Brookland-Lakeview Empowerment Center receives National Park Service African American Civil Rights Grant

The Brookland-Lakeview Empowerment Center (BLEC) was awarded a $321,226 grant from the Department of Interior, National Park Service (NPS) funded through the Historic Preservation Fund. The funds will be used to complete a roof replacement project at the former site of the Lakeview School. The project will also help preserve one of the few remaining

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