On Friday, May 20, 2022, Upper Savannah Care Services (USCS) participated in the GLEAMNS annual community action day. At this event, USCS set up a table along with others that participated in this community action to network and raise awareness to our agency. USCS’s intent is to make the community aware of the services that we provide and to collaborate with other like-minded agencies. GLEAMNS Human Resources Commission, Inc. is a member of the network, which consists of 1,000-plus Community Action Agencies working across the country to help low-income people and families. To celebrate Community Action and raise awareness, GLEAMNS celebrated its annual Community Action Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 20 at the James Medford Family Event Center Piedmont Technical College. This was a contactless drive-thru event. Lunch was provided, along with community resource bags highlighting services offered throughout the nine counties, which was hosted by The GLEAMNS Community Services department.
This year’s special guest speaker is Ms. Pamela Sykes who resides in Charleston, SC. Ms. Sykes is a gifted speaker and communicator. Blessed with an engaging and inspiring personality, Ms. Sykes has appeared on numerous local television shows, radio stations, WJNI, WMGL, and WQIZ. And newspaper articles such as: The Post and Courier, The Chronicles. Southern AIDS Living Quilt-Women. In recognition of her work and commitment to eradicating this disease, Ms. Sykes was inducted into the first group of women for POSITIVE (Proactive, Optimistic, Sisters, In-Touch, Involved, Validated and Empowered) VOICES. POSITIVE VOICES is a peer-led leadership initiative for women living with HIV. Thereafter, she became a graduate of Common Threads. Common Threads is a speaker training program of the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA). Ms. Sykes became a member of Life Center Cathedral where she served under Bishop Brian Moore, while a member there She began an HIV Ministry advocating for those living with HIV/AIDS. God created a platform for her to unveil her life to others as a living testimony.
Upper Savannah Care Services is the only AIDS service organization in the Lakelands area serving Greenwood, Abbeville, Edgefield, Laurens, McCormick and Saluda counties since 1995.