Volunteering at the Charleston Animal Society

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Charleston, SC Animal Society
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A longtime educator, Ashley Hewitt of Mt. Pleasant, SC, has served as a teacher for Pendleton Elementary School and assistant director for Mt. Pleasant Academy’s after-school program. More recently, she worked as an accident and injury paralegal for George Sink, PA. A passionate animal lover, Ashley Hewitt loves being around a wide range of animals. She also donates blankets, bones, and food to the Charleston (SC) Animal Society.

Committed to preventing animal cruelty, the Charleston Animal Society has been in operation since 1874. Over that time, the organization has relied heavily on the support of donors and volunteers to help care for as many animals as possible. Volunteers with the Charleston Animal Society are responsible for fulfilling the needs of the shelter’s animals. This includes walking and socializing dogs, caring for kittens and cats, and providing post-surgical care after animals are spayed or neutered. Volunteers also play a large role in assisting with special events and adoptions at the shelter.

All Charleston Animal Society volunteers must be at least 18 years old. While the shelter does accept volunteers who need hours for military, college, or workplace community service requirements, it does not accept individuals who need court-ordered service hours. The shelter usually looks for volunteers who are available on a long-term basis. Most positions require additional training, but not all positions are available at all times, so volunteers may need to be on a waiting list. Volunteers complete an interview so the shelter can determine where they are most needed, and they are expected to attend a volunteer orientation before starting their work.


English vs Western Riding Styles


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Riding Styles
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Ashley Hewitt, a trained paralegal and accomplished educator in South Carolina (SC), pursues a variety of active hobbies. An equestrienne since childhood, Ashley Hewitt of SC enjoys both English and Western riding.

English and Western riding differ primarily in the tack, or equipment, that the rider uses. The Western saddle is heavier and larger, so as to provide stability as well as comfort over extended periods of riding. The size of the saddle helps to spread the rider’s weigh across the back of the horse, so that the rider can remain stable and secure as he or she rides over varied terrain.

The English saddle, by contrast, is designed to interfere as little as possible with the horse’s movements. Small and built to be as light as possible, it allows the rider to feel the horse through the seat. This in turn enables the rider to communicate desired speed and direction through movements of his or her lower body.

The reins of an English rider also provide more contact and communication with the horse. Unlike a Western rider, who primarily uses weight as well as neck-reining to direct the animal, the English rider uses the reins as a means of signaling the horse.

Despite their differences, however, both styles of riding require an upright posture and the ability to move in harmony with the horse. Arms and legs should be relaxed, and the rider must remember to keep control at all times.

Reasons to Support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
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An experienced paralegal and teacher, Ashley Hewitt of South Carolina (SC) also takes an active role in her community. Ashley Hewitt of SC stands out as former organizer of the Bike-A-Thon, a fund raiser that benefited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Recognized worldwide as a developer of innovative pediatric oncology treatments, St. Jude Children’s Hospital also offers state-of-the-art care at no cost to families. The hospital covers not only treatment but also travel, hospitality, and other costs associated with seeking medical care, so that families can focus on helping their children become well. St. Jude commits to each patient throughout the time required for treatment, which can last up to several years, and the hospital follows up for a full decade after treatment has ended.

Operational costs for the hospital total $2.2 million per day, and 75 percent of these costs are met with public donations. These donations go not only to funding children’s care, but also to the development of life-saving treatments. Since the hospital’s founding in 1962, these treatments have helped to drive childhood cancer survival rates from 20 percent to 80 percent or more.

The organization continues to develop new treatments and to share its knowledge with doctors across the world. Donor funds help St. Jude’s to publicize its findings as well as to sponsor training for healthcare professionals worldwide, who can then bring cutting-edge care to children in their home countries.

The Charleston Animal Society’s Annual Chili Cook-Off and Oyster Roast

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Charleston, SC Animal Society
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An experienced leader with a background in education, Ashley Hewitt most recently served as an accident and injury paralegal for George Sink, PA, in North Charleston, SC. In this capacity, she worked to resolve claim issues and helped clients understand their rights. Active in her local SC community, Ashley Hewitt supports such organizations as the Charleston Animal Society (CAS).

Dedicated to ending animal cruelty, the CAS has cared for animals since 1874. Over the years, the society has created and maintained numerous fundraising and awareness events, including the Annual Chili Cook-Off and Oyster Roast. Through past Chili Cook-Off events, the CAS has raised upwards of $300,000 thanks to the support of over 4,000 attendees.

Community members can attend the cook-off as guests, sponsors, or teams. Interested individuals can start or join teams online. Teams make the chili that is judged in the cook-off and raise donations. The CAS has created several videos and resources to help teams ask for donations. Money raised through the event helps the animals at the CAS. Entry to the event is granted for individuals who donate at least $25.

The 2016 Chili Cook-Off and Oyster Roast is scheduled for November 19, 2016. It will be held between the Old Navy Base and the Cooper River at Riverfront Park and will last from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Three Effortless Ways to Donate to Charity

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Amazon Smile
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Experienced educator and paralegal Ashley Hewitt of SC most recently lent her talents to George Sink in his personal injury firm. Ashley Hewitt is a community-minded individual, and frequently donates to and volunteers with wonderful causes in the SC area.

There are several very easy ways to support the charities you love without spending any extra money. Consider these effortless ways to give back to the charities you love:

1. Clip Box Tops for Education when you purchase qualifying products. Many popular brands including Hefty, Betty Crocker, General Mills, and Ziploc participate in this program. Each Box Top you clip is worth 10 cents to your favorite local school, and they add up fast.

2. If you already shop on Amazon.com, sign up for AmazonSmile. Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of every Prime eligible purchase you make to a charity of your choice when you begin your shopping at smile.amazon.com.

3. Link your various shopping rewards cards to your favorite charity. Many grocery stores, both large and small, will allow customers to connect their loyalty cards to their favorite charity, causing a small percentage of each purchase to be donated. Kroger stores and more than 20 regional grocers owned by Kroger participate in charitable programs like this.

Why Stand for Children Advocates for Excellent Education

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Stand for Children
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An educator based in SC, Alice Ashley Hewitt graduated from Clemson University with a degree in elementary education. In connection to her passion for teaching, Ashley Hewitt is a supporter of the advocacy group Stand for Children.

Stand for Children is an organization that believes that all children should have the equal opportunity to succeed in life. Thus, in fulfilling this goal, Stand for Children educates and empowers the community to demand excellent education. The organization also advocates for policies and funding that would impact classrooms across the country.

There are many reasons why Stand for Children advocates for education among other initiatives. The approximate number of high school students who don’t graduate each year reaches up to 1.2 million, and the United States is ranked only 22nd among all industrialized nations in terms of graduation rate. Moreover, a majority of students today are living in poverty and are 13 times less likely to graduate on time. Of those who do graduate high school, however, only 25 percent of them are actually prepared for college, as only 46 percent of those who enter college graduate. These figures are the reasons why Stand for Children performs its advocacy work.

If you are interested in helping the cause, visit www.stand.org.

Indiana Pacers Select Georges Niang in the 2016 Draft


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Georges Niang
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Charleston, SC, resident Ashley Hewitt has experience working as a paralegal and public school teacher. Outside of her professional activities in SC, Ashley Hewitt enjoys cheering on her favorite NBA team, the Indiana Pacers.

With the 50th pick in the 2016 NBA draft, the Indiana Pacers selected Georges Niang out of Iowa State. A 6-foot-9-inch, 230-pound forward, Niang averaged 20.5 points and 6.2 rebounds a game with the Cyclones last season and earned the Karl Malone Award for his outstanding performance at the power forward position.

With his high on-the-court IQ and ability to shoot the ball, Niang impressed the Pacers at the team’s pre-draft workout, where he also demonstrated an ability to score against bigger players. The Pacers are hoping Niang can find a place in the rotation this October and add some depth behind expected starters Myles Turner and Thaddeus Young, who the team acquired from the Brooklyn Nets for the 20th pick in the first round of this year’s draft.

Don’t Hold Your Breath for Season 2 of Jessica Jones


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Jessica Jones
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Ashley Hewitt is a legal professional based in Charleston, SC, serving more than six years as an accident and injury paralegal with George Sink P.A., Injury Lawyers. Outside her professional life, Ashley Hewitt is an avid fan of the original Netflix series Jessica Jones.

Jessica Jones is both a commercial and critical success for Netflix. In addition to the reluctant heroine, Netflix has gone all in on street-level Marvel Comics content by investing heavily in Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Punisher, The last three of these series have yet to make their debut on the streaming service, still being in various stages of production.

And that’s the problem for Jessica Jones fans. Because of contractual obligations and the timeline for The Defenders, fans may not see a second season for quite a while.

Fortunately, the first season of the show tidied up most of the plot holes, leaving little in terms of a cliffhanger. Questions still remain, however, about Trish Walker (will she become Hellcat soon?) and Officer Will Simpson, who ventures down his own dark path in the comic world.

With the Luke Cage series set for a fall release, along with Iron Fist, the Punisher and The Defenders on the docket, it could be late 2017 before fans get a proper second season of Jessica Jones. Given Netflix’s penchant for producing quality Marvel Comics content, however, it will probably be worth the wait.

Skiing the Appalachians in North Carolina

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Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina
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Ashley Hewitt, a South Carolina (SC) resident and former paralegal, spent many childhood winters skiing on the slopes of the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina. There are several options for skiers of all ability levels. Though the weather in SC can be fairly mild, just a few hours away the mountains offer Ashley Hewitt and others a chance to enjoy a wide variety of winter sports.

The Appalachian Mountains are the highest mountains in the East, offering ideal ski conditions from November through March. North Carolina features six full-service ski areas with 90 slopes, several freestyle all terrain parks, ice skating, and tubing. The weather is ideal, usually about 15-20 degrees cooler than at lower elevations. Resorts have extensive snow making capabilities, ensuring 100 percent slope coverage.

Sugar Mountain is the largest winter resort in North Carolina. It features the famous Whoopdedoo, the state’s only double black diamond trail and 115 acres of skiable terrain. In addition, Sugar Mountain features a half-pipe, tubing park, ice skating, and snowshoeing.

Beech Mountain, at an elevation of 5,506 feet, is the highest ski area in the East. The slopes at Beech Mountain are lit, allowing for night skiing.

Wolf Ridge, formerly Wolf Laurel, has been rated #1 for the past four years. It features 82 acres of skiable terrain and was expanded in 2006 with the development of an additional slope, quad lift, and terrain park.

Charleston, SC Animal Society Sponsors St. Paddy’s Event for Dogs

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Charleston, SC Animal Society
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A resident of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Ashley Hewitt most recently worked as an accident and injury paralegal for George Sink, PA Injury Lawyers in North Charleston, SC. Active in her community, Ashley Hewitt regularly donates to several local charities, including the Charleston Animal Society, where she contributes blankets, pet food, and toys.

Established in 1874, the Charleston Animal Society became the first animal organization in the state and one of the first in the country. Its mission has remained the same since its inception: to prevent cruelty to animals. As a nonprofit, the society relies heavily on the donations it raises through monthly fundraising events.

On March 12, 2016, the Charleston Animal Society sponsored the St. Paddy’s Pawlooza at the North Charleston Wannamaker County Park. Attendees enjoyed live Irish music, food trucks, and craft beer. Admission to the event was $5 for people aged 13 and older, while canines, children aged 12 and younger, and Charleston County Park and Recreation Gold Pass members were admitted for free.