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.


Why Stand for Children Advocates for Excellent Education

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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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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.

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.

Paul George Rebounds after Serious Injury

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Paul George
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Ashley Hewitt lives in South Carolina (SC), but she is a devoted Indiana Pacers fan. Ashley Hewitt counts Pacers superstar Paul George as one of her favorite players. After suffering a serious leg injury in 2014, George has rebounded to once again become one of the best players in the NBA.

Paul George joined the Indiana Pacers in 2010 and quickly established himself as an important part of the team. Over his first three years in the league, he emerged as one of the top all-around players in the NBA and a perennial All-Star. However, during an intrasquad scrimmage for the U.S. national team in August 2014, George suffered a gruesome compound fracture to his lower left leg after a collision with James Harden. The injury required two surgeries and intensive rehab, keeping him off the court for most of the season. In February 2015, he returned for his first full practice with the Pacers.

In April of 2015, eight months after his injury, George returned for his first game to a hero’s welcome. Over 18,000 fans celebrated his return against the Miami Heat, which included 13 points in 15 minutes of action in a game that the Pacers won, 112-89.