The home of master carpenter and regular Irmo Outreach volunteer Allen Olson was destroyed by fire on the afternoon of June 10, 2021. Word of the Olson family's disaster soon spread in the Irmo community, and dozens of Beta Club volunteers from Dutch Fork and Spring Hills High Schools (along with some of their teachers, school athletes, and JROTC members), sprang into action to help clean up and recover property from the damaged home. Members of the Irmo Fire Department also lent a hand.
Thinking of others, as he routinely does, Allen asked that community members donate their time to helping others by contributing their own skills to the Irmo Outreach Committee.
We've always been proud to call Allen a member, we are doubly so now! Be like Allen, complete the short application on our VOLUNTEER page!
Seen above are Dutch Fork High (and other Beta Club & JROTC volunteers) who helped clean-up and recover items from the Olson home. Featured, left to right, are (front row) Philip Howe, Uknown , Lexi Pollier, Alice Miller, Trenton McElwain, Kelly Eckstrom, Allen Olson, and Perrenne Henry. In the back row are Ben Herbst, Ashdyn Orton-Mackenzie, and Deen Debrosse. On behalf of Allen and his family, we at Irmo Outreach are both grateful and inspired by the efforts of these wonderful young folks, several of whom graduated in years past but came to the aid of a fellow Beta Club member (Allen's 16-year-old son, Parker), in his family's time of need. Thank you all, including those not pictured here, once again. You rock!
Our June 25th Food Truck Friday event was cancelled, but we will be giving away the CharBroil™️ Gas Grill on that evening at the Tribal Coffee Company, 7949 Broad River Road, Irmo, and will have games available from 6 to 8 p.m. We hope to see you there!
Between 200 and 300 people visited our first outdoor fundraising event, "Food Truck Friday," on May 28, 2021, in the Community Park of Irmo. We're doing it again on June 25th! See our events page for details.
Special thanks to Robbie's Tin Zoo & BBQ for donating a couple of raffle prizes, and to our vendors, My Brothers Barn, CrafTammie Jewelry, and young artist Gabby Shivar.
Our grand prize drawing, for a new CharBroil™ Gas Grilling system, will be held on June 24th. Raffle Tickets will be available until the time of the drawing. Please contact us on our "Volunteer" page for details, and be on the lookout for our future events.
Our sincere thanks are also extended to the wonderful friends and neighbors who volunteered their valuable time for the Food Truck Friday event. Your help is greatly appreciated!
Basic Garage Door repair performed by IOC member Michael Kaine for client on Doncaster Drive at the request of Irmo PD.
Our very special thanks to Michael Kaine, who cut away the limbs damaging a client's roof on Crossthorn Road, and to Lynn Busch, Frankie Delk, Kimber Braswell, and other Irmo Outreach volunteers who moved them to the roadside for pick up!
Neither rain, sleet, nor COVID keep
us from our appointed tasks!
Even with restrictions imposed by COVID-19, Irmo Outreach has been able to assist members of the community with a variety of home repair and property improvement issues. Thus far in 2020, Committee volunteers have performed basic landscaping to assist those threatened with code violations, torn down and built new property extensions, and assisted with basic issues ranging from plumbing to electrical problems. In the photo above, IOC Founder Wade de Loach is seen replacing a faulty electrical outlet in a home on Arborgate Circle.
Our special thanks, once again, to Emily Correll, of WLTX TV, for helping us to promote Irmo Outreach:
On August 6th, 2020, Irmo Outreach was honored to be featured in a story on the front page of The New Irmo News. The story featured photos of a new picnic table, honoring first responders, presented to the town of Irmo. The bench was created by IOC member Michael Kaine (who also regularly assists in construction and lawncare tasks for neighbors in need). On hand to accept the bench were Irmo Mayor Barry Walker, Councilmembers Bill Danielson, and Erik Sickinger, as well as Irmo Police Chief Courtney Dennis and Captain Bobby Dale. The Committee plans to present more benches to the Irmo community and to seek sponsorships to defray their costs.
Seen above is the beautiful park bench--dedicated to our area's first responders--mentioned in the New Irmo News story cited above. The bench, now sitting at the new Irmo Fire Station, was designed and constructed by Irmo Outreach Committee member extraordinaire Michael Kaine. A man of many talents, and holder of several university degrees, Michael is one of IOC's most active members. His ongoing efforts are greatly appreciated by fellow Committee members, and the many area citizens who regularly benefit from his abilities.
We would very much like to employ your talents, too! Just fill out the form on our Volunteer page. We would be delighted to have you join us! You are also invited to our next general membership meeting, held the second Thursday of every month. Inquire about meeting places!