ISHPI’s vision of making a difference through community service currently includes four programs. ISHPI is committed to and proudly serves as champions of the following programs:
THE ISHPI WARRIOR PROGRAM
The ISHPI Warrior Program includes our commitment to veterans of all services. We have started with our support to the Wounded Warrior Project and their mission of honoring and empowering wounded warriors (www.woundedwarriorproject.org), as well as our dedication to providing counseling, mentoring, and career and professional growth advice to active duty members and veterans, especially those involved in the establishing or operation of veteran-owned or service disabled veteran-owned small businesses.
THE ISHPI EXCEPTIONAL PEOPLE PROGRAM
The ISHPI Exceptional People Program focuses on the needs and support of vital programs such as: Special Olympics South Carolina, who provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities (www.so-sc.org); Tri-County Autism Puzzle Place Academy (TCAPPA) a facility designed to serve individuals diagnosed with Autism in the Tri-County area (www.tcappa.org); Rein & Shine, who has created and sustained an equine-assisted therapy facility where people with disabilities of all kinds can learn, grow and heal (www.reinandshine.org); the College of Charleston’s Realizing Educational and Career Hopes (REACH) Program providing students with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities the opportunity to realize their intellectual and personal potential, and to become responsible, productive members of society (reach.cofc.edu); Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) Chippewa County 4-H Therapeutic Riding Program for children with disabilities in the Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan Area (4-H Program); and the Charleston Area Special Olympics and the Mount Pleasant Recreation Departments Unified Athletics program (MPRD) both focused on providing opportunities for children with disabilities to participate in team sports and to train and compete in athletic events.
THE ISHPI NATIVE AMERICAN PRIDE PROGRAM
Established in 2013, the Noah Thomas Leask Family Scholarship will annually grant at a minimum (12) $1,000 scholarships for Sault Tribal Member full-time students working towards an undergraduate degree in any field of study at any accredited college or university (Sault Tribe HEP). Sault Tribe members enrolled in any public or private college or university are eligible for the scholarship. ISHPI and the Leask Family are very proud to be supporting the Sault Tribe Higher Education Program which, is focused on instilling our students with high expectations of academic success and competent thinking skills while fostering growth in social behaviours and positive attitudes. ISHPI’s CEO is also directly supporting efforts to increase business, commerce, and educational opportunities for Native Americans with his volunteer work as Executive Vice President of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of South Carolina (AICCSC) (www.aiccsc.org) after serving as the President in 2012.
THE ISHPI “SAVE SECOND BASE” PROGRAM
The “Save Second Base” Program is designed to support the National Breast Cancer Foundations fight against breast cancer. The National Breast Cancer Foundations (www.nationalbreastcancer.org) mission is to save lives by increasing awareness of breast cancer through education and by providing mammograms for those in need.
It is our belief that these three programs are only the “tip of the iceberg” when considering the difference that Team ISHPI is making throughout our communities.