North Charleston, SC (May 2, 2017) – Over 20 team members from Choate Construction’s Charleston office
dedicated Saturday, April 29th as a day of service, volunteering at the Carolina Youth Development Center’s (CYDC)
North Charleston campus. CYDC provides a nurturing environment and outreach programs to local at-risk children.
The day of service included rebuilding an outdoor deck, staining patio furniture, and providing landscape
maintenance across the 16-acre campus. Work was immediately followed by play as over 35 of CYDC’s resident
children joined Choate for an outdoor barbeque and fun with volleyball, basketball, and football in the sunshine.
“Collaborating with community partners is integral to our overall operations and contributes to the quality experience
that our kids have during their stay at the Carolina Youth Development Center. We are grateful for Choate
Construction’s Charleston team, not only for committing their time to this campus, but for their devotion to the future
success and support of these children,” CYDC CEO Beverly Hardin said.
Choate’s day of service helped support CYDC’s mission of empowering and equipping the community’s most
vulnerable children with a safe environment and emotional care.
Carolina Youth Development Center
Originally known as The Charleston Orphan House, CYDC, founded in 1790, was the first public orphanage in the
United States. It has evolved into a private nonprofit, providing comprehensive care for abused, abandoned and
neglected youth, assisting vulnerable families in the community with preventative services, and offering job readiness and life skills programs for our residential children, as well as youth in foster care in the community. CYDC’s services
also include the local affiliate of the Big Brothers Big Sisters youth mentoring programs and the Callen-Lacey Center
for Children’s shelter in Berkeley County.