Partners in Pride

Our partnerships are an essential element to the success of PalmettoPride. Ranging from a national park to a statewide association, the commitment to a clean South Carolina leads us forward on a daily basis.


Palmetto Conservation Foundation and PalmettoPride teamed up in 2016 for the Great Trail Cleanup of South Carolina, our 2016 Great American Cleanup campaign. We enjoyed working together, connected with some great United Way businesses and we decided to keep our partnership going.

Camp Leopold is a school-year camp program that brings the students out of the classroom for a hands-on learning experience in the great outdoors. The mission of Camp Leopold is “To create an ecologically literate citizenry by heightening student awareness of the natural world, fine-tuning the skills necessary to read the landscape, and instilling a love, respect, and admiration for the land so that each individual might develop a personal land ethic.” We are excited to sponsor the Human Impact course and help educate students on how litter impacts the environment.

We know that many of our state’s high school students participate in community service activities, but a lot of these students don’t get credit for their efforts. Working with the South Carolina High School League, PalmettoPride will help school sports teams maximize their efforts and get kudos for doing it in the process.

The USDA Francis Marion National Forest is one of our longest standing partners in cleanup. We have been hosting an annual cleanup of the forest since 2006. The cleanup always takes place on the first Saturday in February. We have an average of 300 people attend the cleanup and lunch.

Friends of the Edisto and PalmettoPride have embarked on a joint venture aimed at cleaning up the boat landings on the Edisto River. The Edisto River is the longest undammed blackwater river in North America spreading across 11 counties in South Carolina.  Outdoor enthusiasts have long-loved to tread its waters, and boat landings dot its banks from the headwaters to the coast. FRED members, outdoor enthusiasts and other volunteer groups, are being asked to commit to regular litter pickups at their favorite boat landing along the Edisto River.

Palmetto Outdoors is a tubing and kayaking outfitter on the Lower Saluda River that also hosts guided trips in the Congaree National Park and walking tours along the West Columbia Riverwalk. With the combined experience and thorough procedures of their staff, they can offer any age group a safe and fulfilling experience that truly encompasses what it means to be in the great outdoors.

Walther Farms is a 3rd generation family owned business headquartered in Three Rivers, Michigan. Beginning in the 1940’s, their company expanded from a few vegetable acres of backyard hobby farming, to what has now become over 18,000 acres of commercial and seed potatoes grown throughout the United States for the potato chip and fresh produce markets. Their Windsor, SC location hosts a variety of crops throughout the year. The farmers at this location also participate in events with PalmettoPride and Keep South Carolina Beautiful, such as Adopt-A-Highway and Adopt-A-Landing events.

Based in Hopewell NJ, State Plate Signs can make your one-of-a-kind custom license plate sign or craft. All items are made from recycled license plates, each piece unique and customizable as your imagination. Their most popular item, the “barn star” can be made with your own license plates (5 plates needed).

Soda City is an event company. The namesake, Soda City Market is meant to be a microcosm of Columbia. Set downtown along the 1300-1600 blocks of Main Street, the European-inspired market is open every Saturday morning year-round, rain or shine. The non-profit arm, Soda City Friends, is responsible for events like Gervais Street Bridge Dinner and Soda City Adoption Day where profits are donated to selected beneficiaries. As a whole, the company’s mission is focused on the health and wealth of Columbia by delivering opportunities for small businesses, creating awareness around community entities and events, and instilling a sense of identity and investment in Columbia’s most underutilized asset: The Three Rivers System.

Joint Municipal Water and Sewer Commission has offered more than 25 years of excellent service to communities throughout Lexington County. Their focus is to promote and support further economic development and to address health, environmental and quality of life concerns in the water and wastewater systems throughout Lexington County. Not only do they identify and address water and sewer service needs for residents and businesses, they also make time to give back to the community. They volunteer with Adopt-A-Highway annually, and assist with special cleanup projects around Lake Murray.

SC DHEC is charged with promoting and protecting the health of the public and the environment in South Carolina. With more than 3,400 employees working in 100 locations across the state, their vision is healthy people living in healthy communities.

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