Non-Profit Spotlight: Pockets Full of Sunshine

If you ever had the pleasure of knowing or loving an exceptional individual, then you know firsthand the kindness, gentleness and love they exude. Pockets Full of Sunshine (PFS) believes that everyone of any ability is not only capable, but deserves to be an active participant making unique contributions to their local communities.

Mission
If you ever had the pleasure of knowing or loving an exceptional individual, then you know firsthand the kindness, gentleness and love they exude.

Their bright demeanor and joyful personalities are “rays of sunshine” to those who cross their paths. More than 80 percent of adults with disabilities are unemployed nationally. This statistic is echoed in our local community and job training here is extremely limited. Pockets Full of Sunshine (PFS) believes that everyone of any ability is not only capable, but deserves to be an active participant making unique contributions to their local communities. Its mission is to enhance the lives of special adults with physical and intellectual challenges and to make the Lowcountry a “sunnier” place by creating social, vocational and educational experiences.

History
PFS is an established 501(c)(3) organization and was conceptualized in 2014 by two special education professionals, Dayna Dehlinger and Laurin Rivers. They partnered with parents, Carol and RJ Bartholomew. It started as a Sunday crafting session, touching the lives of a few adults with disabilities. Today, PFS offers several programs including Friday night socials and job enclaves engaging over 25 individuals at any given time.

Who it Helps
Its true value and benefit are bestowed on PFS volunteers, who get to be a part of enriching the lives of those less capable. The unfettered love of exceptional individuals consumes and envelops the hearts of the gracious people in our community.

How to Help
Volunteer as a job coach, friend or educator. Be a benevolent parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or friend of the community and donate your time, energy and effort. Business owners with the desire to make a difference are welcome to share their trade and craft and become another arrow in the PFS quiver. Transportation help is always needed. For those with more competing demands, financial considerations are always welcome.

For more information on Pockets Full of Sunshine, visit pocketsfullofsun.org.