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PALMETTO OPTIMIST 

Friends of Youth

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WHO WE ARE

About Us

The Palmetto Optimist Club is a volunteer organization dedicated to bringing out the best in the youth of the Sumter, SC community.  By providing hope and positive vision Optimists bring out the best in youth, our community and ourselves. 

Join us on the 2rd Tuesday of each month at 7pm at the Sumter Chamber of Commerce.  

Call us at (803)847-5834

Email us at PalmettoOptimistClub@gmail.com

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @PalmettoOptimistClub

Download the complete 2024 Calendar

Join us for an exciting year of community engagement and support by downloading the Palmetto Optimist Club calendar of events for 2024! Our calendar features a lineup of memorable occasions aimed at making a positive impact, including the Sumter Microbrew Festival, Savor Sumter Burger Cook-off for Childhood Cancer, Reading in the Park, and Crochet Night for Childhood Cancer. Each event is an opportunity to connect, contribute, and create meaningful change in our community. Whether you're a beer enthusiast, a foodie with a heart for charity, a book lover, or a craft enthusiast, there's something for everyone to enjoy while supporting noble causes. Mark your calendars and join us in making a difference together! Download the calendar now to stay informed and get ready for a year filled with joy, compassion, and community spirit.

OUR COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Making a Difference

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READING IN THE PARK

"Reading in the Park" is a delightful event where every child receives free books, fostering a love for reading and learning. Attendees can donate or swap books, promoting sharing and literacy within the community. Amidst the greenery, captivating stories are read aloud, creating magical moments for young imaginations to flourish. This event is a cherished component of "Art in the Park," a larger celebration of creativity and culture that brings the community together in joyous harmony.

Crochet Night

Join us every month for a heartwarming crochet night dedicated to crafting blankets for children battling cancer. Whether you're a novice or a seasoned crocheter, all are welcome to lend their hands and hearts to this meaningful cause. Settle in with your yarn and hooks as we come together to create warmth and comfort for those in need. Our cozy gatherings foster a supportive environment where beginners can learn from experienced crafters, and seasoned hands can share their expertise. Together, stitch by stitch, we weave love and hope into every blanket, wrapping these young warriors in the warmth of our community's care.

Savor Sumter Burger Cookoff for Childhood Cancer

"Savor Sumter Burger Cook-off" is a mouthwatering event dedicated to raising funds for childhood cancer. Teams from the community come together to compete for the title of the best burger, offering an array of creative and delicious creations to tantalize taste buds. Beyond the sizzle of the grill, this event symbolizes unity and support as participants and attendees rally together in the fight against childhood cancer, turning a culinary competition into a powerful fundraiser for a noble cause.

Oratorical Entry Applications must be recieved by March 1, 2024 Essays and Applications mu

Scholarships

Topics are out!  Email PalmettoOptimistClub@gmail.com for more information. 

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Donate a Duffle Bag

Children in foster care often arrive in care with the clothes on their backs or all of their personal items in a garbage bag.  Your $20 donation will purchase a duffle bag for a child in foster care at Crosswell Children's Home in Sumter, SC.  The Palmetto Optimist club will personalize the bag with the child's name and deliver it to the home.  Click the duffle bag to the right to make your donation.

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Make A Donation

Donations to the Palmetto Optimist Club go to scholarships for local Sumter students as well as toward our community events.   Click the button below to make a secure donation. 

Check out the Event Details below or our Events Page for a full listing!

  • Crochet Night for Childhood Cancer
    Crochet Night for Childhood Cancer
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, Mar 14
    Sumter
    Mar 14, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Sumter, 1835 Camden Hwy, Sumter, SC 29153, USA
    Mar 14, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Sumter, 1835 Camden Hwy, Sumter, SC 29153, USA
    Gather monthly for our crochet night, crafting blankets for children with cancer. All levels of crocheters welcome. Join us in weaving warmth and hope for these young fighters.
  • Optimist General Meeting
    Optimist General Meeting
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Mar 19
    Sumter
    Mar 19, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Sumter, 32 E Calhoun St, Sumter, SC 29150, USA
    Mar 19, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Sumter, 32 E Calhoun St, Sumter, SC 29150, USA
    All are welcome to join us as we discuss upcoming events.
  • Highway Clean-Up
    Highway Clean-Up
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Apr 13
    Location is TBD
    Apr 13, 2024, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    Apr 13, 2024, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    Every other month, we unite to clean up our community roads and highways, fostering pride and environmental responsibility. Join us in making a difference, one piece of litter at a time.
  • Reading in the Park
    Reading in the Park
    Sat, Apr 20
    Sumter
    Apr 20, 2024, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Sumter, 417 W Hampton Ave, Sumter, SC 29150, USA
    Apr 20, 2024, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Sumter, 417 W Hampton Ave, Sumter, SC 29150, USA
    "Reading in the Park" is a cherished event where every child receives free books, igniting their passion for reading and learning. As part of the larger celebration of creativity and culture known as "Art in the Park," attendees can donate or swap books, promoting literacy and community engagement.
  • Sumter Microbrew - HippieFest
    Sumter Microbrew - HippieFest
    Fri, May 10
    Sumter
    May 10, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Sumter, 21 N Main St, Sumter, SC 29150, USA
    May 10, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Sumter, 21 N Main St, Sumter, SC 29150, USA
    Mark your calendars for Friday, May 10th, 2024, from 6-8:30 pm for the Downtown Sumter Microbrew Festival, brought to you by the Palmetto Optimist Club.
  • Savor Sumter Burger Cook-off for Childhood Cancer
    Savor Sumter Burger Cook-off for Childhood Cancer
    Sat, Sep 14
    Location is TBD
    Sep 14, 2024, 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    Sep 14, 2024, 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    "Savor Sumter Burger Cook-off" is a mouthwatering event dedicated to raising funds for childhood cancer. Teams from the community come together to compete for the title of the best burger, offering an array of creative and delicious creations to tantalize taste buds.

Learn more

Want more details about what we do? Scroll below to find stories and the latest updates about how our work is helping make an impact. We invite you to learn more about our efforts and help spread the word.

Battle Buddies 2021

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Card Carrying Optimist

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Burger Cookoff 2022

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Donate New or Used Bicycles

The Evening Optimist Club of Sumter conducts an annual a project for underprivileged youth in the Sumter Community called “Cycles for Christmas”. Over the last 25 years more than 5000 bicycles have been given to needy children in the Sumter area. This year the Palmetto Optimist Club would like to continue to support that effort.

 

“Cycles for Christmas” involves collecting used bicycles, donated by individuals throughout the county, and having them repaired and/or refurbished to be distributed to deserving Sumter young persons. The Sumter County fire stations have agreed to serve as our drop off points again this year. The cycles are being collected, sorted and repaired by Optimist and other volunteers.

  

Donations can be made at all Sumter Area Fire Stations.

(Alice Drive Fire Dept. preferred) If you need bikes picked up or would like to volunteer your time, contact Tom Lawrence 803-983-2875.

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CONTACT US

803-847-5834

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