Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounded by 12,000 acres of protected national forests and seven state parks, The Cliffs Valley and The Cliffs at Mountain Park are centrally located in the South Carolina Upstate 25 minutes from Greenville, 15 minutes from Furman University and 40 minutes from Asheville. The community's serve as a hub for outdoor activities and wellness including golf, tennis, hiking, biking and bird-watching.
Both communities generously support CRO in the belief that education is one of the most important factors in creating a better tomorrow for our children.
Our Mission is simple: Provide resources to regional children that promote lifelong success. Our message and focus is clear 'Kids Come First!'
Cliffs Valley and Mountain Park Resident Outreach is a 501(c) (3) non-profit South Carolina corporation. Funds raised through our annual fundraiser and throughout the year are 100% Tax deductible. Our programs include: Childhood Nutrition, Middle School Backpack Programs, Early Childhood Development, Family Resource Assistance, Technology Programs and Fighting Childhood Obesity.
Sponsored schools include Berea Middle School (6th-8th, 750 students), Gateway Elementary (K4-5th, 733 students), Slater-Marietta Elementary (K4-5th, 491 students), and Northwest Middle School (6th-8th, 799 students).
Cliffs Valley/Mountain Park has an annual fundraiser. Donations go to fund programs focusing on education that benefits the children of the schools we serve in our nearby local communities. The Valley/Mountain Park Advisory Council defines the allocation of these funds in collaboration with sponsored schools and organization staff members.
The Cliffs Valley and Mountain Park communities are nestled into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and are surrounded by towering peaks and thousands of acres of forest. It is the ideal retreat within minutes of the cultural and commercial centers of Greenville, Hendersonville and Asheville located in both North and South Carolina.
Cliffs Resident Outreach (CRO) recently received the Community Organization Bridge Builders Award for their work with Furman University’s Bridges to a Brighter Future Program.
For the past three years, CRO has actively supported Bridges with volunteer hours and financial support. Bridges is a nationally awarded, comprehensive college access and success program where students engage in an intensive seven year program that begins after ninth grade and ends at college graduation.
Candidates for the program defy tremendous odds to succeed. All children in the program live in low income households where 91% of the students are first generation college students. Each student must exhibit
“potential that outdistances their circumstances,” according to Director of the program, Pam Davis.
Each year about two dozen high school freshmen are chosen for the program. Candidates must have a 3.0 grade point average or better, come from a low income family, and have a clean disciplinary record and a desire to achieve.
Once selected, students are invited to spend four weeks out of the next three summers at Furman University, where they experience campus life. They take academic enrichment classes, go on field trips, visit colleges and volunteer in the community. In addition, CRO provides volunteers to work in their mentoring program and to help provide positive role models for the students during their four week stay. During the school year, the Bridges staff visits the high schools to follow up on the students’ progress. Once a month, during the school year, the students attend Saturday College at Furman. These programs help build self-confidence, resiliency and leadership in order to break the cycle of poverty.
CRO board member Ben Deibler, resident of The Valley, has seen spectacular results from the students in the program with 100% graduating from high school and 61% graduating from college. Deibler said,
“Students are excited and want to succeed. The groupings of 25 students helps create a family feeling of caring.”
CRO volunteers help the students realize they are not limited by being from lower income backgrounds. The Bridges program helps disadvantaged students navigate the changing needs of life to ensure success.
“The Bridges to a Brighter Future program is a win- win situation for CRO. It helps high school students turn college dreams into reality and helps the future of our country,” according to Deibler.