Valley / Mountain Park

Valley/Mountain Park CRO focus Is Kids Come First. Working with local schools and organizations benefiting children and their families, CRO provides both financial support and volunteer services. Since its inception in 2007, Valley/Mountain Park CRO has raised over $2 million from our residents and investors and volunteered over 130,000 hours of resident time. In 2020, the pandemic limited the ability of CRO to both volunteer and raise funds. Despite these obstacles, CRO raised $215,000 to aid the local community in this time of extraordinary need.

Our Programs

Public School Education

Local School Support

CRO works with neighborhood public schools to enrich their educational programs and improve the lives of their students.  Our current target schools are located in the Travelers Rest – Marietta area of the Upstate.

We currently have programs in two elementary schools (Gateway and Slater-Elementary), one middle school (Northwest), and one high school (Travelers Rest).  Students in the two elementary schools will attend the latter two schools as their education progresses.  In addition, we work with public high school students enrolled in Furman University’s Bridges to a Brighter Future Program.

Gateway Elementary School

CRO has provided family nutritional support since 2013; we purchased Fountas and Pinnell reading kits for 4 grades and completed the purchase of Chromebooks for every child in the school. We have purchased dry erase desks for 4 grades and provided computer charging carts for every classroom.

Slater-Marietta Elementary School

Cliffs residents have been volunteering in a tutoring program at Slater-Marietta since 2007.

CRO provided classroom and playground equipment.  CRO also funded a new Second Step/Emotional Curriculum for students and teachers aimed at student personal growth.

Supplemental food support started at Slater-Marietta in 2006.

Northwest Middle School

CRO support founded a robotics program at Northwest in 2018.  In the two years of the program, over 50 students constructed, programmed, and competed with their robots at tournaments throughout the state.  Six of the teams performed well enough to compete at the state championships in 2019 and 2020.

CRO supported physical health and athletics by equipping a weight room used by all students.

Supplemental food support began at Northwest in 2013.

Travelers Rest High School

CRO supported a unique nutrition and training program for athletes and students interested in careers in law enforcement and the military. The program has been recently expanded to provide equipment that monitors exercise physiology and weight room equipment for their newly expanded gymnasium.  The new weight room will benefit all students at the school.

Nutritional support began at the high school in 2018.


Bridges to a Brighter Future

Bridges to a Brighter Future is a Furman University Program for public high school students throughout Greenville County with exceptional academic promise but limited financial means.  Students are recommended to the program by their high schools.

Since 2007, CRO has supported the purchase of laptop computers for students graduating from the program to help them in their college careers, visits to potential college campuses, and annual men and women of distinction dinners that acquaint students with successful career professionals.

Cliffs residents volunteer time to the program as mentors and tutors.  In addition, Cliffs residents have taught courses in the Bridges Summer Program in which students spend a month on the Furman campus.


Nutritional Support

A hungry child cannot learn.  Nutritional insufficiency is an ongoing problem in the Upstate and especially acute in the current year because of the pandemic.

CRO has operated a backpack program since 2006 to supplement food needs for students and their families over week-ends when school meals are not available.  Participating students are nominated by their schools.

Support For Non-Profit Organizations

Project Hope Academy

Project Hope works with children and adults with autism.
CRO provided A/V equipment, smart white boards, and Samsung tablets used in their educational program.

North Greenville Head Start

CRO has been collaborating with Greenville Head Start since 2017.  We work with the North Greenville program located in Travelers Rest.
CRO purchased tablets for all grades, a playground with popular sandbox, and a playhouse.
In 2020, holiday food boxes were delivered by CRO volunteers in Santa’s sleigh.

Foothills Family Resources

Foothills Family Resources, located in Marietta, offers resources to Upstate families in need including a food pantry, job counseling and training, links to government assistance programs, and GED training.

CRO funding has assisted their GED program.

A Child's Haven

A Child’s Haven works with children who have developmental delays due to lack of resources or neglect.

CRO provided funds for equipment including a security system, a washer/dryer, laptop computers, A/V equipment, and a kitchen steamer used to prepare breakfast and lunch for the children.

The Family Effect

Family Effect operates Serenity Place and Whitehouse Academy which are residential facilities for families dealing with substance abuse and addiction.

CRO provided laptops for White Horse Academy and playground equipment for Serenity Place.

Mental Health America of Greenville County

Mental Health of America Greenville County works to positively impact mental health through advocacy, awareness, and service.

CRO funding has supported this initiative for several years including their program in suicide prevention for pre-teens in Greenville County.

Upstate Warrior Solution

Upstate Warrior Solution provides supportive services to all active, retired, and former members of the US Armed Forces and their families living in the Upstate.

In addition to partnering with Upstate Warrier Solutions in an annual fund-raising golf tournament, CRO funds various activities supported by the organization.

Holiday Programs

Cliffs Kringle

Cliffs Kringle provides Holiday presents to children at Gateway Elementary, Slater-Marietta Elementary, and Northwest Middle Schools.
In December 2020, CRO provided presents to 127 children.  Each bag of presents included clothing, shoes, toys, and educational items.

Holiday Food Gifts

In December 2020, CRO distributed 260 holiday food boxes or vouchers to students and their families from the schools we sponsor including:

  • 75 Harvest Hope Food Boxes
  • 60 Holiday Food Vouchers

Two new food programs began this year:

  • In partnership with Alair Homes, 100 Holiday Food Boxes were distributed to  students from Northwest Middle School and Travelers Rest High School
  • 28 Holiday Food Vouchers were provided to families chosen by North Greenville Head Start.

Advisory Council

For questions about current initiatives, please contact any of our Advisory Council Members.


CRO responded to the 2020 – 2021 COVID pandemic by special programs and funding for community need:

  • CRO purchased microphone headsets for 35 teachers to aid in communication when wearing masks and shields.
  • The robotics program at Northwest Middle School was replaced by a remote computer design program in which students designed magic tricks which were subsequently 3D printed.
  • The nutritional support backpack program was replaced by a voucher system.  Ongoing nutritional support was provided to 135 students and their families.
  • Foothills Family Resources received food collected as part of the Valley/Mountain Park Food Drive which collected over 2,000 pounds of food in December, 2020.  The collected food was donated to Foothills Family Resources which hosts a food back for needy local families.
  • CRO distributed holiday food packages or vouchers to 260 students and their families.  Our partner in a portion of this effort was Allair Homes.

Making A Difference

With the support of these valued Corporate Partners, the CRO is making a difference in the lives of children in the Upstate through literacy, nutrition and mentoring programs. Donations payable to: CRO, Inc., Box 311, Travelers Rest, SC 29690

Valley/Mountain Park CRO Corporate Partners & Sponsors

Thank you for your on-going support!

For information about our Sponsors, please contact Julie Taylor

For information about our Corporate Partners, please contact Scott Wallace

Click on the names in the list below for a hot link to learn more about each Partner

Presenting Partner

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