Come-See-Me Community Service Merit Awards
The Come-See-Me Community Service Merit Awards are presented to dedicated volunteers who improve our community through their selfless service and commitment to others. Nominations are submitted by community members each fall and the awardees are determined by a panel of judges. Honorees are officially announced at the annual Come-See-Me Logo Unveiling Breakfast.
Nomination submissions for the 2021 Come-See-Me Festival are now closed. If you have someone you would like to nominate for the 2022 festival, please check back in late summer/early fall of 2021.
Here are the winners of the 2021 Come-See-Me Community Service Merit Awards:
Brittany is a change maker and a force for good in Rock Hill. As a small business owner (Copper Dwelling & Design), she saw more opportunity in the Knowledge Park area. She and her husband, Michael, opened The Mercantile and have created many new ways to support the community. Her store is a safe space where all are welcome and she adopted many protocols to keep her employees and customers safe during the pandemic. The Mercantile also serves as the home of the Rock Hill Community Fridge, a place for anyone to get perishable and non-perishable food at any time. Brittany worked to organize free transportation to the polls for early absentee voting and encouraged people to vote in the November 2020 election. In 2020, Brittany introduced a new program at her store, MercEmpower, which works with Black female entrepreneurs to give them retail space and mentorship opportunities. Brittany is also involved in the community as an ex officio board member for the Early Learning Partnership. She has hosted several events for ELP and the local nonprofit community at her store. Brittany and her husband Michael have 3 daughters who can often be found giving back alongside their parents right here in Rock Hill.
Harvey Hawkins is someone who regularly gives his time to help make York County a better place for all of the people who reside in this community. Harvey has volunteered with the United Way for the past 28 years. Not only has Harvey been a faithful board member but he has also worked closely on so many of the projects United Way has started over the years, like Project Connect. He was once described by United Way President, Rebecca Melton, as “A true champion for others, always caring and always available even when the decisions are tough. He is a man of integrity and honesty and makes decisions that benefit everyone.” Harvey has been very involved with “Connecting the Dots” since the events inception. Connecting the Dots is an annual day of service event for unemployed or underemployed families in our community and is in partnership with City of Rock Hill, Weed & Seed Urban Rock Hill, and United Way of York County. Harvey is also described as having a big heart and loves to help others on a regular basis. He currently serves as Senior Vice President at South Carolina Bank and Trust.
Chip Latham is the Director of Catawba Care Center located in the Catawba Terrace neighborhood. Every Saturday, Chip runs a program for food pick up for those in the community as well as a Saturday morning kids club. Chip is committed to serving these families with love and no judgement. He is described as having a heart for the Lord which he shares with grace and compassion in such a selfless ways that it draws others to serve as well. Chip has inspired others to join in his efforts to help collect food around the community each week (from the Food bank in Charlotte, Food Lion, and partnering churches). These meals are boxed together and delivered to those in need. The Kids club goes on outings in the community to provide outings for the children that may not be able to do the activities otherwise. From the occasional outing of a breakfast place, to Carowinds, or an event the city is hosting. Chip doesn’t meet a stranger and works extremely hard to inspire others to serve and give back in their community.