Volunteer to be honored on 95th birthday

August 2, 2021

Louise Carpenter will be honored by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott and North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey

Three days a week — rain, shine or even during a pandemic, the people who rely on the services of Tricounty Family Ministries can count on seeing Louise Carpenter’s smiling face. For the past 12 years, this superstar volunteer has poured her time and energy into serving people who are poor and homeless who turn to Tricounty Family Ministries for meals, clothing, job training, wellness checks, legal services and housing assistance.

“She is an inspiration to all of us, especially anyone who wants to volunteer,” said Tricounty Family Ministries Community Engagement Coordinator Leola McFadden. “Nothing can stop her. During the pandemic she called and called to find out when she could come back to volunteer.”

Louise Is so dedicated to volunteering that she pays a driver three days a week to take her to and from Tricounty Family Ministries– an 18-mile roundtrip from her James Island home that she shares with her daughter and son-in-law. Affectionately known as the “Cake Lady,” Louise has served thousands of desserts, made hundreds of salads and prepared countless silverware settings during her volunteer hours.

When asked why she gives so much time, Louise says she likes to stay busy, but more importantly, she enjoys being of service to people who may not have as much as she does. “Louise plays an integral role in what we strive to do for our neighbors,” said Tricounty Family Ministries Executive Director Kara Stewart. “She would be  missed if she wasn’t here.”

Louise Turns 95 on August 4th

To celebrate her 95th Birthday on Wednesday, August 4th, a representative from U.S. Senator Tim Scott’s office will present an honorary proclamation to Louise. A flag will also fly in her honor over the U.S. Capitol and an additional honor will be given to Louise by North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey.

Fun Facts About Louise

Lifetime Volunteer Hours:  3,744

Pieces of Cake Sliced and Served: 12,600

Silverware Service Prepared: 117,000

President When She Was Born: Warren G. Harding


About Tricounty Family Ministries

Tricounty Family Ministries is a nonprofit, providing food, clothing, medical care, counseling, job placement, shelter, financial assistance and vital services to the less fortunate in the Tricounty area. We offer a safe, compassionate, and inviting place for all people in need and we are committed to bringing a better quality of life to our neighbors through sharing resources, developing relationships and building a sustainable future.