By Vicki Brown
Relief funds have been raised and awarded to several non-profit organizations in Colleton by the Coastal Community Foundation (CCF) through their COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund since the pandemic began in March 2020.
Approximately $816,000 was awarded to nonprofits specifically serving the southern Lowcountry region of Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties.
According to CCF officials, grant applications were accepted and awarded on an ongoing basis, with volunteers serving on the grants committee to help determine each county’s needs and where the funds would have the most impact.
In many cases, the funds enabled nonprofits to provide more resources to clients in need as demand grew rapidly. For example, the Lowcountry Food Bank has seen a 200% increase in food aid needs. Grants from the Covid-19 fund totaling $135,000 over the past two years have helped the nonprofit feed about 6,500 people in the area. The Lowcountry Food Bank received a total of $60,000 this year to purchase food aid boxes containing nutritious, shelf-stable foods to supplement the fresh produce they receive and distribute.
“Coastal Community Foundation funding has helped us deliver food directly to communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic to our neighbors who need it most,” said Brenda Shaw, director of development for Lowcountry Food. Bank. “As approximately 50% of the neighbors we served during the Covid-19 pandemic requested food assistance for the first time, our ability to meet the ever-increasing demand for food during this difficult time was made possible. thanks to the commitment of our partners like CCF, as well as our donors, volunteers and staff.
Other Colleton winners have also benefited from the funds.
The free Edisto Indian Clinic – which provides free and/or discounted medical care and medications to residents of Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester and Hampton counties without insurance – has been awarded $6,760 to help conduct screenings for all potential patients.
Teach for America – which works to strengthen educational equity in Berkeley, Charleston and Colleton counties – has received $7,500 to support a virtual teaching platform as part of its education training program. was recently launched.
Hopeful Horizons – which is the only child rights, domestic violence and rape crisis center serving Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties – received $15,000 to replace its major annual fundraising event canceled that supported needs such as payroll, rent/housing assistance, and telehealth services technology.
HELP of Beaufort received $10,000 for financial assistance and food purchases to continue serving Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties with the Mobile Meals Program, which provides free meals to homebound clients suffering from health problems. They also received $7,500 to provide rent and utility assistance to approximately 25-40 people in Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties.
The Charity Foundation has received a $30,000 grant to continue a project called the Movement to Bring More COVID-19 Testing to Underserved Majority Black Communities During the Pandemic Disproportionately Affecting Black People in South Carolina. In coordination with medical partners, the Charity Foundation is leading efforts to set up 10 testing sites in Allendale, Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry and Jasper counties.
The Coastal Community Foundation has a long history of providing relief and recovery support to communities affected by natural disasters or other wide-ranging events, including all major hurricanes. The CCF is able to quickly direct funds to the most affected residents and communities. CCF does not collect any fees for these funds, so 100% of donations go directly to needs on the ground.
“We have been deeply moved by the collective generosity and helpfulness shown by donors, nonprofits and community partners in our region over the past two years. With their support and wisdom, we acted quickly and creatively to deploy vital resources to the most vulnerable,” said CCF President and CEO Darrin Goss. “At the same time, we know that the recovery work is not done. The unequal effects of the pandemic have laid bare systemic inequalities in our region that can no longer be left to their own devices, and we will continue to leverage our partnerships and resources to address these needs and challenges head-on.
Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that strives to create communities rich in equity, opportunity, and well-being by uniting people and investing resources so that all community members have a pathway to achieve their goals through Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry and Jasper counties. Through long-term charitable giving, individuals, families, businesses and organizations are the reason communities thrive in all nine counties along the South Carolina coast. To learn more, visit coastalcommunityfoundation.org or call (843) 379-3400.