Hunger relief grants, educational programs, workforce training
Adrian, manager of Fresh Future Farm, prepares chicken pasta salad as part of a bi-weekly 100% grocery delivery to neighbors that runs from March to October. Fresh Future Farm, recipient of an SC Ports Community Giving grant, is located in the Chicora/Cherokee neighborhood of North Charleston. (Photo by Fresh Future Farm)
The South Carolina Ports Authority has awarded $61,000 in grants to 55 SC charities through its annual Community Giving Program.
SC Ports dedicates a portion of its revenue each year to support charities in the local communities in which the Port operates in South Carolina. SC Ports awarded grants of $2,500 and $1,000 for the fiscal year 2021 Community Giving Program.
The community giving program is particularly important this year, as the ongoing global pandemic has caused great economic hardship for many people, placing new demands on nonprofit organizations.
“The SC Ports team strongly believes in giving back by partnering with organizations that know the needs of their communities and are already doing the important work to make a difference in South Carolina,” said Jim Newsome. , President and CEO of SC Ports. “We are impressed with the work these charities do and are incredibly proud to play a small part in making a positive impact with them.”
Many of this year’s Community Giving Program grant recipients – such as Fresh Future Farm, Fields to Families, East Cooper Meals on Wheels and The Green Heart Project – are working to fight hunger and solve food deserts by providing meals , urban gardens, and healthy, affordable grocery options in their communities.
With one in eight people and one in six children facing hunger in South Carolina, SC Ports has focused much of its community efforts this year on addressing food insecurity. In addition to Community Giving Program grants, SC Ports donated $22,000 to the Lowcountry Food Bank this summer, and partnered with CMA CGM Group and the Salvation Army to distribute 500 Thanksgiving meals.
Other grant recipients do the important work of supporting and positively impacting children and students across South Carolina, including Reading Partners South Carolina, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lowcountry, Kids On Point, Louie’s Kids, Dillon County First Steps, and Jasper County First Steps, among others.
Several recipients — such as the Greenville Tech Foundation, Spartanburg Community College Foundation, and Gullah Geechee Initiative Foundation Inc. — received funding for their commercial driver license training programs. These workforce development initiatives provide critical job skills to motor carriers, which are critical to the success of SC Ports operations.
Some grantees, such as Friends of Coastal South Carolina and Wounded Nature – Working Veterans, work to preserve, protect, and enhance South Carolina’s natural resources and ecosystems. SC Ports consistently partners with environmental groups with the goal of bringing sustainable environmental success to the region.
Grant applicants must clearly fit into one of the following focus areas: Maritime Commerce, Economic Development, Environmental Awareness, and Community Outreach. Programs with measurable and lasting impacts are given priority during the selection process.
Fiscal 2021 community giving recipients:
- A backpacking journalist
- Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired SC
- Be a Mentor
- Beaufort-Jasper YMCA of the Lowcountry
- Start with books
- Berkeley Chamber of Commerce
- beyond our walls
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lowcountry
- End-of-life gateways
- Discovery of the camp
- Camping happy days
- The camp rises above
- Carolina Youth Development Center
- Charleston Area Senior Services Inc.
- Carolinas Children’s Cancer Partners
- Clemson Cooperative Extension Service
- Communities in Greenville Schools
- Communities in Charleston Area Schools
- Dillon County First Steps
- Dorchester Economic Development Corporation
- East Cooper Community Outreach
- Meals on Wheels East Cooper
- Fields to Families
- Greater Charleston first tee
- Future Farm Fresh
- Friends of the South Carolina Coast
- Family YMCA of Georgetown County
- Gibbes Art Museum
- Greenville Tech Foundation
- Gullah Geechee Initiative Foundation Inc.
- healing farms
- Help 4 children Florence
- Humanities Foundation
- Jasper County First Steps
- Grand SC Junior Achievement
- Children on point
- Louie’s children
- love feeds
- Lowcountry Legal Volunteers
- Lowcountry Maritime School
- Meals on Wheels from Summerville Inc.
- my sister’s house
- Orangeburg County Character Community
- Palmetto Leadership Dillon County Alumni
- Reading Partners South Carolina
- The future creators of SC
- SC School for the Deaf and the Blind Foundation
- South Carolina Aquarium
- Operation Lifesaver in South Carolina
- Spartanburg Community College Foundation
- The green heart project
- Trident Literacy Association
- United Ministries
- wings for kids
- Hurt Nature – Veterans at Work
Fiscal 2020 Community Giving Results
Community giving recipients complete outcome surveys at the end of the fiscal year to be eligible for funding in the next giving cycle. The surveys allow SC Ports to measure the lasting positive impacts of the grant program and fulfill its mission of being a strong community partner.
SC Ports awarded $128,500 in grants to 71 charities in fiscal year 2020.
Funding impacts include:
- 58,316 South Carolina students have benefited from Community Giving scholarships.
- 9,732 people received disaster relief.
- 10,145 students participated in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities.
- 6,335 people were made aware of environmental sustainability.
- 5,220 people received vocational training.
News from the Sea, December 3