2016 Community Impact Grant Recipients

This year the Foundation voted to award grants, totaling $62,000, to sixteen (16) community-based organizations serving Glynn, Camden and McIntosh counties. The 2016 competitive grant cycle focused on programs serving at-risk youth and their families.  In addition to donor-advised and field of interest grant-making throughout the year, the Community Foundation annually conducts a competitive grants cycle which targets specific areas of need and opportunity across the three-county region. Strengthening the services and partnerships of local, not-for-profit service organizations is part of the mission of the Community Foundation, and the grant process is designed to further this mission. Four (4) of this year’s 16 grant recipients are first-time awardees. This year’s grant funding is being provided from the Foundation’s Community Impact Fund with supplemental support from board members through their Donor Advised Funds.

*denotes first-time competitive grant recipient


Camden County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Program, Kingsland

A grant of $1,362 will support technology upgrades of computers and software, increasing the efficiency of staff and volunteers who advocate for safe, permanent homes for abused and neglected children.  L-R: Ed Andrews-CCGF Board, Liz Rieling-Camden County CASA Program Manager, Mary Root-CCGF Board


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A grant of $5,000 will help purchase a Vision Screener to aid in the early detection of vision disorders in children from six months of age. Early detection of vision problems increases the likelihood of effective treatment. Less than 22% of preschool children currently receive some type of vision screening.  L-R:  Ed Andrews-CCGF Board, Mallory Chappell-Camden County Health Department Nurse Manager, Mary Root-CCGF Board



CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Glynn, Inc., Brunswick 

A grant of $2,900 will support training of staff and advocates in a new Educational Advocacy program to improve the educational outcomes for children in the Foster Care system. 

L-R:  CCGF Board Member, Bernard McCloud and Cary Greenfield, CASA Executive Director


Children In Action Sports Club (CIA), Brunswick 

A grant of $4,500 will support the Summer Outreach program and Barnabas Club. CIA utilizes sports and activities as a vehicle to help at-risk children and youth build confidence, develop character, strive for excellence, and engage in teamwork while incorporating Christian values.   Children In Action Sports Club - Summer Program Participants




CIS2Communities In Schools of Glynn County, Brunswick

A grant of $5,000 will support high school students in their professional development with tools that include the Birkman Personality Assessment, Interview Coaching, First Impressions, Self Leadership, and Communication/ Customer Service Training. Forty qualified junior and senior CIS high school students who are seeking job and/or college opportunities will be selected to participate.  L-R: Sandi Channell-CCGF Board, Lynn Love-CIS Executive Director, Bonney Shuman-CCGF Board


The Gathering Place, Brunswick

A grant of $4,000 will support The Gathering Place’s summer college tour, which provides rising high school seniors the opportunity to tour a wide range of academic and technical colleges across Georgia. The program also assists these students with the preparation of college applications and provides ongoing support during their college years.   L-R: Lucas Ramirez and John Williams, The Gathering Place and Bonney Shuman and Mike Maloy-CCGF Board


Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, Inc., Serving Glynn and McIntosh County*

A grant of $4,946 will support the delivery of “I am a GIFT (Gorgeous, Intelligent, Fabulous, and Talented) You Will Not Abuse Me”, a dating/domestic violence prevention program for girls and their mothers/guardians. The day long training will be reinforced throughout the year in troop activities and learning programs.  Girls Scouts of Historic Georgia with Bonney Shuman, CCGF Board Member


Glynn County Board of Commissioners/Juvenile Court, Brunswick*

A grant of $5,000 will allow Kidsnet Glynn program to serve more participants. The diversion program provides behavior management, family advocacy and parent education to youth and families involved with the Juvenile Court, with the goal of reducing commitments and recidivism.  L-R: Ed Reilly and Judge Chapman, Glynn County Juvenile Court and CCGF Board Members Bonney Shuman and Mike Maloy


Golden Isles Youth Orchestra, Brunswick

A grant of $2,400 will support String-On, which provides fifth graders with exposure to music and orchestra strings. The program is designed to strengthen musical outreach and enrich students through music.  L-R: Eric Davis-GIYO Board, Sandi Channell-CCGF Board, Ann Perse-GIYO Board, Bonney Shuman-CCGF Board


International Seafarers Center/Port as a Classroom, Brunswick*

A grant of $1,500 will purchase a video camera and voice recorders for Port as a Classroom, which is a specialized curriculum for middle and high school students delivered by staff and volunteers from the Center. Port as a Classroom engages students in learning about maritime shipping, geography, the sciences, and the global trade system.  L-R: Bill Dawson-ISC Board, Jack McConnell Port-As-A-Classroom Director, Valerie Crumpton -ISC Executive Director, Mary Root-CCGF Board



marshesofglynnlibrarysmMarshes of Glynn Libraries, Brunswick

A grant of $4,992 will continue the Targeted Early Literacy Parental Involvement Initiative across Glynn County. Building from the Community Foundation’s successful Baby Steps initiative, Marshes of Glynn Libraries educates parents and caregivers on the importance of developing early literacy skills for their children.  L-R: Geri Mullis-Marshes of Glynn Libraries Director, Jane Lafferty-Marshes of Glynn Libraries Board, Jack Kilgore-CCGF Board


McIntosh County Extension/4-H, Darien

A grant of $3,400 will support 4-H Sprouts (youth, ages 9-11), a horticulture program with activities promoting positive experiences for youth while they learn about growing plants, gardening practices, healthy lifestyles, and the environment.  L-R: Tamala Drake-4H Resource Manager, Alex Tracchio-4H Intern GA Southern, Martin Miller-CCGF Board, Tammy Tyre-4H Agent, Sandi Channell-CCGF Board, Sarah Nahum-4H Intern GA Southern


Morningstar Children and Family Services, Inc.

A grant of $5,000 will support the Art Therapy program for these youth in residential foster care. Most youth at Morningstar have suffered with abuse and neglect. Through art, they are provided the opportunity to safely express thoughts and emotions while increasing self-awareness and self-esteem.   L-R:  Martin Miller and Sandi Channell-CCGF Board, Paul Knowlton-Morningstar CEO



Safe Harbor Children’s Center, Inc., Brunswick

A grant of $5,000 will support the purchase of much needed case management software, with the goal of increasing efficiency and performance monitoring. The software will significantly improve the capture of valuable data and free staff for more hands-on work with the children.  L-R: Bonney Shuman-CCGF Board, Beth Ann Tuerff-Safe Harbor Community and Resource Development Director, Leslie Hartman-Safe Harbor Executive Director and Mike Maloy-CCGF Board


STAR Foundation, Brunswick

A grant of $5,000 will support the creation of a Community Outreach Coordinator position to work with local nonprofits, schools and human service agencies to expand the reach of STAR’s workforce training program.  STAR Foundation - Ellen Murphy, Executive Director and CCGF Board Member, Bernard McCloud



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YMCA of Coastal Georgia, Inc., Serving Glynn and McIntosh Counties

A grant of $2,000 will purchase books for the Y Summer Camp Readers of the McIntosh County and Golden Isles YMCAs. The program is designed to mitigate learning losses during school breaks, by encouraging children to read during the summer.  L-R: Jay Mullins-Sr. VP YMCA, Kayce Bradbury-Sr. Program Director YMCA, Sandi Channell and Bonney Shuman-CCGF Board