The Halsey Family Scholarship Fund recently made awards to two worthy students.
As the result of a successful 3rd Annual Conservation Donors Roundtable hosted by the Foundation and Stewards of the Georgia Coast, more than 100K was raised for coastal preservation to support tracking and management of migratory shore birds, sea turtles, the gopher tortoise and the indigo snake, among others. Funders active in coastal preservation enjoyed the various presentations by Mark Dodd a Senior Wildlife Biologist with the Nongame Conservation Section at the Georgia DNR in Brunswick, Dr. Chris Jenkins the Chief Executive Officer of the Orianne Society and Tim Keyes a wildlife biologist with DNR's Nongame Conservation Section. Our very own Dr. S. Lloyd Newberry who holds Doctorate degrees from UGA in zoology, science education and research design, provided information and responded to questions related to his involvement with the indigo snake.
Pictured below are two mules purchased for the DNR to assist in monitoring of sea turtle nesting and strandings on Ossabaw Island and Little Cumberland Island.
It was a packed house at the 3rd Annual Conservation Donors Roundtable last Thursday, hosted by the Foundation and Stewards of the Georgia Coast. Titled, "A Tale of Two Turtles," the evening centered around conservation stories of two of coastal Georgia's most charismatic wildlife species, the loggerhead sea turtle and the gopher tortoise.
A newly established scholarship fund created by the Christ Church Frederica Episcopal Church Women is being inaugurated this year. Annually, the Christ Church Frederica ECW Scholarship Fund for Women will provide $2,500 to a female high school graduate pursuing a degree through an academic or technical college or university. The student must be of the Episcopal faith and hale from Glynn or McIntosh County.
"Many of our Christ Church women have, over the last fifteen years, donated to this wonderful effort to establish a scholarship program for our young ladies. The fruit of our gifts will now benefit many young women with their future educational goals. In establishing this scholarship we honor those who came before us and saw this as just a dream…….but now it is a reality and we could not be more pleased." noted Jane Watson, President, Episcopal Church Women.
Applications may be accessed via the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation website (www.coastalgeorgiafoundation.org) and are due no later than April 21, 2018. Candidates will be screened and interviewed by a scholarship committee and the award will be made in May.
Said Paul White, President & CEO of the Foundation “We are so delighted to work with the Episcopal Church Women to make this scholarship a reality. What they have accomplished and what they will do to affect the lives of young women is simply amazing.”
Fund aims to support agencies providing hurricane relief
By Lauren McDonald
In the days immediately after Hurricane Irma hit the Golden Isles, Salvation Army workers were out in the community helping people in need. Coastal Georgia Community Action Authority workers were distributing diapers, toiletries, cleaning supplies and more. They helped people who were burdened by an expensive evacuation pay bills and relocate to new homes. America’s Second Harvest food pantry helped feed more than 3,000 people. These agencies were among the first to provide aid after the storm.
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United Way of Coastal Georgia President and CEO Virginia Brown, second from left, and Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation President and CEO Paul White, center, hand checks to Coastal Georgia Community Action CEO Tres Hamilton, from left, Salvation Army Captain Chris Powell, and America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia Community and Agency Relations Coordinator Kalista Morton Wednesday from the new hurricane recovery fund.
They received thanks Wednesday in the form of monetary donations from a new fund established by the United Way of Coastal Georgia and Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation. “These dollars will not by any means totally reimburse them, but it is to recognize and to bring attention to the great risk that they took to their organization to help people in need,” said Virginia Brown, President and CEO of the local United Way. After Hurricane Irma blew through the area in September, the United Way and Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation came together to establish a Community Emergency Needs Fund to support charitable agencies that deliver direct assistance to local residents affected by the storm. The two agencies made the first donation from the fund Wednesday. They designated the first allocation of money for agencies that stepped up immediately after the storm. “These three agencies in particular rose to the top of that list because they didn’t spend a lot of time looking at their individual budgets and saying ‘Can we afford to help people?’” Brown said. “… They said ‘There’s a great need. We need to help now.’”
United Way Worldwide created the United Way Irma/Maria Recovery Fund this year to support communities in the Southeast United States and the Caribbean affected by hurricanes. For the first time in the local United Way’s history, the agency received funding from United Worldwide through this initiative. United Way received and allocated the first installment of $22,500 on Wednesday. Captain Chris Powell, corps officer of the local Salvation Army, said the donation will allow the organization to continue offering its services, such as distributing meals through its food pantry and paying rent and utility bills. “As usual, just like with United Way, we’re trying to make sure that we’re taking care of our community,” Powell said. There is still great need in the community due to the storm, he said, and most of the Salvation Army’s budget relies on donations. “Without funds like this and without partnerships with our partner agencies, it makes it hard for us to do our job,” Powell said.
More donations from the Community Emergency Needs Fund will be made next year. The fund provides a vehicle for private money to come into the community, Brown said. “(The Federal Emergency Management Agency) has been extremely generous with us in this community, but we know that FEMA money is sometimes delayed and that it doesn’t meet all the needs,” she said. “There needs to be an easy, well-organized way where funders from not only here in our community but across the country can give their generosity.” The first distribution of money aimed to honor those who leaned forward immediately after the storm to provide help, Brown said. “I think this is a good way to end a year — celebrating our nonprofit heroes as well,” she said.
Rich's Consumer Brands Fund celebrated its second year of grantmaking to local community non-proifits through their charitable fund at the Community Foundation. Last year the total amount granted was significant at $50,000. This year they doubled that!
Morningstar Children and Family Services - $50,000
YMCA - $25,000
Fellowship of Christian Athletes $25,000
Congratulations to all! Just one of the many ways Rich's is giving back to the community!
L-R: Jim Motos, Rich Products; Wells Kilgore and Katie Morse, Morningstar; Tim Hardin, Fellowship of Christian Athletes; Jay Mullins, YMCA; Donna Ratliff and Jayne Mathews, Rich Products.
The Foundation Board had their annual meeting last evening at Southeastern Bank in Darien followed by an oyster roast and dinner at the Lucas Farm in Harris Neck. Despite the rain, all enjoyed the evening tremendously!
Thanks to Art and Lindee Lucas for a wonderful evening!
L-R: Greg Post, Lloyd Newberry, Jack Kilgore, Rocker and Sandi Channell
L-R: Craig Root, Con Holland
L-R: Rene' and Rick Shelnutt, Debbie Holland, Ellen Post, Mary Root
L-R: Rose Andrews, Martin Miller, Laura Lynn Miller and Monica White
L-R: Lindee Lucas, Jim and Janet Shirley, Sheila and Bernard McCloud and Stephen Kinney
On the beautiful evening of October 10th, the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation celebrated the successful completion of their Decennial Campaign. The event was hosted by Foundation Board Treasurer and Campaign Chairman Bill Stembler and his wife Anne at their beachfront home on Sea Island. In attendance were over 60 of the Coastal Georgians who made the effort a success. The Decennial Fund is now a $3.5 million operating endowment, and the campaign to fund it was announced on the Foundation’s 10th anniversary. It will provide financial support for the Foundation’s operations and guarantee its presence for the foreseeable future.