Humanitarian Aid Campaign

In correlation with Giving Tuesday, Kiawah Cares is launching our End of Year Giving Campaign to support humanitarian efforts on the Sea Islands.

With the help of our trusted partners, we’ve selected programs that establish a strong foundation of support to the Sea Islands community, addressing hunger, housing and wellness for the young and old. Programs include: Meals on Wheels (reducing hunger and supporting seniors), the Community Home Improvement Project (providing home repair to those in need), Made with Love (bringing comfort to veterans and seniors), the Barrier Islands Little League and Going Places (promoting recreational opportunities for youth).

Help us achieve this Sea Islands Humanitarian Aid Roadmap and meet our goal of $60,000! Make a guaranteed positive impact on the lives of your neighbors.



Barrier Islands Little League
The Barrier Islands Little League offers tee-ball and baseball programs for children ages 4-12 of the Sea Islands. The mission of the league is to impart the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect, so that children may retain those ideals and become stronger mentally and physically.

In 2019, Kiawah Cares hopes to sponsor two teams, the Kiawah Bobcats. This sponsorship will give 16 children the chance to absorb the solid ideals that Little League conveys, which places them on a path for future successes. Kiawah Cares would also like to provide support for the league to the expand their playing fields and replace stolen equipment.

Community Home Improvement Project

The Community Home Improvement Project (CHIP) organizes volunteer labor to execute critical home repairs for Sea Islands residents in need. Often homes have been damaged from storms or age has caused significant livability issues. In 2019, Kiawah Cares hopes to provide funds for CHIP to be able to purchase materials for these critical home repairs.

Going Places

The goal of Going Places is to provide a bicycle to children in all Charleston area Title 1 elementary schools. A bicycle provides a child with unbelievable benefits. For some kids living in poverty, their lives at home may be unstable. A bike provides them with a healthy activity, and as importantly, a sense of freedom and escape. It also builds self-worth by being the first item of value they can call their own.

In 2019, Kiawah Cares hopes to partner with Going Places to provide all 135 students at Frierson Elementary School with a bicycle! The giveaway is slated for May.

Meals on Wheels 

Meals on Wheels currently serves daily meals to 38 seniors on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands. Physical decline or financial hardship limits the independence of these seniors and meal deliveries provide them with food they could not afford or may not be able to make on their own. The cost for Meals on Wheels to provide one meal per day to a senior for the year is $5,856. In 2019, Kiawah Cares hopes to cover the cost meals for several seniors.

Made with Love

Made with Love is a group of local crafters, who make goods to comfort the young and old on the Sea Islands. Primarily, the volunteers make tied fleece blankets that are given to students, families and the elderly. In the winter, blankets not only provide comfort, but essential warmth for those in need. This year Made with Love has made and donated hundreds of blankets and other comforting goods for individuals living on Johns and Wadmalaw islands. In 2019, Kiawah Cares hopes to fund fabric and supplies for this group to continue making their comforting crafts.

This is our first annual Humanitarian Aid Campaign. By raising $60,000 upfront, we will be able to strategically support the above programs that we have identified as truly impactful. It also provides us with funding to mobilize quickly when immediate support is required for worthy time-sensitive needs in the community.

Donations collected through Dec. 31 will fund humanitarian efforts on the Sea Islands in 2019. Checks may be made out to the “Kiawah Cares Foundation” with memo “Humanitarian Aid” and sent or delivered to 23 Beachwalker Drive, Kiawah Island, SC, 29455.



Made with Love Offers Comfort, Promotes Reading

Volunteers Warm Hearts and Minds

For The Island Connection

Eight hundred nineteen fleece blankets and 592 pillows! That’s what the volunteers with Made With Love (MWL), a Kiawah Cares Foundation project, created and donated to local children and seniors in the last 12 months. The group uses donated fabric, toiletries and their own creative talents to provide comfort to residents on Johns and Wadmalaw islands.

The project isn’t just about keeping kids warm, it’s also about helping them enjoy curling up with a good book. The handmade crafts, supplied to three local Title 1 elementary schools, are used by teachers to help children associate reading with being cozy and comfortable. Improving reading competency makes a critical difference in the future of any child, but especially those with fewer resources at home. Island schools are a particular focus for the group. The blankets and fabric animals created by MWL are often used to help calm children while they talk through issues with school counselors.

In addition to blankets, the group assembles toiletry kits for residents at Johns Island Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Respite Care Charleston, Meals on Wheels, and new mothers and babies served by Our Lady of Mercy church. That’s not all: blankets and toys are donated to animal rescue groups, while pocketed pillows, with a new book tucked inside, celebrate reading achievement awards.

For Mother’s Day, the group supplies winter scarves, fabric totes and purses, and other gift items to be used at school “stores.” In order to “purchase” a gift, a child makes a greeting card that’s given to an island senior citizen.The response to these simple gifts can be very moving.

On Veteran’s Day, a MWL volunteer, himself a veteran, presented each of the veterans at a local rehabilitation center with a handmade patriotic blanket and a salute. One elderly man, a WWII veteran confined to a wheelchair, shakily rose from his wheelchair for the first time in 6 months and, using his left hand to support his right arm, returned the salute. No sewing talent is needed for most projects: just a desire to help others and be part of a cooperative effort. The group gathers every Friday morning at Beachwalker Center for Fleece Friday and the resulting camaraderie is part of the draw.

To find out more about Made with Love or to donate fleece or cotton fabric, new sample-size toiletries or cash for projects, contact

Read the original article here.

Adopt-A-Classroom Raises $25,000

Our Kiawah Cares Adopt-a-Classroom campaign was a huge success! Over 125 classrooms were adopted (for $200 each) with over $25,000 in donations! We were so fortunate to not only meet the goals for the Kiawah Women’s Group, Angel Oak and Frierson Elementary schools but were able to share funds with each Sea Islands public school to support their classroom needs.

This lifted a heavy financial burden off the teachers and gave them the means to purchase the supplies they needed that would have been impossible otherwise.

This also supported the Kiawah Women’s Group’s Backpack Buddies program, which gives food and snacks for students to take home each weekend so they don’t go hungry.

We are so grateful for your contributions!

You Committed to Helping 90 Sea Island Kids Through Adopt-a-Student

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Adopt-a-Student had its most successful year yet! A big thanks to Kiawah Cares supporters, who raised $18,000 for this important program. 90 students at Angel Oak and Frierson elementary schools will benefit because of your support, 30 more than we originally hoped!

The Kiawah Women’s Foundation will be awarded $9,000 for their back pack buddies program, which helps meet needs for children who may otherwise lack access to adequate nutrition. Another $9,000 will provide properly fitting, appropriate uniforms for at-risk students during the 2017-2018 school year.

Thank you to all those who made a gift to this important program!

Hands of Christ Serves 251 Local Children

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Hands of Christ uniform distribution at Hebron Zion Presbyterian Church on July 27.

Kiawah Cares volunteers helped ensure that 251 children would be prepared to learn when school starts this year. What an incredible number of children served!

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Kiawah Giving Month Raised 118% of Goal!

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We can’t say thank you enough!

You made Kiawah Giving Month a huge success! We raised 118% of our goal amount: $41,305.20 in total. In addition, the Kiawah Cares Foundation matched the first $20,000 dollars in donations. Our incredible overall total was $61,305.20, all going to help meet needs on the Sea Islands.

Kiawah Cares Foundation Board Treasurer Liz Burwell and Secretary Ian Freeman presented checks to the Community Home Improvement Program (CHIP Ministry) of Johns Island Presbyterian Church and Communities In Schools (CIS). Read more about CIS’ impact in the following article.

CIS will apply the funds toward student support specialist positions at St. John’s High School and Angel Oak Elementary. CHIP Ministry will use their funds to complete repairs to the homes of Sea Island seniors.

Once again, thank you to our members for caring so much about our island neighbors!


Angel Oak Students Send Their Gratitude

Kiawah Cares once again sponsored Angel Oak Elementary School’s fifth grade trip to the Barrier Islands camp on Seabrook Island, ensuring that all eligible students were able to attend regardless of financial constraints. The kids had a great time learning about the ecosystem of the barrier islands.

The pictures below include some of the students at camp and some of their beautiful thank you cards.

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Kiawah Cares Welcomes Angel Oak Student for a Day at the Beach

Beach Day CollageKiawah Cares volunteers were so excited to welcome students from Angel Oak Elementary School for the 2017 Youth Beach Day.

The students worked hard all year, excelling in the Million Minutes program and then forming their own book club. As a reward for their diligence, Kiawah Cares invited them out to Kiawah’s beautiful beach.

The students played in the water, flew kites and learned about sea life before enjoying a buffet lunch at Night Heron Park, courtesy of the Kiawah Women’s Group.

Afterward, the students got to meet some local wildlife, including a snake and baby alligator, and learn from KICA biologists.

Kiawah Cares’ Youth Beach Day is an annual event which groups local students with Kiawah Island volunteers, offering them a day of learning and recreation.

Thank you to the Kiawah Women’s Foundation for coordinating and providing a delicious lunch for students and volunteers. Another big thank you goes out to all our wonderful Kiawah Cares volunteers, who act as one-on-one chaperones during this event and keep making each year a special day for these students.

See you next year at Youth Beach Day!

Reading Partners Sends Their Gratitude

reading-partners-logo-homeAnother incredible program funded by the Kiawah Cup is Reading Partners’ For the Love of Reading program, which helps under-resourced students have the same summer reading advantages as higher-income students. This grant will cover 92 percent of students enrolled in this program at Angel Oak and Frierson elementary schools.

As Executive Director Karen Greenho states in her letter (view letter from Reading Partners’ Karen Greenho), “Literacy is the foundation for all future learning.” It’s also one of Kiawah Cares’s most important initiatives on the Sea Islands.

Thank you for making this support possible!

Your Generosity Changes Lives!

temp book stripThanks to your generous support, a portion of the funds raised at the Kiawah Cup Beach Horse Race will fund Begin with Books for the Johns and Wadmalaw island communities for one year. The $13,815 contribution to Begin With Books, made possible by Kiawah Cup attendees, will provide books to 881 children from Johns Island and 79 children from Wadmalaw Island from birth until five years old.

KN R's new book Jake croppedThis program allows families to create an in-home library and encourage reading to their children at an early age. Making books familiar and accessible is the first and best step toward overcoming the word and achievement gaps that diminish many children’s future chances of success.

Below is a word of thanks to the Kiawah community that we wanted to share.

Dear Kiawah Cares,

Thank you. Every child in every home on Johns and Wadmalaw islands has the opportunity to grow up with books, thanks to you. Every child has the opportunity to learn about something new, to learn about another language, to laugh over a rhyme, to memorize a story, to love an animal character.

Every child will take a stronger step into the future because of the residents of Kiawah who care so much.

For every book for every child, thank you              -Patty Bennett-Uffelman