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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.