The Philanthropy Corner for April 16th-22nd

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Helping HELP of Beaufort

On Tuesday, May 5th, thousands of philanthropists across the Lowcountry will be making monetary gifts to support their favorite organizations during the Lowcountry Giving Day, an event sponsored by Coastal Community Foundation which so far has raised more than $3 million to provide momentum for participating nonprofits.

Letter carriers from the Burton and Charles St. Post Office work at the National Association’s May 2014 food drive to help HELP fill food orders for individuals seeking assistance at their office.
Letter carriers from the Burton and Charles St. Post Office work at the National Association’s May 2014 food drive to help HELP fill food orders for individuals seeking assistance at their office.

Among the many deserving organizations located in or near Beaufort County is HELP of Beaufort. 100 volunteers strong, HELP has worked for 35 years through its Emergency Services and Mobile Meals programs. Emergency Services alleviates poverty by providing prescriptions, food, clothing and some financial assistance for utilities to enable upward mobility and self-sufficiency. HELP works in Beaufort, Hampton, Jasper and Colleton counties but focuses on Beaufort County. Mobile Meals provides meals 5 days a week to those in need by paying for 75% of the meals for those who can’t afford to and delivering 100% of the meals. In 2014, 17,350 meals were delivered.

To provide accountability and data for grants, HELP uses Charity Tracker to monitor how often individuals and families receive assistance. Between their collaborative partnerships with human services agencies across the Lowcountry and the dedicated generosity of HELP’s many volunteers and donors, HELP truly cultivates a community wherein neighbors assist one another.

HELP’s upcoming “Double Your Donation Night” on April 21st from 6 p.m. to closing at Fat Patties in Beaufort will support its Lowcountry Giving Day campaign. HELP will accept check gifts that night, and proceeds from Fat Patties sales will go towards HELP as well. Gifts for HELP of Beaufort can also be made on Lowcountry Giving Day, coming up May 5th, at www.lowcountrygivingday.org from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. These gifts will count towards HELP’s $4,000 Lowcountry Giving Day matching challenge.

Each week, Coastal Community Foundation highlights organizations, donors and other charitable news in The Philanthropy Corner. If you’re interested in learning more aboutphilanthropy in the Lowcountry, reach out to our regional Stewardship Officer, Gloria Duryea, at Gloria@CoastalCommunityFoundation.org or (843) 379-3400.