Kiawah Cares 2014-15 Annual Report - Page 4

OUR WORK From Jan. 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015, Kiawah Cares was directly involved with 87 programs on the Sea Islands. Kiawah volunteers gave 400 hours of time to our programs. Through donations and direct sponsorships, nearly $80,000 was raised for various causes within our Sea Islands community. Nearly 7,000 at-risk Sea Islands residents were positively impacted. SOME OF KIAWAH CARES’ 2014-15 PROGRAMS INCLUDED: Angel Oak Elementary Beach Day Since 2013, Kiawah Cares has worked with Communities In Schools to reward Sea Island students with an educational and fun-filled day on the Kiawah beach. The children - many of whom have lived on the Sea Islands their entire lives but have never seen the ocean get to play in the surf and sand, learn about indigenous wildlife, and have a picnic in the park before returning home. Kiawah Cares would like to thank the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Liz King and her staff at Night Heron Park, and all of the volunteers for helping to make this day so special for the children each year. Adopt-A-Student The Adopt-A-Student program, now in its third year, provided students with much-needed supplies such as uniforms and, through a partnership with the Kiawah Women’s Foundation, healthy weekend snacks. The program, which gives Kiawah property owners an opportunity to sponsor a student, originally worked solely with Angel Oak Elementary School, and has since expanded to include students at Frierson Elementary. Kiawah Giving Tree The holidays can be a hard time for families and children of the Sea Islands. For the past three years, Kiawah Cares has provided wrapped gifts, and a little bit of holiday joy, to impoverished Sea Island students and their families through the Kiawah Giving Tree. Each year, donors are matched with children who have written letters to Santa to provide gift ideas. Operation Comfort Kiawah Cares and Seabrook Island teamed-up to collect warm clothing, toiletries and cleaning items. This program, which recently evolved to include the Made with Love campaign, was developed to address the needs of Sea Island residents for everyday quality of life items to all of the public schools in the Sea Islands, as well as the Wadmalaw Island Senior Center and the Hebron Zion Presbyterian Church. Drop sites are located at the Sandcastle (1 Shipwatch Rd) and KICA Administration (23 Beachwalker Dr). Our Lady of Mercy’s Stock Our Shelves Food Drive A joint effort by Kiawah Cares and Seabrook Island netted a total of 290 pounds of non-perishable food items for Stock Our Shelves (SOS). SOS is an annual program hosted by Our Lady of Mercy (OLM) that stocks the OLM emergency food pantry. This pantry provides food items to over 250 residents of Johns, Wadmalaw and James Island, who may visit the pantry once every three months.