Kiawah Cares Annual Report 2015-17 - Page 4

WHO WE ARE Kiawah Cares is a community outreach program coordinated by the Kiawah Island Community Association. The initiative began in 2010 and formally launched in July 2012 as a coordinated way to establish community partnerships, give back to the community and to help improve the overall quality of life of our nearest neighbors on the Sea Islands. In 2014, the Kiawah Cares Foundation received 501(c)3 status. Our fiscal year is July 1 - June 30. Our mission: Kiawah Cares works to improve the quality of life of our Sea Island neighbors through community partnerships. Our vision: Kiawah Cares partners with charitable organizations, churches, schools and businesses to address social issues such as education, employment, health, housing, transportation, exposure to arts and recreation, and the needs of seniors and veterans. We will contribute time, knowledge and financial support, serving as volunteers, mentors, advisors and sponsors in numerous opportunities throughout the community. WHO WE HELP True to our mission, Kiawah Cares focuses on helping our closest Sea Islands neighbors: Johns and Wadmalaw islands. Our greatest focus is on education and student support services. Kiawah Island is blessed with resources. We cannot ignore the social issues experienced by our neighboring communities, who face the same struggles as many rural communities around the country. Kiawah Cares has created a unique community partnership model to create ongoing opportunities for caring, collaboration and fellowship. We join together as a community to create positive impact.