Kiawah Cares Annual Report 2015-17 - Page 9

FOCUS ON HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS Kiawah Cares supports humanitarian efforts that respect the dignity and advance the wellbeing of Sea Island residents. These programs confront important issues, such as housing insecurity, unemployment and disaster relief. When an EF-2 tornado cut a path through Johns Island on Sept. 25, 2015, Kiawah Cares volunteers were there to help. Not only did members participate in a clean-up event, but they gave over $7,000 to help repair several damaged properties on Brownswood Road. Hurricane Matthew ravaged Camp Ho Non Wah, a Boy Scout camp and important community center on Wadmalaw Island, toppling trees onto buildings and damaging docks with high water, waves and winds. Kiawah Cares hoped to raise half the $10,000 needed to fund repairs, but members gave an incredible $11,895 to rebuild this treasured location. Poverty has left many Sea Island homes in states of disrepair but still inhabited by families and seniors. Kiawah Cares partner Community Home Improvement Program (CHIP Ministry) led the charge against substandard living conditions. CHIP Ministry was a recipient of 2017’s Kiawah Giving Month funding, and was able to make more than a dozen homes habitable again for Sea Island residents, primarily seniors. Next Steps Johns Island is a 100% volunteer- based mentoring ministry that promotes change, dignity, and self-reliance for our neighbors living in emotional, physical, and/ or spiritual poverty. Next Steps is a “self-help, hand-up” program. Kiawah Cares’ financial commitment to this program went toward aiding participants with license renewals and other employment related items, enabling these individuals to better their lives. Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding improves the lives of children and adults with disabilities at the area’s oldest nationally accredited therapeutic horseback riding center. Riding and interacting with horses promotes social, communicative and cognitive progress. Kiawah Cares is delighted to continue its support of this important program, which also serves wounded veterans.