KICA Annual Reports 2014 - Page 18

17 2013 Year in Review Kiawah Cares (KC) is a community outreach program coordinated by KICA. KC partners with Sea Island nonprofits, schools and churches to celebrate the community, as well as work together to address social issues on the islands. The mission of KC is to create community partnerships and contribute to improving the overall quality of life on the Sea Islands. In 2013, YOU, our Kiawah property owners, made these things happen: • You sent 20 Haut Gap Middle School Science Team students to compete for the first time in the Regional Science Bowl where they beat out 13 other middle schools to win the competition and move on to nationals in Washington, D.C. • You, along with Seabrook Island, gave $116,000 to protect the Angel Oak Preserve (adjacent to the famous Angel Oak Tree) from development. • You brought joy to 63-plus kids on Christmas morning through the Kiawah Giving Tree. • Your Kiawah Island Photography club taught the at-risk campers of Camp Hope a lesson on photography, providing the children with new positive hobby and creative outlet. • You gave 900 cans of food to the Stono Baptist Blessing Basket in just three days for their emergency food drive. • You spent your day with Our Lady of Mercy’s “Yes, I Can” campers at the KC Annual Beach Day to give 24 kids an educational and fun day at the beach. • You picked up trash along eight miles of Main Road to restore natural beauty in our community. • You donated winter coats to 50 Sea Islands children in-need. • You mentored, tutored or were a lunch buddy to numerous at-risk students in the Sea Islands community. KC was directly involved with 41 programs on the Sea Islands in 2013, partnering with 22 community organizations and 11 businesses. 216 volunteers gave 448 hours of time to our programs. Almost 4,000 Sea Islands residents were impacted or benefited from our work. We also helped raise over $200,000 for our Sea Islands community. KC sends a heartfelt thanks to the volunteers, donors, sponsors and partners who made this year so special for our island neighbors. Our greatest impact has been with the students. The children are responding positively in school, as officials are seeing a real difference in the health, behavior and performance of their students. Getting involved is easy and does not require an ongoing time commitment. To view upcoming programs, visit kiawahcares.org or connect with us on Facebook (@kiawahcares).