The Board of Directors of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. approved the following grants for the Fall 2013 Grant Cycle. Grants totaling $851,500 were made available to 15 charitable organizations the week of December 2, 2013.
America’s Second Harvest Food Bank of Coastal Georgia (www.helpendhunger.org)
Grants totaling $50,000 to America’s Second Harvest in Brunswick, Georgia to be provided in two segments: $25,000 to provide operational support for the Brunswick, GA warehouse in 2014 and $25,000 to support Mobile Food Pantries in Camden , Glynn, Charlton and Brantley counties in 2014. America's Second Harvest Food Bank of Coastal Georgia was established in Savannah in 1981 to provide hunger relief services to 21 counties in coastal Georgia. The food distribution warehouse located in Brunswick, Georgia serves southeast Georgia including the four counties of Camden, Glynn, Brantley, and Charlton.
Camden County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)(www.camdencasa.org)
A $40,000 grant to the Camden County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program in Kingsland, Georgia to provide operational support for Camden County CASA child advocacy program. CASA is a statewide program, established in Camden County in 1997 to provide advocacy services for abused and neglected children in Camden County who have been placed in foster care. Advocacy services are provided through trained volunteers who are appointed by the Juvenile Court to represent the child until the child is placed in a permanent and safe home.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Glynn ( www.casaglynn.org)
A $10,000 grant to CASA Glynn in Glynn County, Georgia to provide funding for a part-time advocate coordinator to help recruit and train more volunteers to be able to serve 100% of children needing advocacy. Volunteer advocates serve as an independent reporting source and as a voice for children in foster care. The advocate coordinator will assist with recruiting and training these needed volunteers so that all children in care will be served.
Coastal Coalition for Children (www.cc4children.net)
A $35,000 grant to the Coastal Coalition for Children program in Brunswick, Georgia to support the Healthy Families program in Glynn County in 2014. The Coastal Coalition for Children is organized to work within the community to encourage communication and collaborations among agencies and individuals and to enable the development and coordination of services to high-risk youth and their families. Healthy Families is a program that focuses on families who have teenage parents and their children ages 0 – 3.
Cord of Three Counseling Services (www.cotcs.org)
A $45,868 grant to the Cord of Three Counseling Services program in Brantley County, Georgia to provide operational support for Christian counseling services to indigent families and purchase equipment and training for neuro-feedback services for addiction for Brantley County residents. Cord of Three was established in January 2006 to provide professional, Christian counseling services to families and individuals within southeast Georgia in need of mental health and spiritual counseling. Specifically, counseling services are designed to help with abuse in the family, adolescent living, anxiety / stress / depression, bereavement and grief, drug and alcohol abuse, family enrichment and relationships.
The Georgia Center for Nonprofits (www.gcn.org)
A $75,000 grant to the Georgia Center for Nonprofits to support coastal GCN operations to build upon previous Momentum activities and develop an operations model that is financially sound and stable. This represents the first of a three-year commitment to this program, with the second and third year of funding being issued as challenge grants. The Georgia Center for Nonprofits works to serve, strengthen and support local nonprofits by providing them with information, nonprofit management and business skills training, consulting, technology, insurance and employment services.
Methodist Home for Children and Youth (www.themethodisthome.org)
Grants totaling $104,672 to the Methodist Home for Children and Youth to be provided in two segments: $5,111 to upgrade and complete various recreational facilities / options for the boys at the St. Marys Group Home and $99,561 support a three-year partnership to implement an organizational intervention called the "Sanctuary Model" to more effectively serve vulnerable children and families. This represents the first of a three-year commitment to the “Sanctuary Model” program. The Methodist Home is an agency of the South Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church that seeks to provide a healing, nurturing setting for children, youth and families in need through regional group homes.
Miracle League (www.camdenmiracleleague.com)
A $19,000 grant to the Miracle League of Camden County to construct a shade structure over the existing bleachers at Justin's Miracle Field in Kingsland, GA. Miracle League’s mission is to provide opportunities for all children to play baseball regardless of their ability. With over 1,000 special needs children in Camden and surrounding areas, the field provides an opportunity that does not currently exist anywhere in the area.
Open Door Community House (www.opendoorcommunityhouse.org)
A $75,000 grant to Open Door Community House in Columbus, Georgia to support the organization’s fiscal year 2014 operating budget. Open Door is an agency of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Their mission is to meet the basic needs of and to empower low- to moderate-income people of Muscogee County, Georgia and surrounding areas. Services include, but are not limited to, case management for homeless women, programs for children, youth and senior citizens, a GED program, a transition home for women in crisis and a showering program for the homeless.
Remedy Project (www.theremedyproject.com)
A $55,000 grant to the Remedy Project in Brunswick, Georgia to provide operational support to serve the treatment needs of those suffering addiction in the Glynn County community, specifically the Norwich Street area. Begun in 2011, the Remedy Project is a faith-based addiction counseling and recovery program organized to serve clients in the city of Brunswick and other limited areas of Southeast Georgia.
Satilla Advocacy Services
A $33,960 grant to Satilla Advocacy Services in Waycross, Georgia to purchase a colposcope and related equipment and partially support the Prevention Education Coordinator's salary for the satellite advocacy office in Charlton County, GA. Satilla Advocacy Services was established in 1997 to promote the mental and physical wellbeing of children, youth and families through forensic medical examinations, forensic interviews, therapy services and advocacy services for children who have been victims of physical or sexual assault as well as adult victims of sexual assault. Satilla Advocacy Services provides these services to the six counties of the Waycross Judicial Circuit, which includes Brantley and Charlton Counties.
Society of St. Andrew (www.endhunger.org)
A $30,000 challenge grant to the Society of St. Andrew to support operating expenses for the regional gleaning office located in Tifton, Georgia. The Society of St. Andrew is a ministry of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church which distributes millions of pounds of food annually to food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, churches for local distribution and individuals.
Wesley Foundation of Macon (www.wesleyofmacon.org)
A $28,000 challenge grant to Wesley Foundation of Macon to support the Intern Program. This represents the third and final year of a three-year commitment to this program. Wesley Foundation of Macon is a ministry of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church for college students at multiple campuses in the Macon, Georgia area. Their mission is to be a place of belonging for all college-aged students where they can grow into mature disciples of Jesus Christ. Through their ministry they hope students will grow in their faith to become the next generation of Christian leaders.
Wesley Glen Ministries (www.wesleyglenministries.org)
A $50,000 grant to Wesley Glen Ministries to provide financial support for overall ministry operations in 2014. Wesley Glen is a ministry of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church and serves people with intellectual disabilities in central and South Georgia.
The Together Coalition (www.togethercoalition.org)
A $200,000 grant to the Together Coalition to provide seed funding for a unique collaboration called the Together Coalition to build community resilience in the Karamoja region of NE Uganda. This grant represents the continuation of a 5-year partnership between the Together Coalition and the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation. The Together coalition brings together four Christian agencies (Church World Service, MAP International, ECHO and SMUMCF) to carry out a joint development program. Together will work in Northern Uganda to serve the poor and marginalized while capitalizing on the core competencies of each organization. Through this integrated development program the coalition will mobilize active community participation where individuals, families and communities can take responsible action to improve their well-being. Community empowerment, holistic integrated development and spiritual growth are important dimensions of this joint venture. The goal of the program is to build community resilience in the region. Grant funds will be administered through a donor advised fund at the National Christian Foundation.
The Board of Directors of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. approved grants for the Spring 2013 Grant Cycle. Grants totaling $748,500 were made to 11 local, statewide and international organizations the week of June 3, 2013.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (www.lsecgafca.org)
A $12,000 grant to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Camden County, as the 2nd year of a 4-year commitment to provide salary support for a part-time Administrative Assistant. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is an interdenominational organization promoting positive, Christian principles to individuals around the world. It conducts programs through over 200 field offices in rural, suburban and urban areas spreading the Gospel to young people in junior high, high school and college.
Lighthouse Christian Broadcasting (www.thelighthouseFM.org)
A $15,000 grant to Lighthouse Christian Broadcasting in Camden County to provide equipment, technology and renovations for the ROCK Youth Ministry. Since 1997, the ROCK Ministry has provided local youth with a safe place every Tuesday evening to enjoy teen oriented Christian worship and other activities.
Grace House of Brunswick (www.gracehousebrunswick.com)
A $27,500 grant to Grace House of Brunswick to provide operational support for Grace House, a women’s residential recovery home, in fiscal year 2014. Located in Brunswick, GA, Grace House is a long-term residential home for women recovering from drug and alcohol addictions. Their mission is to provide a safe, structured, affordable Christian home with a 12 step recovery program for women who have a desire to live free of drug and alcohol addictions regardless of age, race, religious beliefs or financial situation. They have proven highly effective in helping women recover to live a sober and self-sustaining lifestyle.
STAR Foundation (www.starfoundation.org)
A $30,000 grant to the STAR Foundation in Brunswick, Georgia to provide operational support for the STAR Program for fiscal years 2013-2014. The STAR Foundation assists individuals in achieving self-sufficiency and economic stability through computer literacy and job readiness training. Since 1997, the program has been very successful in helping people transition from public assistance to self-sustainability.
The Gathering Place (www.thegp.org)
A $35,000 grant to the Gathering Place in Brunswick, Georgia to provide 2013 operational support and expand the Doulos intern program. The GP has been providing Christian ministry to young people in SE Georgia since 1981. Doulos is a new leadership program designed to enhance a participating student’s spiritual growth, maturity, and citizenship.
Adoption Authority (www.theadoptionauthority.com)
A $40,000 grant to the Adoption Authority to provide 2013-2014 operational support. The Adoption Authority was founded in 2008 and is a licensed placement agency serving southeast Georgia and northeast Florida; connecting mothers with unwanted or crisis pregnancies and potential adoptive families.
United Way of Coastal Georgia (www.uwcga.org)
A $50,000 grant to the United Way of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, Georgia to support the High School Graduation Blueprint Project initiative to increase the high school graduation rate in Glynn County from the current level of 69.1% to over 85% by 2017.
Salvation Army – Brunswick (www.salvationarmybrunswick.org)
A $50,000 challenge grant to the Salvation Army of Brunswick, Georgia to support operational expenses for the transitional housing and homeless shelter program. The Salvation Army-Brunswick operates the only shelter of this type in southeast Georgia and serves about 19 people per day.
Salvation Army – St. Marys (www.salvationarmy-georgia.org)
A $125,000 grant to the Salvation Army of St. Marys, Georgia to support the construction of a new social service building, which will allow for expanded services. In addition to providing great values on clothing and other retail items at their Thrift Store, the center provides a variety of services to over 4,500 people facing temporary crises annually.
Camden Community Crisis Center / Camden House (www.camdenhousega.org)
A $200,000 grant to Camden Community Crisis Center to provide operational support in fiscal year 2014. Camden House provides safety and support for people in Camden and Charlton counties who are victims of domestic violence through a variety of programs and services.
Camden House has made a remarkable turnaround in the past few years and has recently been re-certified as a domestic violence Shelter Provider by the state of Georgia.
The Together Coalition (www.togethercoalition.org)
A $200,000 grant to the Together Coalition to provide seed funding for a unique collaboration called the Together Coalition to build community resilience in the Karamoja region of NE Uganda. This grant represents the continuation of a 5-year partnership between the Together Coalition and the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation. The Together coalition brings together four Christian agencies (Church World Service, MAP International, ECHO and SMUMCF) to carry out a joint development program. Together is working in Northern Uganda to serve the poor and marginalized while capitalizing on the core competencies of each organization. Through this integrated development program the coalition mobilizes active community participation where individuals, families and communities take responsible action to improve their well-being. Community empowerment, holistic integrated development and spiritual growth are important dimensions of this joint venture. The goal of the program is to build community resilience in the region. Grant funds are administered through a donor advised fund at the National Christian Foundation.