The Board of Directors of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. approved grants for the Fall 2015 Grant Cycle. Grants totaling $860,750 will be made available to 16 charitable organizations the week of December 1, 2015.
The following is a brief description of each recipient and the purpose of the grant.
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 2016 and $25,000 to support Mobile Food Pantries in Camden , Glynn, Charlton and Brantley counties in 2016. 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.
Board of Ordained Ministry (www.sgaumc.org/licensedandordainedministry )
A $21,000 grant to provide operational support for the S3 Program, which is designed to promote and sustain clergy excellence within the South Georgia Annual Conference. This represents the second year of a three-year commitment to this program. The S3 Program (Sabbath, Study, and Service) is a collaborative, small group, action learning project/experience designed to promote and sustain clergy excellence within the South Georgia Annual Conference of the UMC.
Camden County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)(www.camdencasa.org)
A $55,000 grant to the Camden County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program in Kingsland, Georgia to provide operating support for ongoing CASA programs and potential expansion into Charlton County. 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.
Camden Community Crisis Center / Camden House (www.camdenhousega.org)
A $20,000 grant to Camden Community Crisis Center to provide operating support for one year. Camden House provides safety and support for people in Camden and Charlton counties who are victims of domestic violence, including sheltering and a variety of programs and services.
Child Evangelism Fellowship (http://cefofgeorgia.com)
A $30,000 grant to provide general operating support for Good News Clubs, a children's evangelism ministry, in Coastal Georgia. Good News Clubs are one-hour programs designed to bring the Gospel of Christ to children on their level in their environment. Bible lessons are presented using age appropriate materials and include songs, Scripture memory, a mission’s story and review games or other activities focused on the lesson’s theme. The Good News Clubs are in all ten public schools in Glynn County and plan to expand to all of the public schools in Camden County.
Communities In Schools (http://glynncounty.communitiesinschools.org/ )
A $45,500 grant to provide general operating expenses to include executive director salary support and support of a site coordinator position for the student support program at Glynn Academy. Communities in Schools brings adults into the schools to help address children’s unmet needs, providing a link between educators and the community. The program provides before-school academic support programs, incentives, case management, parental engagement / family support services and on-site program coordination to prevent at-risk students from dropping out of school.
A $32,000 grant to support a full-time volunteer coordinator and equipment to increase volunteers and financial support for various Faithworks programs. Specifically, the grant is to support the implementation of a three-year initiative called “Project Step-Up and Join”. The initiative will focus on the improving systems for volunteer recruitment, build new orientation and training materials, and develop donor recognition tools and communication materials. Faithworks is an ecumenical ministry that focuses on -- but is not limited to -- community healthcare services and poverty needs in Glynn County, GA and the surrounding Southeast Georgia area.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (www.lsecgafca.org)
An $18,500 grant to establish a part-time FCA baseball position and part-time coordinator for FCA elementary Huddles in Camden County, Georgia. This represents the first year of a four-year commitment to this program. 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.
The Gathering Place (www.thegp.org )
A 50,000 grant to provide funding to build the capacity of the Gathering Place to increase and evaluate services, expand the number and diversity of students served, and access consultants, technology, and training. The Gathering Place was established in 1981 to provide youth-oriented Christian activities to local youth and to develop and deploy Christian leaders.
The Georgia Center for Nonprofits (www.gcn.org)
A $75,000 challenge 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 third and final year of a three-year commitment to this program. 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.
Georgia Family Connection Partnership (www.gafcp.org)
A $50,000 grant to support Quality Rated incentives and bonuses for early childhood education programs in coastal Georgia. The Quality Rated program is a systematic approach to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early care and education programs. Many early learning programs do not have access to components that are identified as creating a more successful learning environment for children. Through the incentive program, early childhood education providers can receive tools and materials they need to improve their instructional practices and thereby elevate their quality rating levels.
Methodist Home for Children and Youth (www.themethodisthome.org)
A $49,488 grant to implement an organizational intervention called the "Sanctuary Model" to more effectively serve vulnerable children and families. This represents the third and final year 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.
Open Door Community House (www.opendoorcommunityhouse.org)
A $64,262 grant to Open Door Community House in Columbus, Georgia to support the organization’s fiscal year 2016 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 $50,000 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. 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.
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 final allocation 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.
Wesley Glen Ministries (www.wesleyglenministries.org)
A $50,000 grant to Wesley Glen Ministries to provide financial support for overall ministry operations in 2016. 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 Board of Directors of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. approved grants for the Spring 2015 Grant Cycle. Grants totaling $739,250 were made to 15 local, statewide and international organizations the week of June 1, 2015. The following is a brief description of each recipient and the purpose of the grant.
Board of Ordained Ministry (www.sgaumc.org/licensedandordainedministry )
An $87,750 grant to support the Young Clergy Academy. The Young Clergy Academy is a new pilot-program of the South Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church designed to assist young college students contemplating the call to ministry. The program will provide practical support and encouragement for young people as they explore ministry opportunities and will serve as an “on-ramp” for young clergy that are interested in serving existing churches, starting new ones and/or reshaping existing churches.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Glynn (www.casaglynn.org)
A $10,000 grant to CASA Glynn to support a full-time Visitation Center Supervisor for the CASA program in Brunswick, Georgia. CASA Glynn is one of a limited number of CASAs in Georgia that operate a visitation program, which increases the frequency and amount of time children in foster care can spend with their families.
Children In Action Sports Club (www.CIASportsClub.org )
A $24,500 grant to Children in Action Sports Club (CIA), in Brunswick, Georgia to support a new intern program, provide operational support to the Summer Outreach program and provide supplies for program activities. CIA is a Christ-centered ministry that works to intentionally build relationships with children 5-14 years olds to equip them to make healthy choices mentally, physically, and spiritually. Established in 2006, their mission is to utilize sports and physical activities as an outreach to children, youth, and adults to build character, excellence and teamwork.
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 and to provide grant management and financial oversight services. 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 birth – 3.
Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation (www.coastalgeorgiafoundation.org)
A $50,000 grant to the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation to provide operating support for the organization. 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 Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation exists to increase philanthropy and the quality of life in Camden, Glynn and McIntosh Counties.
FaithBridge Foster Care (www.faithbridgefostercare.org )
A $25,000 grant to provide operational support for the Glynn County foster care program. FaithBridge is a licensed foster care agency that partners with local churches and communities to create a church-led foster care ministry. Their mission is to change the way America does foster care by mobilizing, organizing, and equipping local churches and communities to solve the country’s foster care crisis.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (www.lsecgafca.org)
A $4,000 grant to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Camden County, as the 4th and final 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. Approximately 400 students in Camden and Charlton counties participate in weekly FCA Huddles at the high schools, middle school and several elementary schools.
Grace House of Brunswick (www.gracehousebrunswick.org)
A $42,000 grant to Grace House of Brunswick to provide operational support and home repairs for Grace House. Located in Brunswick, Georgia, 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. Grace House is highly effective in helping women recover to live a sober and self-sustaining lifestyle.
Safe Harbor (www.safeharborcenterinc.org)
Grants totaling $65,000 to Safe Harbor Children’s Center to be provided in two segments: $45,000 to support a new Volunteer and Fund Development Coordinator position and $20,000 as the second and final year of a two-year commitment to support a Child Sexual Abuse Community Prevention Initiative by providing for a Prevention Specialist and funding Prevent Now! meetings. The program is implemented in partnership with Glynn CASA, Camden County CASA, and Coastal Coalition for Children.
Salvation Army – St. Marys (www.salvationarmy-georgia.org)
A $65,000 grant to the Salvation Army of St. Marys, Georgia to provide bridge funding for operations as store facilities are renovated. Revenues generated by the Family Store are the main funding engine for the Community Resource Center and a new program called Pathway of Hope. The focus of the Pathway of Hope program is to provide services that allow families to break through the barriers of poverty to become self-sufficient. Renovations of the store will generate the additional funding to support programming in the future.
Society of St. Andrew (www.endhunger.org)
A $26,000 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.
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 one year. 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 Together Coalition (www.togethercoalition.org)
A $200,000 grant to the Together Coalition to provide 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.
The Vashti Center for Children and Families (www.vashti.org)
A $25,000 grant to the Vashti Center in Thomasville, Georgia to support the spiritual development program by providing salary support for the campus chaplain. The Vashti Center is an agency of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church providing a number of services to children including residential care, clinic services, intensive family intervention, community support, individual services, permanency placement services and basic education for at-risk youth who have been removed from the public education system.
Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc. (www.wesleyctrs-savh.org)
A $50,000 grant to the Wesley Community Center in Savannah, Georgia to provide operational support for Wesley Community Center in Savannah for one year. The Wesley Community Center is an agency of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church which serves children of all abilities, and has many programs and services to cater to the needs of low and moderate-income women, children, youth and families throughout Savannah and the surrounding area.