WAHHI has a long history of community activism and support for local nonprofit organizations. Over the years, grants have been awarded to organizations aligned with WAHHI’s mission statement. The 2022 WAHHI Charitable Grant Fund awarded grants to eight local nonprofits that meshed with WAHHI’s mission and addressed the many challenges of the pandemic and the emerging attempts to return to normalcy. Grants for 2022 focused on a number of aspects of community resilience. The grants recognized programs that responded to the ever-changing needs of our community through innovative approaches to meet community challenges.
Congratulations to our 2022 Charitable Fund Grant Recipients. Representatives of the selected organizations shared their plans for the grant dollars at the February WAHHI Luncheon. The stories they shared revealed the challenges many in our community face on a daily basis. Thank you to WAHHI members and our Charitable Fund partners for their generosity. Together we make a difference!
Update: We asked each recipient to take a few minutes and write a brief summary of how they used the 2022 WAHHI Grant. Their replies are shown below.
Hopeful Horizons – This organization serves victims of domestic violence.
The grant money is being used to provide wellness and self-care kits requested by therapists to be given to clients who complete the Children’s Advocacy Program in Bluffton.
WAHHI’s grant to Hopeful Horizons allowed us to provide “graduation” gifts to children and teens as they completed therapy. Therapy to overcome physical abuse and sexual abuse is difficult for kids of all ages (and adults too!) and it’s important to celebrate this success. We also want to normalize therapy and help children feel proud of their accomplishments in therapy.
Graduation gifts include cake or cupcakes, fidget spinners/tangle toys, journals, aromatherapy items and other items to help children and teens manage stress and triggers.
Love House Learning Center – The WAHHI grant has helped this organization establish an academic support program to address the academic losses incurred during COVID.
Materials were purchased to support academic interventions for primary school students for the upcoming year.
Lowcountry Alliance For Healthy Youth – Isolation and the stress of distance learning create new stressors for the teens in our community.
LCAHY programs offer services and activities that reduce risk factors and enhance the protection of our youths through mentoring, support groups, etc.
Low Country Legal Volunteers – The grant supported the Housing Protection Program, providing legal assistance to help clients facing eviction and homelessness.
Neighborhood Outreach Connection – NOC funded a nutrition and wellness program with the grant they received.
Forty-five participants attended sessions on nutrition and food preparation to learn the foundation of healthy, economical food choices. Grocery gift cards were given to all those who completed the training sessions.
Pregnancy Center & Clinic of the Low Country – The WAHHI grant enabled The Pregnancy Center to provide counseling and support to the uninsured and underserved women in Beaufort County.
The Pregnancy Center and Clinic of the Low Country (PCCLC) is very grateful to have received a 2022 grant from WAHHI to provide counseling, education and support to uninsured and underserved pregnant women residing in Beaufort and Jasper counties. Since January 2022 PCCLC has served 578 women, a five percent (5%) increase over calendar year 2021 with two months remaining in this year.
Fifty two (52) clients have benefitted from individual counseling and ninety seven (97) have participated in group education classes. The group classes have included childbirth preparation, postpartum support and pregnancy loss support groups. Nine percent of clients served this past year have miscarried in the early months of their pregnancies and have shared with us how helpful the pregnancy loss support
group has been to them as they grieve the loss of their baby. The childbirth preparation classes and postpartum support groups are also extremely helpful to our moms and their babies.
Individual counseling has included addressing issues related to depression, anxiety, financial pressures, relationships, health concerns, housing and food insecurity.
Feedback from clients in the past several months include the following: 1) The attention was incredible. Very friendly. They also helped me with prenatal classes and when the baby was born they answered all my questions. Thank you very much; 2) Very grateful for service. Very nice staff, felt like family. Received a lot of information in the classes; 3)Received information about childbirth class. I will be calling you.
Thank you; 4) I can’t believe how nice all the employees are, so kind, makes me feel sad to stop coming. Enrolled in childbirth class.
PCCLC’s goal in to never have to turn anyone away because we lack the financial resources to provide care. With the support of WAHHI we are successfully meeting this goal with a particular focus on counseling, education and support.
Sandalwood Community Food Pantry – This local nonprofit utilized the grant to address the daily needs of families with young children for diapers and wipes.
Due to lingering unemployment and increasing food costs, little money is left to cover these additional necessities.
WAHHI Board and Members, It was a joy to see so many smiling faces at your annual Luncheon at the Sonesta Resort on February 21 and too personally thank the generous members for both the Grant and the beautiful fresh produce centerpieces that were enjoyed by our Pantry Families the following day. However, it is our little ones that give you the biggest hug because this 2022 Grant of $1,500.00 made it possible to keep our babies and toddlers dry and rash free with the distribution of diapers and wipes! We continue to serve outdoors for the past 140 weeks, rain or shine, serving over 100 families every Tuesday for the past 14 years. Today we are serving over 1000 families, throughout the year, providing local farm produce of every color and fresh fish, shrimp, dairy, eggs, a variety of proteins and everyday staples that are nutrient rich, vegetarian meals, breads and desserts and thanks to you diapers and wipes that are so costly as inflation remains at 8.20% and our families struggle to make ends meet.
Your Grant, once again, brings a smile to my heart and allows us to focus on feeding the hungry, and keeping them clothed and healthy, and our babies dry, as we move closer to our Dream of building a Resilient Pantry to call Home because Hurricanes and Pandemics will come and go but Hunger is never-ending and we are Out of Space! We have always known that people, much more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; but never thrown away because, we have always known, there are no throwaways! Your continued connection allows us to keep our doors open and bring hope to so many people who stopped believing hope was possible. There is no way to fully express our gratitude but to hold you in our hearts as a friend of the Pantry. As we give thanks for the food and diapers our clients are about to receive, we silently give thanks to you as an answer to our prayers in times such as these. May WAHHI be blessed and bountiful this year.
The Children’s Center – Childcare needs multiplied during the pandemic.
The grant was deployed to help support the need for critical workers to obtain childcare services so they could continue in the workforce.