Charities We Support
Mark and JoAnn are so excited to share the charities they support.
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Burn Foundation of America
Fort Gordon Christmas House
In 2019 we served approximately 740 children and approximately 370 families with the help of approximately 50 organizations and over 100 individuals who contributed monetary donations and toys. This organization has been helping local military families provide a fun Christmas for their families for over 50 years!
Our faith in Christ inspires us to live out Jesus’ teachings by feeding the hungry in our communities. This mission unites us with people of every creed in a movement of compassion, service and positive change.
We value the health of each person we encounter, and strive to provide safe, nourishing food to those we serve. We believe that healthy lives are not possible without healthy food, a healthy environment, and healthy communities, so we work to build all three to break the cycle of poverty and hunger.
We work with kindness, openness, and joyful generosity to meet the individual needs of each person we encounter. We serve all people without judgement in a spirit of compassion and sensitivity. We listen to the story and needs of each person so that they know they are seen, heard and valued in a world where they may often feel invisible.
We respect the inherent worth and dignity of every person and treat all with justice, equity, and understanding. We honor the lives, ideas, concerns, and stories of those we serve to ensure they are treated with dignity in their time of need. We value our donors’ gifts and honor their intended purpose. We cherish our volunteers, and strive to ensure positive, impactful experiences each time they give their time to our cause.
We collaborate to change our community through strong relationships with individual community members, our partner agencies, community partners, businesses, and local government. Our shared mission of ‘feeding lives together’ drives us to be open, cooperative, and transparent to harness the power of a community in unison.
Our clinic strives to make sure women in our community are given the information and support they need when faced with an unplanned pregnancy and thinking about abortion.
All of our services are free and confidential. Under the direction and supervision of our medical director, Allan Joseph, MD, we are able to provide women with free pregnancy testing, limited OB ultrasounds, and options information.
Be empowered to make an informed decision regarding your pregnancy!
Columbia County Cares Food Bank
Our mission is to provide food, health, and comfort items free of charge to the under-served families in Columbia County.
Since 2002 we have provided 57,600 families with food, health and comfort items.
We are an ecumenical, 501c3 non-profit organization which has been serving the needs of the underserved families of Columbia County since 1996. We have no paid employees: All of our workforce is 100% non-paid volunteers.
How we accomplish our mission
By collecting the food, financial and volunteer resources necessary to feed families in Columbia County and distributing grocery, health, and comfort products to every area of need in Columbia County, we serve over 5,000 families per year. That takes over 900 volunteer hours every month!
Women in Philanthropy
Women in Philanthropy is a charitable organization of over 160 women in the Central Savannah River Area of Georgia and South Carolina who are committed to a philanthropic effort focused on the unique needs of women and children within the local communities.
Each year, grants are awarded to non-profit programs and projects that have the potential for high impact, resulting in significant positive change in the lives of women and children in Aiken, Burke, Columbia, Edgefield, McDuffie or Richmond Counties.
As members of WIP, we all recognize that there are tremendous needs in our communities. However, through our work, we have been collectively struck by the enormity of those needs.
Of the many requests received in the 2018-19 cycle, Women in Philanthropy awarded $146,250 to eight area non-profit organizations.
Since our inaugural year, 2009, Women in Philanthropy has awarded $1,065,610 dollars in grants.