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November 10, 2014
The Board of Directors of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. has approved grants for the Fall 2014 Grant Cycle. Grants totaling $820,878 will be made available to 16 charitable organizations the week of December 1, 2014. 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 2015 and $25,000 to support Mobile Food Pantries in Camden , Glynn, Charlton and Brantley counties in 2015. 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 (Sabbath, Study, and Service) Program. The S3 Program is a collaborative, small group, action learning project/experience designed to promote and sustain clergy excellence within the South Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. This represents the first of a three-year commitment to this program.
Camden County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)(www.camdencasa.org)
A $50,000 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.
Camden Community Crisis Center / Camden House (www.camdenhousega.org)
A $20,000 grant to Camden Community Crisis Center to support expanding the current mental and physical health dimension of existing programming. 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.
Care Net Pregnancy Center (http://coastalcarenet.org/ )
A $75,000 challenge grant to assist in developing a new marketing plan for the CareNet Ministry in Southeast Georgia. Care Net is a Christ-centered ministry dedicated to advancing the sanctity of human life and sexual purity by providing abstinence education, free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds and counseling for women with unplanned pregnancies.
Communities In Schools of Glynn County (http://glynncounty.communitiesinschools.org/ )
A $45,500 grant to provide salary support for the Executive Director and site coordinator positions. 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 in hopes of preventing at-risk students from dropping out of school.
Covenant Care Services, Inc. (www.covenantcareadoptions.com )
A $15,000 grant to underwrite expenses for a birthmother caseworker to provide services to Camden, Brantley, Charlton, and Glynn Counties for one year. Covenant Care provides adoption placement services and follow-up counseling to women, children and families throughout the State of Georgia as well as training and educational services to other organizations. They are a private, licensed agency and work with local crisis pregnancy centers (including CareNet Pregnancy Center), local health departments, DFCS, hospitals and churches.
Epworth By The Sea (www.epworthbythesea.org)
A $10,000 reimbursement grant to Epworth By the Sea to provide funding for a Young Clergy Family Retreat in December 2014. The three-day retreat focuses on young clergy families, to provide them a much needed time of renewal, rest, and quality family time. Epworth By The Sea is located on St. Simons Island and operated by the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.
The Georgia Center for Nonprofits (www.gcn.org)
A $75,000 challenge grant to the Georgia Center for Nonprofits to support coastal GCN operations. 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. This represents the second year of a three-year commitment to this program.
Magnolia Manor ( www.magnoliamanor.com )
A $24,000 grant to provide stipends for chaplain services at the Moultrie and Macon Campuses. Magnolia Manor is a ministry of the South Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church established to provide long-term care and affordable living to the elderly.
Methodist Home for Children and Youth (www.themethodisthome.org)
A $43,378 grant to implement an organizational intervention called the "Sanctuary Model" to more effectively serve vulnerable children and families. This represents the second 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)
An $85,000 grant to Open Door Community House in Columbus, Georgia to support the organization’s fiscal year 2015 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 $35,000 challenge 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 $22,000 grant to Satilla Advocacy Services in Waycross, Georgia to partially support the Prevention Education Coordinator's salary and operational expenses for the satellite advocacy office in Charlton County, GA. Satilla Advocacy Services was established in 1997 to promote the mental and physical well-being 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.
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.
Wesley Glen Ministries (www.wesleyglenministries.org)
A $50,000 grant to Wesley Glen Ministries to provide financial support for overall ministry operations in 2015. 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 St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. was organized in January 2001 to support the charitable activities of the St. Marys United Methodist Church. Annual grant distributions will typically represent about 3% to 5% of the Foundation’s value. The Foundation awards grants twice each year, in the spring and the fall. Grant proposals are accepted year round. Proposals received from December 2nd to June 1st will be considered for the Fall cycle while proposals received from June 2nd to December 1st will be considered for the Spring cycle. Proposals to be considered must be related to:
Children, Youth, and Families: Agencies of the South Georgia Annual Conference* of the United Methodist Church and/or programs in Southeast Georgia** that promote the spiritual, mental, and/or physical well-being of children, youth and families.
Adults and Elderly: Agencies of the South Georgia Annual Conference* of the United Methodist Church and/or programs in Southeast Georgia** that promote the spiritual, mental and/or physical well-being of adults and the elderly.
Christian Education***, Evangelism and Missions: Agencies of the South Georgia Annual Conference* of the United Methodist Church and/or programs in Southeast Georgia** that equip God’s people for evangelism, programs whose sole focus is spreading the gospel, and mission programs which seek to spread the gospel through local Southeast Georgia * and international**** services and projects for people in need.
Health, Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities: Agencies of the South Georgia Annual Conference* of the United Methodist Church and/or programs in Southeast Georgia** that provide research, treatment, or care in the fields of health, mental health and intellectual disabilities.
*Agencies are defined by the Board of SMUMC Foundation.
**SE Georgia is defined by the Board of SMUMC Foundation as Camden, Glynn, Brantley, and Charlton Counties.
***The definition of Christian Education is more specific to ministry and pastoral training than general education (i.e. K-12, preschool) in a Christian setting.
**** The current international focus is a project known as “Together”, which is a 5-year (2011-2016), multi-faceted project to improve health and development outcomes and build community resilience for the Karamojong people in Northern Uganda to cope with their environment. The SMUMC Foundation is not accepting any new requests at this time for international projects and programs.
Additional information about the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. is available on the Internet at www.smumcfoundation.org or by calling 912-510-9350.