Fall 2011 Grant Recipients Announced
November 21, 2011
The Board of Directors of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. has approved grants for the Fall 2010 Grant Cycle. Grants totaling $1,012,500 will be made available to 12 charitable organizations the week of December 5, 2011. The following is a brief description of each recipient and the purpose of the grant.
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 2012 operating budget. Open Door is an agency of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church and provides a number of social services to low and moderate-income residents of Muscogee County, Georgia. Services include case management for homeless women, programs for children, youth and senior citizens, a clothing ministry, a community parenting program, a GED program, a transition home for women in crisis and a showering program for the homeless.
Society of St. Andrew (www.endhunger.org)
A $30,000 grant to the Society of St. Andrew to support fiscal year 2012 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.
The Vashti Center for Children and Families (www.vashti.org)
A $70,000 grant to the Vashti Center in Thomasville, Georgia to provide operational support to allow for continued expansion of community services in 2012. The Vashti Center is an agency of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church providing a number of various services to children including an 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.
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 2012 and $25,000 to support Mobile Food Pantries in Camden , Glynn, Charlton and Brantley counties in 2012. 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.camdencountycasa.org)
A $75,000 grant to the Camden County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program in Kingsland, Georgia to provide operational support for Camden County CASA programs, including the visitation center, in 2012. 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. The visitation program assists in increasing the frequency and amount of time children in foster care can spend with their families and helps better maintain their relationships with parents and other family members.
Coastal Coalition for Children (www.cc4children.net)
A $32,000 grant to the Coastal Coalition for Children program in Brunswick, Georgia to support the Healthy Families program in Glynn County in 2012. 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.
Wesley Glen Ministries (www.wesleyglenministries.org)
Grants totaling $92,800 to Wesley Glen Ministries to be provided in two segments: $50,000 to provide operational support for the St. Marys Group Home for special needs women in 2012 and $42,800 to provide financial support for overall ministry operations in 2012. Wesley Glen is a ministry of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church and serves people with mental disabilities in central and south Georgia. The St. Marys facility provides a residential home environment and cares for up to five residents.
Wesley Foundation of Macon (www.wesleyofmacon.org)
A $28,000 grant to Wesley Foundation of Macon to support the Intern Program. 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. 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.
Satilla Advocacy Services
A $54,700 grant to Satilla Advocacy Services in Waycross, Georgia to create a satellite Child Advocacy/Rape Crisis office in Charlton County. 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.
The Georgia Center for Nonprofits (www.gcn.org)
A $75,000 challenge grant to the Georgia Center for Nonprofits to further assist in improving the capacity and effectiveness of nonprofits in Camden, Glynn, Charlton and Brantley counties. This represents the second 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.
Valdosta State University Wesley Foundation (www.vsuwesley.com)
A $30,000 challenge grant to Valdosta State University Wesley Foundation to support the Intern Program. This represents the third and final year of a three-year commitment to this program. Valdosta State University Wesley Foundation is an agency of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Their mission is to minister to students on campus and to further the Kingdom of God in the area He has called people to. They aim to make disciples of Jesus Christ who live with the resolve to love both God and people and they seek to educate and equip emerging young adults to live lives manifesting both personal and social holiness.
The Together Coalition (www.togethercoalition.org)
A $400,000 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 first year of a new 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. Grants funds will be administered through a donor advised fund at the National Christian Foundation.
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 Family – Agencies of the South Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and programs in southeast Georgia (Camden, Glynn, Brantley and Charlton Counties) 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 programs in southeast Georgia (Camden, Glynn, Brantley and Charlton Counties) that promote the spiritual, mental and/or physical well-being of adults and elderly.
Health, Mental Health, and Intellectual Disabilities – Agencies of the South Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and programs in southeast Georgia (Camden, Glynn, Brantley and Charlton Counties) that provide research, treatment, or care in the fields of health, mental health and mental retardation.
Evangelism, and Missions – Agencies of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church and programs 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 (Camden, Glynn, Brantley and Charlton Counties).
Additional information about the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. is available on the Internet at http://www.smumcfoundation.org/grant-program.html or by calling 912-510-9350.