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Please visit this following link to learn more about the Together Program, a collaborative effort that brings together four Christian agencies to carry out a joint development program. The coalition partners are the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Church World Service, MAP International and ECHO.
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 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.
In December 2012, Church World Service held a Youth Peer Exchange Caravan for the Giving Children Hope program. This development of the international youth Giving Children Hope network has been coming together in East Africa over the past 3 years and is very encouraging. The exchange demonstrates that youth who were in the first groups in 2004, now grown adults, still make good use of the empowerment techniques they learned through Giving Children Hope. Please watch the video about the exchange. It moves quickly and tells a wonderful story.
In accordance with the new Strategic Plan for 2011-2015, the Foundation committed has five years to a collaborative initiative called Together. The Together coalition brings together four Christian agencies 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.
For more information and a video about the Together Coalition, please click here.
As you may be aware, the SMUMC Foundation has partnered with the College of Coastal Georgia to implement a new Service Learning Program at the college. As the program progresses, the college will be hosting “Service Fair” events to provide local community service organizations an opportunity to highlight their programs to the students, faculty and staff. Local community service organizations will be able to get the word out about local community service as well as potential campus/community partnership opportunities.
Click here to find more detailed information regarding the upcoming Service Fairs which will be held on August 8th and August 25th at the Brunswick campus and August 18th at the Camden Campus. Click here for a Service Organization Application to participate in any of the fairs.
We hope that you will be able to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. Please feel free to contact the Foundation office at (912) 510-9350 or the college at the Office of Student Life at (912) 279-5813 if you have any questions.
SMUMC Foundation, Inc.
For Immediate Release
June 6, 2011
Community Foundation Selects Broad Array of Local Charities for its 2011 Awards
The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, a community foundation serving Glynn, McIntosh and Camden counties, recently announced its 2011 competitive grant awards. Twenty-one proposals were received, representing requests totaling nearly $90,000. Of these, fourteen local nonprofits were recommended by a committee comprised of both board and non-board representatives from all three counties who reviewed the proposals, governance information, and financials that nonprofits submitted in early spring. The full board voted on the committee recommendations at its June board meeting and designated $50,000 for awards.
“The committee spent quality time discussing the individual proposals and weighing them against community needs and our focus areas of nonprofit capacity building and education/literacy,” explained community foundation chair Rees Sumerford. “In the end, the full board was very pleased with the committee recommendations which included four from McIntosh County, eight from Glynn and two from Camden. There was also good diversity among categories such as social service agencies, arts and culture groups, and programs for both adults and youth.
“Many donors hesitate to give for technology needs or staff and board development, preferring to give only to tangible programs,” added foundation director Lee Owen. “You can’t run a successful nonprofit, however, without a strategic plan, an engaged, informed, and passionate board, and modern computers and communication tools.
2011 Grants Recipients:
America’s Second Harvest $4,000
To improve website and update social networking tools
Bryan-Lang Foundation $3,000
For strategic plan and board development
Camden Community Crisis Center $5,000
For technology upgrades and training
CASA Glynn $2,500
Training for Executive Director and staff
Communities In Schools of Glynn County $4,400
Professional development of Executive Director and new staff
Ferst Foundation of Glynn $2,000
Literacy – books provided to children 0-5
Grace House of Brunswick, Inc., $3,000
Creation of a learning lab for on-site computer skills training
McIntosh Art Association $2,400
Educational outreach during summer and fall for children 4-12
McIntosh Family Connection $4,000
Technology and equipment upgrades
McIntosh Sustainable Environment and Economic
Development (SEED) $4,700
Project Y.E.L.L. – leadership and life-skills building program
Safe Harbor Children’s Shelter $3,000
Technology upgrades for new program
Southeast Youth Development Academies $5,000
Beyond the Horizon literacy program
STAR Foundation $2,000
YMCA – McIntosh $5,000
Implementation of a health management lab and
“Activate America” program
The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation is one of some 800 community foundations in the United States. With a mission to increase the quality of life in coastal Georgia by attracting named funds and making philanthropic grants to the area’s nonprofit charities and schools, this six year old public charity has already granted over
$ 2.3 million dollars through funds held by donors at the community foundation as well as the foundation’s own community impact fund from which the above grants were made.
For further information as well as guidelines on its grant making, visit www.coastalgeorgiafoundation.org.
The Camden County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with local community partners such as the College of Coastal Georgia, recently presented to the community a new report called the Pulse of Camden.
The 2010 Pulse of Camden is the first business conditions study conducted in and for Camden County, including the Cities of Kingsland, St. Marys, Woodbine and several unincorporated communities within the county’s scope. Camden County is located in the extreme southeast corner of Georgia and is known for its rich history, natural scenic beauty, Southern hospitality and the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay – the only US Navy installation in the State of Georgia. The study collected and analyzed empirical data, not anecdotes, from Camden’s organizational executives and small and medium-sized (SMEs) business owners. The empirical data collected the participant’s perspectives on various topics and was gathered during June and July, 2010.
For more information and to view the report please visit http://www.camdenchamber.com/userfiles/File/Pulse_of_Camden_Final_Report_by_Fleisher_Mathews_and_Oueslati_Sept_20_2010_Print_v_Corrections_cpc.pdf
The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, a community foundation serving Glynn, McIntosh and Camden counties and St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation partner, recently announced its 2010 competitive grant awards. Over 40 proposals were received, representing requests totaling nearly $200,000. Of these, thirteen local nonprofits were recommended by a committee comprised of both board and non-board representatives from all three counties who reviewed the proposals, governance information, and financials that nonprofits submitted in early summer. The full board voted on the committee recommendations at its August board meeting.
“This year’s recipients represent a good mix among the three counties we represent, and also among the different nonprofit sectors,” explained executive director Lee Owen. “In tight economic times, people tend to think only of those agencies that provide for basic needs like food, clothing and shelter. We can take the broader view that arts and culture, the environment, and historic preservation are also vitally important to quality of life here.”
“Many donors hesitate to give for technology needs or staff and board development, preferring to give only to tangible programs,” added Rees Sumerford, board chair. “You can’t run a successful nonprofit, however, without a strategic plan, an engaged, informed, and passionate board, and modern communication tools.” “We were also pleased to see so many applications that focused on early childhood education and improved literacy, as that continues to be a major focus of the foundation.”
2010 Grants Recipients:
Altamaha RiverKeeper $3,350
Technology upgrades including new reporting database
America’s Second Harvest $3,000
Technology upgrades for training and presentation purposes
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Glynn $5,000
Staff training and website redesign and reconstruction
Coastal Counseling Center/Camden $3,000
Technology upgrades and website development
Coastal Medical Access Project (CMAP) $3,000
Technology upgrades including hardware and software for electronic medical records
Christian Montessori School $4,000
Underwriting for a sector-wide education workshop for pre-school educators on early detection of learning disabilities
Ferst Foundation of McIntosh $5,000
Underwriting the cost of books to be mailed into homes of registered children to encourage early literacy
Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association (GIAHA) $5,000
“The Big Read” community-wide program to encourage reading the classics
Habitat for Humanity of Camden $3,650
Tools and trailer to expand capability to work simultaneously on multiple sites
McIntosh Art Association $2,600
Funds for strategic planning, annual planning and board development for this new nonprofit
McIntosh SEED $4,100
Project Y.E.L.L. youth education project
Satilla RiverKeepers $4,300
Education program for elementary students
St. Marys Submarine Museum $4,000
Technology upgrades and funding for a student history project
The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation is one of over 700 community foundations in the United States. With a mission to increase the quality of life in coastal Georgia by attracting named funds and making philanthropic grants to the area’s nonprofit charities and schools, this five year old public charity granted over $1/2 million dollars last year through donor advised funds and the foundation’s own community impact fund.
For further information about the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation as well as guidelines on its grant making, visit www.coastalgeorgiafoundation.org.
On May 27, 2010, the STAR Foundation held its 56th Graduation Ceremony of STAR's "Job Readiness Program". The event was attended by the community and family members alike. Each of the graduating students also earned a recycled computer to help maintain their newly learned skills.
The STAR Foundation, located in Brunswick, GA, was founded in 1977 to equip adults in Coastal Georgia for growing self-sufficiency through its holistic, self-empowering program of job and life skills training.
For more information about the STAR Foundation, please visit their website at www.starfoundation.org.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a non-profit, interdenominational organization promoting positive, Christian principles to sports-minded individuals around the world. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, 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 Southeast Georgia field office is located in Brunswick, Georgia and covers schools in Camden, Charlton, Brantley, Glynn, Wayne, McIntosh, Long, Liberty, Pierce and Bryan Counties. FCA includes such activities as the Huddles Program. The Huddles Program is a student-led, student-initiated group, which meets weekly to discover Bible-based guidance, peer encouragement and positive role modeling. Coaches, teachers, or other volunteers supervise the meetings. During huddles, coaches, students, guest athletes and others witness to the group, inspiring young people to follow a Christian path.
For more information regarding the Southeast Georgia Fellowship of Christian Atheletes, visit their website at www.secgafca.org