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Friday, 16 May 2014 13:07

Spring 2014 Grants Announced

The Board of Directors of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. has approved grants for the Spring 2014 Grant Cycle.  Grants totaling $760,500 will be made to 15 local, statewide and international organizations the week of June 2, 2014.  The following is a brief description of each recipient and the purpose of the grant.

Children In Action Sports Club (www.CIASportsClub.org )

A $27,000 grant to Children in Action Sports Club (CIA), in Brunswick, Georgia to provide operational support for the Barnabas Club, a mentoring and ministry program for at-risk youth during the school year.  CIA is a Christ-centered ministry that works to intentionally build relationships with children 5-14 year old to equip them to make healthy choices mentally, physically, and spiritually.  Established in 2006, their mission is to utilize sports and physical activities as an outreach to children, youth, and adults to build character, excellence, and teamwork. 

FaithBridge Foster Care (www.faithbridgefostercare.org )

A $50,000 grant to provide start-up costs for a FaithBridge Foster Care program in Glynn County, Georgia.  FaithBridge is a licensed foster care agency that partners with local churches and communities to create a church-led foster care ministry.  Their mission is to change the way America does foster care by mobilizing, organizing, and equipping local churches and communities to solve the country’s foster care crisis. 

Safe Harbor (www.safeharborcenterinc.org)

A two-year grant to Safe Harbor Children's Center to support a new Child Sexual Abuse Community Prevention Initiative by providing for a Prevention Specialist and funding Prevent Now! meetings.  The first year of funding will be provided in the amount of $35,000 and the second year of funding will be provided in the amount of $20,000.  The program will be implemented in partnership with Glynn CASA, Camden County CASA, and Coastal Coalition for Children.   

United Way of Coastal Georgia (www.uwcga.org)

A $50,000 grant to the United Way of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, Georgia to support the High School Graduation Blueprint Project initiative to increase the high school graduation rate in Glynn County.   Specifically the grant will be used to recruit, hire, and retain an external evaluator and videographer to measure and document the progress of the High School Graduation Blueprint program.

The Vashti Center for Children and Families (www.vashti.org)

A $69,000 grant to the Vashti Center in Thomasville, Georgia to fund facility improvements for the Chambers building, which is part of the residential treatment program for children and youth. 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. 

Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc. (www.wesleyctrs-savh.org)

A $75,000 grant to the Wesley Community Center in Savannah, Georgia to provide operational support for Wesley Community Center in Savannah for one year.  The Wesley Community Center is an agency of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church which serves children of all abilities, and has many programs and services to cater to the needs of low and moderate-income women, children, youth and families throughout Savannah and the surrounding area.

Andrew College (www.andrewcollege.edu )

 

A $50,000 challenge grant to Andrew College to support the retention of a full-time chaplain for the Andrew College campus.  Located in Cuthbert, Georgia, Andrew College is an agency of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Their vision is to prepare a new generation of Christian leaders who are characterized by intellectual excellence, moral integrity, global responsibility and holiness of heart and life.  The college has added a full-time chaplain to further enhance religious activities on campus. 

Grace House of Brunswick (www.gracehousebrunswick.com)

A $15,000 grant to Grace House of Brunswick to provide operational support for Grace House, a women’s residential recovery home, for one year.  Located in Brunswick, Georgia, Grace House is a long-term residential home for women recovering from drug and alcohol addictions.  Their mission is to provide a safe, structured, affordable Christian home with a 12 step recovery program for women who have a desire to live free of drug and alcohol addictions regardless of age, race, religious beliefs or financial situation.  Grace House is highly effective in helping women recover to live a sober and self-sustaining lifestyle. 

STAR Foundation (www.starfoundation.org)

A $30,000 challenge grant to the STAR Foundation in Brunswick, Georgia to provide operational support for the STAR Program for one year.  The STAR Foundation assists individuals in achieving self-sufficiency and economic stability through computer literacy and job readiness training.  Since 1997, the program has been very successful in helping people transition from public assistance to self-sustainability.

Lighthorse Healthcare (www.lighthorse.org )

A $75,500 grant to Lighthorse Healthcare, located in St. Marys, Georgia, to support general operating expenses for clinic expansion, specifically hiring a nurse practitioner.  Lighthorse Healthcare was established in 2012 to provide an integrated and sustainable therapeutic counseling model that encompasses behavioral health care, health and wellness, and experiential services.  They provide patients with a wrap-around approach to behavioral healthcare. 

American Red Cross – Southeast Coastal Georgia Chapter (www.coastalredcross.org)

A $30,000 grant to the American Red Cross – Southeast Coastal Georgia Chapter to provide funding for personal assistance to families who experience house fires in Glynn, Camden, Charlton, and Brantley Counties.  The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization, led by volunteers, that provides relief free of charge to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. 

Epworth By The Sea (www.epworthbythesea.org)

An $11,000 grant to Epworth By The Sea to sponsor Miss Ella’s Camp For Special People in 2014. Epworth By The Sea is a Christian retreat center owned and operated by the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.  The summer camp is provided to people, ages 16 and above with special mental and physical needs offering worship services, Bible study, exciting activities, music, games, quality craft projects and supervised recreation that enhance the camper’s life. Additionally, the camp provides family caretakers with respite time for personal renewal.

The Gathering Place (www.thegp.org)

A $35,000 grant to the Gathering Place in Brunswick, Georgia to provide operational support for the Doulos intern program. The GP has been providing Christian ministry to young people in SE Georgia since 1981. Doulos is a new leadership program designed to enhance a participating student’s spiritual growth, maturity, and citizenship.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (www.lsecgafca.org)

An $8,000 grant to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Camden County, as the 3rd year of a 4-year commitment to provide salary support for a part-time Administrative Assistant.  The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is an interdenominational organization promoting positive, Christian principles to individuals around the world.  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 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 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 mobilizes active community participation where individuals, families and communities 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 are 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 intellectual disabilities.

 

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 www.smumcfoundation.org or by calling 912-510-9350.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Jeff Barker

President

 

 

 

Monday, 12 May 2014 17:34

WE HAVE MOVED!

Effective Friday, May 2, 2014, St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation office has relocated.  The new physical address will be:

 6250 Highway 40 East

 St. Marys, GA 31558

(located inside the Watson Realty Building)

 

Please note that the mailing address will REMAIN THE SAME

 P.O. Box 6869

 St. Marys, GA 31558

 

Also, the phone number will continue to be:  912/510-9350.

Please make a note of these changes.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 12:52

2013 Annual Report - Corrected

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A Message from our Chairman and President

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, we are privileged to present the 2013 Annual Report. The purpose of this report is to provide a brief summary of our year-end financial status and a summary of our grant making activities during 2013.

During the past year, the Foundation provided approximately $1.6 million in grants to 25 “tax-exempt” organizations working locally and internationally.  Approximately 75 percent of the grant funds were used to support organizations working in Southeast Georgia and agencies of the South Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. The remaining 25 percent of grant funds were used in continued support of the international initiative Together. The 5-year commitment (2011-2015) to this initiative brings together four Christian agencies (SMUMCF, Church World Service, ECHO and MAP) to carry out a joint development program in Northern Uganda. The goal of the program is to build community resilience in the region.

We believe these activities reflect well upon our role as a supporting organization to the St. Marys United Methodist Church and our mission to be a lasting, effective and compassionate charitable resource. We remain prayerful that these efforts favorably reflect God’s vision for our Church and our Foundation.

Sincerely,

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Mission, Vision, and Values

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2013 Grant Recipients

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Often times grant writers have many questions when seeking funding from various organizations.  Guidestar has provided a good article from Martin Teitel regarding questions he has been asked most often over the years.  The article provides some good insight the SMUMC Foundation feels may be of value to our community partners and we wanted to share the link with you.  You can read the article by clicking here.

 

Monday, 18 November 2013 13:08

Fall 2013 Grants Announced

Press Release

November 18, 2013

The Board of Directors of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. has approved grants for the Fall 2013 Grant Cycle.  Grants totaling $851,500 will be made available to 15 charitable organizations the week of December 2, 2013.  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 2014 and $25,000 to support Mobile Food Pantries in Camden , Glynn, Charlton and Brantley counties in 2014.  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.camdencasa.org)

A $40,000 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. 

 

 CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Glynn ( www.casaglynn.org)

A $10,000 grant to CASA Glynn in Glynn County, Georgia to provide funding for a part-time advocate coordinator to help recruit and train more volunteers to be able to serve 100% of children needing advocacy.  Volunteer advocates serve as an independent reporting source and as a voice for children in foster care.  The advocate coordinator will assist with recruiting and training these needed volunteers so that all children in care will be served. 

 

Coastal Coalition for Children (www.cc4children.net)

A $35,000 grant to the Coastal Coalition for Children program in Brunswick, Georgia to support the Healthy Families program in Glynn County in 2014.  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. 

 

Cord of Three Counseling Services (www.cotcs.org)

A $45,868 grant to the Cord of Three Counseling Services program in Brantley County, Georgia to provide operational support for Christian counseling services to indigent families and purchase equipment and training for neuro-feedback services for addiction for Brantley County residents.  Cord of Three was established in January 2006 to provide professional, Christian counseling services to families and individuals within southeast Georgia in need of mental health and spiritual counseling. Specifically, counseling services are designed to help with abuse in the family, adolescent living, anxiety / stress / depression, bereavement and grief, drug and alcohol abuse, family enrichment and relationships.

 

The Georgia Center for Nonprofits (www.gcn.org)

A $75,000 grant to the Georgia Center for Nonprofits to support coastal GCN operations to build upon previous Momentum activities and develop an operations model that is financially sound and stable.  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.  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. 

 

Methodist Home for Children and Youth (www.themethodisthome.org)

Grants totaling $104,672 to the Methodist Home for Children and Youth to be provided in two segments:  $5,111 to upgrade and complete various recreational facilities / options for the boys at the St. Marys Group Home and $99,561 support a three-year partnership to implement an organizational intervention called the "Sanctuary Model" to more effectively serve vulnerable children and families. This represents the first 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.

 

Miracle League (www.camdenmiracleleague.com)

A $19,000 grant to the Miracle League of Camden County to construct a shade structure over the existing bleachers at Justin's Miracle Field in Kingsland, GA.  Miracle League’s mission is to provide opportunities for all children to play baseball regardless of their ability.  With over 1,000 special needs children in Camden and surrounding areas, the field provides an opportunity that does not currently exist anywhere in the area.

 

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 2014 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 $55,000 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 $33,960 grant to Satilla Advocacy Services in Waycross, Georgia to purchase a colposcope and related equipment and partially support the Prevention Education Coordinator's salary for the satellite advocacy office in Charlton County, GA.  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. 

 

Society of St. Andrew (www.endhunger.org)

A $30,000 challenge grant to the Society of St. Andrew to support 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. 

 

Wesley Foundation of Macon (www.wesleyofmacon.org)

A $28,000 challenge grant to Wesley Foundation of Macon to support the Intern Program.  This represents the third and final year of a three-year commitment to this program.  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.

 

Wesley Glen Ministries (www.wesleyglenministries.org)

A $50,000 grant to Wesley Glen Ministries to provide financial support for overall ministry operations in 2014.  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 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.

 

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.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Jeff Barker

 

President

 

 

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