By Doug Reynolds for The Island Connection
May was Kiawah Giving Month for the Kiawah Cares Foundation and island property owners responded with $41,305 in donations, 118 percent of KCF’s goal.
In addition, the foundation matched the first $20,000 dollars in donations to reach a total of $61,305. These donations are being used to help meet important needs on the Sea Islands.
“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of our donors,” said KCF Treasurer Elizabeth Burwell. “Without these gifts, many of these programs and efforts would simply not have been possible.”
On June 13, Burwell and KCF Secretary Ian Freeman distributed the donations to Communities In Schools and the Community Home Improvement Program (CHIP Ministry) of Johns Island Presbyterian Church.
CIS received donations totaling $35,155. These will be applied to student support specialist positions at St. John’s High School and Angel Oak Elementary. CHIP Ministry received $26,150, which they will use to complete repairs on their entire list of over a dozen homes of Sea Island seniors.
According to its mission statement, CIS works to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CHIP Ministry repairs homes for those in need while reinforcing seniors’ valuable place in these growing areas.