May 09 2022

Seabrook Island’s Own Bestowed Angel Oak Award

Staff Report for The Island Connection

Charlotte Moran

Seabrook Island’s own Charlotte Moran is this year’s recipient of the Angel Oak Award from the Exchange Club of Kiawah-Seabrook Foundation. Since retiring from Citibank in New York and moving to Seabrook Island in 2003, Moran has become a leader in one of the area’s most significant organizations, Sea Island Habitat for Humanity. She started working with Habitat one day a week, and she is now serving her second six-year term as a Board member and Treasurer of the Sea Island affiliate, as well as leading the Women’s Build project each year, chairing the Land Planning committee and working with other builds and repair activities on Johns, James and Wadmalaw islands. While Habitat is generally known for its construction of homes for people who otherwise would not be able to afford one but are willing to put in sweat equity, Moran says that Habitat is really four different businesses, a construction company, a retail store, a mortgage company, and a nonprofit organization. All of the components work in concert to deliver a home, and since its founding in 1978, Sea Islands Habitat has built over 400 homes in our community. It’s a complex business, the ReStore outlet generates over $1 million in revenue each year, and the mortgage operation currently holds about 216 mortgages. Beyond economics, Habitat works to find qualified homeowners, acquire property, manage construction, and ultimately give a family a new home. Demand is high, there’s currently about a one year waiting list for a Habitat home. In addition to building homes, Sea Island Habitat has a home repair program where individuals can get help repairing roofs, replacing exterior doors and windows and building handicapped access ramps. More than 200 repair projects have been completed to date. The Women’s Build is a pet project for Moran. Every year 25 to 30 women gather each day for a week to build a Habitat home. While the foundation is in place when they start, the framing and roofing are substantially done by the end of the week. All of the volunteers are trained on the site with training ranging from how to use a chop saw to how to wear a hard hat. While incredibly busy with Sea Island Habitat, Moran also works with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League and she’s the chairperson of the Seabrook Island Property Owners Association Elections Committee. As if that weren’t enough, Moran is the Treasurer and active participant with the Mt. Zion Holiday Gift Fund which has arranged for holiday gifts for children at Mt. Zion Elementary School for more than 10 years.  The Angel Oak Award was established by Exchange Club of Kiawah-Seabrook in 2012 to recognize a volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to the people or the quality of life on Johns Island, Wadmalaw Island, Kiawah Island and/or Seabrook Island. As a part of the award the Exchange Club makes a $5,000 donation to a local charitable organization or organizations of the recipient’s choice. 

The Angel Oak Award Banquet will take place this year on Wednesday, May 18 at Wingate Place from 5:30-9:30 p.m. To register yourself and guests for this great event, please visit the club’s website at ecks.memberclicks.net/. There is no charge for members but At-Large members and guests will be charged a fee of $75 each.

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