St. Marys Foundation announces grant recipients

12/3/2012

The Board of Directors of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. has approved grants for the Fall 2012 Grant Cycle. Grants totaling $850,408 were made available to 18 charitable organizations the week of December 3, 2012. The following is a brief description of each recipient and the purpose of the grant.

You can also view a video presentation of grants awarded by visiting their website at www.smumcfoundation.org. 

Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia (www.apositiveplace.net)
A $45,000 grant to the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia in Brunswick to purchase and upgrade equipment to increase capacity for the feeding program at various Boys and Girls Club locations. The Boys and Girls Club seeks to inspire and enable youth from all backgrounds, but especially those who need them most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens.

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 to provide operational support for Camden County CASA programs, including the visitation center. 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 $35,000 grant to the Coastal Coalition for Children program in Brunswick to support the Healthy Families program in Glynn County in 2013. 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.

 Safe Harbor Children’s Center (www.safeharborcenterinc.org)
A $34,000 grant to Safe Harbor Children’s Center in Brunswick to hire a Recreation and Activities Coordinator to coordinate activities and provide job skill coaching for residents of Safe Harbor as well as runaway and homeless youth in the Street Outreach program. Safe Harbor provides therapeutic services and a safe haven for abused, abandoned, neglected, at risk, runaway, and homeless children. These services include immediate safe shelter, crisis intervention, therapeutic assessment, and a street outreach program to runway and homeless youth.

Wesleyan College (www.wesleyancollege.edu)
A $35,000 grant to Wesleyan College, located in Macon to provide financial support to Wesleyan College’s Lane Center for Community Engagement & Service to engage students in the community outreach programs. An agency of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, Wesleyan College strives to offer women an education that leads to lifelong intellectual, personal and professional growth. Students are untied with the community through the Lane Center which focuses on community service and engagement in Central Georgia.

Remedy Project (www.theremedyproject.com)
A $40,000 grant to the Remedy Project in Brunswick 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.

Wesley Glen Ministries (www.wesleyglenministries.org)
A $50,000 grant to Wesley Glen Ministries to provide financial support for overall ministry operations in 2013. 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.

American Red Cross – Southeast Coastal Georgia Chapter (www.coastalredcross.org)
A $25,000 grant to the American Red Cross – Southeast Coastal Georgia Chapter to provide funding for personal assistance to families who experience house fires in Glynn 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.

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 warehouse in 2013 and $25,000 to support Mobile Food Pantries in Camden , Glynn, Charlton and Brantley counties in 2013. 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 serves southeast Georgia including the four counties of Camden, Glynn, Brantley, and Charlton.

Epworth By The Sea (www.epworthbythesea.org)
A $8,408 reimbursement grant to Epworth By the Sea to provide funding for a Young Clergy Family Retreat in December 2012. The three-day retreat focuses on young clergy families, to provide them a much needed time of renewal, rest, and quality family time. Epworth By The Sea is located on St. Simons Island and operated by the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Open Door Community House (www.opendoorcommunityhouse.org)
An $85,000 grant to Open Door Community House in Columbus to support the organization’s fiscal year 2013 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. 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.

Salvation Army of Brunswick (www.salvationarmybrunswick.org)
A $50,000 grant to the Salvation Army of Brunswick to provide general operational support, specifically for the emergency shelter and transitional housing program. The Salvation Army in Brunswick is the only homeless shelter for men and women in the Golden Isles area. The emergency shelter and transitional living programs provide lodging, meals, personal hygiene items, showers, and casework services to clients. Both short-term and long-term lodging is available.

Society of St. Andrew (www.endhunger.org)
A $30,000 grant to the Society of St. Andrew to support fiscal year 2013 operating expenses for the regional gleaning office located in Tifton. 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 Georgia Center for Nonprofits (www.gcn.org)
Grants totaling $95,000 to the Georgia Center for Nonprofits to be provided in two segments: $20,000 to provide financial support for the Regional Momentum Summit in February 2013 and a $75,000 challenge grant to further assist in improving the capacity and effectiveness of nonprofits in Camden, Glynn, Charlton and Brantley counties. The Regional Momentum Summit will be held on Jekyll Island in February 2013 and Momentum participants will have an opportunity to connect and network with potential funders from across the state and region. The summit will create an environment where prepared nonprofit organizations with leadership and programmatic capacity can meet with funders who are looking to invest in Georgia’s rural communities and partner with well run, sustainable organizations. The challenge grant represents the third and final 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.

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 second 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.

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 five-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 they 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 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 at www.smumcfoundation.org or by calling 912-510-9350.