St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation announces spring 2015 grant recipients
The Board of Directors of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. has approved grants for the Spring 2015 Grant Cycle. Grants totaling $739,250 will be made to 15 local, statewide and international organizations the week of June 1, 2015. The following is a brief description of each recipient and the purpose of the grant.
Board of Ordained Ministry (www.sgaumc.org/licensedandordainedministry)
An $87,750 grant to support the Young Clergy Academy. The Young Clergy Academy is a new pilot-program of the South Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church designed to assist young college students contemplating the call to ministry. The program will provide practical support and encouragement for young people as they explore ministry opportunities and will serve as an “on-ramp” for young clergy that are interested in serving existing churches, starting new ones and/or reshaping existing churches.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Glynn (www.casaglynn.org)
A $10,000 grant to CASA Glynn to support a full-time Visitation Center Supervisor for the CASA program in Brunswick, Georgia. CASA Glynn is one of a limited number of CASAs in Georgia that operate a visitation program, which increases the frequency and amount of time children in foster care can spend with their families.
Children In Action Sports Club (www.CIASportsClub.org)
A $24,500 grant to Children in Action Sports Club (CIA), in Brunswick, Georgia to support a new intern program, provide operational support to the Summer Outreach program and provide supplies for program activities. CIA is a Christ-centered ministry that works to intentionally build relationships with children 5-14 years olds 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.
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 and to provide grant management and financial oversight services. 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 birth – 3.
Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation (www.coastalgeorgiafoundation.org)
A $50,000 grant to the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation to provide operating support for the organization. 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 Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation exists to increase philanthropy and the quality of life in Camden, Glynn and McIntosh Counties.
FaithBridge Foster Care (www.faithbridgefostercare.org)
A $25,000 grant to provide operational support for the Glynn County foster care program. 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.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (www.lsecgafca.org)
A $4,000 grant to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Camden County, as the 4th and final 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. Approximately 400 students in Camden and Charlton counties participate in weekly FCA Huddles at the high schools, middle school and several elementary schools.
Grace House of Brunswick (www.gracehousebrunswick.org)
A $42,000 grant to Grace House of Brunswick to provide operational support and home repairs for Grace House. 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.
Safe Harbor (www.safeharborcenterinc.org)
Grants totaling $65,000 to Safe Harbor Children’s Center to be provided in two segments: $45,000 to support a new Volunteer and Fund Development Coordinator position and $20,000 as the second and final year of a two-year commitment to support a Child Sexual Abuse Community Prevention Initiative by providing for a Prevention Specialist and funding Prevent Now! meetings. The program is implemented in partnership with Glynn CASA, Camden County CASA, and Coastal Coalition for Children.
Salvation Army – St. Marys (www.salvationarmy-georgia.org)
A $65,000 grant to the Salvation Army of St. Marys, Georgia to provide bridge funding for operations as store facilities are renovated. Revenues generated by the Family Store are the main funding engine for the Community Resource Center and a new program called Pathway of Hope. The focus of the Pathway of Hope program is to provide services that allow families to break through the barriers of poverty to become self-sufficient. Renovations of the store will generate the additional funding to support programming in the future.
Society of St. Andrew (www.endhunger.org)
A $26,000 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.
STAR Foundation (www.starfoundation.org)
A $30,000 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.
The Together Coalition (www.togethercoalition.org)
A $200,000 grant to the Together Coalition to provide 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 Vashti Center for Children and Families (www.vashti.org)
A $25,000 grant to the Vashti Center in Thomasville, Georgia to support the spiritual development program by providing salary support for the campus chaplain. The Vashti Center is an agency of the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church providing a number of services to children including 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 $50,000 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.
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.