St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. announces spring grants


The Board of Directors of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. has approved grants for the Spring 2016 Grant Cycle. Grants totaling $604,875 will be made to 15 local and statewide organizations the week of June 6, 2016. The following is a brief description of each recipient and the purpose of the grant.

American Red Cross – Southeast Coastal Georgia Chapter ( 
A $30,000 reimbursement 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.

Andrew College ( 
A $10,000 grant to Andrew College to support the joint chaplain position for the campus. This grant represents the second year of a five-year commitment to this program. Located in Cuthbert, Ga., 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.

Children In Action Sports Club ( 
A $25,000 grant to Children in Action Sports Club (CIA), in Brunswick, Ga. to provide operational support for afterschool and summer programming for CIA participants. 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 ( 
Grants totaling $48,500 to Coastal Coalition of Children in Brunswick, Ga. to be provided in two segments: $30,000 to support the Healthy Families program in Glynn County providing grant management and financial oversight services and $18,500 to provide operating support for Grandparent Connections, a support group for grandparents who are the primary caregivers for their grandchildren in Glynn and Camden Counties. The Coastal Coalition for Children is organized to work within the community to encourage communication and collaboration among agencies and individuals and to enable the development and coordination of services to high-risk youth and their families.

Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation ( 
A $50,000 challenge grant to the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation to provide operating support for the organization. This represents the second year of a three-year commitment to this program. The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation exists to increase philanthropy and the quality of life in Camden, Glynn and McIntosh Counties.

Covenant Care Services, Inc. ( 
A $15,000 partial-challenge grant to underwrite expenses for a birthmother caseworker to provide services to Camden, Brantley, Charlton, and Glynn Counties for one year. Covenant Care provides adoption placement services and follow-up counseling to women, children and families throughout the State of Georgia as well as training and educational services to other organizations. They are a private agency licensed by the State of Georgia and work with local crisis pregnancy centers (including our local CareNet Pregnancy Center), local health departments, DFCS, hospitals and churches.

Georgia Grantmakers Alliance ( 
A $1,000 grant to the Georgia Grantmakers Alliance to support 2016 operational expenses. The Georgia Grantmakers Alliance brings private grant makers in Georgia together to strengthen connections, explore statewide issues, and share learning within and beyond the grant making community to promote sound public policy.

Glynn Community Crisis Center / Amity House ( 
A $35,000 grant to Glynn Community Crisis Center to support the expansion of community outreach programs and develop a Teen Dating Violence Prevention program. Amity House was founded to provide emergency shelter and services to abused individuals and their children and to put an end to domestic violence in the community. Outreach programs provide support groups for victims and their children in a compassionate and non-threatening environment with a licensed clinical social worker

Hospice of the Golden Isles ( 
An $80,800 grant to expand palliative care services and provide salary support for a Chief Medical Officer and nurse practitioner. This represents the first year of a two-year commitment to this program, with the second year being issued as a challenge grant. Hospice provides care for people who have a disease that will not benefit from further aggressive treatment, so that they can live as fully and comfortably as possible. Palliative care provides pain and symptom management to anyone who is medically eligible for treatment that may or may not be hospice patients.

Hospice Satilla
A $50,000 grant to Hospice Satilla to support a part-time social worker and chaplain for the Charlton and Brantley County service areas as well as grief and educational support groups. Hospice Satilla exists to provide comprehensive, quality care services to terminally ill patients and their families using a holistic approach and addressing the physical, emotional, psychosocial and spiritual issues associated with the dying process. They strive to relieve suffering, enhance comfort, promote quality of life, foster choice in end-of-life care and support effective grieving.

Safe Harbor ( 
A $100,000 challenge grant to partially support the construction of new residential facilities in Brunswick, Ga. 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 run away and homeless youth.

Satilla Advocacy Services
A $23,000 grant to Satilla Advocacy Services in Waycross, Ga. to partially support the Prevention Education Coordinator’s salary and operational expenses 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.

STAR Foundation ( 
A $30,525 grant to the STAR Foundation in Brunswick, Ga. 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 Vashti Center for Children and Families (
A $60,300 grant to the Vashti Center in Thomasville, Georgia to provide general operating support for program services. 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 Glen Ministries (
A $45,750 grant to Wesley Glen Ministries to overhaul the human resource practices of Wesley Glen by implementing a partnership with a new human resources company. 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.

Additional information about the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. is available on the Internet at or by calling 912-510-9350.