Non-Profit Spotlight: Neighborhood Outreach Connection

Over the past 10 years, NOC has played an important role in bringing resources, services, and technology into poor neighborhoods through its six learning centers in Beaufort, Bluffton and on Hilton Head Island.

Mission:

To fight poverty by improving the quality of life of people living in poverty, thus empowering them to achieve the “American Dream” — economic independence and personal fulfillment.

History:

The Neighborhood Outreach Connection is a community development organization established in 2008. Over the past 10 years, NOC has played an important role in bringing resources, services, and technology into poor neighborhoods through its six learning centers in Beaufort, Bluffton and on Hilton Head Island. The NOC’s presence in underserved neighborhoods, combined with its core programs (education, health services, and workforce development), allows NOC to build strong relationships with people who live there and involve them in its outreach programs.

Who It Helps:

NOC serves more than 500 children annually in Beaufort County, and students are showing significant progress based on standardized test scores. Many others benefit from NOC’s bottom-up approach, which empowers individuals, families, and communities by implementing on-site, sustainable neighborhood projects. NOC plays an important role as a “connector,” fostering interactions among people within the community and bringing other service providers into low-income neighborhoods to help people.

How to Help:

Donate money or supplies, volunteer in one of the six learning centers or volunteer at the NOC office. NOC’s goal is to raise 60 percent of its funds from private donations and 40 percent through grants.

For more information on Neighborhood Outreach Connection, visit www.noc-sc.org or call 843-681-4100.