Want to support a great charity or non-profit organization? Here are a few great ones to consider.
Mission: Providing short-term emergency financial assistance to working families in crisis.
How you can help: Donating, becoming a red apron volunteer, or hosting a drive/event.
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry
Mission: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
How you can help: By donating either time or money. Call 843-379-5430 for more information.
Child Abuse Prevention Association
Mission: CAPA is committed to preventing and treating all forms of child abuse and neglect by creating changes in individuals, families and society that strengthen relationships and promote healing.
How you can help: Donate, volunteer or attend sponsored events. capacares.org.
Mission: To provide working families of Beaufort County with affordable and accessible early childhood education and childcare services.
How you can help: By making a donation or volunteering time at the center. Go to childrenscentersc.org for more details.
Children’s Relief Fund Inc
Mission: To provide special-needs children in our area with the appropriate tools to live productive lives in our community.
How you can help: Volunteering your time to help at events like Fishing with Friends and Special Olympics or donating to aid in supplying children with the appropriate tools they need. Go to thechildrensrelieffund.org.
Community Foundation of the Lowcountry
Mission: To strengthen the community by connecting people, resources and needs.
How you can help: Connect to Lowcountry Volunteer Connections and help at one of the registered events. For more information, go to cf-lowcountry.org.
Daufuskie Island Community Foundation
Mission: To assist native Daufuskie Islanders with opportunities for economic development, and the preservation of their culture and land preservation.
How you can help: Become a Friend of the Foundation, or contact the organization for more information at daufuskieislandfoundatidon.com.
David M Carmines Memorial Foundation
Mission: To help raise money for the The Carmines Family Recreation Scholarship Fund, Gullah Institute, Port Royal Sound Foundation, Coastal Discovery Museum and the Medical University of South Carolina.
How you can help: Volunteer as a youth coach or at community events. islandreccenter.org.
Deep Well Project
Mission: To help neighbors in need by providing basic assistance in emergency situations. The assistance is immediate and nonbureaucratic, intended to provide clients with a “hand up, not a hand out.”
How you can help: Volunteer on a regular or occasional basis or donate. For more information, visit deepwellproject.org.
Family Promise of Beaufort County Inc.
Mission: To provide temporary shelter, family stability and permanent housing solutions for homeless families with children.
How you can help: Volunteer as a front desk greeter or to stay overnight with the families. Go to familypromisebeaufortcounty.org for more information.
Heritage Classic Foundation
Mission: To improve lives throughout the state of South Carolina by distributing thousands of dollars to charitable organizations that enhance the quality of life for its citizens.
How you can help: Volunteer to assist at a tournament, from being an announcer to managing traffic. rbcheritage.com.
Heroes on Horseback
Mission: To enrich our community and the lives of individuals with special needs by providing equine assisted activities and therapy in an effective, compassionate environment.
How you can help: By donating or volunteering in the class, in the barn or in the office. heroesonhorseback.org.
Hilton Head Heroes
Mission: To bring families with children between the ages of 4 and 18 suffering from life-threatening illnesses to Hilton Head Island for a resort vacation.
How you can help: By donating to help fund these vacations. Go to hheroes.com to learn more.
Hilton Head Home Builder Education Foundation
Mission: To support and raise funds for continuing education throughout Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties.
How you can help: Donate or get involved to help support and raise funds. To learn more, go to education.hhahba.com.
Hilton Head Humane Association Inc.
Mission: To improve the lives of homeless dogs and cats while also working to substantially lower the numbers of animals reproduced or relinquished.
How you can help: By donating or volunteering. [email protected].
Hilton Head Island Recreation Association
Mission: To improve the quality of life for people of all ages; to produce, provide and coordinate public recreation programs, “wellness” activities and community events.
How you can help: By volunteering as a youth coach or at one of the events. For more information, go to info.islandreccenter.org.
Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity
Mission: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, community and hope.
How you can help: Volunteer to build or to assist in family services, fundraising or events. habitathhi.org.
Mission: To provide safety, hope and healing to survivors of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault through evidence-based practices and lead in ending abuse through primary prevention and education.
How you can help: Volunteer as an advocate for children, victims at hospitals, shelters or in community education. For more information go to hopefulhorizons.org.
Hospice Care of the Lowcountry
Mission: To give comfort, honor, and dignity for end of life patients and their families through compassionate physical, emotional and spiritual care, regardless of their financial circumstances.
How you can help: Become a volunteer as a patient-family advocate, aiding in the offices, working with animals or any other of their volunteer opportunities. hospicecarelc.org.
Mission: To meet the needs of our hospitals and the community to assist people and families in our communities who are most in need.
How you can help: Donate or become a volunteer. To learn more, visit hhiaux.org.
Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry
Mission: To strengthen literacy in Beaufort County by providing people with the skills to be successful in the community, workplace and family.
How you can help: Become a volunteer by either assisting staff with general office work or becoming a tutor. Learn more at theliteracycenter.org.
Low Country Hope House
Mission: To integrate the highly effective 12-step principals with a comprehensive education about the disease of addiction.
How you can help: Financial donations or donations of unwanted household goods are always welcome as well as volunteers to help with the yard sales. More information can be found at lowcountryhh.com.
Lowcountry Autism Foundation Inc.
Mission: To enhance the lives of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families through individually designed programming, advocacy and awareness efforts.
How you can help: By giving donations. To learn more, visit lafinc.org.
Lowcountry Legal Volunteers
Mission: To provide free, critical legal services and education through community volunteers and retired lawyers to low-income individuals and families in Beaufort, Hampton, and Jasper counties.
How you can help: Become either a lawyer or nonlawyer volunteer. For more information visit lowcountrylegalvolunteers.com.
Meals on Wheels Bluffton-Hilton Head Inc.
Mission: To provide clients with one nutritious meal a day in their own home on a temporary or long-term basis.
How you can help: Volunteer as a driver or contribute a donation. Learn more at lowmow.net.
NAMI of Beaufort County
Mission: To improve the lives of people with mental illness and their families. They advocate for mental health and provide education and support so that all those affected can build better lives.
How you can help: Get involved by becoming an advocate, a member or a volunteer. For more information, visit namilowcountry.org.
Neighborhood Outreach Connection
Mission: To help all individuals in the community achieve the “American Dream” – economic independence, and personal fulfillment.
How you can help: Become a “Friend of the Neighborhood” and volunteer your time and energy, or donate money or other materials such as books, school supplies and computers. noc-sc.org.
Noah’s Ark Rescue
Mission: To supply emergency medical, surgical, and rehabilitation to abused animals.
How you can help: Make a donation, either to the organization as a whole, or to a specific animal you would like to help. For more information, visit noahsarks.net.
Operation Rest and Relax
Mission: To help military families of service men and women and “Families of the Fallen” Gold Star spouses and parents to reconnect and reintegrate, deal with the problems of reintegration and help ease post-deployment stress.
How you can help: Volunteer as a greeter or make a donation. For more information, go to orrusa.org.
Mission: To provide food to other agencies serving the needy.
How you can help: Donate or volunteer at one of the many opportunities. For more information, visit secondhelpingslc.org.
SOAR Special Recreation
Mission: To enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities by providing Special Olympics sports and recreation as well as programs which facilitate social interaction.
How you can help: Volunteers are always needed for coaching a sport, a Unified Partner (play alongside the athletes), fundraising, being a friend to a Special Olympian or help with transportation. Visit soarspecialrecreation.org.
The Outside Foundation
Mission: To protect healthy and sustainable salt marsh and coastal environment for current and future residents and visitors to the Lowcountry of South Carolina.
How you can help: Volunteer, donate or become an advocate. outsidefoundation.org
United Way of the Lowcountry Inc.
Mission: To mobilize resources to solve human problems.
How you can help: Get involved by joining a leadership group, volunteering or making a donation. For more information, visit uwlowcountry.org.
Volunteers in Medicine Clinic
Mission: To understand and serve the health and wellness needs of the medically underserved population and their households, living and/or working on Hilton Head and Daufuskie Islands.
How you can help: By volunteering your time and energy, as either professional or support help. Visit vimclinic.org to learn more.
Water Cookies Inc.
Mission: To build awareness about water quality and consumption in the area.
How you can help: Learn about partaking in outreach events at watercookies.org.
Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island
Mission: To promote the natural and cultural beauty of the island, to encourage projects which benefit the community and to facilitate communication among the women of the island.
How you can help: Become a member. For more information, visit wahhi.com.