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SC Ports awards grants to 111 community organizations

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Camp Rise Above is one of the 111 organizations supported by funding from S.C. Ports Authority's Community Giving Program. CRA's mission is to provide fun, life-changing camp experiences to children with serious illnesses, life challenges and disabilities. (Photo/Provided by Camp Rise Above)Santa Claus has traded in his sleigh for a cargo ship this year.

The S.C. Ports Authority has gifted 111 community organizations and nonprofits a total of $205,000 as part of its fiscal year 2022 Community Giving Program, the SCPA said in a news release.

Grant funding is focused in particular on organizations dedicated to improving children’s lives in South Carolina, and will support more than 135,000 youth throughout the state with donations to programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lowcountry, Camp Rise Above, Healing Farms, Orangeburg County Community of Character, The Green Heart Project and Wings for Kids, to name a few.

“The SC Ports team believes strongly in supporting the great organizations in South Carolina that work tirelessly to make a meaningful and measurable difference in people’s lives,” SC Ports CEO Jim Newsome said in a statement. “At a time of economic hardship for many, SC Ports is proud to play a small role in supporting the important work done by the Community Giving Program grant recipients.”

The donated funds come from revenues the SCPA sets aside each year to support organization in the communities in which the port operates. Prioritized recipients include programs with measurable, sustained impacts, the SCPA said.

Grants will also support mentoring programs, outdoor and enrichment activities, confidence-building curricula and literacy programs.

In addition to children’s services, the SCPA continues to address food insecurity in the state by supporting organizations such as as East Cooper Meals on Wheels, Fresh Future Farm, Greer Community Ministries, Help 4 Kids Florence and others dedicated to improving access to healthy foods. Programs like Love Feeds will use grant funding to help serve more than 7,000 individuals around the state.

The SCPA’s annual grant funding also will support workforce development and 17 health and wellness programs around the state.

Greenville Technical College, for example, plans to use the funding to creating nine scholarships for its Truck Driver Training Program. These roles are crucial to the success of port operations, the SCPA said.

“SC Ports strives to have a positive impact in our communities, as do these 111 incredible grant award recipients,” said Jordi Yarborough, SC Ports’ senior vice president of community engagement. “It is through partnerships with organizations like these that we achieve our shared goal of making a difference in South Carolina.”

Fiscal Year 2022 Community Giving Program grant recipients

Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired SC

Audubon South Carolina

Be A Mentor

Begin with Books

Berkeley Chamber of Commerce

Beyond Basic Life Skills

Beyond Our Walls Inc.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lowcountry

Bridges of Hope

Camp Discovery

Camp Happy Days

Camp Rise Above

Carolina Youth Development Center

Charleston Area Seniors - Meals on Wheels of Charleston

Charleston Gaillard Management Corp.

Charleston Habitat for Humanity

Charleston Parks Conservancy

Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas

Clemson Extension

Coaches 4 Character

Cocky’s Reading Express

Communities In Schools of South Carolina

Community Pride

Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center

Dillon Community Alliance

Dillon County Chamber of Commerce

Dillon County First Steps

Dillon County Parks and Recreation

Dillon County United Way

Dorchester County Economic Development

East Cooper Community Outreach

East Cooper Meals on Wheels

Edisto Island Youth Recreation

First Tee - Greater Charleston

Florence Area Literacy Council

Florence Crittenton Programs of SC

Fresh Future Farm

Friends of Coastal South Carolina

Future Entrepreneurs Foundation

Georgetown County Family YMCA

Georgetown County Historical Society

Gibbes Museum of Art

Girls on the Run Charleston

Going Places

Good Neighbor Medical Clinic

Greenville Area Parkinson Society

Greenville Drive

Greenville Tech Foundation

Greer Community Ministries Inc.

Greer Development Corp.

Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County

Healing Farms

Heart Of Life

Help 4 Kids Florence

Helping and Lending Outreach Support

Historic Camden Foundation


MUSC Hollings Cancer Center - LowVelo

Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation

Humanities Foundation Inc.

Junior Achievement of Greater SC

Kids On Point

Kingdom Restoration Community Development Corp.

Latta Revitalization Commission

A Backpack Journalist

Lions Vision Services

Love Feeds

Lowcountry Autism Foundation

LowCountry Habitat for Humanity

Lowcountry Legal Volunteers

Lowcountry Local First

Lowcountry Maritime School

Lowcountry Orphan Relief

Meals On Wheels of Summerville

Mercy Medicine Free Clinic

Mingle of the Pee Dee

Monroe’s Mighty Mission

Mother Emanuel Memorial Foundation

Multiplying Good

My Sister’s House

Naomi Project

Operation Home

Orangeburg County Community of Character

Partnership for Tomorrow

Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault

Potters House Restoration Ministries Inc.

Reading Partners South Carolina

Real Talk Real Action Real Results

Rebuild Upstate

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston Inc.

Rural Area Leadership Initiative-Dillon County

SC Future Makers

SC Operation Lifesaver

SC School for the Deaf and the Blind Foundation

SC Uplift Community Outreach

The School Foundation

Sisters 4 The Future

SC Aquarium

South Carolina Youth Advocate Program

Teachers’ Supply Closet

The ARK of SC

The Charleston Forum

The Charleston Museum

The Children’s Center

The Green Heart Project

Tiny is Powerful

Trident Literacy Association

United Ministries

Wings for Kids

Winyah Rivers Foundation Inc.

Wounded Nature - Working Veterans

YWCA Greater Charleston


Reach Teri Errico Griffis at 843-849-3144.

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