Central Carolina Community Foundation, the Midlands’ local center for philanthropy, has awarded the 2021-2022 David W. Robinson Catalyst Award to Killingsworth Home for its commitment to helping women emerging from crisis situations.
“When the COVID-19 pandemic began, the Killingsworth staff not only dedicated themselves to continuing their services but also leveraged their innovation and creativity to form partnerships with private entities, allowing them to offer hundreds of hours of free mental health counseling for their residents and staff members,” says JoAnn Turnquist, president and CEO of Central Carolina Community Foundation. “Killingsworth Home’s commitment to assisting women emerging from a crisis situation is commendable and exemplifies the type of collaboration, perseverance and leadership the Catalyst Award recognizes.”
Originally established as a boarding school, Killingsworth Home transformed into a shelter for women in 1972. The organization’s key programs include Feed My Sheep, Dress for Success, Job Readiness, Life Skills and Mental Health Counseling. In 2020, these programs resulted in:
- 12,472 meals served to residents.
- 580 clothing items distributed to residents.
- 1,040 invested in career-readiness skills.
- 156 hours of life skills workshops.
- 144 hours of mental health counseling.
The David W. Robinson Catalyst Award, created in memory of inaugural board member David W. Robinson, was established by the Community Foundation and the Robinson Family in 1994. It recognizes organizations in the Foundation’s 11-county service area that have exemplified leadership, creativity, vision and commitment in addressing critical community issues. The recipient is selected by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.
For more information about the Catalyst Award, visit www.yourfoundation.org/catalyst.
About Central Carolina Community Foundation
Central Carolina Community Foundation, the Midlands’ center for philanthropy, is a nonprofit organization serving 11 counties in the Midlands by distributing grants and scholarships and linking the resources of donors, nonprofits and area leaders to communities in need. Major initiatives include the online giving challenge Midlands Gives, On the Table, Connected Communities grants, the One SC Fund, and annual scholarships. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.yourfoundation.org or call 803.254.5601.