SC Ports awards $205,000 to community organizations

December 9, 2021

South Carolina Ports has awarded $205,000 in grants to 111 community organizations and nonprofits throughout South Carolina as part of its fiscal year 2022 Community Giving Program.

SC Ports dedicates a portion of its revenues each year to support charitable organizations in the communities in which the port operates. Programs with measurable, sustained impacts receive priority during the selection process.

Many of this year’s grant recipients are dedicated to improving children’s lives through supportive mentoring programs, outdoor and enrichment activities, and confidence-building curricula.

Grant funding will support more than 135,000 children throughout South Carolina with programs like 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.

Grants will also support literacy programs — such as Begin with Books and Reading Partners of South Carolina — benefiting nearly 7,000 students.

SC Ports continues to support organizations dedicated to addressing food insecurity and improving access to healthy foods. Programs such as East Cooper Meals on Wheels, Fresh Future Farm, Greer Community Ministries, Help 4 Kids Florence and Love Feeds will use grant funding to help serve more than 7,000 individuals around the state. SC Ports also recently donated $24,000 to the Lowcountry Food Bank.

Several grant recipients received funds for workforce development initiatives. Greenville Technical College will use the funding to create nine scholarships for its Truck Driver Training Program. Programs such as this create a career path and provide vital job skills for the logistics and maritime industry, which are crucial to the success of port operations.

This year’s grant funding will also support 17 health and wellness programs around the state, impacting more than 10,000 children and adults. Beyond Basic Life Skills, Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas, Greenville Area Parkinson Society, Girls on the Run Charleston, Going Places, Good Neighbor Medical Clinic and Mercy Medicine Free Clinic are among the grant recipients working to improve people’s lives by providing access to health care and wellness programs.

“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 & Visually Impaired SC
Audubon South Carolina
Be A Mentor
Berkeley Chamber of Commerce
Beyond BASIC Life Skills
Beyond Our Walls, Inc. (BOWs)
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 Corporation
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 (EIYR)
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 (Coastal South Carolina)
Going Places
Good Neighbor Medical Clinic
Greenville Area Parkinson Society (GAPS)
Greenville Drive
Greenville Tech Foundation
Greer Community Ministries, Inc.
Greer Development Corporation
Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County
Healing Farms
Heart Of Life
Help 4 Kids Florence
Helping and Lending Outreach Support, HALOS
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 Corporation
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