Six local nonprofits are the recipients of nearly $30,000 in grant money raised by the Summerville Rotary Club the last year. The awards were distributed Thursday during the rotary’s annual awards banquet at the Cresswind community clubhouse in The Ponds subdivision.
The club received grant applications from a dozen area nonprofits, and six were selected, said David Powell, rotary’s current president.
Grant money was awarded to Dorchester County Habitat For Humanity, Dorchester Children’s Advocacy Center, The ARK of South Carolina, Dorchester County Community Outreach (DCCO), Dorchester County Archives and History Center and My Sister’s House Inc.
The bulk of the $29,585 grant went to the ARK and DCCO, which each received $10,000 apiece.
The ARK, which provides support services to families of loved ones living with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia, is seeking to use the funds to purchase outdoor furniture and conduct landscaping work around its Summerville facility to encourage residents to participate in more outdoor activities, according to club officials.
DCCO, the organization over the two homeless shelters in town—Home of Hope for men and Hope’s Hope for women—is utilizing its $10,000 donation for costs of renovations to the new Hope’s House women’s shelter on Central Avenue. Specifically, the funds will pay for enclosing the home’s garage unit, bathroom renovations and installation of a fire sprinkler system.
Dorchester Children’s Advocacy Center in Summerville, which received $2,085, is hoping to buy computers and desks for their new intake hub.
The Dorchester County Archives and History Center in St. George received $2,500 to conduct a feasibility study to determine whether or not it should merge with the Summerville-Dorchester Museum and construct one new building to house both organizations. For the last few months, the museum has been vocal about its funding woes.
My Sister's House plans to use the $2,500 to start a transitional housing program for women trying to get back on their feet after leaving an abusive relationship. The nonprofit helps women and their children in domestic violence situations. It's the only shelter-based program in the tri-county that serves such victims, according to its website.
Lastly, Dorchester County Habitat for Humanity is planning to use its $2,500 club donation toward construction costs for its next home build project for a local family.
The club's grant money stemmed from its largest two annual fundraisers, its fall golf tournament at Coosaw Creek Country Club and participation in the Daniel Island Rotary Duck Race in June. Summerville Rotary club members raise money by adopting ducks for the event.
During the event, the club also handed out a number of prestigious awards to members and celebrated the Gillis McAllister, current vice president, as the incoming club president for 2019-20, and Richard Waring, current club president nominee,
The following individuals also received top honors:
Thomas A. Bryce Memorial Award of Distinguished Leadership: Dickie Miler and Shirley Berardo
Brunson Westbury Award for Outstanding Service Above Self: Herman Dixon
First Year Rotarian Award: Beth Myers
The Hack Neal Memorial Award for Rotarian of the Year: Deb Campeau