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
Kingdom Restoration Community Development Corp.
Latta Revitalization Commission