One SC Fund awards grants to Pee Dee agencies that fought Hurricane Florence

The One SC Fund Hurricane Response Committee has awarded $426,600 in grants to organizations across South Carolina for disaster relief and recovery projects. To date, the One SC Fund — established by former Gov. Nikki Haley in November 2015 after the “Thousand-Year Flood” to help South Carolinians recovering from a disaster — has distributed more than $8.5 million in grants to nonprofits to support disaster recovery project and COVID-19 relief efforts across the state. To date, One SC grantees have repaired more than 2,200 homes and served over 330,000 residents with case management, home furnishings, rent and utility assistance, healthcare and food. To support the fund, visit www.onescfund.org. The grants from the fall 2020 cycle funded organizations providing relief, recovery and rebuilding assistance in response to Hurricane Florence in 2018. Priority was given to organizations working in Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, and Marlboro. The fund is housed and administered by Central Carolina Community Foundation. The Foundation does not charge fees for this work, ensuring that all monies donated are granted to local nonprofits providing disaster relief and recovery. The following nonprofit organizations will receive grants from the One SC Fund: — Darlington County Habitat for Humanity, to assist low-income families with repairs that could not be covered by other means due to mitigating circumstances. — Darlington County Long-Term Recovery Group, to achieve an effective, hands-on Disaster Case Management team that will assist families in Darlington, Hartsville, Lamar and Society Hill with home repairs, unmet needs and temporary housing. — Dillon County Long-Term Recovery Group, to continue renovating more houses in Dillon County affected by Hurricane Florence, helping clients to return to safe, secure and sanitary homes. — Good Samaritan Community Development Corporation, to provide repairs and installation of new roofing for low-income residents within the most impacted areas of South Carolina through the Recover SC Initiative. — Good360, to supply nonprofits working in mid- and long-term disaster recovery areas with products for cleanup, rebuilding and moving back in. — Habitat for Humanity for Georgetown County, to make repairs/replacements to the exterior of low-income seniors’ houses so that their homes are now dry, secure, weatherized, and decent. — Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas to identify, vet and verify Hurricane Florence survivors and work to address their most pressing needs, including repair/rebuild materials and services, temporary housing, and home furnishings/appliances. — Magnolia Blossom SC, to provide repairs and installation of new roofing for low-income residents within the most impacted areas of South Carolina through the Recover SC Initiative. — New Vision Community Development Corp. for home recovery/rebuild, water/tree removal, disaster case management, word-of-mouth community outreach to identify families in poor rural communities, temporary shelter/lodging, and repairs to plumbing, electrical wiring and bug infestation in Darlington County. — South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, to provide case management and complete repairs on homes in Chesterfield, Dillon, Marion, Marlboro, and Darlington counties by the end of 2021. Donations for the One SC Fund are made by many generous individuals and businesses across the nation. The nonprofit grant recipients were selected by a grants committee made up of representatives from five S.C. community foundations, as well as business and civic leaders. These individuals know their communities well and help distribute the funds to areas where the dollars will have the greatest impact. Nonprofit organizations can find information about applying for grants at www.yourfoundation.org/OneSCGrants. The next round of applications will be accepted from March 1, 2021, until March 31, 2021.

Author: Rachel Howell

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