As the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina closes and reviews its first response stage to the October floods, it is even clearer how wide the destruction of the October flood was. The Foundation provided 24 flood relief grants totaling $100,350 to serve 19 of the hardest hit counties in South Carolina. The Foundation is reviewing action and feedback from phase I of flood relief efforts as we develop a strategy for the next phase of funding.

The grant money was designated for organizations that could reach outlying areas of the state that may not have had ample resources to meet the needs of flood victims. These organizations are:

  • Black River United Way
  • City of Manning
  • Clarendon County Community Development Corporation
  • Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina
  • Cooperative Ministry
  • District 5 Foundation for Educational Excellence
  • Felician Center
  • Greater Deep River Pentecostal Holiness Church
  • Habitat for Humanity Georgetown
  • Harvest Hope Food Bank
  • Hearts & Hands Disaster Recovery
  • Home Works of America
  • Hopewell Senior Day Care Center
  • Little Smurf’s Daycare and Learning Center
  • Mennonite Disaster Service
  • Ministries on the Move for Christ
  • Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services
  • Palmetto Project
  • PASOs
  • St. Mark Believers Holiness Church
  • St. Peter Love Fellowship Ministry Center
  • The Salvation Army of the Midlands
  • United Way of Sumter, Clarendon & Lee Counties
  • Welvista Smiles for a Lifetime                                         

Since granted in October 2015, the funds from the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina have contributed to supplies, services and support and rebuilding efforts. Specific examples include:

Supplies

  • Food, Water
  • Mobile Food Pantries
  • Direct support to shelters
  • Toiletries/ Hygiene Items
  • Emergency Food Pantries
  • Storage Units
  • Medical Supplies
  • Clothing
  • Christmas Gifts for Displaced Children

Services and Support

  • Rehousing Displaced Animals
  • Mold Removal
  • Costs associated with moving
  • Housing Support
  • Temporary Shelter for Individuals and Families
  • Assistance with Utility Bills

Rebuilding Efforts

  • Roofing Supplies
  • Household Items
  • Furniture
  • Bedding
  • Larger Appliances
  • Car Repairs
  • Shelter Support
  • Building Materials
  • Church Repair

These grantees serve a wide variety of populations on a regular basis. The grant dollars awarded by the Foundation for flood relief directly served individuals and families affected by the flood including:

  • Rural seniors
  • Vulnerable adults
  • People living with disability
  • Veterans
  • Immigrant families
  • Low-income families

As a statewide funder dedicated to helping families and individuals live out of poverty, it was the Foundations duty to react to the growing needs after the flood. The Foundation did that, but the work doesn’t stop here. We will use the data collected from phase I to address the unmet needs in S.C. communities affected by the flood.