In just a few years, Kiawah Cares has become a force on South Carolina’s sea islands. Their meetings bring local nonprofits together on a regular basis and have our increased visibility and collaboration. The organization has been proactive in offering volunteer and financial support almost before we knew we needed it. Kiawah Cares is professionally run with a generous spirit – a powerful combination! Patty Bennett, co-director, BEGIN WITH BOOKS, Charleston County affiliate of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Kiawah Cares has been an invaluable resource to both Frierson and Mt. Zion Elementary schools. They are in constant communication with us about the resources they have to offer, and are always inquiring about any holes that need to be filled. Their efficiency and reliability has been a great service to our students. They have "adopted" over 60 students in need over the past two years to provide school supplies, uniforms, and holiday gifts. This particular program has been so appreciated by not only our faculty and staff, but the families as well.
- Corinne Crawford, Communities In Schools of the Charleston Area
Kiawah Cares has been an active resource for Haut Gap Middle for many years. They have supported our students and families in a number of ways made it possible for some of our students to have life experiences they otherwise could not afford. They are experts in connecting people with community resources and tangible items. We are lucky to have them so close by! -Lee McLeod, Communities in Schools at Haut Gap Middle School
Kiawah Cares has been a huge support in helping find volunteers for our program, but also in funding our program benefitting children in Elementary and Middle schools.
Kiawah Cares has continued to be an incredible resource for the community- providing connections, visibility and support towards projects that directly benefit those living on the islands. I highly recommend reaching out to them and seeing if there are opportunities to collaborate.
As a non-profit community partner, we have always had highly positive and beneficial experiences with this organization. They have helped us spread the word about what we do in the community, and we have seen the many great things they have helped organize and accomplish in a large rural area with many needs.
Kiawah Cares makes a difference in our community. By supporting other local groups that manage the many needs on our islands, KC expands its reach and its impact. The Point has benefited from the Foundation. Thank You!
Kiawah Cares has been incredibly helpful in bringing awareness of the needs of the Sea Island communities to those of us who call Kiawah home. The KC team identify and vet the needs and then help harness the incredible resources available through the residents of Kiawah. The Kiawah Cares staff are capable, enthusiastic, well organized and have such great hearts for our communities. In addition to being able to help those in need, we are so very proud of the image and perspective the KC team present of Kiawah to the general area. We participate in many KC programs: We have engaged our grandchildren in the KC annual Coats Drive for elementary school kids (see photo) and work throughout the year with the KC team in their efforts to coordinate making cards, blankets (see photo), shawls, scarves, hats, and assembling toiletry items to provide basic necessities and comfort to those less fortunate. All this is possible thanks to the initiative, caring hearts and quality work of the Kiawah Cares teams.
Kiawah Cares organized a team of community members to come in and clean up a tornado ravaged neighborhood on Johns Island. They raised funds to help the families, and have sent donations of clothing and furniture to help rebuild. They've been so helpful!