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Support Charleston industries and community members with our charity guide

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As more and more industries and communities are feeling the financial strain related to the coronavirus pandemic, The Post and Courier will assist in getting the word out on local fundraising opportunities for folks in need. Whether it’s donations of food or finances to the food and beverage, hospitality, and performances and cultural arts industries, senior or assisted living facilities, health care workers and their families or homeless assistance groups, let us know.

Take our short survey and advise as to what assistance established businesses, organizations and nonprofits have created for people in and around the Lowcountry.

Because many of these initiatives are brand new, they are untested and unvetted, although some are affiliated with preexisting philanthropic efforts. Potential donors are urged to do their research before making a contribution. Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator, has assembled this list of tips to help givers make informed decisions during COVID-19.

The Alley Employee Fund

gofundme.com/f/the-alley-employee-relief-fund | charleston@bowlthealley.com

By supporting this fund, you will be contributing directly to the 50+ employees of The Alley and their basic life necessities. 100% of the donations here will go to the employees of The Alley for their immediate needs and well-being.

Click here to make a donation.

Artists for Feed the Need

32auctions.com/ArtistsforFeedtheNeed

A part of Charleston Chefs Feed the Need, this auction is a fundraiser to benefit farmers, restaurants and community members in an effort to feed food and beverage workers in need during the COVID-19 crisis.

With every $10 donation, a Charleston F&B community member will receive a grocery bag filled with goods purchased at a discounted, rated from local farmers and food purveyors. Bidding on artwork helps to support farmers and puts food on the tables of F&B employees who are currently out of work.

The auction ends Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m.

Click here for auction items.

Box of Thanks

applespice.com | 843-437-8934

Asking businesses, organizations and individuals to make donations to support preparation and distribution of box lunches to be donated to first responders and medical teams in the tri-county area.

Camp Happy Days

camphappydays.org/donations | 843-571-4336

Camp Happy Days’ mission is to offer support and encouragement to children diagnosed with cancer and their families by providing cost-free access to crisis resources, in addition to year-round programs and special events. The organization's goal is to improve the physical, emotional and psychological health of the entire family facing pediatric cancer and welcomes volunteers and donations to assist them.

Click here to donate.

Camp Rise Above Virtual 5K

campriseabove.org | 843-300-9100 | erinu@campriseabove.org

Camp Rise Above has been providing camp to children with special needs for more than 10 years. The public is encouraged to register, make homemade bibs in honor of children they want to support, and spread their support on social media. The organization is currently working to deliver kits to homes of campers so families can experience the magic of camp and the outdoors while together at home.

Click here for more information.

Carolina Youth Development Center

www.CYDC.org | Katy.Calloway@CYDC.org

The CYDC serves young victims of abuse and neglect by providing a safe environment, education support and career readiness. Since mid-March, the center has had more than 30 teens in residence between two campuses in North Charleston and Moncks Corner. The pandemic caused the cancellation of two annual fundraising events, so the center needs to reach its goal of $150,000 to keep the teens safely residing on campus and providing them with the tools they need to overcome their adversity and succeed.

Click here to donate.

Charleston Brewery District T-Shirt Fundraiser

bit.ly/2wvGQfQ | margaret@davidaylor.com

Organized by the David Aylor Law Offices, 100% of net proceeds from t-shirt sales will be evenly distributed among the nine breweries within the district.

Click here to purchase a $26 "Support Local" t-shirt.

Charleston Feed the Need

payitforwardcharleston.org

A collaboration of farmers, restaurants and community members united in an effort to feed F&B workers in need during the COVID-19 crisis. With every $10 donated, a Charleston F&B community member will receive a grocery bag filled with goods purchased at a discounted rate from local farmers. Your donation helps to support farmers who are hurting in the wake of COVID-19 and put food on the plates of F&B community members that are out of work.

Donation options here vary from $10-$500.

Charleston Jewish Family Services

charlestonjfs.com | SaraS@JewishCharleston.org

Emergency COVID-19 Fund for Charleston residents working in the service, tourism, counseling, retail, creative arts and health care fields.

Click here to make a donation.

Charleston Musician and F&B Fund

gofundme.com/f/charleston-FnBfam | bit.ly/39VEC7b

The Becket Agency has partnered with Blue Steel Promotions to raise funds for the F&B community, as well as local music venues, bands, musicians and DJs.

Click here for information on both fundraisers.

Charleston Stage Curtain Up Fund

charlestonstage.com/curtainup | sberkowitz@charlestonstage.com

Charleston Stage is hoping to raise $200,000 to support its upcoming productions and operations.

Click here for more information.

Charleston Tip Jar

CharlestonTipJar.com

Charleston Tip Jar is a platform where customers can purchase e-gift cards to any restaurant or bar in the Charleston area to help generate some revenue during the closure. The funds from the e-gift cards will be transferred to the restaurants now to help business owners pay their bills while they’re dealing with an unprecedented loss of business. Customers who purchase e-gift cards will receive a voucher for the full face value of the gift certificate to be redeemed once the restaurant reopens.

Click here to purchase a gift card.

Donate2It

bit.ly/2JJDHMn

Hospitality workers, in the South Carolina Lowcountry area of all levels and roles, can apply for an e-gift card in the amount of $50 to use at their preferred grocery store. Available on a first-come, first-serve basis as long as funds are available. The address on the application will be used for verification. Please provide home address, not place of employment.

Click here for more info.

East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO)

eccocharleston.org | 843-849-9220 |1145 Six Mile Road, Mount Pleasant

Founded as an emergency relief effort in 1989 after the devastation from Hurricane Hugo, ECCO has grown into a permanent resource for the community in need, serving clients through food distribution in its wellness pantry, helping neighbors in need through financial assistance and lending a helping hand to those in need of prescription assistance.

Food donations can be dropped off 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday.

Click here to make a monetary donation.

Click here for items on the Amazon wish list.

Feed the Fight

gofundme.com/f/Feed-the-Fight-Charleston | Facebook.com/FeedtheFightChs | Instagram.com/FeedtheFightChs

Feed the Fight is accepting donations to be used to order meals from local restaurants and delivered to healthcare workers.

Click here to make a donation.

Fleet Landing Employee Relief Fund

Fleetlanding.net | Info@fleetlanding.net

Fleet Landing is accepting Venmo donations (@fleetlanding) to assist hourly employees who have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Donations can also be made here.

Folly Beach Employee Relief Fund

visitfolly.com/employee-relief-fund | GoFundMe.com/f/Folly-Beach-Employee-Relief-Fund

The Folly Beach Association of Business (FAB) has started a GoFundMe campaign to assist employees of Folly businesses who have been out of work since the beach was closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. FAB has started the fund with a $1000 donation and is asking members of the community to add to the campaign, which will assist out-of-work employees to cover medical expenses, rent and utility bills.

Employees of restaurants, bars, retail shops, excursions, accommodations and other categories are eligible to apply for the funds.

Click here to make a donation.

Gibbes on the Couch

gibbesmuseum.org/donate | bit.ly/2VW9gbk (restaurant partners)

The Gibbes Museum of Art will host Gibbes on the Couch on Thursday, April 30. In lieu of Gibbes on the Street, the annual street party that was canceled due to COVID-19, the museum is inviting the public to cozy up on their couches and enjoy the night with their quarantine buddy to support the museum and its culinary partners who were scheduled to participate in the annual fundraiser for the museum’s visual arts educational programs.

The Gibbes invites participants to support the local restaurants that are continuing to provide service by ordering takeout for the night.

April 30: 7:30-8 p.m. shake your cocktails; 8-8:30 p.m. plate your takeout; 8:30-9 p.m. dance to your favorite living room beat.

Click here to make a donation.

HALOS & Shifa Clinic

charlestonhalos.org/support/donate | shifaclinics.com | 843-304-0611 | 843-270-8538 | 843-304-0690

HALOS works with grandparents and other relatives who are raising children to keep them out of foster care with strangers and has recently partnered with Shifa Clinic to bring food to kinship families in the tri-county area. Many of these families are lower-income and can face food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic.

Click here to make a donation.

Hats Off for Home Team

bit.ly/2ULBw0Y | jason@carolinalendinggroup.com

100% of proceeds will go to buying grocery stores gift cards for Home Team employees, as all of their area locations are currently closed.

Donate $50 here - additional instructions are in the link.

Hearts of Montage Associate Relief Fund

montageshops.com/collections/associate-relief

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Give a Mother's Day gift of a $500 Montage Cares Certificate or $250 Pendry Cares Certificate, where 100% of the proceeds provide direct and immediate support to the brand's associates and their families who have been affected during the pandemic.

The certificate includes a one-night stay in a standard king room at any Montage hotel or resort, or Pendry hotel or resort, featuring resort destinations in South Carolina, Deer Valley, Kapalua Bay, Laguna Beach, Los Cabos, San Diego and Baltimore. There is no limit to the number of certificates one can purchase, and the certificates are available for travel through May 15, 2021.

The South Carolina Montage destination is Palmetto Bluff, a 20,000-acre community between Hilton Head Island and Savannah, Ga.

Click here for more information.

The Helpers Fund

tidelandshealth.org | emullan@tidelandshealth.org | 843-652-8080

The Tidelands Health Foundation has created The Helpers Fund, where donations will help purchase needed equipment and supplies, provide assistance for Tidelands Health team members, support the delivery of care for the uninsured and medically underserved.

Donors can select the amount they’d like to give ($5-$2,500+) and see a representation of how their donation may be used. For example, a $5 donation is the equivalent of one protective face mask; $50 represents three boxes of gloves; a $2,500 donation could help fund a major purchase like a hospital bed.

Click here to make a donation.

Humanities Foundation ShelterNet Program

humanitiesfoundation.org/what-we-do/shelternet | 843-284-5109

ShelterNet is an emergency financial assistance fund serving low-income members of the tri-county community, offering assistance with past due rent, mortgage and utility payments. Staff have been working diligently to stop evictions, disconnections and foreclosures amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 100% of proceeds will go toward keeping Charleston-area families housed and their accounts active

Click here to make a donation.

Johns and Wadmalaw Islands Hunger Project

www.ks-exchangeclub.com/club-grant | jwilson@dunesproperties.com | peterson.thad@gmail.com

The Exchange Club of Kiawah-Seabrook is dedicating funds received to the Hunger Project to help make sure that the residents of Johns and Wadmalaw islands don’t go hungry in this critical time of need during the coronavirus pandemic.

Many of these families live with the stress of “food insecurity” and in many cases, the only opportunity for regular meals for kids on the islands is through the school system, which is closed. While the school district is making an effort to continue to provide those meals, hunger is a very real concern in the community.

Junior League of Charleston Diaper Bank

jlcharleston.org/support/donate | justgiving.com/campaign/JLCDiaperBank | linktr.ee/diaperbank (wish list, registry) | diaperbank@jlcharleston.org | 843-763-5284

The Junior League of Charleston (JLC) is hosting its annual spring drive to collect diapers, pull-up training pants and monetary donations for the JLC Diaper Bank. The COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately impacting children and families who lack access to clean diapers and other basic needs. No state or federal child safety-net program allocates dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers; WIC and SNAP are nutrition-based programs and do not cover diapers.

Diaper donations can be dropped off at the JLC office located at 51 Folly Road, or call the office to arrange for large donations to be picked up.

Diapers also can be dontated in the JLC Diaper Bank collection barrels at participating Bi-Lo stores:

West Ashley: 1200 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.

James Island: 860 Folly Road

Johns Island: 3575 Maybank Highway

Hanahan: 1000 Tanner Ford Blvd.

Summerville: 975 Bacons Bridge Road and 1625 N. Main St.

Moncks Corner: 110 S. Highway 52

Click here for monetary donations and more info.

Lowcountry Blessing Box Project

chsblessingbox.wixsite.com/home | chsblessingbox@gmail.com facebook.com/chsblessingbox | @chsblessingbox on Instagram and Twitter

Non-perishable food donations can be made to more than 120 anonymous donation sites. Food is available to anyone who needs it, 24/7, no forms or applications.

Monetary donations made here will be converted into food using online grocery orders.

MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund

grammy.com/musicares/get-help/musicares-coronavirus-relief-fund | youtube.com/watch?v=4cufyupLDyg

In this 360 degree video, Jay Clifford of Charleston's Jump, Little Children sings the band's song "Cathedrals" in an empty Charleston Music Hall, an eerie reminder of the empty music venues around the country.

Click here to support members of the music community with a donation to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, in partnership with The GRAMMY Recording Academy.

Old Time Pottery Big-Hearted Bins Campaign

oldtimepottery.com/bigheartedbins

Provides critical home essentials for community residents at assisted living facilities and senior centers temporarily socially distanced from family and friends, to protect their health and reduce their risk of contracting coronavirus, while also allowing customers to help others in the community already stricken with COVID-19.

Click here to view a list of locations and to contact a store in your area.

Old Time Pottery Mask Project

oldtimepottery.com/masks

Partnered with SINGER sewing brands to donate supplies, machines and space for community members to create masks for health care workers on the front lines fighting COVID-19. Materials provided.

Click here to find a store near you that you can contact directly.

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach

olmoutreach.org | 843-559-4109

Donations of shelf-stable food will help families prepare for longer term impact and can be delivered to the Johns Island location (1684 Brownswood Road) or the downtown location, Neighborhood House (77 & 79 America Street) 9-11 a.m. Monday-Friday.

Financial contributions will also be accepted, as well as items from the Amazon wish list.

Click here for more information.

Click here for the Amazon wish list.

Palmetto Community Care

palmettocommunitycare.org | jkirk@palmettocare.org

Palmetto Community Care is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for persons living with HIV and AIDS and to providing HIV prevention resources and programs in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties.

Palmetto Community Care would like to raise an additional $10,000 to help HIV-positive clients affected by COVID-19 with food, medications, hygiene supplies and housing payments. Donations can be made online, via Facebook or through mail with a check to Palmetto Community Care, 3547 Meeting Street Road, North Charleston, SC 29405

Click here to support.

Picnic in Your Backyard

lowcountrylandtrust.org | lowcountrylandtrust.org/donate | facebook.com/lowcountrylandtrust | 843-608-9369 | events@lowcountrylandtrust.org

Instead of hosting its annual fundraiser and conservation celebration at Sheldon Farms on Wadmalaw Island this year, Lowcountry Land Trust is encouraging supporters to Picnic in Your Backyard. The public is invited to pack a picnic and head outdoors to their backyard, balcony, favorite neighborhood greenspace or front porch. Host a family picnic to celebrate Mother’s Day or turn your picnic into a graduation ceremony.

Be sure to share your picnic photos on social media. Tag @LowcountryLandTrust and use hashtag #LLTPicnic for a chance to win four tickets to the 2021 Annual Picnic. If you don’t use social media, send your photos to events@lowcountrylandtrust.org or text them to 843-608-9369.

In addition, thanks to the generosity of the Pathfinder Foundation, every gift donated to Lowcountry Land Trust in the month of May will be doubled — up to $25,000.

Lowcountry Land Trust has protected more than 147,000 acres of land across 17 South Carolina counties, including more than 50 miles along Lowcountry rivers.

Click here for more info on the picnic. Donations can be made here.

Southern Tide x South Carolina Hospital Association Campaign

southerntide.com | 855-890-8334

In partnership with the South Carolina Hospital Association, Southern Tide is raising money to support healthcare professionals in South Carolina and beyond through a special "Hats Off to Our Healthcare Heroes" collection. The collection includes a baseball cap and two t-shirts. All profits will go to healthcare workers.

Click here to see the collection.

Southern Tide x SCTA "Thank a Trucker" Campaign

southerntide.com | southerntide.com/pages/contact-us

Southern Tide has joined forces with the South Carolina Trucking Association to provide relief to frontline workers. In recognition and support of those keeping supply chains moving and shelves stocked across the nation, Southern Tide will provide aid through sales of the brand’s performance hats, trucker hats, Mini Skipjack Hat and a special-edition t-shirt.

Click here to see the collection.

Tri-County COVID-19 Response Fund

tuw.org/covid19response | 843-740-9000 | funding@tuw.org

Trident United Way, in partnership with The Post and Courier, launched the Tri-County COVID-19 Response Fund to address the emerging needs presented by the impact from COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Trident United Way has set aside $50,000 in emergency funds to match dollar-for-dollar any public donations up to $50,000.Trident United Way will underwrite all costs associated with dispersing 100% of the funds directly to COVID-19 response and relief efforts. In the unlikely case all funds are not spent, remaining funds will be set aside in a reserve fund for use during future response efforts.

Tri-County COVID-19 Response Fund contributions will be used for supporting basic needs to address the loss of work or other financial hardships, deploying efficient emergency networks of agencies with proven on the ground experience and supporting nonprofit partners with the surge of assistance requests and supplement service capacity.

Click here to make a donation.

Virtual Moms' Run 5K

ppdsupport.org/events/momsrun2020 | info@ppdsupport.org

Postpartum Support Charleston will turn its 17th annual Moms’ Run into a virtual 5K. This year is the organization's 20th annviersary.

Participants are encouraged to map out a 3.1-mile route close to their home and will receive a running bib template to print at home (to make the race feel more official). Families and individuals can run, walk or push a stroller. A Mom's' Run t-shirt will also be available for purchase.

Click here to register for the virtual 5K ($20 per person).

Vital Hospitality

ldeicharleston.com

The Charleston Chapter of Les Dames D’Escoffier (LDEI), a worldwide philanthropic society of professional women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality, launched Vital Hospitality CHS, a fundraising and service program for COVID-19 recovery. Its mission is to feed healthcare workers and first responders while supporting the local restaurant community.

All donations to Vital Hospitality’s GoFundMe account will be allocated to meals. On average, meal costs are $10 for one individually wrapped meal, delivered to the door of a local medical facility, and $200 for lunch or dinner for an entire hospital department.

Click here to make a donation.

Win Win Wine

winwinwine.org | harry@grassrootswine.com

Grassroots Wine is offering curated cases of terroir-driven wines from small family farms in collaboration with farmers, restaurants and community members in an effort to feed F&B workers in need during the COVID-19 crisis.

The organization will donate 10% of the wholesale cost of each case to an individual restaurant’s employee and supplier relief funds, Lowcountry Local First or Pay It Forward Charleston.

Click here to order a case.

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