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Round 2 of Pee Dee Disaster Relief Grants Awarded

September 2020

 Pee Dee Disaster Relief Fund

Second Round of Grants Awarded

Eastern Carolina Community Foundation has announced the recipients of the second round of funding from the Pee Dee Disaster Relief Fund, totaling over $12,000, to local non-profits in Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Marlboro, and Marion counties.   The first round grant selection process resulted in $18,000 in grants which were distributed in July. Lane Gilpin, ECCF Board member and donor, shared, “It is very exciting to once again be a part of distributing funds to nonprofits that are positively impacting the lives of people in our area, especially during these challenging times.  I am very encouraged that these nonprofit partners in our communities are taking care of those in need.”

Grant recipients include Greater Lake City Community Resource Center, Three Rivers Genealogical Society, Friends of the Marian Wright Edelman Public Library, Child Evangelism Fellowship, Florence County Disabilities Foundation, Chesterfield County First Steps to School Readiness, House of Hope of the Pee Dee, Kids’ Closet of Darlington, Dillon County Boys and Girls Youth Center, The Community Kitchen of Bennettsville, United Way of Chesterfield County, Child and Family Resource Foundation, Pathfinders United, Lydia’s Bowel of Mercy Home, Inc., Bread of Life Food Pantry, Our Children – Their Future, Inc., Future Entrepreneurs, Willie and Betsy Bradford Community Outreach, Lighthouse Ministries, Beyond Empowerment Foundation, Seminole 6 Sports, Hartsville Interfaith Ministries, Foster Care Clothing Closet, A Moment of Magic, Operation Up, Darlington County First Steps, Pee Dee Mobile Farmers Market, My Brother’s Keeper Shelter, Darlington County Humane Society, and Resurrection Restoration.

ECCF Executive Director, Belle Zeigler, stated “We received many applications from our nonprofit partners during this grant cycle.  It was truly remarkable to realize how much need there is.  These nonprofit partners are finding so many ways to help and serve.  Our organization is hearing back from them stating that the grant has allowed them to faithfully continue their work and meet their mission.  The foundation is proud to be part of this work.”

Beth Hubbard of Kids’ Closet in Darlington gratefully acknowledged the grant that their organization received, commenting “We have been seeing children at Kids’ Closet for two weeks to get them ready for school, providing them with clothes, uniforms, pajamas, socks, underwear, and winter outerwear.  Because of this generous grant, we feel confident in our ability to serve children in need.  It is an honor and a privilege to be able to provide some relief to those in great need.”

The Pee Dee Disaster Fund was first established in 2010 at the Eastern Carolina Community Foundation through a partnership with the Darlington Raceway in response to tornadoes that hit Darlington. In 2015, donations helped to support organizations responding to devastating floods. In more recent years, Hurricanes Matthew and Florence wreaked havoc for many families in the Pee Dee.  Now, there is great need due to both a public health crisis and economic challenge.

The intent is to help organizations respond to food, shelter, health, and nonprofit sustainability needs stemming from the pandemic in a quick and efficient way.  Grants are made in amounts ranging from $500 to $2,000. “We know this can’t solve all the problems that our small local nonprofits are up against, but we hope these funds help to ease their burden,” commented Rev. Mary Finklea, ECCF Board Chair.

Online donations to the Pee Dee Disaster Relief Fund may be made at www.easterncarolinacf.org and checks may be sent to ECCF, PO Box 1615, Florence, SC 29503. All gifts are greatly appreciated and will be acknowledged to the donor.

ECCF Mission

Eastern Carolina Community Foundation improves the quality of life in our area of South Carolina through inspired philanthropy and innovative community programs.

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