Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Calling all Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper County Residents!

An online fundraiser, scheduled for June 14, 2012, has been announced to benefit The Beaufort Fund and increase awareness of Coastal Community Foundation's presence in the Southern part of our service area.  The Foundation is seeking your assistance in spreading the word "Twive and Receive". The event is meant to spread the word about the Foundation's cause via social media (such as Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc) to not only raise money, but also aid in establishing a respectable online presence for the organization.

All proceeds will go to the Beaufort Fund which was established in 1998 to distribute grants to Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper county non-profit organizations.  The Foundation’s and The Beaufort Fund’s ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life in these counties by supporting the network of non-profits that serve our community.

The one day event will take participants to our donation page from our social media accounts. What we ask is for  help interacting with our Twitter account, as well as share a few posts encouraging your followers to participate and follow our account. Whether it be on a Facebook page, Twitter account, or any other social medium used, every bit of exposure helps! The more followers we gain, between now and June 14, the better!

If you feel that this is something you would like to be a part of, or if you have any questions regarding the event, please feel free to contact Coastal Community Foundation at
Remember, just one tweet exposes our cause to a wide variety of individuals. Every little tweet helps!

How you can help:

  •       Follow our Beaufort Twitter account
  •     RT our Twive and Receive tweets
  •      Post on Facebook
  •     Tell your friends and family to help spread the word… and even strangers
  •     Donate!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Linda Oshinsky Memorial Scholarship Endowment

Linda Toole Oshinsky
January 29, 1953 - February 26, 2007

Linda Oshinsky was a beloved educator, wife, and friend.  Serving as an AP English teacher at Stratford High, she was also the Head of the English Department, Graduation Coordinator, Senior Class Adviser, 2000 Teacher of the Year, District Teacher of the Year, and District Honor Roll Teacher.  More importantly than her many accolades, she was an inspiration to her students.

Mrs. “O”, as her students called her, possessed the rare gift to inspire her students to produce top-notch work because she gave them an immeasurable amount of respect and support.  She believed her students were capable of reaching new heights and she helped them believe in themselves.  Her knack for pulling out the best in her students was a quality admired by all at Stratford High School. One student recalls of Mrs. Oshinsky’s class, “I have never been so eager to learn in all of my life.”

In a poem she penned in the school’s newspaper to show respect to her AP English class, Mrs. Oshinsky wrote “My goal is to prove English is an art, with each lesson and essay, you have learned your part. When I grow old as will all with time, I will look back with joy on what you learned while mine.”

Mrs. Oshinsky’s untimely passing and the legacy she left behind led to the creation of The Linda Oshinsky Memorial Scholarship Endowment which will be awarded to a graduating senior of Stratford High who wishes to pursue English or Education.

Georgetown County’s got it together

In a time where social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter reign supreme in connecting individuals and organizations, in-person meetings of Georgetown County’s Common Issues/ Common Threads  are staying alive and strong. A program of our sister, the Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation, Common Issues/Common Threads connects 225 nonprofit group members in Georgetown County to get to know and learn from each other. The phrase “A Common Goal” is ideal for describing the purpose for the CI/CT gatherings. Leaders in the nonprofit community face many common issues as they continue to serve the community. Since 2008 they have met quarterly at widely praised luncheon workshops sponsored by the Bunnelle Foundation.  Since organization leaders share a common goal to better the lives of the people of Georgetown County, CI/CT allows these individuals to network, learn, and connect on similar topics in a relaxing and fun environment.  And a little food never hurts!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Gleaning crops from fields and markets

Field to Families - Sprouting a harvest of nutrition.

SC has the second highest percentage of hungry people in the nation.  Serving as a link between local farms and community organizations that help feed the hungry, Fields to Families gleans both fields and leftovers at local Farmers Markets. The goal of Fields to Families is to deliver these gathered fresh crops to food pantries, soup kitchens, Meals on Wheels, shelters and churches to feed hungry people..  While most organizations feed the hungry with canned and packaged goods, Fields to Families focusses on improving the nutrition of hungry citizens in our area by coordinating the distribution of fresh, healthful produce – fruits and vegetables. Even though fruits and vegetables are considered the foundation of a healthy diet, hungry people almost never have access to them. Volunteers for Fields to Families are mobilized to farms and other areas to gather the fresh fruits and veggies for distribution; but don’t worry, green thumb or no green thumb, volunteers of all kinds are needed! In addition to volunteers traveling from site to site, Fields to Families is starting a large garden (farm) in Moncks Corner on donated property to grow their own food! For more information, and to learn how you can volunteer, visit 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Something for Everyone in Berkeley County

The Berkeley County Library System is working hard to reach un-served and under-served residents living the rural portions of the county.  Through the purchase of a Mobile Literacy Library, the estimated 59,400 residents living more than 10 miles from a library branch will have access to around 2,000 volumes of books , DVDs, audiobooks, and educational materials available for check out.  In addition, the Mobile Literacy Library will provide four users simultaneous access to the Internet and software programs.  Both children and adults will be offered courses in basic computing skills and navigating online job application processes.  Potential stops will be based on natural congregation sites identified by a collaboration of community groups and centers, area schools, businesses and churches. The bookmobile will also make regular stops at HUD public housing to promote reading to children and offer training to parents on the most effective ways to read to their kids.  The aim of all this is to increase levels of education and employment in hopes of decreasing the poverty rate in the area.  The Berkeley County Library System purchased their first bookmobile, which ran for over forty years, in 1948 because the demand for services was so persistent.  Due to its past success, the idea of a Mobile Literacy Library has resurfaced to provide services to rural communities.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Believe in yourself and excel

Freedom Schools are summer and after-school enrichment programs that help children find joy in reading, increase their self-esteem and have positive attitudes toward learning. Over 90,000 children nationwide have had a Freedom School experience since its founding by Marian Wright-Edelman (head of Children’s Defense Fund) in 1995. The program uses a model curriculum that supports children and families around five essential components: high quality academic enrichment, parent and family involvement, civic engagement and social action, intergenerational leadership development and nutritional and mental health. The concept has been replicated in two areas of North Charleston – Metanoia and Carolina Youth Development Center --  with great success. Studies have shown that students who do not read during the summer months lose as much as one-third of their previous grade level's learning. The Freedom School is an attempt to lessen the impact that the summer months have on youth who may have few opportunities for educational activities in those months. The program also involves students from colleges and universities in the area, as Servant Leader Interns who gain experience in the field of education and also help serve their community. For information on how you can get involved with one of the area’s Freedom Schools, visit or