Friday, December 14, 2012

Gifts that Keep Giving

Indicated by an emptied third of cheddar, butter, or caramel, everyone has their favorite flavor of holiday popcorn.  You know what I am talking about—those addictive tins of sweet and salty goodness that disappear all too quickly.  If only there was a way to make this gift keep giving.
Similar in their finite nature, grants provide a surge of funding for non-profits.  If only there was a way to make this gift keep giving.  Home Community Fund, established by Home Telecom, has made this wish a reality.  Through selecting programs that are not only focused on the current needs of Berkeley County, but that also invest in the future of the community,  Home Community Fund provides a permanent charitable resource for local non-profits.

This year, several non-profits accepted grants for future-minded projects, transforming the provided funding into gifts with lasting results.  Coastal Carolina Council, Boy Scouts of America, for example, requested “$3000.00 to purchase a universal canoe kayak trailer. The trailer will be used to transport the vessels from BSA Camp Moultrie and will enable Boy Scouts to reach greater distances to camp, kayak and care for the environment”.  Michelle Strobel, Development Director at the council, reflects on the scouts’ participation in the 2012 Beach River Sweep claiming that, “close to 400 Boy Scouts traveled from Camp Moultrie via kayak, canoe, small boats and vehicles to clean Berkeley County’s boat landings, Canal Park, two miles of dikes and two islands. Over 4.15 tons of trash was collected!”

Similar in their long-term investment, Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley County received funding that has, according to Executive Director, Bryant Knepp, “significantly assisted us at Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley County in being better stewards of our donors’ time and dollars.  This award is being used to upgrade our computer and telephone systems which will enable our staff and volunteers to more effectively utilize their time and energy in fulfilling our mission of bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope”.

Through their thoughtful distribution of grants throughout Berkeley County, Home Telecom has provided gifts that will continue to give even after the holiday season ends.