The Board of Directors of the All Saints Episcopal Church Garden Tour has announced the names of the six local non-profit organizations that will receive a portion of the proceeds from this year’s event. It has been the custom that the proceeds from the annual Garden Tour are donated to assist several local charities. The 27th All Saints Garden Tour will be held on May 17th, 2014.
Karen Reuter, Chair of the 2014 All Saints Garden Tour Board, states, “The six local groups that we have selected to receive a portion of the proceeds from this year’s event are: The Backpack Buddies Program of Bluffton, The Backpack Buddies Program of Hilton Head Island, Family Promise of Beaufort County, Safe Harbour Inc., St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church Outreach Food Bank, and Thumbs Up, Inc.”
Ms. Reuter further states, “Each of this year’s grant recipients directly responds to at least one of the four areas of concern identified by All Saints for focusing its domestic outreach funding grants: hunger, homelessness, literacy, and aging.” Highlights of the six groups selected to receive funding grants this year are as follows:
– The Backpack Buddies Program of Bluffton purchases food to provide weekly in backpacks for 200 “chronically food insecure” children in five elementary schools and a middle school in Bluffton and Hardeeville. The grant will be used to add 30 to 40 children to the program.
• The Backpack Buddies Program of Hilton Head Island provides weekend food in backpacks weekly for 180 children in three HHI elementary schools. The grant will be used to maintain the current load and add up to 40 children in the next school year.
– St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church Outreach Food Bank feeds from 1,200 to 1,800 local community residents monthly. It will use its grant to purchase a modular building to house their food supplies,
– Family Promise works in Beaufort County to provide temporary shelter, family stability, and permanent housing solutions for homeless families with children by mobilizing resources from interfaith and secular communities. The grant will be used to organize and manage the faith congregations and volunteers and provide families with the resources needed to permanently regain their independence.
– Thumbs Up provides year-round tutoring and social guidance to elementary school-aged children in Beaufort County whose parents are unable to help their children due to various life challenges. The grant will be used to fund social worker-led Parent Workshops which include Back-to-School, First Aid, and a Health Fair.
– Safe Harbour is a membership-based organization providing support, services, and resources to help its members live healthy and meaningful lives in their own homes and neighborhoods. Services include transportation, assistance with household chores and home maintenance, as well as phone calls and visits. The grant will be used to provide scholarships to those who cannot afford the quarterly membership fee.
Ms. Reuter encourages everyone in our community to mark their calendars now for May 17 so they can enjoy the beauty of some of our finest area gardens while also assisting these very worthy local organizations. She has pointed out, “Since its inception, the All Saints Garden Tour has donated more than $475,000 to local charities.”