Charities & Causes We Support

Hilton Head Sunset Rotary supports many charitable organizations a few of which are described below.

Hilton Head Island Sunset Rotary Club’s COVID-19 Action
 
Hilton Head Island Sunset Rotary Club took advantage of the District 7770 offer of early District Grant money to be applied to a project related to addressing the impacts of the Corona virus pandemic. The club had a long relationship with the Sandalwood Community Food Pantry (SCFP) and the Founder and Director, Rev. Dr. Nannette Pierson.
 
Several members were aware of the impact the pandemic was having on the mission of the charitable organization to alleviate hunger while nourishing not only the body, but also the mind and spirit of those who hunger. The client load was up, children were at home instead of in school, many clients depended on hospitality industry jobs that were shut down, and SCFP operating hours had to be reduced. A grant would help SCFP afford supplies needed to serve clients outdoors while masked, gloved, and practicing safe distancing.
 
The grant would help purchase additional grocery items each week for the added client load. The grant would go to helping the working poor and bring hope to client families when hope becomes forlorn. Sandalwood Community Food Pantry continues serving the hungry on Hilton Head Island. [pictured above] Club President Toney Mathews visited the operation first hand to receive thanks from Rev. Dr. Nannette Pierson on June 30th as she and her volunteers went about their weekly food distribution activities. They serve over 850 families throughout the year.
 
CART Fund
The CART Fund is dedicated to raising funds to provide “seed” money for cutting edge, high impact research in hopes of finding a cure/prevention for Alzheimer’s disease. The goal of the Fund is to encourage exploratory and developmental AD research projects within the United States. This is accomplished by providing financial support for the early and conceptual plans of those projects that may not yet be supported by extensive preliminary data but have the potential to substantially advance biomedical research.
 
Little Libraries
Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. Through Little Free Libraries, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.
 
Polio Plus
In its early years, PolioPlus was dedicated to fundraising for immunization efforts. In May 1988 Rotary announced that the campaign, which aimed to raise $120 million, had raised nearly $220 million in contributions and pledges. That same year, the World Health Assembly set a goal of worldwide polio eradication and launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) with Rotary as one of its partners. At the time, polio paralyzed more than 1,000 children worldwide every day and 125 countries were polio-endemic.
 
Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
 
The Rotary Foundation
The Mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
 
Audubon Trees
Planting of trees in Newhall Audubon Nature Preserve in Hilton Head.
 
Bluffton Self Help
Bluffton Self Help strives to meet the basic needs of families facing crisis or poverty. We provide free food, clothing, financial assistance and other basic needs, such as coats, toiletries, diapers, wipes and formula to our Bluffton neighbors. Meeting the basic needs of our families helps them on their path to personal success. 
 
BackPack Buddies
BackPack Buddies is designed to fight weekend hunger. Thousands of children in our community rely on free or reduced meals they receive at school. Children at partner schools who experience hunger are enrolled in the program and receive a backpack containing nutritious food to eat during the weekends each Friday during the school year.
 
Born To Read
Born To Read Inc. is a registered 501(c) 3 nonprofit charitable organization promoting early literacy in the Low country. Since the inception of the program our volunteers have made more than 18,000 visits to new parents in the local Beaufort County South Carolina Birthing Centers. Our trained volunteers visit new parents in the birthing centers at Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Hilton Head Hospital and Coastal Carolina Hospital and bring new parents a gift bag containing two books for the baby, a bib, a shirt and other informational items. While visiting, we advise parents of the importance of daily reading and talking with their babies starting at birth.
 
Family Promise
Family Promise of Beaufort County, one of over 200 affiliates in 43 states, opened its doors in July 2008 and remains the only Shelter Program in the county that serves homeless children and their families.  We were founded on the belief that one homeless child is too many.  Currently, there are over 600 homeless children in our county (as determined by the McKinney-Vento Act roster for the Beaufort County School District.) Additionally, 61% of the children attending public schools in our county participate in the free/reduced cost lunch program. Family Promise serves 4 families or 14 individuals at a time.  We do not provide a handout or a temporary fix, but work to determine the underlying cause of their homelessness and then equip them with the skills and resources needed to maintain lasting independence. 
 
This event distributes shoes and jackets to under privileged children in the Hilton Head Island area.
 
Heroes of the Low Country
Established in 2012 by a small group of Lowcountry citizens, we identify deserving students who are graduating from high school and who may need additional funding and support in that process. We recognize that an education beyond high school is a key step toward future success but we also know that many students are less likely to choose that route due to circumstances beyond their control. Our mission is to match students with additional funding and ongoing mentorship in order to maximize their chances for completing a post- high school education and entering the world of work.
 
Hilton Head Heroes
Our mission at Hilton Head Heroes is to bring families with children between the ages of four and eighteen suffering from life threatening illnesses to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina for a resort vacation. Children are referred to our program through doctors, healthcare providers and hospital administrators. The families are housed in the Hilton Head HERO house located in Sea Pines Resort. They are given gift certificates to local restaurants, grocery stores as well as island amenities.
 
Pat Conroy Literary Center
The Pat Conroy Literary Center will cultivate a passionate and inclusive reading and writing community in honor of Pat Conroy, who dedicated his life to spreading his love for literature and writing to future generations.
 
Rise Against Hunger
Rise against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030.
 
Sandalwood Food Pantry
The Sandalwood Community Food Pantry serves the hungry and the needy on Hilton Head Island, SC. We provide food, love, dignity and spiritual guidance. Sandalwood Community Food Pantry is an equal opportunity provider.