One SC Fund: COVID-19 Response Awards Grants to Local Community Organizations; Second Helpings Receives $15,000

Staff Report From Low Country CEO

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

Second Helpings was awarded $15,000 from The One SC Fund: COVID-19 Response, a fund housed at Central Carolina Community Foundation. The grant will assist Second Helpings’ food rescue, food purchase, and distribution to partner agencies in Beaufort, Hampton, and Jasper counties.

“One SC Funds are critical to keeping our neighbors fed during the COVID-19 crisis,” said Lili Coleman, executive director.  “We are purchasing over $5,000 worth of food weekly to make up for the reduced donations from our food donors. We find our neighbors have a critical need for additional protein and produce. Also, there are more who need food due to unemployment.  These funds will make sure that even the smallest of our agencies have the food they need to feed our neighbors.”

“COVID-19 has placed a growing financial burden on communities around the state,” said Mac Bennett,” director of community impact and strategic initiatives at Cyberwoven, LLC. “The grants will help meet the rising needs spawned by the COVID-19 pandemic in our state.” Bennett is chairing the executive committee for the One SC Fund: COVID-19 Response.

The One SC Fund was established in 2015 by former Governor Nikki Haley as a statewide disaster relief fund and has directed donations to relief efforts for the Thousand-Year Flood, Hurricane Matthew, and Hurricane Florence.  Today, the COVID-19 pandemic threatens our state and our country. The One SC Fund: COVID-19 Response is a collaborative statewide response to food, shelter, health, and nonprofit sustainability needs stemming from the Coronavirus pandemic. The three core partners in the One SC Fund: COVID-19 Response — SC Grantmakers, TogetherSC, and United Way Association of SC — will be joined by dozens of local, regional, and statewide organizations in implementing an expedient, efficient, and equitable use of the One  SC  Fund. 

The fund enhances and complements the efforts already under way in several counties and regions across South Carolina and is addressing gaps in the response efforts, including support for communities that lack resources or an organized philanthropic response. The effort also provides an outlet for statewide, regional, and national funders interested in supporting the COVID-19 response in South Carolina.

How to Donate to the One SC Covid-19 Response Fund

Those wishing to contribute to the One SC Covid-19 Response Fund can do so in the following ways:

Online: Visit http://www.onescfund.org to make a donation with your credit card.

Mail: Send a check made payable to Central Carolina Community Foundation-One SC Covid-19 Response to: Central Carolina Community Foundation-One SC, 2142 Boyce St., Suite 402, Columbia, SC 29201.