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Lowcountry Orphan Relief

LOWCOUNTRY ORPHAN RELIEF

Low country Orphan Relief, Inc. We work directly with other non-profits, schools, foster parents, and government agencies to identify the individual needs of these and other children in severe situations. We intervene at critical junctures in the lives of these children, with products and services that provide a strong, positive impact. Since 2006, we have clothed over 22,000 children in the Tri-County area.
LOR uses more than 76% of all income given to them to provide for the children’s needs. Presently, community volunteers at our Distribution Center are collecting and shelving donations and filling orders for each child from area shelters, foster care and those removed from the custody of their parents. They receive clothing, toiletries, books and school supplies within 48 hours.
LOR has also built libraries at emergency shelters and group homes in the tri-county area and, in addition, conducts two events per year in order that the children may get out of the shelters and enjoy new surroundings.

SPCA

Frances R. Willis SPCA
The Frances R. Willis SPCA serves the lost, abandoned and abused animals of Dorchester County including Rosinville, Harleyville, Ridgeville, Oakbrook, St. George, Summerville, and Grover.
Our shelter was established in 1972 to provide a safe haven for stray, abandoned, abused and lost pets.
It’s named for Frances R. Willis, who brought the SPCA to Dorchester County and founded the shelter. Kapstone donated the land for the current SPCA facility. Dr. Brunson Westbury worked with Frances R. Willis to get the road built and land cleared to open the facility.

Over the years we have expanded our facility, but we continue to reach our capacity because our community is growing and the pet overpopulation crisis is not abating. In 2015 the shelter served 3,200 homeless animals and our Live Release Rate was 70 percent. We are proud to announce that in 2017, our Live Release Rate grew to 95%. SPCA staff and volunteers are working hard to spread the news about pet adoption, spaying and neutering, and responsible pet ownership.
All animals are spayed or neutered before they are adopted to loving and forever homes. The Frances R. Willis SPCA works in partnership with the Charleston Animal Society and Doc Williams SPCA to make this spay/neuter program a success.
In 2016, the Frances R. Willis SPCA adopted out 2,154 animals!
With a young, dynamic staff and a corps of dedicated volunteers, foster homes and your support, the shelter is poised to make significant improvements for animal welfare in Dorchester County.

MOUNT PLEASANT CHAMBER OF COMMERC

MOUNT PLEASANT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Since 1992, we’ve been bringing together business leaders throughout the Mount Pleasant, SC community for mutually beneficial purposes. Our membership is a mix of professions from various industries, including advertising and publishing, financial services, health care, retail, insurance, legal and service businesses of every description.
We meet the third Thursday of the month from noon to 1:30 pm at the Omar Shrine, Mount Pleasant. (RSVP required). Our agenda includes a full buffet lunch, featured speaker and opportunities for networking and business promotion.
Since its inception, the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce has partnered with various local charities, providing financial assistance as well as bringing attention to their individual missions.
Some of the charities we’ve supported include East Cooper Meals on Wheels, East Cooper Community Outreach, Dee Norton Children’s Center, the American Red Cross and Windwood Farm Home for Children.
Part of our mission is to help make a difference in the lives of those in our community who need it.

Seacoast Church

SEACOAST CHURCH

HISTORY
In the Beginning
Seacoast Church began in an apartment clubhouse with 65 people in February of 1988. Their vision was to reach the unchurched people of the Charleston area by building a church that spoke the language of the modern culture. Seacoast would be a place where non-believers were encouraged to investigate Christianity at their own pace, free from many of the traditional trappings of religion that tend to turn people away. Seacoast Church would approach the historical Christian faith in a contemporary, unconventional way.
Getting Settled
Over the next year and a half, the growing congregation endured the devastation of hurricane Hugo and other challenges by becoming a kind of traveling band. After using four different buildings for services, Seacoast finally settled under one roof in an elementary school. Then, in 1989, the church rallied to buy 14 acres of property in Mount Pleasant, a suburb of Charleston. Seacoast’s first permanent auditorium opened in November of 1991. A second service was soon added, followed by a third, and a Saturday evening service was added in September of 1992. In 1999 Seacoast expanded its auditorium to accommodate 1350 guests.
Expanding the Vision
In 2000, Pastor Greg Surratt announced that he believed God was calling Seacoast to be a part of planting 2000 churches. This vision led Greg and five friends to found the Association of Related Churches (ARC). ARC’s growth in the early years averaged a few churches a year but by 2009, ARC was averaging around 50 new church plants a year and is now training and coaching hundreds of church planters each year. Today, over 400 churches strong, ARC has become a worldwide movement and remains committed to seeing the initial vision of 2,000 churches planted.
Growing Pains
Seacoast Church continued to grow and by 2002 was experiencing serious capacity issues. Local officials denied Seacoast’s request to expand their facilities, forcing the leadership of Seacoast to innovate. They decided to begin offering services at a nearby offsite location using a video feed to show the sermons. The success of this initial “satellite campus,” called the Annex, led Seacoast to launch other satellite locations throughout the Charleston area. Today, Seacoast has 13 locations including campuses in South Carolina, North Carolina, and on the internet.
Immeasurably More
In 2006, the Mount Pleasant campus of Seacoast Church launched the Possibilities Center, which offered additional children and youth facilities and two new venues, called the Chapel and Warehouse. In the summer of 2006, Pastor Greg introduced Response Time, making it a part of all services. One of the most distinctive features of Seacoast worship, Response Time is an opportunity during the concluding part of every service for worshippers to reflect on two questions: What is God saying to me? What am I going to do about it?
In 2007, Seacoast planted the Dream Center in North Charleston, which, at that time, was one of the most dangerous cities in the country. The purpose of the Dream Center is to offer resources and opportunities to families who are in desperate need of hope. The Dream Center Clinic currently serves over 6,000 patients each year, saving over $10 million in healthcare costs. Additionally, the Dream Pantry and Dream Closet serve over 19,000 people each year while the Dream Center’s Adopt-a-Block program serves around 3,200 people each month. In the areas where Adopt-a-Block is active, crime has fallen more than 75%.

NEXT
In 2013, Seacoast celebrated 25 years of worshipping God and serving people. In the Fall, Pastor Greg Surratt announced the ambitious NEXT campaign. NEXT is a two-year generosity initiative that will fund all of Seacoast’s current operations, as well as enable the church to begin exciting new projects. As part of NEXT, Seacoast Church will add 1,500 seats by expanding five existing campuses and planting two new campuses. Seacoast will also plant a new Dream Center in the Ardmore community of West Ashley, and will expand the existing North Charleston Dream Center. Seacoast will also continue its outreach efforts by supporting church plants in Colorado (Ernest Smith) and Zurich, Switzerland (Tim Lindsay), as well as assisting the ARC in planting churches throughout America, Europe, and Asia.
The first 25 years have been amazing but we believe the best is yet to come. We are excited to see what God has in store for Seacoast Church and believe that it will be immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine

Charleston Animal Society

Charleston Animal Society is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization that depends on philanthropic gifts from individuals. We are an open-admissions animal shelter serving Charleston County, and we never turn an animal away! Each year we take in more than 11,000 abandoned, sick, abused and neglected animals from throughout the Greater Charleston area.

Facilities
We are located at 2455 Remount Road in North Charleston. Our 31,000 square-foot facility sits on five acres of land and features an adoption center and low-cost Spay & Neuter Clinic. Our animals are housed indoors in climate-controlled rooms and pens, and also have access to fresh air and sunshine in outdoor play areas. Our Post & Courier Education Room is equipped with multi-media and hosts a variety of dog training sessions and classes.

Our Mission

Our mission has been the same since we were founded in 1874– prevent cruelty to animals. In order to accomplish our mission, we:

  • Strive to promote temporary sanctuary to lost, abandoned or abused domestic animals
  • Promote adoption
  • Provide medical care to indigent pets
  • Eliminate overpopulation of animals with aggressive spay/neuter and education programs.
  • Provide education about responsible pet guardianship
  • Reunite lost pets and their owners.
  • Reduce cruelty through stronger ordinances, investigations, partnerships and education.