North Charleston, S.C. – Boeing South Carolina (BSC) announced donations totaling more than $195,000 to 48 Lowcountry non-profit organizations through the site’s chapter of the Employees Community Fund of Boeing (ECF).
This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic placing a strain on non-profits in the tri-county (Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester) area, a number of qualified organizations received expedited emergency funding. Among those who benefited from the fast-tracked process were the Lowcountry Food Bank (LFB), which reported a 500% increase in people needing food assistance in March; Charleston Area Senior Citizen’s Services, which created a COVID-19 Emergency Food Box program for senior citizens; and East Cooper Meals on Wheels, which continued to serve the homebound during the peak of the COVID-19 crisis.
“It’s clear that the BSC teammates are passionate about the people in their community,” said Kasie Dugan, Sr. IT Systems and Data Analyst, and president of Boeing South Carolina ECF Chapter. “Every dollar our teammates contribute through ECF is invested directly into the non-profits that support the community in which we all live and work.”
Since the South Carolina chapter began in 2012, the ECF has donated close to $2 million to Charleston-area non-profits. The company-wide ECF has funded more than $1 billion to local communities across the United States since 1948. With 20 chapters across Boeing, each is managed by local teammates who make grants based on the needs of their communities.
For more information about Boeing’s community investment in South Carolina, visit: https://weareboeingsc.com/our-community/.
To find more information about the Employees Community Fund of Boeing, visit: https://www.boeing.com/principles/community-engagement.page.
Messages from some of the 2020 partners:
“Now more than ever, the ability to remain in a safe home is critical. BSC’s chapter of the Employees Community Fund’s continued commitment to our mission is the reason many families with children, seniors and individuals with disabilities are in safe homes today. Their incredible passion and investment in philanthropy in our community is an inspiration to us all”
–Miriam C. Langley, Executive Director, Operation Home
“The Boeing ECF Grant is providing critical funding in core areas of our programming. By providing funding for our Wellness program, we’re able to equip veterans with psycho-education that focuses on positive psychology, resiliency and mindfulness. Our 12-week Surf Therapy program uses the novel approach of combing the experiential activities of surfing and yoga with wellness coaching. This method creates a sustainable and long lasting opportunity for mental health and personal growth. In part due to Boeing’s generosity, Warrior Surf Foundation will be able to enhance our Wellness programming by providing an additional trained Wellness Coach to our team. This will allow for a more robust program, better able to serve additional veterans. By doing this, Warrior Surf is working to fulfill our vision of bringing hope to the lives of Veterans–one wave at a time. The ultimate positive outcome being that the enhanced mental health of veterans affects not only their own life, but those in their families, and our communities. Changing the lives of veterans helps to create a positive, vibrant future for our socio-economic system.”
–Stephanie Dasher, Director of Operations, Warrior Surf
Charleston Area Senior Citizen’s Services
“Our partnership with Boeing has allowed Meals on Wheels of Charleston to continue serving the very poor homebound seniors in Charleston County. Through recurring grant partners like Boeing, we have been able to expand our services and reduce our waiting list. Community-minded businesses are so important to all nonprofits and we are thankful Boeing has chosen Meals on Wheels as a program to support.”
-Donna Cook, Executive Director, Charleston Area Senior Citizen’s Services
YWCA Greater Charleston
“Support from an industry leader like Boeing is important to the success of YWCA’s programming and the advancement of its mission. The YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering requires a community effort, and Boeing has proven to be a community partner. Boeing’s support will help YWCA expand our reach to more women and girls of color and help to reduce the disparities seen in wages for women, particularly women of color.
-LaVanda Brown, Executive Director, YWCA Greater Charleston
Wings for Kids
“Wings for Kids (WINGS) is truly grateful for our ongoing partnership with the South Carolina chapter of the Employees Community Fund of Boeing. As a direct result of their generous contribution of $5,000, WINGS will be able to provide 225+ at-risk children in Charleston, S.C. with access to high-quality social emotional learning, academic support, extra-curricular activities, and mentorship.”
–Morgan Mayo, Grants Manager, Wings for Kids
Full list of 2020 ECF Grant Recipients:
- American Cancer Society
- Angel Flight Soars, Inc. (South Carolina Branch Office)
- Be A Mentor, Inc.
- Beyond Basic Life Skills
- Camp Happy Days
- Camp Rise Above, Inc.
- Charleston Animal Society
- Charleston Area Justice Ministry
- Charleston Area Senior Citizen’s Services, Inc.
- Charleston Habitat for Humanity
- Charleston Orphan House
- Dorchester Habitat for Humanity
- East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO)
- East Cooper Meals on Wheels
- Enough Pie
- Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina
- Friends of Coastal South Carolina
- Helping and Lending Outreach Support (HALOS)
- Humanities Foundation
- Junior Achievement of Greater SC
- Katie’s Krops
- Lowcountry AIDS Services
- Lowcountry Autism Foundation
- Lowcountry Food Bank, Inc.
- Lowcountry Pregnancy Center
- March of Dimes – South Carolina Chapter/Lowcountry Division
- My Sister’s House, Inc.
- One-Eighty Place
- Operation Home, Inc.
- Palmetto Conservation Foundation
- Palmetto Project Inc./Begin with Books program
- Pattison’s Academy
- Respite Care of Charleston
- Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston South Carolina Inc.
- Special Olympics South Carolina
- Summerville Family YMCA
- The ARK of SC
- The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
- The Green Heart Project
- The Lonon Foundation
- The Slave Dwelling Project
- Tri-county Family Ministries, Inc.
- Trident Literacy Association
- Warrior Surf Foundation
- We Are Family
- Wings for Kids
- YWCA of Greater Charleston, Inc.