The Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens filters thousands of dollars in donations back into the community each year. Major fund recipients include Historic Savannah Foundation, Ardsley Park/Chatham Crescent Garden Club, and the Women of Christ Church Anglican (WCCA), who distribute funds to many local charities.
Some of the recent organizations supported by WCCA include:
Offering financial assistance to families of critically ill children.
Founded in 1989 The Barnabas Center is a nonprofit, nondenominational, Christ-centered counseling, training and teaching ministry. The Barnabas name, which means “son of encouragement,” communicates our desire to encourage people by coming alongside them, entering into their daily struggles, and walking with them toward freedom.
Heads Up Guidance Services (H.U.G.S.)
H.U.G.S. provides a full range of therapeutic, educational, and vocational services to participants who (1) are seeking meaningful, productive lifestyles; (2) have the desire to make a positive contribution to our community and (3) have limited financial means to pay for services.
The Children’s School is committed to providing a Christian environment for young children. We believe that each child should develop spiritually, intellectually, physically, and emotionally in order to be a well-rounded individual. The primary goal of the school is to develop children who are confident, motivated, creative, and eager to learn. Our program recognizes the individual growth and development of each child and provides stimulating and challenging activities. We strive to create an atmosphere of excitement for learning in a carefully structured, yet relaxed and safe environment.
Kairos is a Christian, volunteer, lay-led, ecumenical, international prison ministry, in which men and women volunteers bring Christ’s love and forgiveness to incarcerated individuals and to their families. – See more at: http://www.christchurchsavannah.org/main/serving-others/kairos-prison-ministries/#sthash.c58J8QTN.dpuf
The Living Vine is a residential program for pregnant women in crisis. We display God’s love for life by opening doors and arms to women and their unborn children during the vulnerable and challenging season of pregnancy. We love and serve our residents in three simple ways: protection, provision, and preparation.
The Savannah Baptist Center is a non-profit which serves the poor and needy in the Savannah-Chatham community. Our guiding mission statement is to glorify God by meeting the spiritual and physical needs of the people that come to the Center. The vision of the Baptist Center is to develop strong, Christ-centered individuals and mobilize churches and individual Christians to develop and exercise their ministry skills through the Baptist Center ministries. The Baptist Center ministries include clothes closet, food pantry, sewing class, and bible study. We also offer day locker storage, shower and laundry facilities. We have a brand new ministry launching in October 2014 for mothers of young children.
The vision of Urban Hope is to help bring change to the inner city through its children, by giving them hope for a better future, through our after school and summer programs. A community can not prosper without the education and hope of its children. Children who are uneducated, unsafe and have no hope will continue along the path of despair and crime. The streets of Savannah can be a dangerous place for an unattended child. Children seeking acceptance can easily be led into an environment of crime and drugs; however, they can also be easily led into a life of love and success.
The Whitefield Foundation based in the Thomas Square area, which is the “Heart of the City.” Thomas Square has a wonderful heritage and diversity, but like the Landmark Historic District of 60 years ago, is in need of renewal physically and spiritually. The Whitefield Foundation was formed after an in-depth study of the area’s needs as well as interviews with our key outreach partners who have been focused on improving health and fighting poverty in the neighborhood for many years. Their mission is to have a significant impact on lives in the Thomas Square area through a focused and measured approach to putting the key education building blocks in place for a fulfilled and productive life, through outcome based education initiatives targeting at-risk K-12 students, workforce development for the working poor, mentoring of low-income seniors, and serving as a resource and coordination center for 22 community partners.
Young Life doesn’t start with a program. It starts with adults concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don’t happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency. So Young Life leaders log many hours with kids around the world — where they are, as they are. We believe in the power of presence. Kids’ lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. Because their leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.