Kershaw County Endowment Awards $3,500 to Community Organizations

Columbia, SC - The Kershaw County Endowment, which operates under the umbrella of Central Carolina Community Foundation, announces grants totaling $3,500 to five philanthropic organizations including The Upton Trio, Girl Scouts of South Carolina Mountains to Midlands, Food for the Soul Kershaw County, Sistercare Inc., and Harvest Hope Food Bank.

With a strong presence in the Kershaw community, these organizations plan to use the funding for various philanthropic endeavors:

* The Upton Trio has commissioned a composition inspired by the history of the American space program, which will be performed in auditoriums for all fourth and fifth grade in Kershaw County schools, plus two middle schools and one high school.
* The Girl Scouts' Healthy Living Program will co-host four different healthy living events during the membership year for Girl Scouts in Kershaw County.
* Food for the Soul, which provides meals for needy residents in Kershaw County, will provide plants, tools and supplies necessary for maintaining the Frank J. Griffith Food for the Soul Friendship Garden.
* Sistercare's Economics Against Abuse project will work with survivors of domestic violence from Kershaw County to teach them financial empowerment. The goal of the program is to teach participants to attain economic and emotional independence and to create a financial plan so that they can be self-sufficient and leave their abusive relationship.
* Harvest Hope Food Bank will continue to provide the Mobile Food Pantry in Kershaw County. The mobile food pantry transports food and related items to people living in South Carolina's rural communities.

"We are pleased to be able to award funding to such diverse and dedicated organizations," says Pauline W. Lampshire, Kershaw County Endowment Chair. "These organizations enrich the Kershaw community and these special programs will help further the mission of the Kershaw County Endowment as well as Central Carolina Community Foundation."

The Kershaw County Endowment (www.kershaw.yourfoundation.org) accepts gifts from individuals, families, businesses, private foundations, charitable trusts, civic associations and other nonprofit organizations. Earnings from this endowment provide grants to meet community needs within Kershaw County by helping existing charitable programs and nonprofit organizations. A local, volunteer Board of Advisors guides the Kershaw County Endowment with technical assistance and management support services provided by Central Carolina Community Foundation staff. The Endowment recently welcomed a new board member, Gracie L. Adamson from Cassatt, South Carolina.

Central Carolina Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization serving 11 counties in the Midlands by helping charitable individuals and businesses meet the needs of our community. For more information, visit www.yourfoundation.org.