Second Helpings is proud to be a recipient of a grant from the 2018 Hampton Lake Tiger Bass Race. This funding will provide fresh produce and protein in 2019 to local agencies affiliated with Second Helpings. Last year over one million pounds of produce were delivered in the three county area to 60 agencies providing nutritional choices to those served. This community event in Hampton Lakes has grown sustainably in its five years. They have donated over $130,000 to various charities within the Bluffton community. John Geisler, a Second Helpings volunteer for 18 years, won first place in his division at the race. Second Helpings’ board members Jo Pender and Margie Tomczak were on hand and recruited four new volunteers for Second Helpings the day of the race.
Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors awarded a grant to Second Helpings in support of the FILL THE NEED PROGRAM. This food distribution is the combined efforts by Palmetto Breeze, Second Helpings volunteers, and local business/church groups. These funds will provide some of the necessary equipment for this Thursday food distribution held weekly at the Palmetto Breeze Hub Station. FILL THE NEED just celebrated its one-year anniversary of serving these workers in October. This food distribution provides groceries to 500 families who ride the Palmetto Breeze Transit to work on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton. Second Helpings board and volunteers extend their sincere thank you to this generous organization. Their support of this program demonstrates how local businesses and churches, working together with a local food rescue agency, can strengthen the workforce in our community.
Robin Nieto, NEON CRM Consultant for Second Helpings proved a grant from the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, to bring Second Helpings donor records into the next century, is priceless.
In the past eight months, thanks to this grant award provided by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry in the winter of 2017, Second Helpings donor records are now up-to-date and communication with all supporters has vastly improved and can be done electronically.
Among the things accomplished with this very valuable grant include:
- All donor records are current and are being successfully tracked.
- The Second Helpings NEON CRM “playbook” is complete and serves as a useful reference.
- Agency specific policies and procedures are in place to make sure all records remain consistent and protected.
- The consultant assisted with creating a monthly giving program and a major donor campaign.
- Thank you letters have been created and updated quarterly with heart-felt stories for all campaigns and gifts.
- Grant history and tracking has been completed as well as “reminders” sent directly to the executive director’s email address to make sure no deadlines are missed.
- We are currently using the event tracking tools for our upcoming annual event SHARE THE BOUNTY and we are prepared for next year’s HUNGER GAMES.
“This grant and our experience working with Nieto far surpassed our expectations. The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry grant committee should be commended for their vision and support of this program. Its impact will be felt for years to come,” said Lili Coleman, executive director.
Coleman went on to say that the staff and members of the board have been trained on NEON CRM and they are utilizing the tools in the system. They can see reports and know instantly were Second Helpings stand with support for the mission to fight hunger in the low country.