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Myrtle Beach Area Nonprofit Organizations

There has never been a better time to make a difference in our community. Please take a minute and see how you can help our local nonprofit agencies.

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American Heart Association

Contact Information

American Heart Association
1113-44th Ave. N., Ste. 200
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 282-2901

Mission

"Building Healthier Lives, Free of Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke"

About Us

Diseases of the heart are the No. 1 killer in the United States, and stroke is the No. 3 killer. The American Heart Association strongly believes that learning more about these diseases is the best way to reduce disability and death. That's why research is an association-wide priority.

Since 1949, the American Heart Association has spent more than $2.9 billion on research to increase our knowledge about cardiovascular disease and stroke. 1948-49, the American Heart Association's National Center and affiliates contributed $700,000 to research; in 2006-2007, more than $147 million, which compares favorably with other health organizations.

Use of Funds

80% of each dollar goes toward community awareness, programs and research at MUSC, USC and Clemson.
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American Legion Post 196 of Myrtle Beach

Contact Information

American Legion Post 196 of Myrtle Beach
PO Box 2189
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
(843) 831-0254

Mission

Honoring all veterans and families. Upholding the security of our country and helping our Myrtle Beach community.

About Us

We were organized in 2009. There are over 4,000 veterans in the Myrtle Beach area. We meet at the Senior Center at 21st Avenue North on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. We are also forming our Ladies Auxiliary at the same time and day.

Use of Funds

All money raised supports our Post and helps the veterans, families and community.
  

American Red Cross, Coastal South Carolina Chapter

Contact Information

American Red Cross, Coastal South Carolina Chapter
3531 Pampas Dr.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 477-0020

Mission

The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

About Us

The Horry County and Georgetown County Red Cross chapters were both chartered in 1917 and merged to form the Coastal South Carolina Chapter in July 2005. The local Red Cross provides disaster relief to the communities that it serves, which today covers a 3,000-square-mile jurisdiction that also includes Williamsburg County. All disaster assistance is provided free of charge to the clients. The Red Cross is not a government agency and all funds must be raised locally. The local Red Cross provides disaster assistance to individuals who lose their homes to fire or other natural or manmade disaster, provides 24-hour emergency communications to military personnel and their families and provides lifesaving skills courses such as CPR and first aid training.

Use of Funds

Ninety-one cents of every dollar goes to Red Cross programs to help those in need.
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Atlantic Stage

Contact Information

Atlantic Stage
PO Box 7402
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
(877) 287-8587

Mission

The purpose of Atlantic Stage is to enhance the cultural landscape of the Myrtle Beach area by providing quality theatrical productions of classical, contemporary and new works that are entertaining and enlightening. Atlantic Stage is an ensemble of professional resident artists committed to artistic excellence, community enrichment, and educational outreach.

About Us

Atlantic Stage was formed in 2008 by a group of theatre artists working regionally and at Coastal Carolina University. In our first season, we had yet to find a permanent home and so produced two plays at the university and one at a beachside resort (as a dinner theatre production). By the start of our second season, we had secured the 79th Ave Theatre, which we share with university productions. Our second season exposed growing audiences to the best quality professional theatre money can buy in Myrtle Beach. Average attendance more than doubled, and our patrons' enthusiastic and vocal support confirmed the area's hunger for what we have to offer.

We continue to grow and now in our fourth season offer our community six professional productions, classes taught by theatre professionals, and intern and apprentice programs for area youth.

Use of Funds

The nonprofit regional theatre model typically has somewhere around a 40:60 split of earned to unearned income in order to sustain itself. With a 145-seat black box theatre space such as ours, it's understandable that revenue will cap out quickly. In order to provide this lovely intimate theatrical experience for our audiences we rely on sponsors, donors and grants to keep us going. These monies go toward all manner of expenses from production costs, advertising, marketing and as low an administrative overhead as we can manage.
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 Barnabas Horse Foundation

Contact Information

Barnabas Horse Foundation for Children
PO Box 31636
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
(843) 241-3331

Mission

It is our mission to provide a safe and nurturing equine environment for children, adolescents, and teenagers, age 4-17, recovering from physical abuse, sexual abuse, and/or trauma. It is our hope that each participant will find healing, individual growth, self-respect, and the courage to move forward with their lives.

About Us

We work hand in hand with area therapists using equine assisted psychotherapy to help abused and traumatized children and youth. With a horse, kids just talk. There is no fear of judgment. Horses mirror the physical and emotional states of participants during therapy. They give accurate and unbiased feedback through their behavior.
They help participants learn the congruence between their feelings and their behaviors, thus allowing therapists to better identify and understand patterns exhibited by their patient.

Use of Funds

100 percent of our funding goes into the program. We are a publicly funded, volunteer-run organization from the top down. We rely on our supporters to provide the funds to keep our operation running safely. Basically, the more funding we receive, the more children we can help.
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 Belle W. Baruch Foundation/Hobcaw Barony

Contact Information

Belle W. Baruch Foundation/Hobcaw Barony
22 Hobcaw Rd
Georgetown, SC 29440
(843) 545-9853

Mission

The mission of the Belle W. Baruch Foundation is to conserve Hobcaw Barony's unique natural and cultural resources for research and education in South Carolina.

About Us

The Belle W. Baruch Foundation is a nonprofit organization and owner of the 17,500-acre wildlife refuge, Hobcaw Barony. Made as a royal land grant in 1718, it was eventually subdivided into 14 individual plantations. It became the winter residence of Wall Street millionaire and presidential adviser Bernard Baruch. Baruch's daughter, Belle, purchased all of the barony over a period of several years and at her death a foundation was created to use the land for the "purposes of teaching and/or research in forestry, marine biology, and the care and propagation of wildlife, flora and fauna in connection with colleges and/or universities in the state of South Carolina."

Use of Funds

All funds are used for the management of Hobcaw Barony in:
Historic Preservation
Environmental Conservation
Research
Education

Better Business Bureau of Coastal Carolina, Inc.

Contact Information

Better Business Bureau of Coastal Carolina, Inc.
314 Laurel St.
Conway, SC 29526
(843) 488-0238

Mission

To be the leader in advancing marketplace trust.

About Us

We offer a variety of services to businesses and consumers. We offer pre-purchase information on companies, a public report on companies in our community, complaint processing, advertising review, issue alerts and identify scams, consumer education and awareness out reach, Military Line Program, Auto Line Program and we will assist consumers and businesses in any way we can!
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Boys & Girls Club of the Grand Strand

Contact Information

Boys & Girls Club of the Grand Strand
1404 Carver St.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 445-9964

Mission

To inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

About Us

The Boys & Girls Club of the Grand Strand seeks to enhance the lives of school-aged youth 5 to 18 years of age by providing safe, productive and fun programs and activities on a daily basis. Our programs are very affordable and scholarship assistance is available to families that can demonstrate hardship. The organization has three main programmatic objectives:
1) Increase Academic Success,
2) Improve Character & Leadership Skills, and
3) Encourage Healthy Lifestyles.

Use of Funds

The Boys & Girls Club of the Grand Strand's IRS Form 990 for 2007 as prepared by Timothy Hucks, CPA shows that 86.75% of expenses were used for program costs and 13.25% or expenses were for management and fundraising costs.
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Brookgreen Gardens

Contact Information

Brookgreen Gardens
1931 Brookgreen Dr.
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
(843) 235-6000

Mission

To collect, conserve and exhibit figurative sculpture by American artists. To cultivate a display garden and exhibit sculpture therein. To collect, conserve and exhibit the plants, animals and cultural materials of the South Carolina Lowcountry. To educate a diverse audience about sculpture, horticulture and the ecology and history of the Lowcountry. To provide additional artists and cultural opportunities for members, guests and the community. To sustain the institution and all of its assets with visionary leadership, sound management and prudent fiscal policies.

About Us

In 1931, Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington founded Brookgreen Gardens, a nonprofit organization, and opened it to the public the following year. It is America's first public sculpture garden whose landscaped spaces and the collection of sculpture have continued to expand throughout the years. The sculpture collection now contains more than 1,200 works spanning the entire period of American sculpture from the early 1800s to the present. Their placement in over 50 acres of garden settings creates an extraordinarily beautiful combination of art and horticulture. The thousands of acres within Brookgreen's Lowcountry History and Wildlife Preserve are rich with evidence of the great rice plantations of the 1800s as well as with the native plants and animals of the Lowcountry. Visitors to the gardens may explore these places and its history through the programs at the Lowcountry Center, by walking the Lowcountry Trail, and by traveling on our boat or overland vehicle deep into the Preserve. The Lowcountry Zoo has been an important element of the mission for Brookgreen Gardens since its inception and is the only zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) on the coast of North and South Carolina. All of the native animals in the Lowcountry Zoo were either bred or raised in captivity at an AZA accredited institution, or were obtained from a wildlife rehabilitation center after sustaining a major disability due to injury. In either case, these animals could not survive in the wild.

Use of Funds

We are a nonprofit organization, and as such governed by the state and federal laws pertaining to nonprofit organizations. Approximately 85% of our income goes directly to support our mission.
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Carolina Cancer Foundation

Contact Information

Carolina Cancer Foundation
8121 Rourk St.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
(843) 429-5054

Mission

Working to make a difference in the lives of those touched by cancer.

About Us

It is the vision of Carolina Cancer Foundation that cancer patients have access to the most advanced care available in their community. Carolina Cancer Foundation's Mission Statement is to facilitate "state-of-the-art" care for cancer patients in Horry and Georgetown counties by coordinating patient advocacy, supporting treatment coverage efforts, providing cancer education and assisting underinsured and uninsured patients.

Carolina Cancer Foundation works on both the state and national levels to improve the quality of life and ensure the highest quality of care on behalf of cancer patients. We act as a liaison to our state and national governments to communicate the health care needs of our patients. Our members make frequent trips to advise our legislative leaders on oncology issues.

Carolina Cancer Foundation is also approved by the South Carolina Nurses Association as a Provider of Continuing Education in Nursing. The Foundation also helps to coordinate community education efforts regarding cancer prevention, early detection and treatment.

Within budgetary capabilities, Carolina Cancer Foundation offers support to uninsured and underinsured cancer patients in Horry and Georgetown Counties to help with the expenses of chemotherapy, chemotherapy administration and cancer supportive care drugs - as well as provide referrals to local social service counseling and other agencies.

Carolina Cancer Foundation is also a proud co-partner of Survivor's Day with Coastal Cancer Center. This local event joins thousands of communities throughout the United States, Canada and other participating countries in celebrating life as part of the Annual National Cancer Survivor's Day - the world's largest cancer survivor event.

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Carolina Master Chorale, Inc.

Contact Information

Carolina Master Chorale, Inc.
1811 Oak St., Ste. 6
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 444-5774

Mission

The mission of the Chorale is to present professional quality performances of choral masterworks in concert, nurturing and elevating the cultural climate of Myrtle Beach and the surrounding region. We support music education for future audiences and musicians through outreach concerts and sponsorship of the Carolina Youth Chorale

About Us

The Carolina Master Chorale is the oldest performing arts organization in Myrtle Beach and the second oldest in Horry County. Founded in 1982, the Carolina Master Chorale is in its 30th season. With our 80 members, the Chorale performs four major concerts per season, in-school concerts for children, performances at the S.C. Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, and participation in other charity events such as the Rotary Club Charity fundraiser.

Use of Funds

100% of donated funds goes to support the general operating budget of the Chorale. Additionally, funds can be donated to the Carolina Master Chorale Endowment Fund managed by the Waccamaw Community Foundation.
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Children's Museum of South Carolina

Contact Information

Children's Museum of South Carolina
2501 N. Kings Hwy.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 946-9469

Mission

The mission of the Children's Museum of South Carolina is to promote and stimulate self-discovery through interactive learning experiences which will enhance every child's understanding of his or her global community.

About Us

Since its inception, the Children's Museum of South Carolina has experienced tremendous growth. In 1994, the museum opened its doors, occupying a modest 1,200-square foot retail space in a local mall. The museum was well received by all who visited. As a result, the museum began to expand.

In March of 1995, the museum acquired a 7,500-square-foot facility and the task of restructuring the space into a museum environment began. During this period, 10 exhibits were designed, built and purchased. In March of 1996, the museum once again opened its doors to the community. As a result of continued growth and support, the museum acquired an additional 1,200 square feet of space in the summer of 1998.

As the museum continues to experience growth, it is steadily challenged to meet the needs of our community and state as a provider of a family-oriented learning environment that promotes interactive learning. As the local resident and tourist populations continue to increase, the need to provide quality family-oriented experiences increases. This is evidenced by the museum's steadily increasing number of visitors and voiced through visitor surveys at the museum. The growth of CMSC is a continual challenge for the board of directors as they search for a permanent site.

CMSC's commitment to education and fun can be experienced in all of our exhibits and educational programs. Working collaboratively with our communities and schools, student participation is enhanced in the sciences, technology, the humanities and culture.

Thousands of visitors from schools, day care centers and other groups in Myrtle Beach and surrounding communities, along with tourists from around the world, enjoy CMSC every year. Special programs offered by the museum, such as Tales for Tots and Digitalis Planetarium, are extremely popular with the adults and children who visit the museum. The museum also participates in several community-based festivals held annually.

Use of Funds

Monies raised through fundraising, admissions, and donations are used to enhance and maintain the current exhibits and programs offered at the museum, as well as the development of new exhibits and programs. CMSC is also currently in a Capital Campaign to build a new state-of-the-art facility.
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Coastal Samaritan Counseling Center

Contact Information

Coastal Samaritan Counseling Center
901 N. Kings Hwy.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 448-4820

Mission

To provide hope, healing, and growth through counseling, education and consultation.

About Us

Coastal Samaritan Counseling Center was established in 1980 by the Reverend Tom Brittain of the First United Methodist Church in Myrtle Beach. The center and its satellite offices are located in churches in Horry and Georgetown counties, but serve anyone regardless of their religious background. Services are offered on an adjusted fee scale. When life becomes overwhelming, the center is a wonderful place to turn to.

Use of Funds

The majority of funds go to pay our licensed, professional counselors who provide the services directly to those being helped. The overhead is very low because of the generous "housing" provided by churches.
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Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre

Contact Information

Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre
PO Box 1205
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
(843) 651-2006

Mission

The mission of Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre is to promote arts appreciation and cultural enhancement in the community, providing access to high caliber ballet training and performance opportunities through professionally-staged productions and educational initiatives.

About Us

Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre is uniquely positioned to combine the professional performing arts with a youth development focus. The organization makes a significant and lasting impact in the community and in the lives of thousands of area youth every year.

Use of Funds

Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre operates on company members' fees, ticket revenue and fundraisers which covers less than half of our operating expenses so we rely on your donations to help make possible the programs and performances offered by Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre. Our education and outreach programs, the creation of new dance works, and the preservation of time-honored programs all benefit from your donation.
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Conway Medical Center Foundation

Contact Information

Conway Medical Center Foundation
PO Box 329
Conway, SC 29528
(843) 347-8058

Mission

The Conway Medical Center (CMC) Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1988 as a charitable organization to provide support to Conway Medical Center in its effort to fulfill its mission and goals. The CMC Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life of all individuals in the Conway Hospital service area. The organization develops cooperation between the hospital staff and board, medical staff, the community, and other supporting organizations through educational and promotional activities.Resources for the Foundation derive from fundraising, donations, grants, and other sources where appropriate to assure long term growth and development.

About Us

The Conway Medical Center Foundation is a not-for profit corporation established in 1988 as a charitable organization to provide support to Conway Medical Center in its effort to fulfill its mission and goals. The Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life of all individuals in the Conway Medical Center service area. One of CMC Foundation's main programs is its community outreach program, Healthreach. Most individuals screened through the Healthreach program have no medical insurance and no family physician. Their medical care is obtained in the hospital emergency room. Through these screenings, we hope to discover their medical problems and educate them on proper treatment to remain healthy and active. Healthreach services include and/or supports:
-Services to over 10,000 adults and approximately 1,000 children in Horry County - Screenings and education for the underserved and indigent population free of charge.
-Conway Medical Center's Diabetes Education Initiative - CMC Smart Snacks Program, a food and nutrition program for children in the Horry County School District. Elementary aged children in need at Waccamaw Elementary, Homewood Elementary, Midland Elementary, and Conway Elementary receive nutritious snacks every weekend during the school year.
-The CMC Mammography Initiative. Providing free mammograms for individuals ages 40-47 who are uninsured and do not qualify for government assistance. Healthreach programs are having a positive impact throughout the community. Programs aimed at early detection, prevention, intervention and education all serve to raise the standard of health and lower the cost of health care for everyone.
The CMC Foundation also supports the CMC Wellness & Fitness Center, Friendship Medical Clinic, Kingston Nursing Center and provides nursing scholarships.

Use of Funds

All funds raised through endowments, funds employees contributions, community campaigns, grants, etc. go directly to all programs supported by CMC Foundation.
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 Cornerstone Church of Myrtle Beach

Contact Information

Cornerstone Church of Myrtle Beach
4007 Belle Terre Blvd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
(484) 903-0392

Mission

Our prayer for CCMB is that our church would be defined by three essential core values. Taken from the model of the early church in Acts, we have chosen these three Essentials in an attempt to succinctly describe the mission of this church. We believe, that to the degree that our covenant members understand and devote themselves to living out the implications of Gospel, Community and Mission, our church will enjoy vitality and blessing from God.

About Us

OUR BELIEFS
I.The Bible
We believe that the Bible consists of both the Old and New Testaments and that it alone is the perfect Word of God, being fully written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and thus is without error in the original manuscripts and has ultimate authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
II. God
We believe that there is one living and true God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having in and of himself all perfections including holiness, wisdom, power, and love and being infinite in all of them. To Him all of his creatures owe the highest degree of worship, love, reverence, trust and obedience.
III. Providence
We believe that God from eternity decrees or permits all things that come to pass and perpetually upholds, directs and governs all creatures and all events, yet so as not in any way to be the author or approver of sin nor to destroy the free choice and responsibility of His moral creatures.
IV. The Trinity
We believe that God, from eternity, exists in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, that these are without division of nature, essence, or being and equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, redemption and restoration.
V. God the Father
We believe that God the Father infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, including the future free choices of all humans, that he concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of humanity, that He hears and answers prayers according to His will, that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. VI. God the Son
We believe that Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, was conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth. We believe that He is the divinely appointed and only Mediator between God and man, the Prophet, Priest, and King of the Church, and Sovereign of the universe.
VII. God the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit was sent by the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.
VIII. The Fall of Man
We believe that man was created by God in his own image and free from sin, that he sinned against God and thereby incurred physical, spiritual, and eternal death, which is separation from God, and that, as a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature opposed to God and his law, are sinners by choice, and are under condemnation
IX. Regeneration
We believe that regeneration is a change of the heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who gives life to those dead in trespasses and sins, enlightening their minds and renewing their whole nature so that they love and practice holiness according to the Word of God.
X. Repentance and Faith
We believe that salvation is conditioned upon genuine repentance and faith, which follow God's gracious drawing of sinners through His Spirit. Repentance occurs when a person, being made sensible by the Holy Spirit made of the manifold evil of his sin, detests and forsakes it, humbling himself with godly sorrow and self-abhorrence, and endeavors to walk before God so as to please Him in all things. Saving faith is the belief, on God's authority, of whatever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ and an accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification and eternal life. Faith is accompanied by all other saving graces and leads to a life of holiness.
XI. Justification
We believe justification is God's gracious and complete acquittal of sinners, who believe in Christ, from all sin through the satisfaction that Christ has made. This not by anything done by sinners, but on the account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they receive His righteousness by grace and faith alone.
XII. Sanctification
We believe that those who have been regenerated are also sanctified by God's Word and by the indwelling presence and power of the Holy Spirit. This sanctification is progressive through the supply of divine strength, which all saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in the delightful obedience to all Christ's commands.
XIII. Christian Conduct
We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellow men; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of all that he has; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.
XIV. Perseverance of the Saints
We believe that those whom God has accepted in Christ and sanctified by His Spirit will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace but shall persevere to the end and though they may fall, through neglect and temptation, into sin, whereby they grieve the Spirit of God, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the Christ of Christ and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be renewed again unto repentance and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
XV. The Church
We believe in the universal church, a living and spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the autonomous local church, consisting of baptized believers in Jesus Christ, who have given a credible profession of faith and have covenanted together to engage in worship, fellowship, accountability, edification and missional living. We believe that God has given the members of the local church the primary task of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. We believe in the biblical offices of pastor/elders and deacons/deaconesses.
XVI. The Ordinances
We believe that the Lord Jesus has committed two ordinances to the local church, baptism and the Lord's Supper. Baptism is an obligation for every believer, wherein a person is immersed in water in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of their fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ and of remission of sins. We believe that the Lord's Supper is in no sense a sacrifice, but was instituted by Christ to remember His death, and to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a pledge and renewal of their communion with Him and with each other. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
XVII. The Last Things
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His eternal kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of our bodies, the final judgment, the eternal joy of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked.
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Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum

Contact Information

Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
3100 South Ocean Blvd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 238-2510

Mission

The Art Museum is dedicated to being on the finest visual arts museums in the Carolinas. We strive to engage our community and our visitors through unique exhibitions and interactive, education and creative programs for people of all ages.

About Us

The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum first opened to the public in June 1997, but it was conceived some
13 years earlier by a small group of Myrtle Beach visionaries - artists, art patrons, business leaders, cultural enthusiasts and other private citizens. The building itself has an even earlier history.

In 1924, textile industry mogul, Eugene Cannon built a large wooden-frame cottage in the Cabana section of Myrtle Beach and christened it the Cannon Beach House. After 20 years, it was sold to Colonel Elliot White Springs for use by his family and executives of Springs Industries. The house was then rechristened Springmaid Villa. The Springs' family and friends enjoyed this house for 30 years until 1975, when the family reluctantly moved due to the development of condominium projects surrounding the house. The family gave the Villa to Cox Construction Company in exchange for a new home. Cox Construction did nothing with the house. For fear that it would be knocked down, then Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild president, Gaye Sanders Fischer, convinced Cox to donate the house to the arts group. Cox agreed under the condition that the house be moved to a different location. The task was embraced by Guild member Harry Charles, who, with his wife Jane Charles, was passionate about the arts and the value arts could bring to the Myrtle Beach community. Charles visited with the president of Myrtle Beach Farms Company and walked out with the deed for an undeveloped lot eight miles south, just outside the city limits.

It took three full days, two flat-bed trucks and a slew of volunteers and city and utility workers to move the 150-ton structure to its present location.

Once moved, Harry Charles, again, came to the structures rescue. Charles formed the Springmaid Villa Art Museum Corporation, a nonprofit with a board of trustees charged with managing the property as a public art museum. Macon Epps formed the Friends of the Villa, a small group of women organizing all substantial fundraising efforts. The organization put on a myriad of fundraising events as well as raised awareness in the community of the Art Museum.

After a little more than a decade, the Art Museum, designed by Charleston architectural firm LS3P and constructed by local contractor Mike Harrington, opened its doors in June 1997. In recognition of the donation of the land the Art Museum became the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum.

The Art Museum struggled financially the years after its doors opening. Lineta Pritchard, then Chairman of the Board of Trustees, along with Harry Charles and arts advocate Harry Love, convinced the city to help keep and preserve the building.

The Museum now offers lectures, docent tours, workshops, KidsArt, adult classes, free Family Days and a host of other activities for all ages; and it all happens at a Museum that has been admission-free since 2003.

Although the road has been bumpy at times, the destination has been well worth the journey. Today, the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is truly the community's jewel by the sea.

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Gold Key Jazz Society

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Gold Key Jazz Society
PO Box 50633
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
(843) 742-5064

Mission

Gold Key Jazz Society is committed to the preservation of jazz music with performances and the desire to share this art with the rest of the world. We seek to connect with visitors from around the globe to establish South Carolina as the number one jazz location.

The society boasts of its success from humble beginnings to an overflow audience of 100 plus, jazz enthusiasts.

The society presently includes jazz enthusiasts from Horry, Georgetown, Marion and Charleston counties.

About Us

Gold Key Jazz Society was established in 2009 to inspire, educate, perpetuate and foster a love and appreciation for jazz music.

Use of Funds

All proceeds are used for education and to encourage jazz music awareness to the community and visitors, also to develop a youth jazz band instrumental and vocalist.
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Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina, Inc.

Contact Us

Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina, Inc.
2150 Eagle Dr., Building 100
Charleston, SC 29406
(843) 566-0072

Mission

Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit agency whose mission is to help people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work. Goodwill helps individuals with disabilities or barriers to employment gain the skills that they need to become gainfully employed.

About Us

Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina serves the communities of 18 counties in the lower areas of South Carolina including Horry County.

By offering job training, career coaching and other employment programs and services, Goodwill helps people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work!

Goodwill was founded in 1902 in Boston's South End by Reverend Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister. Helms collected used household goods and clothing in wealthier areas of the city, then trained and hired the poor and immigrants to mend and repair the used goods. The goods were then resold or were given to the people who repaired them. The system worked, and the Goodwill philosophy of "a hand up, not a hand out" was born.

In 1974, a small group of local citizens raised concerns over the lack of opportunities for people with disabilities in the Charleston area. The group received a charter from Goodwill Industries International and the agency officially opened its doors on Oct. 16, 1979, with the name Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina, Inc.

Since its inception, your local Goodwill, with five locations to serve the Grand Strand, has continued to provide services to individuals, businesses and organizations throughout South Carolina. The community has supported Goodwill Industries with donations of goods, monetary contributions and by shopping in Goodwill retail stores. Because of this support, Goodwill's mission of helping people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work is as relevant today as it was when Goodwill opened its doors in 1979.

Use of Funds

Our retail stores provide the necessary mission funding for our programs and services. Over 90 cents of every dollar spent at a Goodwill store goes right back into the community through job training and employment services.
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Grand Strand Harmony Chorus

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Grand Strand Harmony Chorus
Surfside United Methodist Church
800 13th Ave. N.
Surfside Beach, SC 29575
(843) 650-7323 or (843) 650-0625

Mission

The Grand Strand Harmony Chorus is a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, a singing organization of over 33,000 women in 50 states and several foreign countries. The organization is dedicated to teaching and practicing four-part barbershop harmony, in order to bring musical enjoyment to themselves and their audiences.

Members of Sweet Adelines are from all walks of life and many ethnic backgrounds. They are joined by a mutual love of harmonizing together. Within the supportive structure of her chorus, a member will find the strength, courage and joy of participating in and contributing to a beautiful tuneful presentation, loved and appreciated by audiences everywhere.

About Us

Launched in 1995, the Grand Strand Harmony Chorus received its official charter from Sweet Adelines International in 1997. That same year the ladies participated in their first regional competition, winning the Novice Chorus Award. The spirited, hard-working chorus won the Most Improved Chorus Award the following year. Now boasting nearly 30 women, GSHC is preparing to compete in the 2012 spring regionals, while envisioning a fully staged public show next year.

Most performances take place here on the Grand Strand. Over the years GSHC has been seen at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Brookgreen Gardens, The Theatre of the Republic and the Low Country Men's Barbershop Annual Show, as well as various festivals, malls, community centers, churches, schools and nursing homes.

Bonded by friendship and a shared love of performing in a cappella, four-part barbershop harmony, GSHC continues to grow in number and expand its repertoire. Their programs often include upbeat tunes complete with choreography, heart-rending ballads, patriotic songs, hymns and spirituals, old favorites, contemporary hits and original compositions.

The Grand Strand Harmony Chorus rehearses every Tuesday evening, 7-9:30 p.m., at Surfside United Methodist Church on Business 17 in Surfside Beach. New members are warmly welcomed, and the group is always seeking new venues for performances.

Use of Funds

Funds raised by the Grand Strand Harmony Chorus are used locally, to purchase music and costumes and to pay our director and coaches. All chorus members are volunteers.
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Grand Strand Senior Center

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Grand Strand Senior Center
1268 21st Ave. N.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 626-3991

About Us

We are a nonprofit organization that provides activities and support for seniors 50 years and older. We are part of the Horry County Council on Aging. Please read our newsletter on our website SENIORNEWS.BIZ

Use of Funds

Any funds raised help with the implementation of our activities.
  

Grand Strand Technology Council, Inc.

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Grand Strand Technology Council, Inc.
9209 Marina Pkwy.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
(843) 491-6060

Mission

Technology-based businesses tend to "cluster" with similar type businesses in geographic regions. In fact, technology professionals as individuals also seem to want to interact directly with other similarly trained persons to gain additional knowledge, ideas and develop potential enhancing partnerships. This council provides that nucleus of growing and involved technology professionals and businesses.

About Us

Activities are focused on topics of specific interest to computer information and technology trained professionals, and to technology dependent businesses. Initial emphases are on personal networking among the individuals, but will also involve such programs as:

-Information technology initiatives at Coastal Carolina University
-Federal government contracting
-Microsoft security initiatives
-Technical training at Horry-Georgetown Technical College
-Visiting business leaders from significant companies where subcontracting might be available
-Biotechnology and information technology

The next levels of Internet Interaction with students in computer sciences and other technology disciplines from the schools are being developed. Direct involvement is encouraged of technology professionals with the local school systems in tutoring or helping sponsor school clubs in such areas as computers or mathematics. Business plan competitions are being developed.

Use of Funds

Funds are primarily received from member dues from technology companies, affiliated organizations and educational institutions, government entities and individuals. Member meetings are generally sponsored or have costs covered by attendance fees. Spending is done by sponsoring various programs, and educational awards at the high school and college levels.
  

Habitat for Humanity of Horry County

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Habitat for Humanity of Horry County
165 Co-op Road
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
(843) 650-8815

Mission

Our mission is to eliminate substandard housing in Horry County by establishing partnerships to build simple, decent, affordable housing and communities together with God's people in need.

About Us

Habitat for Humanity of Horry County was established in 1991 by a group of interested citizens. On April 9, 1990, the Certificate of Incorporation was signed by Robert C. Wilkes Jr., Sammy Spann, and Daniel M. Campbell. This initial steering committee consisted of Ray Allen, David Bishop, James F. Burgess, Daniel Campbell, Mary Canty, Sandra Graham, Dwight Hudson, Sarah Jackson, George Jacobs, John Jones, Sharon Malone, Charles Sharpe, Jim Spangenburg, Sammy Spann.

The first house was constructed in 1991 for the Sutton family with six bedrooms in Myrtle Beach. Two more houses were finished that year. Since then, 109 houses have been constructed through 2011.

The first offices for the affiliate were located in a space loaned by Chancel Construction Company in Conway. The ReStore opened in 1996 in the Waccamaw Pottery Shopping Center. New offices were donated by First United Methodist Church in March, 1999 at 936 Broadway Ave. in Myrtle Beach while the ReStore moved to a new location along Kings Highway. In 2005, the ReStore and offices were combined at 1519 Executive Ave. in Myrtle Beach. This new facility included a large warehouse on the first floor for the ReStore and the administration offices are on the second level. The ReStore and Offices are currently located at 165 Co-Op Road in Socastee, as of Oct. 1, 2011. The current building is newer and more visible to traffic.

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Help a Veteran

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Help a Veteran
713 Raleigh Trail
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
(843) 222-0718

Mission

HAV is dedicated to providing direct funding to established organizations who meet the needs of veterans with extreme specialized needs.

About Us

Funds are raised and distributed directly to organizations that work directly with veterans and their families with extreme specialized needs.

Use of Funds

Our organization was formed in 2011 to raise funds for organizations that work directly with veterans with extreme specialized needs. Neither the President nor the board members are paid a salary, only necessary expenses are taken out of the funds, e.g. computer supplies and other office expenses. Approximately 80% of funds raised go to needy veterans or the organizations mentioned above.
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Helping Hand of Myrtle Beach, Inc.

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Helping Hand of Myrtle Beach, Inc.
PO Box 2886
Myrtle Beach, SC 29578
(843) 448-8451

Mission

Helping Hand is a crisis intervention agency whose mission is to minister to the needs not met by existing agencies.

About Us

Helping Hand provides food, utilities, rent, prescription medications, diapers, hygiene kits, gasoline, local and long distance bus tickets, IDs, referrals to other agencies, and other individualized services. Residents and transients in the City of Myrtle Beach and west to the Conway city limits can receive services at Helping Hand of Myrtle Beach. Helping Hand was formed in 1971 by the First United Methodist Church. At present, support comes from nine area churches, United Way of Horry County, local foundations, and private donations. During 2008, Helping Hand of Myrtle Beach served 19,844 clients and their families and provided $174,000 in direct client assistance.

Use of Funds

84% of funds are used to provide direct client assistance. In addition to expenditures, over $75,000 in donated foods are provided to clients. Helping Hand has an executive director, an associate director and a part-time data analyst, and relies heavily on volunteer assistance
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Horry County Disabilities & Special Needs

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Horry County Disabilities & Special Needs
250 Victory Lane
Conway, SC 29526
(843) 347-3010

Mission

Horry County Disabilities provides services and supports to persons with life long disabilities of Mental Retardation, Related Disabilities, Autism and persons with Head and Spinal Cord Injuries.

About Us

We screen applicants for eligibility based on one of divisions of service (Mental Retardation, Related Disabilities, Autism and Head and Spinal Cord Injuries). Once a person is eligible, we link them with services within the community as well as try to assist them in locating an appropriate funding source for the identified needs.

Use of Funds

Individual Medicaid & Medicare are possible funding sources as well as state funding and local government funding.
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Horry County Literacy Council

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Horry County Literacy Council
3101 Oak St.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 839-1695

Mission

To improve the lives of youth, adults and families by teaching basic literacy and life skills for economic and social success.

About Us

Teaching youths and adults to read, write and spell, achieve a GED or prepare for citizenship since 1976

Use of Funds

Purchase books and materials, training tutor volunteers and promote literacy throughout the Horry County.
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Kaminski House Museum

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Kaminski House Museum
PO Box 939
Georgetown, SC 29442
(843) 546-7706

Mission

The Kaminski House Museum is maintained and managed by the City of Georgetown for the preservation, exhibition and interpretation of its collection, decorative arts, architecture and history. Our purpose is to inspire a broad and diverse audience to think of the Kaminski House Museum as a teaching tool of a social history as it pertains to the architecture, the collection and the landscape. This purpose will be accomplished through the use of its collections, exhibitions, public programs, publications, educational activities, and special

About Us

Located in the heart of Georgetown's Historic District, the Kaminski House was built around 1769 and contains an outstanding collection of American and English furniture and decorative arts from the 18th and 19th centuries. Featured are several interesting examples of Charleston cabinetmaking of the 1800s. Open to the public since 1973, the Kaminski House Museum is a teaching tool for presenting history. From the promise of the colonial period to the difficulties of Civil War and Reconstruction to the current day, the site serves as a backdrop to the growth and changes in Georgetown and the surrounding areas.

Use of Funds

100% of the Friends of the Kaminski House funds go to the assisting the City of Georgetown with the conservation and preservation of the buildings and the collection.
  

The Long Bay Symphony

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The Long Bay Symphony
950 48th Ave. N., Ste. 202
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 448-8379

Mission

The mission of The Long Bay Symphony is to provide the highest quality musical performances and programs that educate and entertain while enhancing the cultural environment of the region.

About Us

The Long Bay Symphony was founded in 1987 by Dianna Swanner-Scroggins, a local music store owner. The first auditions for the symphony produced a core of 26 volunteer musicians. They performed together for the first time in April of 1988, in Wheelwright Auditorium, of then called Coastal Carolina College. Since that time the symphony has expanded under the direction of Dr. Charles Evans who was accepted the Music Director/Conductor position in 1996. As a professional symphony, we are committed to enhancing the quality of the cultural life of the region by providing the impetus and vision necessary for the continued growth of the arts community and by affording educational opportunities for citizens of all ages. The Long Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra remains a top priority as we invest in the cultural and artistic future of the region. In addition The Long Bay Symphony has, during its entire history, considered educational programming for both young people and adults as part of its mission.

Use of Funds

The funding we receive helps to pay the cost of concert production, including musicians' salaries, hall rental, administration and other related expenses. Ticket revenue covers less than 40% of funds needed to present the season's concerts. Individual donors and corporate sponsors are essential for the future of the symphony and to help us keep the music alive! Educational programs are an additional expense. In that regard, 100% of the funding we receive goes directly to the mission.
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March of Dimes

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March of Dimes
314 Laurel St., Ste. 201
Conway, SC 29526
(843) 488-3463

Mission

The March of Dimes mission is to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

About Us

For the March of Dimes, all babies are a source wonder - those born healthy and those who need help to survive because they were born too soon or with a birth defect. We know we can make a positive difference in their lives and we will carry out our mission until every baby is born full term and healthy.

The March of Dimes helps moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. If something goes wrong, we offer information and comfort to families. We research the problems that threaten our babies and work on preventing them. We achieve our mission of improving the health of babies through community services, education, advocacy and research.

Use of Funds

95 cents of every dollar we raise in the State of South Carolina goes to our mission.
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Mercy Care

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Mercy Care
8216 Devon Court
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
(843) 848-6480

Mission

Mercy Care is a nonprofit organization committed to comforting suffering persons with a life threatening or chronic illness. Our goal is to integrate physical, spiritual, psychological and social care by offering a range of innovative services that address end-of-life issues and bereavement needs of adults and children.

About Us

Mercy Care was formed in 1981 to bring a special program of caring to patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Organized by the Franciscan Sisters of Mary and initially funded by both the Sisters and the Catholic Diocese of Charleston, Mercy has since provided the highest quality care to patients and families dealing with advanced illness in Horry, Georgetown and Marion counties.

As the area's hometown hospice, Mercy provides services to any member of the community in need. Donations by generous community members make this possible.

Use of Funds

100% of all donations go directly to programs and services for our community members in Horry, Georgetown and Marion counties.
  

Murrells Inlet Elks Lodge #2797

Contact Information

Murrells Inlet Elks Lodge #2797
PO Box 1746
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
(843) 357-6116

Mission

To inculcate the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to recognize a belief in God; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its Members; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; to cultivate good fellowship; to perpetuate itself as a fraternal organization, and to provide for its government, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America will serve the people and communities through benevolent programs. Elks Care - Elks Share

About Us

The Elks organization was founded in New York City on Feb. 16, 1868, under the name "Jolly Corks" by 15 actors, entertainers and others associated with the theater. In ensuing years, membership expanded to other professions. The youth of our country have always been important to the Order. It is for this reason the Elks Drug Awareness Education Program was launched to warn primary grade students and their parents of the dangers in drug use. Additionally, every lodge observes June 14 as Flag Day, a tradition which the Elks began in 1907 and was later adopted by the Congress as an official observance.

Use of Funds

100% of all funds collected for our charities go to that charity.
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Myrtle Beach Lions Club

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Myrtle Beach Lions Club
PO Box 70074
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
(843) 444-4081

Mission

Our motto is "We Serve." Our mission statement is to empower volunteers to serve their community, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote understanding through Lions Clubs.

About Us

The Myrtle Beach Lions Club is part of Lions Clubs International, the largest service organization in the world. Our primary mission is to assist with vision problems such as providing glasses for the needy or vision related surgeries through our state organization. We also provide other service to the needy in the Myrtle Beach area, such as working with the Miracle League. We were first chartered before WWII but then folded during the war. Our current charter dates back to 1952.

Use of Funds

Our constitution and bylaws requires that 100% of funds raised from the community goes back into the community. Any funds required to support our members is raised from our dues.
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Myrtle Beach Marathon

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Myrtle Beach Marathon
PO Box 8780
Myrtle Beach, SC 29578
(843) 293-7223

About Us

The Myrtle Beach Marathon was started back in 1996 by a group of friends who trained for another event with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and eventually received the okay from the City of Myrtle Beach to organize one here. The event has grown from a 2,400 person event to over 10,000 participants and would not be possible without the help of our over 1,000 volunteers and the City of Myrtle Beach.

Use of Funds

A percentage of each registration is given back to each charity (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, American Red Cross, Horry County Disabilities and Special Needs). There are also donations made by the registrants as well as money raised to participate as a Red Cross or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society runner. Since 1996 the Myrtle Beach Marathon has helped raise over $2.4 million for our local charities.
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Myrtle Beach Sunrise Rotary

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Myrtle Beach Sunrise Rotary
PO Box 1205
Myrtle Beach, SC 29578
(843) 916-7222

Mission

We are a local Rotary organization that is committed to assisting our local community and the efforts of Rotary International.

About Us

Sunrise Rotary meets each Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. at Sea Captain's House. Throughout the year we assist Palmetto Bays Elementary School with many different programs - literacy, children in need, dictionaries, etc. We also host an annual Beach Blast event for underprivileged youth. During the event we bring youth (most of whom have never seen the beach) to the state park where they enjoy a day of activities and a delicious BBQ luncheon. Throughout the year we support our regional, national and international Rotarians through donations and volunteering activities.

Use of Funds

100% of what we raise goes to our projects
  

 Myrtle Beach Woman's Club

Contact Information

Myrtle Beach Woman's Club
PO Box 7244
Myrtle Beach, SC 29578
(843) 267-1061

Mission

The Myrtle Beach Woman's Club is committed to promoting "volunteerism" and to caring for our community through the service and leadership of our members. Its purpose is both educational and charitable.

About Us

The club donates annually to more than 20 charities, organizations and special needs within the community; while our scholarship program assists a Myrtle Beach High School female student and continuing students at Coastal Carolina University and Horry Georgetown Technical College. The Myrtle Beach Woman's Club, now in its 45th year, is still going strong and continues to live up to the values set for it by its predecessors. Membership is limited to forty members.

Use of Funds

100% of the funds raised are used to support the scholarship programs and needs within our community.
  

National Active and Retired Federal Employees
Chapter 1015

Contact Information

National Active and Retired Federal Employees
Chapter 1015
1718 Clubhouse Dr.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 232-0265

Mission

NARFE is dedicated to preserving and improving health care and benfits of federal retirees and employees.

About Us

Founded in 1921, NARFE's legacy spans more than 90 years. Since 1997 NARFE supports a scholarship fund for children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and stepchildren of its members. This administered by the Federal Employee and Assistance Fund. NARFE also partners with the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund providing emergency assistance to members who are victims of declared natural disasters.

In collaboration with the Alzheimer's Association NARFE members have donated more than $9.5 million to Alzheimer's Research. NARFE is the largest organization contributing to Alzheimer's Research. Locally Myrtle Beach chapter sponsors fundraisers for this program.

Use of Funds

There are no administrative costs for these programs. They are paid for by NARFE. We have an agreement with the Alzheimer's Association that all funds contributed go directly to research.
  

Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art

Contact Information

Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art
PO Box 1975
Pawleys Island, SC 29582
(843) 237-4774

Mission

To create and enhance cultural awareness and enrich the quality of life for residents and visitors by providing quality performances, programs and educational opportunities in music and the arts.

About Us

We are presenter of cultural art in the Waccamaw Neck area of South Carolina, serving area residents and visitors. Founded by Dr. Lee Minton in 1991, the Festival began as a one-event performance. Overwhelming community support led to a formation of a 501(c) organization and it has evolved into a month long event featuring world class artists and musicians.

Use of Funds

80% of funds are used to bring artists and musicians to the area as well as sponsoring local children's art events. Administration costs average 20%.
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Rape Crisis Center

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Rape Crisis Center
PO Box 613
Myrtle Beach, SC 29578
(843) 448-3180

Mission

The Rape Crisis Center of Horry and Georgetown Counties is a nonprofit organization providing services that lay the foundation for the healing process to all survivors of rape and sexual assault - women, children, men, their families and friends. We work to promote public awareness of the realities of sexual victimization and strive toward its elimination through outreach and community education.

About Us

The organization was founded in 1991. We provide services including, but not limited to, individual counseling, support groups, legal advocacy, community awareness, hospital accompaniment and a 24 hour, 365 day a year crisis line. All of these services are provided at no cost to all survivors of rape and sexual assault, and their families.

Use of Funds

Approximately 80 percent of funds go directly to our clients.
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Rolling Thunder South Carolina Chapter 3

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Rolling Thunder South Carolina Chapter 3
PO Box 370
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29597
(843) 685-1793

Mission

The main purpose of Rolling Thunder® Inc. is to publicize the POW-MIA issue: To educate the public that many American prisoners of war were left behind after all previous wars; to help correct the past; and to protect future veterans from being left behind should they become prisoners of war or missing in action. We are committed to helping American veterans from all wars.

Every September, the chapters of Rolling Thunder host a special weekend to honor former prisoners of war and to remember those still missing in action. This weekend is called The Ride Home.

About Us

Rolling Thunder South Carolina Chapter 3 is made up of a diverse group of local residents committed to the issues of POW/MIA and Veteran Affairs. This chapter holds monthly meetings. Funding for RTSC3 is provided through membership dues, fundraising events, sales of RTSC3 merchandise, sponsors, donations and in-kind contributions. RTSC3 is a nonprofit organization.

Rolling Thunder serves the veteran community by spending hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in financial support, food, clothing and other essentials to sanctioned veterans' groups, veterans and veterans' families in need, homeless veteran programs, women's crisis centers, and toys for children. In addition, thousands of hours are logged in by members of the Rolling Thunder organization at local VA hospitals around the country; members visit with and provide moral support to nursing home veterans, patients suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and homeless veterans.

The Ride Home began in 2002 as a retreat and rededication. Our founding members, from Florida and Georgia Rolling Thunder chapters, choose the National Historic Site at Andersonville, Ga., home of the National Prisoners of War Museum.

Use of Funds

About 66%-70% goes to help our local veterans, their families and the needy in our community. About 15%-20% goes to support veterans nationwide.
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The Salvation Army - Horry County

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The Salvation Army - Horry County
PO Box 500
Conway, SC 29528
(843) 488-2769

Mission

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

About Us

Social Service programs help needy families in Horry County with food, clothing, financial counseling, financial assistance with rent, utilities, prescription drugs and assistance at Christmas with food and toys.

Boys & Girls Club offers a safe place to learn and grow; ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals; life-enhancing programs and character development experiences; hope and opportunity.

Community Worship Center offers worship programs for all ages. Programs include Sunday school, a Sunday morning worship service, mid-week programs for children and adults, and community service opportunities.

The agency operates a mobile feeding unit that is able to bring hot meals to people in areas affected by disasters.

Family Stores offer much needed services to the community, is also open to the public for discount purchases; revenue supports community programs.

Use of Funds

In FY 2009, locally, 4,430 people were served and 1,177 children were helped with food and toys during Christmas.

Nationally, 67% of all children graduate high school. For children who are members of Boys & Girls Clubs, that number increases to 93% to 97%.

The local Family Stores distributed 14,678 pieces of clothing and 94 pieces of furniture to needy persons and put $339,305 back into the community by supporting programs.

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Seacoast Vineyard Church

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Seacoast Vineyard Church
PO Box 7047
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
(843) 445-9000

Mission

Loving the people of the Grand Strand and beyond into a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ.

About Us

We are a biblically based group of ordinary people with a good, healthy theology who are learning together what it means to follow Jesus Christ. We are casual, welcoming, spiritually passionate, and open to the Holy Spirit invading our lives. We try to "do church" in such a way that the unchurched, churched-out and followers of Christ can come together and encourage one another to gather in Small Groups, develop friendships and do life together while being the people Jesus desires us to be.

Sr. Pastors, Tim and Karen Holt have lived along the Grand Strand most of their lives. Tim has played in beach bands and surfed the East Coast in contests during the 60s and 70s. After attending UNC-Charlotte, Tim and Karen returned to Myrtle Beach, planning to take over Tim's father's construction business; however, after meeting Christ at a surfing contest in 1971, they became very involved in leading Small Groups of young people and sharing Christ on the streets of Myrtle Beach. Over the years, they have served as youth pastors, Worship Leader and Associate Pastor in Assembly of God & Evangel Fellowship of churches. In 1997, they began Seacoast Vineyard Church here at the beach. Tim is also the South Carolina and North Carolina Church Planting coordinator for Vineyard Churches and the coordinating pastor for the Puerto Rican Partnership missions initiative.

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Sons of Italy Myrtle Beach Lodge #2662

Contact Information

Sons of Italy Myrtle Beach Lodge #2662
7957 Moss Creek Road
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
(843) 215-2662

Mission

To promote and preserve the heritage and culture of the Italian and Italian-American community and to combat stereotyping of the Italian culture.

About Us

Now in our 21st year in Myrtle Beach, the Sons of Italy is a nationwide organization of over 600,000 members. To promote and preserve our Italian heritage, we host (at our 2,500-square-foot lodge) films, guest speakers, bocce tournaments and other Italian-themed activities. We host Myrtle Beach's two largest Italian festivals every year -early summer and October.

Use of Funds

We host an annual golf tournament to support the Community Kitchen of Myrtle Beach, and to date have donated over $35,000. Our annual fall golf tournament benefits "Law Enforcement United," an organization who bicycles each year to raise money to support the widows, widowers and children of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
  

SOS Health Care, Inc.

Contact Information

SOS Health Care, Inc.
PO Box 7136
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
(843) 449-0554

Mission

To partner with our community in providing hope to our neighbors in need of medical or related care.

About Us

SOS Health Care was established in 1989 by Dr. Bill Davis. Our current programs include: The Building Futures Autism Clinic, an early intervention school for children with autism spectrum disorders. Dogs for Disabilities: specially bred and trained dogs to assist children with disabilities. Elements Healing Space, free classes and services for women with cancer. Urgent Dental Care, free treatment for emergency dental issues. Caring 4 Kids, helping families with immediate needs related to health, nutrition and shelter, Substitute for Santa, a special Christmas night for 100 children to go shopping and buy themselves gifts. Opening Doors, a place to learn how to live more independently, meet friends and socialize with other people that have similar disabilities. We also assist the homeless youth of Horry County Schools.

Use of Funds

90 percent goes toward program costs.
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Tidelands Community Hospice, Inc.

Contact Information

Tidelands Community Hospice, Inc.
2591 N. Fraser St.
Georgetown, SC 29440
(843) 546-3410

Mission

The mission of Tidelands Community Hospice Inc. is to provide interdisciplinary, compassionate services, both professional and volunteer, for persons with life limiting illnesses and their families. The program is dedicated to promoting quality of life and serves as a community resource for end of life issues.

About Us

Tidelands Hospice provides care for individuals with life-limiting illnesses. We are dedicated to preserving dignity and providing expert care with genuine respect and compassion regardless of their diagnosis, age, race nationality, physical capabilities and/or reimbursement source (once a physician has determined hospice care to be appropriate.) We also have a 12-bed in-patient Hospice House which is available for pain and symptom management, respite and end of life care.
We provide for the needs of all our patients regardless of their reimbursement ability.
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United Way of Horry County

Contact Information

United Way of Horry County
PO Box 673
Conway, SC 29528
(843) 347-5195

Mission

The Mission of the United Way of Horry County Inc. in Conway, South Carolina is to unite the diverse elements of Horry County in a network of contributors, providers and users of human services in order to expand the capacity of these citizens to solve social problems and care for one another.

About Us

The United Way of Horry County was established in 1973 by a group of concerned citizens who wanted to find the most efficient and effective way to address problems they saw in their community. Those citizens saw the wastefulness of money and volunteer time in having many different human service agencies staff and operate fund drives each year.

Since that time, the United Way of Horry County has been an organization focused on creating results you can see. No two communities are alike; therefore, no United Way organizations are either. Each United Way is an independent agency, led by volunteers from our communities who have an intimate understanding of Horry County, their neighbors and what concerns they may face.

United Way is working to advance the common good by focusing on our children, families, education, independency and health. These are the building blocks for a good life - a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement and good health.

Our goal is to create long-lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place. Our vision for Horry County in the next 5 years is bold:
- Ensuring Successful Youth and Children
- Developing Strong, Safe and Healthy Families
- Promoting Self Sufficiency
- Providing a Basic Needs Safety Net

We invite you to be part of the change. Together, united, we can inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow.

That's what it means to LIVE UNITED.

Use of Funds

With one contribution, you can help a group of Community Partners serving Horry County with a wide variety of needed services. What is raised here stays here to help people right here in our communities. 84% of the total dollars raised in our local communities goes to help the 38 local Community Partners are supported by our local United Way in 2009.

Through our vision councils, your United Way works to understand the complex social issues that impact our community. When you give to United Way, you set in motion the actions needed to solve our most critical social and health issues. Your investment results in more hope, more opportunity, and more people involved in making a real measurable difference in the lives of so many. We hope you'll join us. Every gift and every level of giving is needed and appreciated. Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED.

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Unity Christ Church

Contact Information

Unity Christ Church
1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr.
Surfside Beach, SC 29575
(843) 238-8516

Mission

Our Mission is to Encourage Awareness of Spirit Within, and Inspire a Way of Life That Serves the Community with Love, Peace and Joy.

Basic Principles of Unity:
1. God is all good and active in everything, everywhere.
2. We are naturally good because God's divinity is in us and in everyone.
3. We create our experiences by what we choose to think and what we feel and believe.
4. Through affirmative prayer and meditation, we connect with God and bring out the good in our lives.
5. We do and give our best by living the Truth we know.

About Us

Unity Christ Church of Myrtle Beach is a welcoming, multi-cultural, inclusive community dedicated to spiritual growth and well-being of all, be they children or adults, individuals or families, youths or elders. We teach the Principles of Acceptance, Abundance and Prosperity. We honor diversity and the Universal Wisdom of Love and Kindness that is a part of all Spiritual Paths.

Use of Funds

Our outreach to the community includes individuals and groups, including Hope House of Myrtle Beach, Regency Hospice, area fire victims, Coastal Animal Rescue, Waccamaw Riverkeepers, to name a few.
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Waccamaw Animal Rescue Mission

Contact Information

Waccamaw Animal Rescue Mission
PO Box 1764
Conway, SC 29528
(843) 347-6583

Mission

WARM is a NO-KILL refuge whose mission is to rescue and rehabilitate farm, wildlife and companion animals. No healthy or curable animal is ever euthanized at WARM. Animals are euthanized ONLY when their pain and suffering cannot be alleviated. All animals are given every possible chance for life.

About Us

WARM rescues and rehabilitates wildlife, farm and companion animals. Companion animals are adopted into new loving homes through WARM's adoption program. Farm animals are adopted to small family farms and wildlife is returned to the wild away from human habitation and hunting areas. For those animals that cannot be released or are not adopted, WARM's facility becomes a permanent home where the animals live out their lives. WARM began in 1980 when Julie Finlayson, the director of WARM, threw herself out of a moving truck to save a German Shepherd on fire on the side of the road. She was able to save the Shepherd and he went on to live for nine more years at a place now called WARM. Julie has been saving the lives of helpless, abused and abandoned animals ever since. WARM is dedicated to helping animals and is working hard to alleviate the suffering of the stray, abandoned and abused animals of our community. Saving lives is what WARM is all about.

Use of Funds

WARM is a local volunteer organization and operates totally on donations and fundraising events. No tax grant funding is received from the city of county. WARM relies solely on its friends, neighbors and community for its support. All funds go directly to the cost of housing, feeding, medicating and vetting the animals in its care.
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Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild

Contact Information

Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild
PO Box 1595
Myrtle Beach, SC 29578
(843) 448-7690

About Us

The Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild is a nonprofit, state-chartered organization. Sixteen artists and crafts people who wished to encourage and promote fine arts in the community organized it in 1969.

Monthly program meetings from September to May on the third Saturday of the month at 10:15 a.m. at The Art Museum, 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach. A variety of programs is offered including demonstrations, slide presentations, social gathers with exhibitions of recent works by members, and panel discussions on subjects of interest to artists such as framing and making slides of your art, etc. Guests are always welcome at no charge.
- Two art shows, that at least one of them have been ongoing
for 33 years.
- Four Art in the Park shows are held in Chapin Park each year giving artists an opportunity to display and sell their work.

Members are kept informed of events of interest by periodic newsletters and postcards.

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Waccamaw Community Foundation

Contact Information

Waccamaw Community Foundation
3655 S. Hwy. 17 Business.
Murrells Inlet, SC 29526
(843) 357-4483

Mission

The Waccamaw Community Foundation is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging the development of a community tradition of philanthropy by making it easy, personally satisfying, and effective for individuals, families, corporations and businesses to establish permanent and temporary funds in support of the charitable organizations and causes they care most about.

About Us

Formed by local citizens in 1998, the Waccamaw Community Foundation helps individuals from all walks of life establish charitable funds for the long-term benefit of our communities. Our motivation is single-minded and simple: no one can know what the region's needs will be in 20, 50 or a 100 years, but we do know future generations will need charitable resources to respond adequately to the issues of their day.

Use of Funds

Since inception, the Waccamaw Community Foundation has granted in excess of $7,200,000.00 to 501(c)3 charitable organizations, religious and educational institutions. In 2008 alone, the foundation granted more than $1,500,000.
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 Woodmen of the World

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Information

Woodmen of the World
PO Box 1079
Myrtle Beach, SC 29578
(843) 448-8057

Mission

Woodmen of the World exists to benefit our members through every stage of life.

About Us

Woodmen of the World is a fraternal benefit society, meaning we're not-for-profit and member-owned. Since 1890, we've been providing valued life insurance and annuity products to American families.

At Woodmen of the World, our members matter the most. When families join Woodmen of the World, they become part of a network of like-minded people who truly care for one another. In times of need, fellow members often bring aid, comfort and encouragement to each other. Local lodges perform thousands of outreach projects in their communities each year, and they organize just as many social activities that foster lifelong friendships among members.

Woodmen of the World members share a commitment to family, community and country. Through a commitment to family values, they become more dedicated family members. Through volunteerism, members strive to be better friends and neighbors. Through a patriotic allegiance, members pledge to be better citizens.

Use of Funds

As a fraternal benefit society, Woodmen of the World members pay dues to their lodge each month, which help pay for the community service and social activities that the lodge plans. All organization-wide benefits, assistance, equipment, and awards are funded through Woodmen of the World's Fraternal Service Fund. All activities and benefits supported by the Fraternal Service Fund are intended to promote Woodmen of the World's fraternal mission and to extend our reach throughout the community.
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Zonta Club of Myrtle Beach

Contact Information

Zonta Club of Myrtle Beach
P.O. Box 51572
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
(843) 236-9102

Mission

Zonta International seeks to advance the status of women worldwide by improving the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women at the global and local levels through service and advocacy.
- To improve the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women at the global and local level through service and advocacy.
- To work for the advancement of understanding, goodwill and peace through a fellowship of executives in business and the professions.
- To promote justice and universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
- To be united internationally to foster high ethical standards, to implement service programs and to provide mutual support and fellowship for members who serve their communities, their nations and the world.

About Us

ZONTA was organized in November 1919 in Buffalo, N.Y. Our founder was Marion DeForest, a journalist and playwright. At a time when few women held leadership positions she conceived the idea of a strong network of women. By March of 1919, five women organized to achieve this mission and chartered the first Zonta Club in Buffalo, N.Y.

ZONTA Club of Myrtle Beach was chartered on Feb. 1, 1993, to serve Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas. We work closely with nonprofit agencies to help improve the status of women and girls in South Carolina. Our projects have included transportation for CASA, baskets for young mothers choosing to continue their education with the help of Horry County Outreach, helped found ECCAHT to end human trafficking in the Carolinas, sweat suits for rape victims, and local scholarships for young women.

Use of Funds

100% percent of our service funds go to help those in need.