by Gretchen Stringer-Robinson
Located at 1853 Maybank Highway, the James Island Outreach offers multiple options for those who need help.
Providing food and medicine as well as information, referrals, and even utility assistance, help is just a phone call away. It’s as easy as calling 843-762-3653 and leaving a message, or email through their website. Their office is open from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Created after Hurricane Hugo and fueled by the desire of area churches to help the citizens of James Island and Folly Beach, the James Island Outreach focuses on providing emergency assistance for basic needs such as food, water, medicine, shelter, and utilities. They distributed more than 92,250 pounds of food and $7,779 in cash assistance in one year alone.
You can help make a difference. The J.I. Outreach is now in need of funds, professional expertise or just good old sweat equity in refurbishing their current facility to offer dignity and efficiency to their clients. If you can help, please call (843) 813-5118 or email Cal Worthington at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are looking for a local outlet to make a difference in your community, you can volunteer time, talent, or funds. Volunteers can prepare food bags, inventory and maintain food stores, or pick up donations. Even breaking down boxes and helping the Outreach with recycling is appreciated. To volunteer, either contact one of the supporting churches, call, or fill in the form on their webpage.
Don’t forget, you can donate nonperishable food (or money) to help the Outreach keep to their policy of never letting anyone leave without food.
If none of the above appeals, but you enjoy a good time with good food, be sure you go to A Taste of James Island, the yearly event hosted by the Outreach program. The 6th Annual Taste of James Island will be on April 29, 2017 (Saturday) from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the First Baptist Athletic Dept. Admission is one or more non-perishable food items and the day will be filled with great food provided by local competitors, live music, kids’ games, and raffles.
With such a valuable tool at our fingertips, it would be a shame not to utilize it to help the community. Let’s help the James Island Outreach reach out.
Gretchen Stringer is our History Correspondent and an Adjunct History Instructor at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College and Central Carolina.