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Hispanic Heritage Night

Saturday, August 16th @ 6:05pm - Come celebrate Hispanic Heritage Night and enjoy a fun night of baseball with the Charleston RiverDogs. A dollar of every ticket purchased through the link below will be donated to our English as a Second Language Program and Prenatal Services. Tickets are $8 each. Click here to buy tickets, when asked for the group password, enter heritage14.

Party for a Purpose

Thursday, August 28th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm - Visit The Mad River bar and grill, located down town at 32 N. Market St. from 6-9pm to support Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach. A $5 donation to OLMCO gets you a complimentary drink and discounted menu! http://www.madrivercharleston.com/

Our Lady of Mercy Outreach Celebrates Our 25th Anniversary

Sunday, September 7th from 1:30pm to 4:00pm - Join us on the grounds of Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach to celebrate our 25th Anniversary! To RSVP call (843) 559-4109 or email Jennifer.meshanko@olmoutreach.org

Volunteer Appreciation Event

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach will hold its 2014 Volunteer Appreciation Event on Wednesday, April 30th, from 4-6pm at the Edisto Hall at the James Island County Park. Dinner and refreshments will be served.

Lowcountry Nonprofit Hosts Fundraiser to Increase Education Services to Sea Island and Downtown Charleston Residents

Charleston, SC – Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach will host its 17th Annual Auction on Sunday, January 26 2014, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Charleston Marriott Hotel located at 170 N. Lockwood Blvd. Tickets are $100 and include a silent auction during a cocktail hour with light hors devours and wine followed by a live auction and formal Sunday dinner. Proceeds from the event will go directly to educational outreach services including early childhood education, English as a Second Language (ESL), GED preparation, budgeting classes, women’s health education, craft classes and more!
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Outreach Receives $150,000 Grant from BlueCross BlueShield Foundation

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services, Inc. has received a major grant from the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation in support of its Wellness Center. Our Lady of Mercy will receive $50,000 each year for the next three years to support the operation of the Wellness Center. Read more »

OLM Outreach Receives WMAD Grant

Our Lady of Mercy’s Comprehensive Family-Centered Literacy Project has received a grant in the amount of $5,000 from Women Making a Difference, a Charleston-area “giving circle, a group of savvy women who band together to increase their giving power, and grants are supported by annual membership donations.” Read more »

ESL: An Apple A Day

This month ESL students will be learning about various aspects of nutrition. They will be studying how to maintain a balanced diet and an active lifestyle. Students will be visited by local nutritionist, Kathleen Parramore. In addition, students will learn important life skills such as how to read nutrition labels and how to prevent childhood obesity.

Here's to a healthy new year!

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Gave Us Back Our Dignity

Dignity is important to Jeffrey and Marsha for they have been proud and productive residents in the Lowcountry for decades. Before a devastating stroke left Jeff blind in 2008, he owned his own towing company. Read More

Our Lady of Mercy Nuns Helping City's Neediest

With a new sister taking the helm of Charleston's order, this is a new day, or at least a changing one, at the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy's convent on James Island. Read More

Women Making a Difference Benefit Neighborhood House

The Neighborhood House has received a grant from Women Making a Difference in the amount of $4,200 to fund emergency assistance for women and children in crisis situations. The funds will be administered on a case-by-case basis to women with critical needs and no other available resources. Examples include inability to pay rent or utility bills, and lack of food or medications. More…

Last year, the Neighborhood House distributed over $32,000 in direct emergency assistance; however, requests for assistance far exceeded available resources.

Founded in 2001, by three women of varying ages and backgrounds, Women Making a Difference was formed to build a community of women philanthropists, generate significant annual grants and maintain a permanent endowment.
Since its inception Women Making a Difference has generated over $500,000 which has been distributed throughout the Lowcountry, enhancing the lives of countless women and children.
Grants from Women Making a Difference are administered through the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.

The Mission of Mercy

The island communities of Kiawah, Seabrook, Johns, and Wadmalaw are truly spectacular. From dazzling sunsets, to unique wildlife, to world class dining, the island communities of Charleston are unlike anywhere else. Perhaps what makes these islands so special is the deeply rooted community involvement. Residents and vacationers alike continuously commit their time and skills to better the surrounding areas and give back to their community. Read More

OLM Hosts Pet Helpers' Pet Care Fair

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach will host the Pet Helpers' Pet Care Fair on Saturday, September 29, at the John's Island location at 1684 Brownswood Road. Read More

AMERICORPS*VISTA 2013-2014 Sites Selected

Our Lady of Mercy is chosen as a host site for the Charleston 2013-2014 AmeriCorps*VISTA program. Read More

Local Nonprofit Receives $30k in Grants to Provide Free Community Outreach Services

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy, has received three grants, each for $10,000. These generous contributions will aid in their mission to provide educational, health and direct outreach services to residents on James, Johns and Wadmalaw Islands as well as downtown Charleston-area residents through the Neighborhood House program. Read More

Our Lady of Mercy Hosts Fundraiser to Increase Education Services to Sea Island and Downtown Charleston Residents

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach will host its 16th Annual Auction on Sunday, January 27, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Charleston Marriott Hotel located at 170 N. Lockwood Blvd. Tickets are $75 and include a silent auction during a cocktail hour with light hors devours and wine followed by a live auction and formal Sunday dinner. Proceeds from the event will go directly to educational outreach services. Read More

Local Nonprofit Hosts Golf Tournament Fundraiser to Support Struggling Lowcountry Residents and Promote Self-Sufficiency

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach will host their 21st Annual Golf Tournament on October 2 at The Golf Club at Briar's Creek on John's Island. Read More

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Receives Two Grants from the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina

A grant, recieved in October of 2013, in the amount of $20,000 will support the agency's "Yes I Can!" after school program and summer enrichment camp. The second grant for $6,000 will provide funds for the Neighborhood House's nutrition programs. Read More

20th Annual Golf Tournament Raises Money to Support Residents in Need

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach hosted their 20th Annual Golf Tournament on May 30 at The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek on John’s Island. More than 100 golfers and volunteers came together to raise $43,500. Donations from the annual event will help to provide educational programs, health services and direct emergency assistance to families on James, Johns and Wadmalaw Islands who are suffering from poverty, unemployment and illness. Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach provides educational opportunities and resource assistance that encourage self-sufficiency and the desire for a better future for area residents. Read More

Key Leadership Changes for Established Lowcountry Nonprofit

After two decades of leadership to the Johns Island-based nonprofit, Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach, Sister Mary Joseph Ritter has assumed the role of General Superior with the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy for the Charleston region. Jill Jackson Ledford will assume the role of executive director with Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach. Read More

Blackbaud System to Promote Development

Our Lady of Mercy has purchased, and is in the process of transitioning to, a Blackbaud Raiser's Edge development system. This state-of-the-art system will allow Our Lady of Mercy to better communicate with our supporters and potential supporters. The Raiser's Edge system coordinates donor information, gift record keeping, communications, special events and volunteer information. The system was partially supported through a grant from the Coastal Community Foundation.

Blackbaud, headquartered on Daniel Island just north of Charleston, provides software and management systems for nonprofit organizations worldwide. The Raiser's Edge system, considered by most nonprofits to be the ultimate development software system, will eventually be used by Our Lady of Mercy both on Johns Island and at the Neighborhood House.

Service Coordination Enhanced by Gift from Sisters of Charity of South Carolina Foundation

Through a new program entitled "The Fishing Project," Our Lady of Mercy has enhanced significantly its coordination of services. The intent of the project is to magnify the ability of all of Our Lady of Mercy's efforts to lift people out of poverty by coordinating the services they receive and by educating them about the means by which they can progress toward a more independent and productive life.

Social worker Deborah LaRoche coordinates the program, involving all of the direct services provided by Our Lady of Mercy. This program enhancement was made possible through a three-year, $75,000 grant from the Sisters of Charity of South Carolina Foundation.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is a faith-based organization, deeply rooted in the principles of the Gospel and the traditions of the Catholic Church. As a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, the Foundation is committed to addressing the causes and effects of poverty in South Carolina. The Foundation has distributed over 1,425 grants to nonprofits working to reduce poverty in the lives of more than 450,000 individuals and families in South Carolina.

OLM Receives City of Charleston Grant

OLM received a grant from the City of Charleston for $4500.

OLM Outreach Exceeded Fundraising Goal for Wellness House

On October 3, 2008 Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services Inc., announced that the organization had officially exceeded the fundraising goal for its "Wellness House Capital Campaign." Read more»