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Community support is priceless!

Thank you to our donors and supporters for helping us raise funds towards the annual golf tournament and online giving challenges!

During the month of April, Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach partnered with The MatchingFund.org to support The Neighborhood House Renewal Promise. This initiative is aimed at fully renovating the facilities and expanding services at our downtown site. A generous donor committed $20,000 as a challenge gift through The MatchingFund, and we are happy to report that our donors not only met that challenge, but exceeded it as well, for a grand total of over $41,000! We are grateful to all of the individuals and families that helped make this possible, and can't wait to see the improvements these funds will provide to Neighborhood House!

On April 27, 2016, Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach held its 23rd Annual Golf Tournament at The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek on Johns Island. Eighty-six players enjoyed the beautiful weather and participated in the “best ball” 18 hole tournament. A cocktail hour, award ceremony and dinner followed tournament play. The event raised $56,000 that will go towards supporting the outreach, education, and wellness services offered by the organization. We are humbled by the generous support of our sponsors, players, committee and volunteers who made this event possible.

Thank you to everyone who donated towards May 3rd’s Lowcountry Giving Day and attended one of our offline events! A special thanks goes to our anonymous $10,000 challenge gift donor! We appreciate everyone's generosity and patience with the online giving platform. With your support, we were able to raise $22,306 (including the $10,000 challenge gift)! Your donations will help people in need throughout our community. Many thanks to Sweeney's Restaurant, Sugar Bakeshop and Taco Boy for hosting and donating towards our offline events!

Neighborhood House Honored

On Thursday, June 18, 2015 - Our Lady of Mercy Neighborhood House was honored by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina.

Neighborhood house was honored with the Grantee Organization Award. The award recognizes a recipient of Sisters of Charity funds who "illustrates exemplary performance in the area of health, education and community outreach."

We are honored the downtown location was acknowledged, and will do it justice by continuing to make the best impact we can in the community.
You can watch a video about Neighborhood House here.

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Lowcountry Nonprofit Serving Sea Island and Downtown Charleston Residents Hosts Open House Event

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach will hold a series of Open Houses the week of March 9th at two of their campuses: the Johns Island campus and at the Neighborhood House downtown Charleston. At both service locations, the participants will be given a tour, learn about outreach services and meet volunteers and staff. The Open Houses at both sites will include refreshments. They are free and open to the public.

Open House Details

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Receives Gift from Food Lion

Charleston, S.C. - Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach has received $3,000 from the Food Lion Charitable Foundation just in time to help feed local residents. Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach will use the gift to provide food and nutrition education to families in need.

“We greatly appreciate Food Lion’s gift, which will enable us to better serve families on James, Johns, and Wadmalaw Islands as well as downtown Charleston,” said Jill Jackson Ledford, executive director of the organization.

ancial support for programs and organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry in the communities it serves. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $9 million in grants.

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The Sisters of Charity Foundation Awards Our Lady of Mercy Two Grants

The Foundation has designated specific grant funds to support women religious and their ministries. CMI Strengthening Ministry grants are designed to specifically strengthen the ministries of women religious whose ministries have a range of needs. Our Lady of Mercy Outreach and the Our Lady of Mercy Neighborhood House are two of this year’s grant recipient’s receiving the following grants.

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services, Inc.- ($20,000.00) helping to formalize outcome measurements throughout the many programs and services offered at Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach. (Charleston)

Our Lady of Mercy Neighborhood House- ($10,000.00) A weekday lunch program and food pantry for the poorest of the poor in urban Charleston. (Charleston)

Sisters of Charity Foundation Grants

Helping Migrant Workers on Johns Island

For a quarter of a century, Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach has administered to the migrant workers on Johns Island, providing food, clothing and toiletries including sun protection. Read More

AMERICORPS*VISTA 2014-2015 Sites Selected

We have been chosen as a host site for the Charleston 2014-2015 AmeriCorps*VISTA program.

Catholic Extension Provides Three-Year Grant

Catholic Extension has approved a three-year, $105,000 grant to Our Lady of Mercy in support of its services in general, and to assist the Neighborhood House in particular. The grant will provide $35,000 per year for each of the next three years.

In providing the grant, Catholic Extension agreed to support both the services to the residents of urban Charleston through the Neighborhood House, and to support Our Lady of Mercy's efforts to promote awareness of its services in the Catholic community in particular, and in other faith communities in general.

The Neighborhood House, established by the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy in 1915, is the oldest continually operated social service in South Carolina.

Catholic extension is a national fundraising organization committed to supporting and strengthening poor Catholic mission dioceses across the U.S. More information can be obtained at www.catholicextension.org

O'Neil Foundation Expands Support

The W. O'Neil Foundation of Chevy Chase, Maryland has awarded a grant to Our Lady of Mercy in support of its emergency assistance services. The gift will help Our Lady of Mercy meet the emergency needs of local individuals and families experiencing economic hardships. The gift, totaling $25,000, for the first time also provides support for the services provided by Our Lady of Mercy through the Neighborhood House in downtown Charleston.

In 2010-2011 Our Lady of Mercy provided emergency assistance to over 11,000 individuals in the sea islands area and in urban Charleston. $15,000 of the grant will support the emergency assistance services of Our Lady of Mercy, and $10,000 will be devoted to the needs of those served through the Neighborhood House. The Neighborhood House is best known in the Charleston area for its weekday lunch kitchen, which served over 43,000 lunches last year. The Neighborhood House, established by the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy in 1915, is the oldest continually operated social service in South Carolina.

The W. O'Neil Foundation is named in honor and memory of William O'Neil, founder of the General Tire Company of Akron, Ohio.

Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club Continues Support of Dental Clinic

Our Lady of Mercy Wellness Center's dental clinic has once again received a grant in support of its services from the Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club. The gift, in the amount of $10,000, continues the Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club's longstanding practice of supporting the dental services provided to those in need in the sea islands area. Mike Morris, an officer of the Club, personally dropped off the gift during a recent visit to the Johns Island campus.

The Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club is "a service organization committed to community enrichment through the support and development of programs which focus upon the Prevention of Child Abuse, Youth Development and Education, Americanism, and Community Outreach." The Club currently has over 90 members.

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