Community helps homeless, hungry

info@islandpacket.comJanuary 9, 2014 

For nearly three years it has been my privilege to serve as treasurer for the Hunger and Homeless Coalition of Hilton Head Island. As such I have come to experience firsthand the extreme generosity of this community's populace. The HHC was formed in 2010 to help alleviate hunger and homelessness on the island. Even before it received nonprofit status, there was no shortage of people willing to offer their time, talent and treasure.

With this strong community support and the intelligent leadership of people like Janet Weingarten, Twyla Sable, Glen Neff, Judie Aronson, Joe Kerr and Walt Schymik, the coalition has had big accomplishments in a short amount of time.

Under the auspices of the coalition, Backpack Buddies was formed and has gone from serving 50 children to 200. The coalition provided startup funds and continues to help support two soup kitchens. The coalition provided seed money and a template for two new backpack programs in neighboring communities. It has given assistance to Family Promise and to Deep Well. And now, coalition officers are studying ways to form an alliance with other like-minded nonprofits to make a bigger impact in the community.

At a time when so many people are in need, it is reassuring that many people are willing to offer assistance.

Carole Galli

Hilton Head Island

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