Six non-profits will be the recipients of proceeds from the May 17 All Saints Episcopal Church garden tour. They are: both Backpack Buddies of Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, Family Promise of Beaufort County, Safe Harbor, St. Stephen's United Methodist Church Outreach Food Bank, and Thumbs Up. Each recipient corresponds to at least one of the four areas of concern All Saints has selected for its domestic outreach funding grants: hunger, homelessness, literacy and aging.
The Backpack Buddies programs, which provide food for children, will be able to add up to 80 children. Family Promise, which provides temporary shelter for homeless families, will use the grant to organize and manage faith congregations and volunteers and further help families. Safe Harbor, a membership-based organization that helps seniors who wish to stay in their homes, will use the grant to provide scholarships for its quarterly fees. The food bank will use the grant to purchase a modular building to house its food supplies. Thumbs Up, a year-round tutoring program, will use the grant to fund parent workshops.
Since its inception, the garden tour has raised more than $475,000 for local charities.