Lowcountry Local First (LLF) has joined the Charleston Together Initiative started by State Senator Marlon Kimpson and State Representative Marvin Pendarvis on May 31, 2020 alongside the Coastal Community Foundation. To date, the fund has raised 72% of the $100,000 total goal. A significant portion of funds will be available to nonprofit organizations to enhance community and race relations by providing resources to programs and organizations that work with African American and other underserved communities. The remainder of funds will assist small businesses who have limited or no available insurance coverage to fully recover from damages suffered over the Memorial Day weekend.
To accomplish these objectives, Charleston Together has partnered with Coastal Community Foundation to create the fund and expand the community outreach component of this project. Lowcountry Local First’s role will focus on managing the criteria, external review board and distribution of funds for the local business applicants.
”It is an honor to be involved in this important process to provide much needed funds to our local business community at a time when every dollar and penny matters,” said Jamee Haley, Executive Director for Lowcountry Local First. “We appreciate that a focus of this fund is to support organizations doing the important work around social justice in our community, and we are advocating that the businesses that will benefit from the fund agree to participate in diversity, equity and inclusion training in order to be a recipient.”
“We have now partnered with two great organizations in an effort to meet the needs of the Charleston community. I am excited about the broad level of financial support we are receiving and cautiously optimistic that we will reach our goal in the next few days,” said Sen. Marlon Kimpson.
Contributions to the fund can be made directly to the Coastal Community Foundation by going online and entering Charleston Together Fund in the “other designation” field when prompted, or by mailing a check and writing “Charleston Together Fund” in the memo line and sending to 1691 Turnbull Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405.