News & Press Releases
2014 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.
If you are a volunteer and plan to attend please RSVP by email or phone to Maria Gurovich by April 15th at firstname.lastname@example.org or (843) 559-4109.
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, 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!
GED Program News
A grant 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.
Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Receives Two Grants from the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina
A grant 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
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
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
Volunteer Want Ads
Interested in giving back? Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach welcomes volunteers who would like to give back to the community and support our mission to share blessings and change lives.Check out our current volunteer opportunities. 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
Stock Our Shelves
On Saturday, April 13, we will be collecting non-perishable goods outside of the James Island Piggly Wiggly located at 1739 Maybank Highway. Read More
The Charleston Library Society at 164 King Street will host Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services for a "Great Expectations" fundraiser on Thursday, April 25th. 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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.