Come out to the Ballgame and Support Familes in Horry County

By
Real Estate Agent with Real Living At The Beach

Out here on the coast we've been hit hard by the current problems with the economy.  Horry County saw fit to cut funding this year to almost all social service agencies in the county.  Many of the agencies provide services to residents and visitors that are tax payer provided in other areas of the country.  The agencies depended on the small amount of county funding (about $25,000 a year) to show grant agencies they have local support.  So, not only do they lose that money, they are out of luck with some grant agencies. 

The service agencies are also seeing a decline in contributions from donors.  Some large donors are cutting their contributions in half.  What does this mean?

Our shelters are facing severe shortfalls in revenues and may have to close doors or reduce services to families in need.  CASA (Citizens Against Spousal Abuse) the local shelter for abused families is facing a financial crisis.  In the past year they have closed counceling offices, reduced staff and cut services. 

The folks in the Active Rain community can help. 

Many local civic organizations are sponsoring events to help local service agencies.  I belong to Zonta Club of Myrtle Beach.  We are part of Zonta International, a service organization of professionals dedicated to improving the status of women worldwide.   Our local projects include helping CASA with our money, time and talents.  Right now they really need our money.

Zonta Club of Myrtle Beach is selling tickets to the Pelican's Ballgame on August 2, 2009.  Tickets are very inexpensive and at the game we will have places to donate food, money and participate in a silent auction. 

So come on out to the ballgame and help a family in crisis.

 2 womenJoanne Patterson, Director of CASA and R. Walker of Zonta Club of Myrtle Beach

Comments (3)

Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

What a nice thing to support Cherry.  Good luck on the turn out!

Jul 06, 2009 03:58 AM
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

Hey, Cherry - Thanks for going above and beyond but I'm confused by one sentence. You said, "Many of the agencies provide services to residents and visitors that are tax payer provided in other areas of the country." They seem to be taxpayer funded in your area, too, since your previous sentence said, "Horry County saw fit to cut funding this year to almost all social service agencies in the county." Doesn't the County get it's funds from taxpayers?

Social agencies are hurting out here, too. The good thing is that many of them are nonprofit organizations, so one can donate directly to them and then take the donation as a tax deduction.

People who complain about how the government spends money probably don't lower their own tax burden by contributing to nonprofit organizations and taking tax deductions rather than giving it all to the governments.

Jul 20, 2009 03:46 AM
Cherry Temple
Real Living At The Beach - Myrtle Beach, SC

Russell,  Sorry for the delay in my response.  I tried to send an email with all kinds of info, but it was early in the morning and I did it as a respond to the Active Rain Alert - you can guess how far it went.  Anyway -

If you want to call $25,000 a year from the county for an agency that houses up to 17 people at a time, provides counceling, helps find shelter after leaving or for families with boys over 12, provides court support, provides a hotline for abuse victimes, training, transportation, etc, etc then yep, they get county support.

County support for service agencies like CASA is important because many grants require the recipient to show they are providing a needed service to the local area with local support.  One of the ways to show local support is by financial support from the local government.

CASA is a non-profit agency.  If you check your county or city they probably provide significant amounts of funding to these groups.

Jul 31, 2009 11:19 PM