A message from Director Angel Johnson-Brebner in light of COVID-19 developments

Dear friends,

The health and safety of our donors, partners, staff, and community members is always our top priority at Waccamaw Community Foundation. Below, we’ve provided updates on steps we are taking to address impacts the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) will have on our operations.

We also want to tell you that we realize philanthropy will have a significant role to play in responding to this situation. We are determining how we can work with our donors and partners to support our community in this challenging time, and we will have announcements about our efforts very soon.

In the meantime, we encourage everyone to closely monitor updates and review valuable health and safety resources from the State of South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The World Health Organization is also continually updating its COVID-19 pages with new information.

Our operations
Based on recommendations from public health officials related to social distancing, Waccamaw Community Foundation staff will temporarily work remotely starting on Monday, March 23rd. Our main number, 843-357-4483, will be answered as normal from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and all staff will remain accessible as usual.

We are restricting access to our Murrells Inlet office by prohibiting visits from all outside guests effective immediately. Any meetings scheduled at our office will be converted to virtual meetings. If you are scheduled to attend or participate in any meetings or events, you will be contacted by someone on our staff with specific details.

We will review this policy daily following guidelines from the SCDHEC and the CDC and share updates as needed and, when appropriate, returning to our normal course of business.

Grants processing and distribution of grants will continue. Any grants submitted to Waccamaw Community Foundation by fundholders online and by email will be processed and mailed out as quickly as possible during this period. We encourage fundholders to limit mailing us paper grant recommendation forms if possible. For questions, contact me at ajohnson@mywcf.org or Shawna Mosley-Foster at Shawna@mywcf.org.

In addition, we encourage you to support local nonprofit organizations that work with the people and families who are most vulnerable in our community. Free medical clinics, homeless shelters, food pantries and others will likely see increased demand for services. In times like this, philanthropy can shine. If you’re a fundholder or donor interested in specific recommendations, please contact me so that we can discuss some options.

We will provide additional updates and recommendations as necessary in the coming days and weeks via email, our website, and social media.

Thanks to all of you for your support, strength, generosity, and resiliency.

Sincerely,

Angel Johnson-Brebner
Director
Waccamaw Community Foundation