Grand Strand Chapter
Grand Strand MOAA and Eastern Carolina Homelessness Organization (ECHO) Team Up to Assist Veterans
In July, GSMOAA was able to assist ECHO with rekeying the mailboxes of seven newly housed veterans. The United States Postal Service provides this service for $30 per mailbox. Having a permanent home mailing address allows veterans to conduct much needed business including driver’s licenses, bank accounts and employment correspondence.
GSMOAA was also able to provide 300 bus vouchers for use by ECHO in providing transportation of housed veterans for medical appointments and employment interviews.
ECHO Veterans Assistance Rep Kim Pike and Program Coordinator Eric Owens have been working with GSMOAA over the past three years. As they identify veteran needs that are unfunded, Kim and Eric reach out to our Community Outreach coordinators.
In Georgetown County, our Chaplain Greg Hill coordinates veterans outreach with the Low Country Veterans Group.
Outreach funds come from a Military Family Initiative Grant, as well as funds budgeted by the GSMOAA funds.
With particular "THANKS" to Mike Freeman, our Outreach Coordinator
2019 Myrtle Beach Veterans' Stand Down
2018 Myrtle Beach Veterans' Stand Down
On 28 September 2018 Grand Strand MOAA participated by handing out over 200 Blankets and Warm Up Kits to homeless and/or needy Veterans. Just a few pictures from that day :
Funds Raised to Support Veterans in Need
2018 was an extraordinarily successful year for our Grand Strand Chapter’s efforts to raise funds to support veterans in need throughout our area. Thanks to the quick work of Rufus Manning and Greg Hill, we were able to apply for and receive a second $5000 Military Families Initiative Grant from National MOAA. In addition, the Chapter received another $3750 Homes for Heroes Grant to assist veterans with housing related needs. Rufus and Greg, along with our Outreach Director, Mike Freeman, also took on the task of applying the grants to needs of the veterans by using partnerships with local agencies to identify veterans in need. In addition to those efforts, Greg Youngman continued our initiative with the Eggs Up Grill restaurants that raised $4500. The Chapter Board of Directors agreed to use those funds to provide food to veteran families for the holidays. We are looking forward to taking advantage of any additional fund-raising opportunities in 2019. We owe a deep gratitude to Mike Freeman, Rufus Manning, Greg Hill, and Greg Youngman for their hard work in obtaining these funds and developing a sound program for using them to support Grand Strand veterans.
Our Homes 4 Heroes check received by President-elect Randy Dymond and Outreach Director Mike Freeman
We provided Jeff, a homeless veteran with equipment necessary to live outdoors while he seeks employment on the Grand Strand.
Working with the Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Center, we identified a qualified disabled veteran (& spouse) who recently arrived in our Grand Strand area seeking permanent housing. In addition to housing, they were in immediate need of food, standard kitchen cookware and utensils. We were fortunate to be able to assist with their request for support with a, one time, $500 gift card from Walmart, thanks to the MFI Grant.
Grant funds assisted Georgetown County veterans through our partnership with the Rev. Earl Rutledge, Commander of the Low Country Veterans Group
Working with East Carolina Homelessness Organization (ECHO) plan to provide 2 home cleaning services to an elderly 26-year USA veteran and his spouse in Loris, SC. Recent health issues have hindered this couple and thanks to the MFI grant, they can rest by the fire and spend a little less energy on daily chores of life.
Our partnership with Eggs Up Grill provided $4500 to provide needy veterans and their families with holiday meals
Greg Youngman and Dave Townsend and others are presented the $4500 proceeds check from the Eggs Up Grill "Breakfast with a Vet" fund raiser
Thanks to all of our MOAA Chapter members and/or significant others who have volunteered their time and energy for this year’s annual Stand Down event.
Volunteers helped unload donated items that include Army Surplus goods from our storage POD in Conway, stuffed bags, organized and set up material and equipment. We handed out new, warm blankets (with "MOAA Logo"), toiletry kits, vouchers for eyeglasses and clothing, Coastal RTA passes, sandwiches and fruit, T-Shirts and crew socks, knitted and felt caps, toothbrushes and toothpaste, nonperishable foods, etc.
Along with our Chapter, new supporters this year included Horry Georgetown Technical College, the American Legion Auxiliary of Conway, and the Lions Club. The Charleston, SC Veterans Affairs office, and local MB Vet Clinic and Vet Center will support the event with official VA eligibility and record checks, plus limited counseling services. Our local HGTC Market Common, Dental Technicians School, provided dental screenings.
Please click the link below to view the Stand-down flyer.