Philanthropy

Landings Landlovers-Enriching the Community We Love

Landings Landlovers’ goal is to improve community life through philanthropic, social and cultural activities. The proceeds from the group’s six major fundraisers are given in grants to worthwhile projects and programs sponsored by on-island organization, scholarships for the Landings Association and The Landings Company employees and their spouses and dependent children to assist with expenses for post-high school education, and community service merit awards for high school seniors.

The Landings has many wonderful groups and organizations that tend to our health and safety, beautify our environment and provide cultural and educational programs for us to enjoy. Landlovers sponsors numerous activities, social events and fundraising projects — and volunteers run all of them!  Landlovers members worked hard throughout the past year to raise money.

FUND RAISING TOTALS FOR 2016-2017

Artisan Market                             $1,852
Gourmet Pantry                           $2,101
Raffles/cards                               $1,400
Games Day                                 $1,135
Flea Market                               $40,476
Development                              $3,800
Auctionmania                            $13,522
Total                                       $64,286
Garden Tour 2016 Reserve         $10,746

LANDINGS LANDLOVERS ANNOUNCES 2017 WINNERS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE MERIT AWARDS, GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS

This year, Landlovers is pleased to be able to distribute a total of $16,000 in scholarship money, $49,600 in grants which includes the 2016 Green Thumb Garden Tour grants, $6,000 in Community Service Merit Awards, and $1,600 in donations to local churches for their support during the Flea Market and for parking.  The total of Landlovers philanthropy for 2016-2017 is $73,200.

Many thanks to all of you who donated your time and talent by chairing, co-chairing, and volunteering to work on our fundraisers throughout the year.  It is only with your ongoing efforts and support that Landlovers can succeed.  You all contribute to helping Landlovers “Enrich the Community We Love”!

SCHOLARSHIPS

The Landlovers Scholarship Fund is designed to assist employees of The Landings Association and The Landings Company and their families with expenses for post-high school education. Scholarship funds are to be used for tuition, books and school supplies.

Kristin Peney: Kristin is a valued employee of The Landings Association.  Since she joined the TLA staff, she has developed numerous interesting, instructional, and fun environmental programs and activities for Landings residents and their families.  She is currently working on earning a doctorate degree in Education at the University of South Carolina so that she can enhance her capabilities in her current position and eventually assist other educators in raising their teaching levels.  She is a highly-motivated employee, wife, and mother, who has not received a grade lower than an “A” for the past ten years!

Hunter McDowell: Hunter will be graduated this May from Southeast Bulloch High School in Brooklet with a 3.7 GPA.  The first in his family to attend college, his goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Mercer University and be able to study in a path that can help everyone within his community.  A strong and disciplined student, he is also the Bass Section Leader of the Southeast Bulloch Advanced Chorus and the Statesboro Youth Chorale.  He has been a member of HOSA – Future Health Professionals and a Sources of Strength Peer Leader, as well as being on the Principal’s Honor Roll all four high school years.

Katelyn Cook: Katelyn is in her second semester at Armstrong and is maintaining a 3.6 GPA.  She is serving as an Armstrong Ambassador and belongs to the Pre-Med Association and Alpha Sigma Tau sorority.  Her goal is to finish undergraduate school with a degree in Cell and Molecular Biology and then to attend medical school to become a Reproductive Endocrinologist or an Obstetrician/Gynecologist with her own practice.

Shelby McDowell: Shelby is in her first year at Georgia Southern, where she is studying Nursing.  After being graduated from GSU in 2020, she aspires to become a Neonatal Registered Nurse and eventually a Nurse Practitioner.  She is committed to her education and has developed a love of learning that she hopes to carry with her for a very long time.  She notes that financial circumstances almost ended her learning career; however, God blessed her with scholarships to help with her education – and one of those generous investments was from Landlovers.

GRANT RECIPIENTS

Landings Dog Park: Our grant will help fund a safety path and enhancements to the entrance to the Park.  $3,000

UGA Marine Extension: Our grant will underwrite the Debris Detectives educational program.  $2,000

Skidaway Audubon: Our grant will cover costs of reprinting the Skidaway Island Natural and Historic Sites map and interpretive signs at Marsh Tower and Landings Harbor in addition to a scope at Marsh Tower.  $7,500

Bethesda Barnbuilders: Our grant will assist in the renovation of the Bethesda pavilion.  $1,500

Landings Military Family Relief Fund: Our grant will help military families with scholarships and emergency funds.  $2,000

Toys for Tots: This grant will be used to purchase toys for needy children. $1,000

Coastal Conservation Association (CCA): Our grant will help with costs incurred with the CCA Kids’ Fishing Derby.  $4,000

Skidaway First Responders: Our grant will be used to purchase medical equipment and uniforms, defibrillator warranty, rehab chairs, medical bags and replace a Lucas case.  $10,000

The Landings Association: Our grant will help purchase CPR and AED training tools for the staff.  $1,800

Southside Fire Skidaway Volunteers: Our grant will be used to purchase a hose bridge, flashlights and rehab chairs.  $3,000

David Scott Bluebird Program: Our grant will help replace bird houses and baffles.  $300

Saving Lives in Chatham County (SLICC): Our grant will be used to develop a training video. $2,500.

Skidaway Island State Park: Our grant will be used for interpretive signage promoting erosion control.  $1,000

2016 GREEN THUMB GARDEN TOUR

The Landings Association:  This grant will provide funds to design and install a native plant garden and storm water demonstration site at the Sunset Park.  $5,000

The Sparrow Field Pollinator Berm:  This grant will cover the costs of building a pavilion.  $5,000

COMMUNITY SERVICE MERIT AWARDS

The Community Service Merit Awards recognize high school seniors who are residents of The Landings and have excelled in contributing their time and talent through community service.  Commitment, creativity, leadership and total time dedicated determine the winners of this award.    This year’s recipients are:

Kathryn (Katie) Allen: Katie is a superb young woman who believes that “volunteering with the homeless and other organizations has developed my character.”  A high honors student at Savannah Arts, who is also a competitive swimmer, Katie has dedicated herself to working with the homeless through Family Promise and Union Mission, for whom she helped create and run the first fundraiser, “Raising Hope,” which brought in over $100,000 and helped educate the Savannah community about homelessness in our area.  A committed volunteer at her church, the Isle of Hope United Methodist, Katie also serves on the Willett Children’s Hospital Teen Board, dedicated to bringing joy to patients and working at community events to support the hospital.  Katie, who is devoting her life to helping others and plans to major in Social Work, is an inspiration to all.

Carter Johnson: Carter moved to The Landings in time to attend H.V. Jenkins in his sophomore year.  Stating that “When I think about the experiences that have shaped who I am, serving others is a consistent thread,” Carter’s volunteer service for others includes feeding the homeless in Forsyth Park one Sunday a month, as well as several mission trips to Georgia and Florida communities to work with the youth and help with the handicapped.   Planning on a career in Aeronautical Engineering, Carter is a youth intern at Gulfstream Aerospace, a dual-enrolled student at Armstrong State University, and # 1 on the Jenkins tennis team.

Erin Keene: “Overall, all of my community service has been a way for me to pursue something I love and that is working with kids,” states Erin.  Her varied volunteer career has spanned working with the campers at the West Broad Street YMCA summer camp, tutoring lower school students in math, volunteer counseling at Little Cheer Camp, tutoring English and math at Horizon’s Saturday Academy, and helping with a prom for kids in the Children’s Hospital.  An honors student at Savannah Country Day, Erin is also a 4-year varsity cheerleader and soccer player, as well as serving as class president for her sophomore, junior, and senior years.  Erin is planning a career in Orthodontia.

Bridget Ollenburg: Bridget has served her church community for many years, including 6 years as an altar server for St. James Church (who is now training the newer servers), a Eucharist Minister at St. John the Baptist Cathedral, an assistant coach for the St. James Grade School Math Team, and as a church festival aide.  She also volunteers at school with the St. Vincent’s Chorus and is the videographer for school activities.  Further, she has been a re-enacter at Wormsloe for 8 years, spent a week volunteering to clean horses and stables at Hoofs for Healing, and helped with the Skidaway Island Marathon.   Bridget is # 1 on the St. Vincent rifle team, is an Ambassador Girl Scout, and an afficienado of Ving Tsun Kung Fu.  Bridget, who is planning on a career in Mechanical Engineering, says “Being able to earn the award would be proof to me that my service is appreciated by this specific community and so my service really is useful.”