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Providing Philanthropic Support for Non-profit Groups and Service Organizations

The Landings Landlovers was established in 1974.  Its purpose is to promote fellowship through social and cultural activities while working towards the continued improvement of community life at The Landings and Skidaway Island.  Our goal is to provide philanthropic support for non-profit groups and service organizations that provide cultural and educational programs for us to enjoy, tend to our health and safety, and beautify our environment.

All grant applicants must be a non-profit or service organization with a commitment to volunteerism.  Applications will not be accepted for individual requests, travel expenses, salaries, stipends, operating costs or political or religious activities.  The deadline for applications is April 9, 2021.   Any organization which has not completed its grant evaluation for the previous year’s funding will not be considered for a grant.  For further information, please contact John Ufford (912.349.3048 or jcufford@gmail.com).

Landlovers Grants are distributed in May.

Categories for Landlovers Grants are:
1. Social services for adults and children
2. Nature and environmental projects
3. Health and safety projects
4. Educational and cultural projects

Criteria for receiving Landlovers Grants are:
1. Organizations must be non-profit or service organization and have a commitment to volunteerism.
2. Applications will not be accepted for individual requests, travel
expenses, salaries, stipends, operating costs or political or
religious activities.
3. If funding is granted, a description of any previous year’s grant must be submitted prior to any new application.

2019-2020 Grant Recipients

America’s 2nd Harvest of Coastal GeorgiaHelp fund Summer Feeding Program and Kids Cafe for children at risk. The program provides meals, tutoring, mentoring and a safe haven for those in need.

 

 

 

 

Boy Scouts of America, Troop 57Build a large outdoor hut in order to have outdoor meetings and teach scouts how to build fires, uses axes and saws and build structures with lashings.

 

 

Chatham County Family Justice CenterNewly formed non profit organization for helping victims of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault. The center offers comprehensive assistance by bringing all service providers together so that all needs can be addressed.

 

Coastal Conservation Association (CCA)-Partially fund the annual free Kid’s Fishing Derby. The money goes toward providing tackle and bait, stocking the lagoons, feeding the fish, monitoring water quality, and awarding prizes.

 

 

Living Independence for Everyone, Inc-Help fund a home modification program for individuals with disabilities so they can live more independently. People who need a modification in their home or a piece of assistive technology can apply for support.

 

 

Military Relief Fund-Provide funding to the SFAC (Soldier Family Assistance Center), warrior transition unit, soldiers suffering PTS (Post Traumatic Stress) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury.)

 

 

Neighbors Helping Neighbors-Purchase additional medical equipment for people to borrow as needed. The equipment will include a 10’ ramp, steerable lightweight knee scooter, and a four wheel walker.

 

 

 

 

Salvation Army-Help fund a second shelter at the community center for the ”shelter in place” orders. The money helps to provide three meals a day to sheltered individuals and feed an additional 75-100 walk up meal requests.

 

 

Skidaway Audubon-Clear pathway around Sparrow Field and install 40 tons of crushed granite so that walkers, photographers, and people in carts can enjoy the birds, butterflies and flowers.

 

 

Skidaway Farms-Improve Children’s Garden with soil, rebuild some of the decayed timbers, and provide routine maintenance.

 

 

 

Skidaway Island Fire Department-Purchase helmet lights, flashlights, spanner wrenches and facemasks.

 

 

 

Skidaway Island First Responders-Replace 20 year old CPR adult manikins, which are no longer acceptable by the American Heart Association, buy an infant CPR manikin and maintain the LUCAS.

 

 

 

TLA Security-Purchase a radar speed detection placard for use in monitoring traffic on Landings roads and community paths, notify of road closures, and improve safety and awareness on the island.

 

 

 

 

Toys for Tots-Marines’ program to provide toys for children during the holidays.

Previous Grants in Action

Watch this page for information on our grant recipients and their projects. Learn the stories behind the projects and celebrate the results of Landlovers’ Philanthropy as we “Enrich the Community We Love!”

Turtle Project

The “turtle project” began with the initiative of one person.  From the back deck of Carolyn McInerney’s home, she looked toward the marsh and spotted a turtle making a mad dash for a nearby sand bunker.   She followed and saw that the turtle had laid eggs, but when Carolyn returned the next morning, she found nothing but broken shells scattered about.

Carolyn didn’t know a thing about turtles, so naturally she googled to get information.  She discovered that these turtles are called “Diamondbacks” because of the distinctive pattern on their shells and that each turtle has a unique diamond pattern in the same way that humans’ have unique fingerprints.   The female turtles return to the location of their birth, often laying eggs in the same spot in which they were born.

The Skidaway Audubon Diamondback Terrapin Rescue project involves retrieving the eggs from sand bunkers and relocating them to predator protected nesting boxes.    In 60-70 days, the eggs hatch and the newborn hatchlings are released into the high marsh where they will live for about three years before making their way out to the brackish tidal creeks, rivers, and the intracoastal waterway.  If left to Mother Nature, approximately 1% of the turtles would be expected to survive.  Due to this project, the hope is that approximately 20% will live to return another season.

A Landlovers grant will fund the creation of an interpretive sign providing information about the diamondbacks.  It will be located on Plantation golf course between #10 green and the tee boxes of #11.

Boy Scout Troop 57

Boy Scout Troop 57 here on Skidaway Island combines outdoor experiences for the scouts with the development of positive personal qualities.  The scouts participate in weekly meetings at Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church and go on periodic regional camping trips, sometimes traveling as far away as Minnesota and Maine for canoeing/portaging trips.  This summer, they had the opportunity to go to Philmont, a 140,000 acre ranch in mountainous northern New Mexico dedicated to Boy Scouts for backpacking, camping and exploration of the out of doors.

The Troop fosters 1) leadership skills, as older scouts have the responsibility to lead the troop and train the younger scouts; 2) communication skills, as scouts must appear before an adult board to explain their progress and their projects for advancement in the scouting ranks; and 3) a community consciousness as the scouts regularly take on local service projects.  One of their annual projects is to assist with clean-up following the Landlovers Flea Market.  Troop 57 is eager to hear from community groups about additional projects they might undertake.

Troop 57 consists of about thirty scouts, aged 11 – 17.  Most live on Skidaway, but some are from nearby off-island locations, and a very small number come from downtown or as far away as Pooler. This active scout group has produced 60 Eagle Scouts since its beginning in 1989.   For more information, please see the troop’s website: www.troop57savannah.com.

Over the past few years, Landlovers has provided Troop 57 grant money to purchase a trailer and camping equipment.  This year the scouts received a grant for a barbeque smoker/cooker & accessories which will be used to cook a larger quantity of Boston Butts as part of their yearly fundraising activities.  The additional smoker/cooker will double their fundraising capabilities, which in turn will generate more money to help the scouts grow in personal qualities, community consciousness, and outdoor proficiency.  While each scout pays $200 per year, additional funds help pay transportation costs, fuel, equipment for expeditions, and grants for those scouts who may not be able to afford to pay the annual fee.  Boy Scout Troup 57 is extremely appreciative of the ongoing support received from the Landlovers.

Skidaway Island Cemetery Signage

Colonial settlement of Skidaway Island began just a year after James Oglethorpe founded Savannah.  Among our island’s historic sites are two cemeteries which will now have appropriate signage, thanks to a Landlovers’ grant .  One gravesite is located on Oakridge #15 and is believed to contain the burial places of Alice “Elcy” Waters who died in 1808 and her 14 month old son, Thomas, who died in 1804.  The other gravesite, located at Palmetto #13, is believed to have been the original burial place of Phillip Delegal, who died in 1781. Wording for the signage will be adapted from the archeological report prepared by Dr. Laura Seifert of Armstrong State University.  Dr. Seifert’s ASU students worked alongside local residents for several days at both cemetery sites, where they uncovered salt glazed stoneware, a white clay pipe stem, a shotgun shell, colorless and amber bottle glass and some Native American artifacts. The cemetery initiative, along with the Historical & Natural Sites Map which Landlovers’ helped to fund in 2015, are raising awareness of the island’s history.

Skidaway Audubon

An illustrated map that will identify Skidaway Island’s historic and natural sites is in development, a project initiated by the Community Sustainability Steering Committee. The sites on the map will include: nature trails, shell middens (a midden is an ancient dump for domestic waste), rookeries, Civil War mounds, tabby cemeteries, Prohibition Era alcohol stills, and the location where the fossil remains of giant sloths were found in the Skidaway Narrows. The border of the map will chronicle the history of the island from prehistoric times to the present. On the reverse side of the map, Skidaway Island will be shown in the context of its surroundings, including nearby historical environs: Bethesda, Wormsloe, and Pinpoint. The map will provide island residents a broader, more enriched sense of place, founded upon a richer contextual understanding of island places. Working alongside volunteers, a powerhouse team of professionals is donating both time and enthusiasm to the project: Catherine Adler, an expert in historical and archeological research; Holly Holdsworth, Manager of the Skidaway Island State Park; and Anne Lindsay, a marine educator who currently serves as Associate Director for Marine Education, UGA Extension Service. In addition, an award-winning cartographer has been engaged to provide the map design. This is the specific aspect of the project which was supported by the Landlovers grant. The development of this map is just one project under the overarching umbrella of the Community Sustainability Initiative, a project of Skidaway Audubon, supported by The Landings Association and The Landings Club.  Shown below: A replica of a Giant Sloth, 12’ long and 8’ high, can be seen at the Skidaway Island State Park Interpretive Center.

SLICC, Southside Fire and TLA

Sometimes well-functioning organizations need specialized equipment to enhance their community services. Landlovers’ funds often fill that need. Such was the case for three of last year’s grant recipients: Saving Lives in Chatham County (SLICC), the Southside Fire Department, and the Landings Association.   SLICC purchased Automated External Defibrillator (AED) trainers. Owning this equipment means the difference between learning second hand by watching a video versus learning by doing. With no training whatsoever, I was able to properly use an AED in a simulated emergency situation. Over half of the Landings residents and over 10,000 Chatham County residents have received at least one SLICC training session. We at the Landings are especially fortunate as there are 16 AEDs in public locations on our property. Since 2/3 of all cardiac arrests occur at home, we all have the chance to save someone we love! The Southside Fire Department here on the island used their funding to purchase new pagers and LED battery operated lights. Free of cumbersome cables, the battery operated lighting makes their work at a fire scene far more efficient. The most impressive of the equipment purchases, however, is an extremely high powered saw, capable of cutting quickly through a roof or garage door to create a large ventilation hole or entry into a house. Work at the fire station is accomplished by paid firemen, complimented by the work of a large crew of volunteer firemen. We thank these brave individuals who run toward fires while the rest of us run the other direction!   Finally, The Landings Association used their grant funds to purchase four LED display exit signs.  Who of us at the Landings hasn’t gained more information about community events by reading these signs on our way out the gates? The signs are more efficient in terms of manpower and more technologically sophisticated than the previous signs.

Skidaway Farms

Skidaway Farms is yet another amenity available on our island.  The farm provides garden plots (some of which are organic) for rent by island residents and provides education programs for both the farmers and for children.  Its bee hives pollenate the vegetables and provide local honey.  In addition, the farm has partnered with Second Harvest so excess produce volunteered by farmers feeds the hungry of Savannah. The farm is open to any resident of Skidaway Island.  Landlovers grant money helped to build the farm’s pavilion, which provides shade, an open air meeting space, and social area.   Even non-farmers enjoy the farm:  many come out in the evenings with a glass of wine to enjoy the farm’s pastoral setting. The farm is located on the Landings Club’s former sod farm.  The Landings Club leases the land to Skidaway Audubon, parent organization of Skidaway Farms, for $1 a year.  The Landings Association is the farm’s biggest supporter.  Hopefully the whole island is eating better as a result of Skidaway Farms!

Landings Military Relief Fund

There are approximately 60,000 military personnel and their dependents living in the Savannah area…and sometimes these soldiers face unexpected financial strains.  The Landings Military Relief Fund provides grants (not loans) to active duty personnel whose financial need is triggered by unexpected personal emergencies.   Written command approval is required to complete an application for assistance.  All commanders, to include the commanding general, are knowledgeable about the fund, its restrictions, and its procedures so that irresponsible fiscal behavior is not enabled.  The fund is administered by the American Red Cross and money is usually provided within 24 hours.  The typical client is in his/her mid-twenties and married with two children. The fund, founded by Jack Munroe in 2007, is currently headed by Lou Molella (pictured), who will be stepping down as the group’s leader after four years of leadership.  He will be replaced by Tom Osborn, a retired surgeon whose son is deployed to Afghanistan.   The Fund has a board of twelve Landings residents who provide oversight to ensure the financial integrity of the fund and its tight accountability process.   Among the board members is a Division Command Sergeant Major and the CEO of the Southeastern Chapter of the American Red Cross.  Every dollar raised for the fund comes from within the Landings community.   In the words of Lt. General Rick Lynch, “So many folks say “we support the troops” – but do nothing.  You all not only say the words, you do the deeds.  Inspirational!”

The Village Library

The Village Library houses approximately 24,300 books, CDs and DVDs, has children’s programs, and displays donated art.   It has 3300 memberships, though a single membership might include several family members. While the library has a President and a Board of Directors to provide leadership, it has no employees. Over one hundred volunteers keep the library running smoothly.  The library operates on a modest budget. Money is raised by the sale of used books, memberships, the purchase of engraved bricks embedded in the front walkway, and the rental of books, CDs, and DVDs.   The library also has an arrangement with Amazon.com whereby those wishing to purchase on Amazon need only go to the Village Library site, make one keystroke, and then proceed with their Amazon purchase.   There is no additional cost to the purchased Amazon item.

With the grant provided by Landlovers, the library replaced four computers, each of which were ten years old and being maintained by the purchase of used parts. Two are now being used at the front desk to check books in and out, one is used by library patrons as a catalog computer (the old “card catalog” of our elementary school days), and the fourth is used by office staff to train new volunteers and to serve as a master database of all library holdings. Accustomed to frugality, the Village Library reused three of their old monitors so they only had to purchase four computers and one new monitor. As a result, they were able to return $400 to Landlovers!

First Responders

No matter where you moved from, First Responders had to be your biggest surprise and greatest blessing.  We have volunteers who drop whatever they’re doing and come to the aid of our residents within minutes. In 2010 First Responders requested just under $10,000, through Landlovers’ annual grant process, for equipment to outfit three new volunteers as well as a Medtronic Chest Compression system.  No discussion was needed before approving such a request.  What price can we put on possibly saving a resident’s life?  Right now, First Responders has 20 volunteers – the largest number they have ever had on their roster.  The three new volunteers Landlovers was able to equip include a retired nurse, a former medic in the Army and a former firefighter.  There is never an hour in the day at The Landings when a First Responder cannot get to someone in need.  But now that they number 20, a pair of First Responders only has to be on call for the overnight shift (10PM – 7AM) one week out of every 7 or 8 weeks. The “Lucas” chest compression system has already been used a number of times and has saved a couple of lives.  Landlovers also granted First Responders enough to outfit each Club’s golf shop with a defibrillator in case there’s an emergency need on one of the courses (our Club’s restaurants already have defibrillators).  Landlovers joins all residents in thanking First Responders for their quick action and selfless mission here at The Landings.

Coastal Conservation Association: Kids Fishing Derby

Landlovers has awarded grant dollars to the Coastal Conservation Association of Georgia since 1998. Those awards have made the annual Kids Fishing Derby possible (every May at The Kids Fishing Lagoon #56 in Oakridge) – a free event to the participants.  Along with the Derby, the funds have helped stock that lagoon and beginning with last year, they have also helped to build picnic tables, benches, and kiosk signs at the lagoon. According to longtime CCA member and past President, Chuck Smith, “Everybody there benefits from the derby.” He points out that “volunteers say they have as much fun as the kids and adults.” It’s been wonderful for our Landings community at large, as well, “as evidenced by post-Derby publicity run in The Landings Journal, TWATL, The Skinnie, The Club Line, Savannah Morning News, and a new Skidaway Island website, ‘Skidaway Today’ posting photos online.” Kids trying their hand at catching a fish and the excited faces that come with the experience – a good news story for sure. Landlovers’ commitment to the women, men, teenagers, and children of this community as well as the beautification of their environment is a great story. That it continues to be the motivation behind its members and their fundraising three decades later is a great success story.