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  • Sea Island Cares

Since 1928, Sea Island has had a strong commitment to our community. Land donations, charity auctions, building food kitchens – for nearly a century, working at Sea Island means you are a part of a company that cares about the community and enriching the lives of those who live in it. Originally founded to encourage volunteerism, the ‘Sea Island Cares’ committee is comprised of team members who regularly seek out opportunities to give back and help those in need. Together, the committee organizes events and participates with non-profits like America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, St. Simons Land Trust, Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia, United Way of Coastal Georgia, Habitat For Humanity of Glynn County, and more. They build houses, feed the hungry, and shelter the homeless – because at Sea Island, we believe hospitality is simply an opportunity to show you care. We hope you join us in making a difference!

America's Second Harvest Partnership

In 2021, Sea Island partnered with America’s Second Harvest and presented a community challenge where Sea Island would match any funds raised, which resulted in a $500,000 grant from the company. With these funds, ASH was able to break ground on a new 50,000 sq. ft. facility, offering the ability to house a larger community center and expand the programming it can offer, including the distribution of hot meals. This branch alone serves six counties and partners with 78 different agencies to collect and distribute more than 2.2 million pounds of food, per year. 

The Brunswick Christmas Parade

with Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia

In 2022, Sea Island continued to build on its partnership with Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia and collaborated on a float for The Brunswick Christmas Parade. The float’s theme, ‘Together, we CAN end hunger,’ featured a seven-foot-tall Christmas tree, constructed from almost 450 cans of green beans, and adorned with ornaments and lights.

Glynn County Pantry Program

with Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia

The Glynn County School Pantry Program provides take-home meals for all public elementary, middle, high, and specialty schools in the county. Throughout Glynn County, there are 19 distribution locations for the pantry program. At each location, children, parents, and staff members may pick-up a backpack as often as they need. Volunteers fill each backpack with one evening meal that can feed up to four people, along with snacks, and breakfast items. Throughout the 2021 – 2022 school year, which runs September through April, the program offered an estimated 8,000 meals to those experiencing food insecurity within Glynn County.

St. Simons Land Trust

In 2001, Sea Island became a founding member of ‘Pennies for Preservation’ – well before the program officially launched in 2017. For over twenty years, Sea Island has instituted a voluntary $2/night donation that guests may opt in to during a stay at The Cloister or The Lodge. These dollars go directly to the St. Simons Land Trust and assists them in their efforts to live out their mission.

Saved By Grace

Over the past year and a half, Sea Island has cultivated a close relationship with ‘Saved By Grace,’ a local non-profit that provides basic necessities for the unsheltered in the community, and its co-founder Donna Howard. Among its many services, Saved By Grace houses up to fourteen men who are working to transition out of homelessness. David Cutia, Facilities Manager at Sea Island, visits Saved by Grace every week and conducts interviews with each of its residents. Currently, Cutia has five Saved By Grace residents who work alongside him in his department. Sea Island also provides transportation for these men, to and from work, which has been instrumental for their success.

Glynn Haven Park

In 2021, Sea Island was approached by Glynn County Commissioner, Cap Fendig, regarding a proposal for acquiring and converting land in the Glynn Haven neighborhood on St. Simons Island to a county park and green space. It was a goal of Cap’s to upgrade and establish new parks across St. Simons Island. Glynn Haven, which has the highest density of homes with children attending local schools, made for a great choice to add a new mid-island park. Knowing how many Sea Island team members live in the neighborhood, and how many more would benefit from having a park like this in the area, the opportunity was a clear choice.

Habitat for Humanity

The current Habitat for Humanity project, Century Place, is a new neighborhood in Brunswick that will have fifteen homes, ranging in size from 1,200 to 1,600 square feet. It will also be the build site for the 100th Habitat for Humanity home in Glynn County, hence the name Century Place. Sea Island assisted with the first five homes in the neighborhood and donated non-perishable items for the crew – including water, sports drinks, and granola bars.

Glynn County Athletics

With 168 teams across both middle and high schools, Glynn County Athletics is comprised of over 2,500 student-athletes. Through sponsorships like ours, the county’s athletics program helps to cover the cost of uniforms, equipment, travel, and more so that these student-athletes will not have out-of-pocket expenses to participate in school-based sports. This year, Sea Island was proud to sponsor the ‘City Championship,’ a varsity football game between Brunswick High and Glynn Academy, with the winning team receiving the ‘The Sea Island City Championship Trophy.” Prior to the game, the ‘Mykal Ellis Championship Meal’ was sponsored by Sea Island, and fed over 300 athletes and coaches.

Chefs’ Classic at The Cloister

Benefiting Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia

The inaugural ‘Chefs’ Classic’ brought together six celebrity chefs on Friday, March 3, 2023. The gala offered a six-course plated dining experience from the culinary
talents of celebrity chefs including Scott Crawford and Kenny Gilbert. Proceeds from the event benefited two of the charity’s most crucial programs – the Glynn County School Pantry Program, an initiative that provides regular access to shelf-stable meals for children in 18 participating schools, and the Kids Café, which will provide hot meals to children during after-school hours.

Adopt-a-Nest Program

Benefiting the Georgia's Nongame Wildlife Conservation Fund

Every summer, the Sea Island nature team conducts daily dawn patrols and night walks for loggerhead sea turtle conservation. In 2022, Sea Island recorded its biggest nesting season with 144 nests. As we celebrated a record year for sea turtles, we also celebrated a record-setting year for our Adopt-A-Nest program. The Sea Island Adopt-A-Nest program allows donors to be assigned a specific nest and receive regular updates on its status. All donations raised as part of the program, which topped $58,000 in 2022, go directly to the Wildlife Conservation Fund within the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. These funds provide survey supplies, ATVs, predator screens, and nesting stakes for research centers throughout Georgia’s coast and barrier islands. 

turtle nests on the beach

Pickleball for a Purpose

Benefiting United Way of Coastal Georgia

In 2022, Sea Island hosted the inaugural ‘Pickleball for a Purpose’ tournament, benefiting United Way (UWCGA). This was the first pickleball tournament that Sea Island hosted and was a sold-out success. All proceeds from the tournament directly benefited UWCGA, which works to improve lives within our community by investing in local programs for education, health, and financial stability. 

Intermediate Pickleball Improver's Clinic

Sea Island Legacy Fund

To help provide for our Sea Island family in a time of need, The Sea Island Legacy Fund was created in 2020 to assist team members who may be experiencing a unique, severe, economic hardship. In thinking about creating this fund, Sea Island was approached by one of our Club members who challenged us to raise $50,000 by stating that they would match that number if we were able to achieve the goal. That number was quickly exceeded with generous donations from our membership community. Since the creation of The Sea Island Legacy Fund, it has distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars and will continue to raise money to provide for the Sea Island family.