HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - It will be a very Happy New Year for hundreds of nonprofits in South Carolina.
The South Carolina Department of Administration announced nearly 700 organizations will receive up to $50,000 from the CARES Act.
“We had a considerable loss in the early part of the year when we had to shut down the store and stop construction on the homes we were doing,” said Habitat for Humanity of Horry County Executive Director Jason Greene. “We certainly wanted to keep our employees employed during that time.”
Habitat for Humanity of Horry County’s mission is to help people achieve the goal of homeownership.
In order to build the homes, the organization uses its thrift store, Restore, where it sells donated items to raise money.
Greene said closing that store briefly during the pandemic was costly.
“When the store shut down, it cut down a good amount of our revenue, so we needed to look for additional ways of shoring up the loses we had during the early part of the year,” said Greene. “This grant came at great timing for us.”
Habitat applied for and received $49,788 from the Nonprofit Relief Grant Program, a part of the SC CARES Act.
Greene said that money will go to the Restore, which in turn, will help generate more revenue to put toward the five houses Habitat has planned for early 2021.
“We hired subcontractors to continue the builds and to continue to help get the families into their new homes,” said Greene. “Part of this grant will help offset some of the costs we had in hiring subs where we couldn’t use volunteers for safety reasons.”
While Habitat for Humanity needed the grant to make up for closing during the pandemic, Meals on Wheels of Horry County needed it to make up for increased production during the shutdown.
“We went from making 100 meals a day, five days a week in our kitchen, to making 1,500 meals a day, six days a week, and a few of us literally living in an RV at the kitchen,” said Meals on Wheels of Horry County Director Michael Tyler.
Tyler said they made more than 60,000 meals between March and July.
He said each meal costs between three and four dollars to make, so that adds up to nearly $200,000 worth of meals.
Food donations account for a lot of that, but he said the $50,000 from the CARES Act will go a long way toward helping them set up the budget for next year.
“We really did just try to support the community in any way that we could, trusting God would provide,” said Tyler. “To get this, our first grant we’ve ever put together, was truly a blessing, man.”
IMPACT Ministries of Myrtle Beach, The Father’s House of Myrtle Beach and the North Myrtle Beach Women’s Club are a few examples of other non-profits in the area that received SC CARES Act funding.