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Aflac supports 50 South Carolina nonprofits with $411,824 in grants

Aflac awarded $411,824 to 50 South Carolina nonprofit organizations during its 2023 spring and fall grant cycles. Funds support programs and services that promote health and well-being, advance education and build upon Aflac’s commitment to children and families facing cancer.

Since establishing the Aflac Charitable Fund at Central Carolina Community Foundation in 2016, 296 grants totaling more than $2.4 million have been awarded to nonprofits across South Carolina.

“Aflac has a long history of supporting communities where we work and live,” said Bob Ruff, senior vice president, Group Voluntary Benefits, at Aflac, and member of the Central Carolina Community Foundation board of directors. “We celebrate the incredible work of these local charitable organizations and how they are using Aflac contributions to improve neighborhoods and communities across South Carolina.”

The selected nonprofits and projects are:

Spring 2023 Grantees:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area, Fall Character Building Project
  • Camp Rise Above, 2023 Hospital Camps, July 2023 Adaptive Day Camps, June 2024 Adaptive Overnight Camps
  • Cancer of Many Colors, Inc., Cancer of Many Colors: Filling the Gap for Parents with Children Undergoing Cancer Treatment
  • Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas, Carolina Childhood Cancer Safety Net
  • City Year Columbia, Whole School Whole Child Program
  • Cola Town Bike Collective, Reliable Transportation Initiative
  • EmmanuWheel, Meeting the Ongoing Need
  • Feonix – Mobility Rising, Feonix Access to Care – SC
  • Healing Species, Changing hearts changing lives
  • Help 4 Kids, Backpack Buddies
  • Homeless No More, Inc., Children/Youth Program Expansion
  • Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina, Preparing students in Richland and Lexington Counties to be financially healthy
  • Lions Vision Services, Envision South Carolina
  • Logan Elementary Foundation, Logan Elementary Foundation Science and Math Support
  • MedNeed of SC, MedNeed of SC provides medical equipment to the uninsured and/or indigent of South Carolina
  • North Columbia Community Enrichment Foundation, Financial Literacy and Life Skills for Youth
  • Pace Center for Girls, Pace Reach
  • Real Champions, Inc., Advocate Mentorship
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities Columbia, SC, Pack-a-Smile
  • Sistercare, Inc., Counseling for Domestic Violence Survivors Program
  • Souper Bowl of Caring, Inc., Tackle Hunger
  • South Carolina Youth Advocate Program (SCYAP), Back to School Basics
  • Successteam Foundation for Youth Development, Successteam Youth Council
  • Teach for America – South Carolina, Developing Equity-Minded Teachers who Drive Student Outcomes
  • The Therapy Place, Bridges Preschool Expansion
  • Trident United Way, FoodShare Berkeley County
  • Youth Corps, Youth Corps: Life-Skills for Success

Fall 2023 Grantees:

  • Boys Farm, Inc., Adventures in Academics
  • Cellis Major Driffin I-Cedric Moses Driffin Pantry, CMDs Mobile Food Delivery
  • Columbia Opportunity Resource, Capture Columbia
  • Columbia Urban League, Inc., Project Ready
  • Communities In Schools of South Carolina, Empowering Young People with Life Skills for Success in School and Beyond
  • Doors to Dream, Pathways to Leadership & Dream Team
  • Epworth Children’s Home, Resource Closets for Kinship Care Program
  • Food Bank of Greenwood County, Family Nutrition Health Education Program
  • Good Shepherd Free Medical Clinic of Laurens County, Ensuring Health Care Equity in Laurens County
  • Harvest Hope, Feeding Our Neighbors in Need
  • Hopeful Horizons, Children’s Counseling and Therapy Program
  • Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation, Pediatric Care Program – Providing Assistance and Support to Families with Critically III Children
  • Kershaw Area Resource Exchange, Hunger Relief 2024
  • Leeza’s Care Connection, Hugging the Midlands
  • Make a Wish Foundation of South Carolina, Wish-Granting in the Midlands
  • Original Six Foundation, Original Six (O6) Foundation – O6 Afterschool Program
  • Pattison’s Academy, Life Skills Culinary Training
  • SC Autism Society, South Carolina Autism Society First Responder Training
  • Senior Resources, Inc., Meals on Wheels
  • Special Olympics South Carolina, Train Safely
  • The Nurturing Center, Trauma Informed Care for Children
  • The Unumb Center for Neurodevelopment, The Unumb Center Playground
  • Universal Community Improvement Organization, STEAM Lessons for School-Age Children

The Aflac Charitable Fund was established at Central Carolina Community Foundation to enhance its charitable giving program in South Carolina. The Community Foundation is a centralized point of contact for all grant requests, administration, evaluation, outreach and distribution. Aflac’s grants committee is comprised of a dedicated group of community-minded employee volunteers.

Applications for Aflac’s spring grant cycle will be open March 1-15, 2024.