Daniel Island, SC (April 19, 2013) – The Daniel Island Community Fund (DICF) awarded more than $72,000 this week to local nonprofits including the Center for Heirs Property Preservation, Operation Home, East Cooper Meals on Wheels and East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO) in their first grant cycle for 2013.

Jane Baker, Vice President of Community Services, and manager of the Daniel Island Community Fund said, “In my position, there is nothing more rewarding than working with Daniel Island residents to help the deserving nonprofits in our area with their respective missions. When resources and manpower come together, amazing things can be accomplished.”

The Center for Heirs Property Preservation protects heirs’ property and promotes its sustainable use to provide economic benefit to low-wealth families through education and legal services. This grant will support a new outreach program for the residents of Cainhoy, Wando and Huger.

Operation Home helps very low income citizens remain in their homes through increased safety and accessibility by facilitating critical home repairs. This grant will support ten repair projects in the Huger community.

East Cooper Meals on Wheels assures that no senior or disabled resident in their service area goes hungry or is at risk from malnutrition, and advocates for and provides for the basic daily needs of homebound seniors to assure that they can live independently in safety and comfort. This grant will support delivery of services to 10-15 new qualified residents and the delivery of an additional 2,800 meals in the Daniel Island, Cainhoy and Wando communities.

East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO) provides safety net services to low income citizens in their service area, while empowering them to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. This grant will support the cost of hiring a qualified dentist to provide preventive and restorative services.

The Daniel Island Community Fund was established as a means for supporting community enhancement programs and philanthropic initiatives on Daniel Island and in the Cainhoy, Wando and Huger communities. This private 501(c)(4) organization is financially supported by a Community Enhancement Fee on all resale transactions on the island. The structure of the DICF allows its financial resources to grow as the island grows, creating a legacy for the community for generations to come.

Grant applications will be accepted again in June and October. For additional information please email Jane Baker at jane.baker@dicommunity.org

Daniel Island
Located in the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina, Daniel Island is one of the nation’s most successful and highly regarded master-planned communities of the last decade. The 4,000-acre island – once a private hunting retreat – is a recipient of the Urban Land Institute’s prestigious “Awards for Excellence” and a national model for smart growth.

Home to a wide array of traditional neighborhoods with a diverse selection of homes, townhomes and condominiums, Daniel Island also offers residents access to hundreds of acres of parks, 23 miles of rivers and creeks and more than 12 miles of leisure trails. Professional tennis and soccer facilities and a private country club featuring two nationally-ranked golf courses provide endless recreational opportunities. The island’s downtown is a popular address for a growing array of schools, churches, shops, restaurants, medical offices and other conveniences, as well as a destination for area festivals and special events.

Golf, marsh, deepwater and interior lots are priced from $175,000 to over $1 million; Condos priced from the $100,000s to over $1 million; Townhomes and Single-Family Homes from the $200,000s to over $6 million.

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