Recovery Update: Over 280 people were impacted by the Limerock Wildfire. 84 people lost their homes. 77 school children and 11 children under 3 years old were among the fire victims. The funds donated to Franklin's Promise Coalition are focused on housing, both temporary and permanent. 30 new power poles were purchased and installed to ensure families have electricity and a plumber has been engaged to reconnect water and sewer. The manufactured homes provided by the Franklin County Sheriff's Department as well as the temporary travel trailers have been stocked with donated items such as kitchen supplies, sheets and towels, pillows and blankets, personal items and cleaning supplies. Incredible volunteers have worked long hours to sort and pack move-in ready kits for the future housing. Donated goods are distributed directly to the families in the impacted neighborhood every three days by volunteers. A "Back to School" Family adoption initiative was completed to ensure the impacted students were ready for school. Thank you to all of the donors and volunteers.
Conservation Corps of the Forgotten Coast
Selected by the Corps Network to be part of the Gulf Coast Restoration Initiative in 2014, the Coalition has brought the Conservation Corps of the Forgotten Coast to a reality. Now in the second year, the program is a comprehensive youth development program for young adults 18-25 years of age (veterans up to 29, and summer internships for ages beginning at 16 years old) which provides participants with job training, academic programming, leadership skills, and additional support through a strategy of service that conserves, protects and improves the environment, as well as community resilience. This initiative continues to accomplish an array of specific habitat restoration projects throughout the region such as invasive species removal, living shoreline installation, oyster reef restoration, water quality monitoring, and pine savanna restoration. The Corps is funded on a “fee for service” model which provides governmental agencies and nonprofits a cost effective alternative for completing environmental work while providing benefits to the local communities through youth training and employment. CLICK HERE FOR MORE
“I heard of all the benefits and opportunities the Conservation Corps could bring. I’ve learned so much more than if I wouldn’t have joined this program. I’m looking forward to a career with Duke Energy” -Jimmy Wagner
“All my buddies were doing it, so I decided to join and accomplish something in life. We do some really cool things that I wouldn’t have gotten to experience without the Conservation Corps.” -Dillon Grant
“Before I joined, I couldn’t find a good job because I didn’t have my diploma. Then I heard about the Ed-Corps. Now I’m working on getting my diploma and thinking about future careers like Forestry. It's a friendly environment and the people are great to work with.” -Chris Carr
The Toy Project
TOYS FOR TOTS
Since 2003, Franklin's Promise Coalition has ensured that the area's children are not without for the holidays. In 2009, the TOY Project was began to unify the entire county. Since then over 600 children are provided supplemental gifts including books, toothpaste/brushes and toys.