WAHHI COMMUNITY IMPACT 2018 – 2019 HIGHLIGHTS

WAHHI is much more than a great lunch with an engaging speaker four times a year! WAHHI is about fun, friendship and our community for over 57 years. We build and support our community in many different ways, such as the Difference Maker’s Interest Group tending the CamelliaGarden at Honey Horn Plantation, to newcomers’ luncheon welcome tables, to book clubs building insight and knowledge to cooking clubs bringing friendship and fellowship over a great meal. Through WAHHI, we enjoy a community of over 725 smart, caring and committed women making a positive impact with each other and on where we live.A few highlights of WAHHI at work in the community are below!

WAHHI Youth Awards 

The Women’s Association’s Youth Community Service Award Program is the organization’s most visible community effort. This program has recognized local outstanding students who excel at community service for over 30 years. Well over 100 students have been recognized since the program’s inception in 1980, and thousands of dollars have been awarded. The number and value fundraising efforts during the year.

Congratulations to the 2019 WAHHI Youth Community Service Awards recipients who each demonstrated an active commitment to community volunteerism:

  • Jacey Robinson, Hilton Head Christian Academy; 
  • Meaghan Lyons, Hilton Head Island High School; 
  • Perla Jimenez, Bluffton High School;
  • Griffin Jones, Hilton Head Preparatory School; and
  • Gabe McCall, May River High School.

Each student will receive a $1,000 cash award due to your generous support. 

WAHHI Charitable Fund 

WAHHI contributes in endless ways to our community through both volunteerism and financial support.Some of the more visible contributions we’ve made to the community in the past are in gifts, such as the HHI Town Bike Path maps, the “Tales of Hilton Head” bronze Walter Palmer statue at the Shelter Cove Community Park, and a 50thAnniversary gift to the Coastal Discovery Museum where a plaque bearing WAHHI’s name is on the front porch of the Gabled Farm House. 

This year, our special grant focus was on the cultural and environmental dimensions of our mission.Congratulations to the 2019 WAHHI Charitable Fund Grant Recipients: 

  • Arts Center of Coastal Carolina; 
  • Hilton Head Island Sea Turtle Protection Project;
  • Hilton Head High School Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO); 
  • Coastal Discovery Museum;
  • The Outside Foundation;
  • Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island; 
  • Family Promise of Beaufort County;
  • The Children’s Center;
  • The Sandbox: A Hilton Head Area Children’s Museum; and
  • Special Olympics SC Area. 

Difference Makers

WAHHI women are known as active, community volunteers and as women who like to have FUN! Today, the Difference Makers Interest Group embodies the spirit of WAHHI’s mission with their motto of “having fun doing good in one day.” These community-minded, active volunteers have led our Association’s efforts to: 

  • Improve children’s literacythrough the FREE Little Library Program in three targeted outreach locations and donated 278 books in September; 
  • Help 378 children and families celebrate the holiday seasonwith toys donations; 
  • Say thank you to our front-line community heroeswith the February First Responder Cookie drive — WAHHI women baked over 4,000 cookies; and
  • Help our neighbors in needthrough the Sandalwood Food Pantry drive in April. 

Difference Makers also provided support for SOAR (special needs); Hopeful Horizons (abused women/children); Meals on Wheels recipients; returning military; HHHS Seahawks; The Children’s Center; Hilton Head History Day; and the Camellia Garden in Honey Horn.

To each and every WAHHI member who contributed to these efforts – and the Difference Makers Interest Group members who led our efforts – THANK YOU

Your Contributions 

With your generous support of the Silent Auction, we will have exceeded WAHHI’s fundraising goals for the year! Fundraising efforts were allocated to:  

  • Youth Awards – February Luncheon vendor tables sales ($1,026); Shop for a cause with Aiden Lane and Phillips Shoes ($1,140); December and February raffles ($3,712); and 
  • Charitable Fund – Member contributions ($1,940); Shop for a cause with Belk and Spartina ($1,256); Insulated Bag Sales ($775); Silent Auction ($7,000+); and Belk May 4th(TBD).

As always,100 percent of fundraising is dispersed to our selected charitable endeavors.

Your Volunteerism

To make each WAHHI membership year happen requires a lotof women volunteering as we are a 100 percent volunteer-based organization!

Our Association has been blessed for another year with women who want to make a difference from the: 

  • 20Board and Council leaders, 
  • 40awesome Ambassadors,
  • 48creative Interest Group leaders,
  • 8committed Youth Awards Committee members and 6 Charitable Fund Committee members,
  • 21energetic Fun Raising Funds Interest Group members, and 
  • 141Community-minded Difference Makers.

In fact, we estimated that our volunteers contributed almost 4,800 hours this year to WAHHI and community organizations! With each volunteer hour estimated to be $24.14 in value, this means that WAHHI has almost $115,000 of in-kind value contributed to our community we love!