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St. Marys foundation hands out grants
ST. MARYS -- Nonprofit organizations in Camden and Glynn counties are among the recipients of more than $544,000 in grants awarded by the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation.

The foundation awarded more than $748,000 to local, state and international charities in its spring 2013 grant cycle.

The foundation was created in 2001 with one of the largest single donations ever given to a church. The foundation's account currently has about $39 million, which is used to support charitable causes in the region and across the world.

Locally, the Camden chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes was awarded $12,000 as the second year of a four-year commitment to help pay the salary of a part-time administrative assistant. Lighthouse Christian Broadcasting in St. Marys was given a $15,000 grant to provide equipment, technology and renovations for the ROCK Youth Ministry.

The Salvation Army in St. Marys was given a $125,000 grant to support the construction of a new social service building, and a $200,000 grant was given to provide support for the Camden Community Crisis Center. The center provides safety and support for victims of domestic violence in Camden and Charlton counties.

Four Glynn County-based charities also received grants.

Grace House of Brunswick was given $27,500 to support operations. The facility offers long-term help for women recovering from drug and alcohol addictions.

Linda Lowe, director of Grace House, said it's the third grant from the foundation. Without their help, Lowe said she doubts Grace House would exist today.

"It means we continue to help people," she said. "Without that money, it would be impossible to keep going. That's a great organization."

The STAR Foundation in Brunswick was given a $30,000 grant to teach individuals computer skills and job readiness to help them become self-sufficient.

The Gathering Place in Brunswick was given a $35,000 grant for operational support and to expand the Doulos intern program, which enhances spiritual growth, maturity and citizenship among participants.

United Way of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick was given $50,000 to support the High School Graduation Blueprint Project, which is designed to increase the high school graduation rate in Glynn County.

The Adoption Authority, an organization connecting mothers with unwanted or crisis pregnancies with potential adoptive parents in Southeast Georgia and Northeast Florida, was given $40,000 to support programs.

The foundation also awarded a $200,000 grant for seed funding for the Together Coalition, an organization that provides help for the poor in Northeast Uganda.

* Reporter Gordon Jackson writes about Camden County and other local topics. Contact him at, on Facebook or at 464-7655.

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