The Gift Today Awards Inaugural Grant to Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach

Johns Island, SC – Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach (OLMCO) has received the inaugural award from Kiawah-based group, The Gift Today.

The Gift Today, launched in December 2017, is a philanthropic fellowship established by Bonnie Kelly and Karen Burger (co-chairs) of Kiawah Island to support the local community. The Gift Today is a group comprised of 44 all-women members, and is expected to grow to 100 members within a year. Members vote for and select a local charity quarterly, and with a minimum contribution of $150 each, The Gift Today aims to make a significant impact together and lend a helping hand to those in need.

100% of each donation goes directly to LOCAL charities in the greater Charleston area (including Johns Island and James Island). The group believes that there is power in numbers, which is evident by their first gift to Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach in the amount of $6,600. The grant will be used to support the organization’s skills building, financial literacy, and workforce development programs.

“Giving our participants the tools they need to not just survive, but thrive, is at the forefront of all of our programming,” said Executive Director Ericka Plater. “It is a GIFT to receive this award, and we are humbled by the honor.”

For questions and additional details, contact Michelle Boudet, Director of Development, at or 843-559-4109 x 112.

About Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach

Founded in 1989, Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach provides educational, health and direct outreach services to more than 5,000 families each year in the Lowcountry. The two locations include Johns Island which serves the needs of James, Johns and Wadmalaw Island residents and the Neighborhood House in Charleston that serves downtown-area residents. Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach, sponsored by the Sister of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy, provides basic human needs while encouraging self-sufficiency and self-esteem through various programs including food and clothing services, dental and prenatal women’s healthcare, English as a Second Language (ESL) and GED instruction, life skills classes, after-school tutoring and a summer enrichment camp. For more information, visit