South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond announced Wednesday the Angels of 2019. Ten Angels, as well as one Honorary Angel, represent organizations that exemplify charitable giving in South Carolina. Representatives from all organizations attended a reception at the Secretary of State's Office, where they received a plaque and recognition from Hammond.
To be selected as an Angel, the charity must have donated 80 percent or more of its total expenditures to charitable programs, must have been in existence for three or more years, make good use of volunteer services, receive minimal funding from grants, and be in compliance with the SC Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act.
Four charities are from the greater Midlands area, acknowledged in bold. Listed in alphabetical order:
Big Red Barn Retreat, Blythewood, SC 94.2%
Boys Farm, Inc., Newberry, SC 81.1%
Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity, Columbia, SC 93.3%
Free Medical Clinic of Aiken County, Aiken, SC 89.9%
Hopeful Horizons, Inc., Beaufort, SC 86.8%
Lighthouse Ministries, Florence, SC, Florence, SC 84.2%
Meet the Needs Charleston, Mount Pleasant, SC 98.0%
Neighbor to Neighbor of South Carolina Inc., Myrtle Beach, SC 86.8%
Oconee County Humane Society, Inc., Salem, SC 96.3%
Sustaining Way, Greenville, SC 98.5%
In 2017, Hammond began the tradition of recognizing a past Angel that has continued a high percentage of its expenditures to its charitable mission. This year's Honorary Angel is Water Missions International of North Charleston.
In an interview, Hammond said it's an honor for his office to recognize Midlands charities, like the Big Red Barn Retreat. "They provide non-clinical therapeutic services to active duty, retired service members, veterans and their immediate family members who are suffering from military or combative-related stress issues," he explained.
Hammond praised Habitat for Humanity, too. "They're doing a wonderful job. They have several large projects in the works, not only are they remodeling homes and helping individuals purchase those homes, they’re also in the process of revitalizing communities," he said. "They also have a Midlands ReStore."
The Newberry Boys Farm provides a place for boys to live after being removed from difficult life circumstances. "A lot of them have terrible family situations. They are building boys, rather than mending men," said Hammond.
Search any licensed charitable organization in the state by vising the South Carolina Secretary of State website.