9 Organizations Working towards a Safer and More Sustainable Savannah


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As we approach Earth Day celebrations and festivities in Savannah, we wanted to recognize these area non-profits and organizations who have been vital to the success of our local community.

Check out what these amazing organizations are doing and how you can get involved.


 

1. Step Up Savannah

Acknowledging that the economic and fiscal stability of Savannah’s impoverished neighborhoods is the key to the success of our community as a whole, Step Up Savannah organizes local businesses, community leaders, and volunteers to create better futures for low income families. With these resources, the organization establishes educational programming for local leaders and members of low-income neighborhoods as well as supports local initiatives that positively impact the lives of Savannah citizens living in poverty.

To learn more about Step Up Savannah or to get involved with the organization, click here.

 

2. Sustainativity

By committing 100% of its profits to promote sustainability in the Savannah community, Sustainativity eliminates the cost of overhead in its business model and uses these financial resources to support a variety of sustainable practices throughout the area. Sustainativity has funded numerous projects in the community, most recently donating a solar-powered walk-in cooler for the Forsyth Farmer’s Market’s food truck, Farm Truck 912, that transports fresh produce to low-income areas. The organization is hosting its 4th annual Green Tie One On fundraiser at Service Brewing Company on Saturday, April 15, with live music, local artists and more – tickets are $35 and include craft beer and pizza.

 

3. Chattahoochee Riverkeeper


Established over 20 years ago, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper is dedicated to protecting and advocating for the natural resources of the Chattahoochee River Basin. As the basin is the water source for over four million people, the organization’s mission is to preserve this river and its watershed as it is vital for for the livelihood of its surrounding communities. With over 7,200 members, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper has created several educational programs and policies that help protect the Chattahoochee River watershed and tributaries so that residents can enjoy this natural resource for years to come.

To learn how you can get involved, click here.

 

4. Savannah Riverkeeper


In Nantahala National Forest, Upper Savannah River Basin. Courtesy of Savannah Riverkeeper.

Similarly, the Savannah Riverkeeper organization works to protect and improve the natural beauty of the Savannah River basin. Through educational and environmental advocacy programs, Savannah Riverkeeper makes a difference in the local community by preserving the natural habitats and water quality of the Savannah River watershed.

The organization will host its 11th Annual Paddlefest on Saturday, May 13, to raise money for its mission. Compete in canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard races at the event or simply enjoy any one of these activities to help support the local non-profit organization. Visit www.paddlefestga.com for more information.

 

5. Emergent Savannah


Created to promote the deliberate growth of a cultural evolution in Savannah, Emergent Savannah was created by a group of local citizens in 2015 who wanted to foster a better sense of community and social responsibility in the area. This mission has grown into a non-partisan organization that focuses on encouraging conversation and awareness of relevant topics in our society today, such as social change and human rights. Emergent Savannah hosts a variety of different workshops and events that promote the collaboration of local citizens to discuss current events and important topics that impact the overall culture and livelihood of our area.

 

6. Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire works tirelessly now and every month to provide support and advocacy for victims of rape and sexual assault. The organization provides a 24/7 Crisis Line that victims may call to receive help as well as hosts a Survivor’s Support Group every Wednesday to offer counseling and outreach to those affected by rape and sexual assault.

In support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Rape Crisis Center has created several events to raise money and awareness to continue its mission. To learn more and how to get involved, visit www.rccsav.org.   

 

7. Girls on the Run of Coastal Georgia

As a nationally recognized and supported non-profit organization, Girls on the Run focuses on instilling confidence and good character in young girls through group running. The organization creates after-school activities and events for girls to participate in, each promoting positive self-image and empathy for others to help girls recognize their fullest potential. Girls on the Run will host its annual 5k Celebration Run on Saturday, April 29, at the Ted Wright Stadium at Savannah State University. To register for the race, click here.

 

8. Girl Scouts

A Savannah institution, the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia was established in 1912, growing from one Girl Scout Troup created by beloved Savannahnian Juliette Gordon Low to nearly two million girls participating in the organization around the world. The Girl Scouts was created to promote good self-esteem and confidence in girls, preparing them to be successful, self-assured women in society. From Brownies to Gold Awards, the Girl Scouts provides educational programming that teaches girls important life skills like teamwork, moral character and personal responsibility. To learn more about the Girl Scouts and how to get involved, click here.

 

9. Savannah Crime Stoppers


CrimeStoppers 2017 Putt Putt Tournament.

Savannah Crime Stoppers is a local organization that works to eliminate crime in the local area through encouraging Savannah citizens to report crimes to its hotline or online. Callers can remain anonymous and provide tips and other useful information for law enforcement, creating a direct line for citizens to exercise their civic duty of community surveillance – and often times rewards are offered in exchange for information. To help raise money for the organization, Savannah Crime Stoppers will host its annual CrimeStoppers Race Against Crime in Forsyth Park on Saturday, May 6. Choose from a 5k, 10k, or 15k race and help support this worthy cause – register here.

To discover more of what makes Savannah and the Lowcountry the greatest place to be, subscribe now or pick up the April/May issue of South magazine. 

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Events Calendar

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    Apr 28, 2017
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM @ Coastal Botanical Gardens

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  • 30th Annual Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival

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  • The Clean House

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  • Duke Ellington's Sacred Concert

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    3:00 PM @ The Lucas Theatre

    Duke Ellington thought of his Sacred Concerts as the most important music he had ever done. They are made up of three...

  • “Rewind” at the Savannah Theatre

    Mar 15, 2017
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  • Monday Night Tennis Exhibition

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  • The Savannah VOICE Festival, "Cabaret Tangerine"

    May 01, 2017
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    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ At League of Hilton Head Academy

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Wine, Women and Shoes

Wine, Women & Shoes events are community events that bring women together around fine wine, great style, and causes that matter. WW&S has exploded across North America in the last decade, producing more than 300 fabulous events that have helped net an impressive $44 million for their nonprofit partners. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire puts on the only Wine, Women & Shoes event in the area. The RMHC of the Coastal Empire is a non-profit organization that provides a restful, comfortable place for children and their families to find refuge and support as they receive medical treatment at our nearby hospitals. This year's event was a sold-out affair that's sure to be remembered!

Courtyard Celebration at the Gingerbread House

Among the most elaborate architecture in Savannah is The Gingerbread House - always a "must see" highlight of a guided tour of the Historic District Savannah. The Courtyard Celebration event at the Gingerbread House, that took place on April 25th from 5:30-7pm, was presented by the SavannahHELPS series of monthly charity events that happen every 4th Tuesday at 5:30pm. Guests of the event were asked to bring a $5 donation or pet supplies and food to benefit local charities.

Race for the Cure

Hundreds of patrons flocked downtown Savannah in support of breast cancer awareness.

Love The Wine You're With

Love The Wine You're With is a power networking event presented by South magazine and 39 Rue De Jean. It takes place the third Wednesday of each month and is free to attend. This past Wednesday, April 19, guests enjoyed $7 glasses of select regional wine and delicious appetizers while networking and raising funds to benefit the featured charity of the month. Proceeds from this months event went to benefit the Coastal Center for Developmental Services, a non-profit agency that provides employment-related services, training and community integration opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities. Rue De Jean donated $1 from each glass of select wine purchased during the event as well as a silent auction put on by a different local charity!

Cocktails at Cohen's

On Thursday April 13th, roughly 200 guests gathered to celebrate the tireless fundraising efforts of friend and local hero, Don Logana, at Cohen's Retreat in Savannah. There were cocktails, a silent auction, a 50/50 Raffle and live music from Liquid Ginger! All proceeds raised through the event will go toward the National MS Society's "Walk MS Savannah 2017" for Team Don Logana and his fight for a cure to Multiple Sclerosis. By the end of the night, the event had helped raise $2,235 to go towards fight for a cure to MS.

4th Annual Shot in the Dark

The 4th annual "Shot in the Dark" sporting clays took place on Saturday, April 8 at the Dorchester Shooting Preserve. The event was put on by Hodges, Hunter & Wilkes and trial lawyers at Oliver Manor, LLP. All of the proceeds from the event went to the Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision. Teams of four shooters received 100 clays, cart, great prizes and a delicious lunch prepared by the hard workers at Dorchester. After the event, guests were treated to a whiskey tasting.

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes

There is an old saying, "You can't really understand another person's experience until you've walked a mil in their shoes." And that is exactly what this event does. A Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes, effects and remediations to men's sexualized violence against women. Our men showed us their support last Thursday, April 6 at Forsyth Park.

Tide and Country Grand Opening

The father-daughter business started online, selling one-of-a-kind home decor items and apparel. Now, they have their very own brick and mortar store on Shipyard Road. Daughter Mackenzie and father Michael, along with countless other supporters, cut that red ribbon signifying the opening of their store on Friday, April 7. We wish them all the best of luck!

Publix Women's 5k & Half Marathon

The Publix Women's 5k and half marathon took place early in the morning on Saturday, April 8. The race highlighted the beautiful Historic District in 13.1 miles of tree-lined streets and city squares. Runners ran along side each of Savannah's two largest recreational parks, Forsyth and Daffin. The route also navigated around 12 of the city's scenic squares before a picture-perfect finish at the iconic Forsyth Park Fountain.

Savannah's Best Connections

Savannah's Best Connections took place on Wednesday, April 5th at Billy's Place in Savannah. This event was only the third of its kind, but it sure was a successful night. The event featured guest speaker and former NFL/GSU running back Adrian Peterson, author of Don't Dis My Abilities. Guests were greeted with door prizes and light hors d'oeuvres while mingling among "Savannah's best" professionals and entrepreneurs. A 50/50 raffle benefited the Adrian Peterson foundation.