9 Organizations Working towards a Safer and More Sustainable Savannah
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.
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
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.