2023 ORCA Annual Appeal:
Serving Basic Human Needs in Brunswick County
Please watch your mailbox for the 2023 Ocean Ridge Charities Association’s (ORCA) Annual Appeal: “Serving Basic Human Needs in Brunswick County”.
Historically, this is our largest internal fundraiser.
As the only 501© 3 non-profit, tax-exempt corporation established within our Ocean Ridge community, ORCA has raised over $1.3 million dollars in cash and commodities since 2010. Those dollars are funneled back into Brunswick County through charities vetted to ensure their compliance with state and local requirements. In addition, through our liaison relationships, each charity is required to clearly define their needs and then provide feedback as to “how” they used our contributions. So a financial gift through us gets to those most in need.
For this Annual Appeal, we have identified four charities that currently need our help in “Serving Basic Human Needs in Brunswick County”:
Brunswick County Homeless Coalition
South Brunswick Interchurch Council—The Lords Food Pantry
WARM—Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry
Each has identified a pressing need which is detailed in the mailing. These requests range from rental assistance for families facing rising housing costs, to Christmas Dinner Boxes, to safety grab bars for low income/elderly homeowners with urgent repair needs, to everyday supplies for children recently entering foster care.
We have made giving easy… the mailing includes a return envelop or you can use a credit card by clicking on the PayPal button below:
Together, we can have a large impact in Brunswick County. Thank you for your support!
There are several other ways you can send individual donations in the form of cash or check directly to ORCA, and even designate the charity or charities you would like to receive your donation.
You can download and complete and the Individual Donation Form and mail it along with your donation to ORCA.
You can donate to ORCA on behalf of a family member or friend who has passed by downloading and completing the Memorial Giving Fund Form and mailing it to ORCA. ORCA will match your donation up to $100 and a note can be sent on behalf of your donation.
Give to ORCA every time you shop Amazon with AmazonSmile. See how.
Contribute food and backpacks in support of the Matthews Ministry Backpack Program.
Contribute to The Carousel Center program.
Donate computers to BCC4K
In 2023, the Ocean Ridge Charities Association, Inc (ORCA) will enter its 13th year of service. Founded in June of 2010, ORCA is a 501c(3) tax-exempt, state licensed, nonprofit corporation established within the community of Ocean Ridge Plantation. Its primary objective is to support local charitable and non-profit organizations in Brunswick County, NC that assist the neediest. ORCA accomplishes this by promoting charitable fundraising and volunteer participation throughout Ocean Ridge.
The Board of Directors is comprised of Ocean Ridge residents who guide the work of the organization. The Board elects the officers of the association, decides its annual budget, develops and implements fundraising plans and strategies, directs the allocation of donations to local recipient organizations and communicates to both Ocean Ridge and the greater Brunswick County communities about its activities.
OPEN THE PDF BELOW TO READ ABOUT OUR 2022 ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Ocean Ridge Charities Association thanks our neighbors for responding to the Annual Campaign
Thanks to the generosity of our Ocean Ridge neighbors, five local charities were the beneficiaries of the 2022 Annual Campaign sponsored by Ocean Ridge Charities Association (ORCA).
Below you can see how the funds distributed did truly meet our goal of ‘Giving Hope for Tomorrow’.
The Veterans Welcome Home Center was able to assist multiple veterans who were unable to meet current utility, housing or medical expenses.
WARM (Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry) repaired the porch of an elderly widow with chronic back pain, who has had both knee and hip replacement surgeries. Volunteers replaced joists and flooring, and are building her a wheelchair ramp for easier accessibility.
The Carousel Center expanded its child sexual abuse recognition and prevention training programs offered to staff at schools, day cares, after-school programs, churches and other organizations serving children. Over 1100 new people were trained in the first quarter of 2023. And the money was doubled due to a matching gift program.
Hope Harbor Home has ordered all new kitchen appliances for the domestic abuse safe shelter facility. The new stove will replace one that struggles to get up to temperature. The new refrigerator will close properly and stay cold, unlike the old one. A small freezer will let them store donated food.
Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity was able to include storage sheds with some of the Habitat homes constructed. Four families can now safely store their lawn care items, children’s bicycles/toys, plant some seedlings, have a workshop space and so much more.
ORCA thanks you for supporting our initiatives.
Ocean Ridge Charities Association (ORCA) announces
2022 Annual “Giving Hope For Tomorrow” Campaign Results
A huge THANK YOU to the Ocean Ridge community for their support of our 2022 “Giving Hope For Tomorrow” Annual Campaign. We had a very generous response of $14,330 from those who participated.
The following Brunswick County Charities have received these funds:
The Veterans Welcome Home Center
WARM (Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry)
The Carousel Center
Hope Harbor Home
Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity
The generosity of the Ocean Ridge community has a very positive impact on the lives of those in need in Brunswick County.
THANK YOU for your support.
Ocean Ridge Charities Association
participation in The Carousel Center’s matching challenge brings success!
With the generous Annual Appeal donations from Ocean Ridge residents, Ocean Ridge Charities Association, Inc (ORCA). was able to contribute $3,240 to The Carousel Center (TCC) for education and prevention training (Darkness to Light Stewards of Children seminar) for adults who are Brunswick County secondary school employees. Their goal is to train 10% of the tri-county population (35,000) within 5 years. Their mission is to support healing, promote justice, and foster resilience is children victimized by physical or sexual abuse, and to improve the community through education, prevention, and advocacy. We thank you for your contributions.
But… the even better news is that by including our contribution in The Carousel Center’s, 2023 Heart of the Matter Challenge, ORCA’s $3,240 contribution was doubled and became $6,480, since they successfully met the $100,000 fundraising challenge. Support to The Carousel Center “gives a child who has experienced abuse the opportunity to resiliently heal themselves and their families, returning as close to a pre-abuse path of natural development as possible. Together, we are changing how our community responds to child abuse.”
TCC is the only accredited Child Advocacy Center in our region and serves Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender counties. We have locations in New Hanover and Brunswick Counties, and opening in Spring 2023 one in Burgaw, Pender County, to better serve children, their families, and our partners closer to home. To learn more about TCC, visit their website at carouselcenter.org
THANK YOU FOR YOUR 2021 CONTRIBUTIONS!
Dear Members of the Ocean Ridge community, Fall 2021
As we approach the holiday season of 2021, we have the opportunity to be thankful for so many things over the past year. It certainly started out with major challenges for many of our beloved neighbors and basically impacted us all. Yet, in the darkness that followed the days after February’s tornado, we experienced the brilliance of hope that rose out of the hearts of our neighbors. I remember saying, “Ocean Ridge is always a nice place to live, but on one of the worst days of your life, it is a GREAT place to live.” Each of us, other people in Brunswick County and many, many others came forward with help through food, contributions and love for our neighbors most severely impacted by the tornado. As a community, we became the “best we could be”.
THANK YOU for all that you have given. Our “Neighbor for Neighbor Campaign”, plus the GoFundMe page, totaled more than an amazing $140,000. For the first time in Ocean Ridge Charities Association’s eleven-year history, we turned our fundraising and our focus internally to help our community. This money was distributed to over 120 Ocean Ridge families directly impacted by the tornado.
In addition, due to a grant from Duke Energy, Ocean Ridge Charities Association (ORCA) was able to provide assistance to the ten families “outside the gates” with cash and gift cards totaling over $7,000.
Since we had such a generous response to our “Neighbor for Neighbor Campaign”, the Board of directors of the Ocean Ridge Charities Association has decided to not have a formal “end of year” campaign this year. You have given more than we could have ever expected. Due to the generosity of our Corporate Sponsors, we have funds we will be distributing to our charities. Please check our website for a complete list of our Corporate Sponsors.
We wish you all a wonderful holiday season of thankfulness, giving and celebration for all we have in Ocean Ridge. We hope to see you participating in our Holiday events and we are looking forward to a fun “fundraising” year in 2022. The ORCA Board of Directors is grateful for all you have given to our community: inside and outside the gates!
President, Ocean Ridge Charities Association, Inc.
ORCA COVID-19 RELIEF CAMPAIGN:
ORCA Thanks You for over $25,000 in 23 days!
Ocean Ridge Charities Association Inc. (ORCA) COVID-19 Relief Campaign started on April 16 with all of us wondering how it would take off, and if we could raise enough funds to make a difference to hard hit residents in Brunswick County.
At ORCA, we have learned through 10 years of fundraising that residents of Ocean Ridge Plantation continue to surpass expectations every single time, with their generosity for those less fortunate. And you hit a homerun this time around: you donated over $25,000, a record-breaking amount for the ORCA COVID-19 Relief Campaign, for food and shelter, and medical relief challenges caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19). Within the first six days, residents donated $10,000, enabling ORCA to send its first set of checks to Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA), New Hope Clinic, South Brunswick Interchurch Council (SBIC), and the Brunswick Homeless Coalition. Since then, and up until the close of the campaign on May 8, generous residents donated another $15,000, which has been distributed to the following local charities: BFA, SBIC, New Hope Clinic, Brunswick Community College, Carousel Center, and WARM.
ORCA benefitted from Ocean Ridge’s “Merry Maskateers,” Mary Perno, Patti Elsen, Nancy Doukakis and Sue Kemmerer, who sewed a total of 2,625 masks and donated $1,540 to ORCA from their project. Due to the generosity of George Briggs and his 26.2-mile walking marathon, ORCA received over $5,000 in donations.
Once again, we thank you for helping the neediest in our county, by donating to the 40 Brunswick County charities supported by ORCA.
December 2020 Update:
As the detrimental effects (shortages of food) of the pandemic continue in Brunswick County and the entire US, Ocean Ridge Charities Association Inc. (ORCA) has been able to provide additional funds to two local charities. Brunswick Family Assistance and the South Brunswick Interchurch Council Food Pantry each received checks for $3,000 in November and each will receive an additional $2,000 in December for a total of $10,000.