“Paint Experiences” at Kellogg Supply Benefits Community Fund

Kellogg Supply has a mission to help the community build, grow, live, and prosper. Throughout the first quarter of 2022, Kellogg Supply hosted six community painting events at their full-service Benjamin Moore Paint Centers, located in Kill Devil Hills, Duck and Edenton. These events centered around community engagement, generosity, and painting fun. The resulting charitable gift was a collective contribution from loyal customers, friends, and community members who participated in these “Paint Experiences.” Kellogg Supply matched event proceeds and delivered a check for $1,500 to the Outer Banks Community Foundation on May 3rd 2022.

Kellogg Supply plans to host a variety of community events throughout the rest of the year. Follow them on Facebook, or join their loyalty program for information on upcoming events. Visit them online at kelloggsupplyco.com.

Pictured left to right are Chris O’Neil, Gene Faison, Steve Garza, Trent Jones, Amy Smith, (Kellogg Supply), Chris Sawin (Outer Banks Community Foundation), Clayton Braddy, and Becca Tillett (Kellogg Supply)

First Flight High School Seniors Awarded $38,900 in Scholarships

Eight First Flight High School seniors will be heading off to their first year of college in the fall with support from local fund establishers and donors.

Eighteen 2022 scholarship awards for these eight students total $38,900. Nine of the 18 scholarships are renewable, making the potential total investment for these students $122,900 over the next four years.

2022 First Flight High School scholarship recipients are:


Chloe Clark
$2,500/$1000 renewable

  • Bill Jones Memorial Scholarship
  • Dare County Association of Fire Officers Scholarship

Versailles D’Alessio
$8,000/$6,000 renewable

  • Jerry and Arlene Davis Scholarship
  • Rex Sample Scholarship for Courage and Determination
  • Outer Banks Association of Realtors Scholarship

Kayla Hallac
$1,500/renewable

  • Courtney M. Burgess Memorial Scholarship

Kate Hamilton
$4,500/$3,500 renewable

  • Barbara Barnes Sherman Scholarship
  • John T. Daniels, Lois Pearce Smith, & J. Bryan Smith Scholarship
  • Outer Banks Association of Realtors Scholarship

Maggie McNinch
$8,900/$6,000 renewable

  • Milton A. Jewell Academic Scholarship
  • Robert E. Rollason, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
  • Outer Banks Association of Realtors Scholarship

Mya Salch
$9,000/$6,500 renewable

  • Elizabeth and Wayne Evans Scholarship
  • Osborne Scholarship
  • Wallace H. McCown Memorial Scholarship
  • Outer Banks Association of Realtors Scholarship

Maggie Sherman
$1,000

  • Outer Banks Association of Realtors Scholarship

Loxley Wayland
$3,500/$3,500 renewable

  • Charles H. & Dorothy S. Luedemann Art Scholarship


The awards were presented at First Flight High School’s Awards Night on April 26. Congratulations to these students, and plenty of thanks and appreciation to scholarship fund establishers and donors to funds for local scholarships. Anyone can contribute to an existing scholarship fund or establish a new scholarship fund. Online donations can be made at www.obcf.org-donate, and scrolling through the list of funds. If you’ve dreamed of creating a fund and want to know more, call us at 252-261-8839 to get started.

Manteo High School Seniors Awarded $19,400 in Scholarships

Six Manteo High School seniors will be heading off to their first year of college in the fall with support from local fund establishers and donors.

The ten 2022 scholarships awarded to these six Manteo High School seniors totals $19,400. Four of the ten awards are renewable, making the potential total investment for these students $52,400 over four years.

2022 Manteo High School scholarship recipients are:

Ana Karen Alvarez-Isidoro
$10,000/$9,000 renewable

  • Elizabeth and Wayne Evans Scholarship
  • OBX Scholars Program Award
  • Outer Banks Association of Realtors Scholarship

Ivy Cage
$1,000

  • Outer Banks Association of Realtors Scholarship

Jordan Holcomb
$2,000/renewable

  • Catherine Carrington Clawson Scholarship

Grayson Lewis
$2,300

  • Duck Woods Ladies Tennis Association Scholarship
  • Outer Banks Association of Realtors Scholarship

Morgann Owens
$2,500

  • Dare County Association of Fire Officers Scholarship
  • Outer Banks Association of Realtors Scholarship

Hart Vandzura
$1,600

  • Frank M. Cahoon Scholarship


The awards were presented at Manteo High School’s Awards Night on April 25. Congratulations to these students, and plenty of thanks and appreciation to scholarship fund establishers and donors to funds for local scholarships. Anyone can contribute to an existing scholarship fund or establish a new scholarship fund. Online donations can be made at www.obcf.org-donate, and scrolling through the list of funds. If you’ve dreamed of creating a fund and want to know more, call us at 252-261-8839 to get started.

Celebrating Exceptional Dare County Volunteers

We’re so inspired by the selfless acts of these exemplary volunteers, who are recent recipients of the N.C. Governor’s Volunteer Service Award:

Dennis Carroll, president, Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men

Nancy Caviness, firefighter, Duck Volunteer Fire Department and director, Annual Advice 5K Turkey Trot

Phil Daniels, animal care volunteer, North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Andy Hatzigeorgiou, coach, Dare County Parks and Recreation Department

Kathy Hershey and R.J. Mills, mentors, Dare County Friends of Youth

Rendy King, Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church Care Ministry

Linda Palombo, board chair, Interfaith Community Outreach

Jay Phillips, head, Hatteras Sailing Organization

The Governor’s Volunteer Service Award is given each year to recognize volunteers for their steadfast dedication and generous gifts of time and talent to the causes they care so much about.

You can read their inspiring stories here. They are amazing individuals, and all deserve this recognition and our sincere thanks.

 

We’re very happy to acknowledge our long-term relationships with several of the groups behind these volunteers:

Interfaith Community Outreach ($1.6 million has been granted to ICO through the Community Foundation to date, and they are one of three Disaster Relief Trusted Partners)

Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men ($1.5 million has been granted to C.H.U.M.M. through the Community Foundation to date, and they are one of three Disaster Relief Trusted Partners)

Annual Advice 5K Turkey Trot Fund, which has distributed nearly $50,000 in grants through the Community Foundation, and will continue generating grants for public health for generations to come

NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island ($30,000 in grants has been awarded through the Community Foundation to date.

 

You can make a gift to the community in honor of any one of these generous individuals by going to obcf.org/donate-now/, selecting “yes” for the honor/memory option, and typing in the individual’s name to be honored. Interfaith Community Outreach has a fund that can be contributed to, as does the Annual Advice 5k Turkey Trot–find them by searching by name on the drop-down “funds” list. The Community Fund and the Disaster Relief Fund also are great options for gifts in honor of someone. Your gift will do a world of good, and will provide extra recognition for these deserving folks. Thank you!

Annual Advice 5K Fund Establisher Nancy Caviness earns NC Governor’s Service Award

The Annual Advice 5k Turkey Trot Fund at Outer Banks Community Foundation provides significant support for many of the organization’s health and human service grant awards each year. Fund establisher Nancy Caviness has worked diligently for nearly a decade to raise money for this fund, donating proceeds raised through an annual event to support local health and human service projects.

She created and has served as race director of the Annual Advice 5K Turkey Trot race, held historically on Thanksgiving Day in Duck since 1996. This story highlights Caviness’ extraordinary contributions to her community, of which the Turkey Trot Fund plays a part.

Nancy Caviness has been awarded a 2022 North Carolina Governor’s Volunteer Service award for her volunteer service to the Duck Volunteer Fire Department as well as the Annual Advice 5K Turkey Trot. Caviness was nominated for the award by Town of Duck Mayor Don Kingston.

Nancy has been a member of the Duck Volunteer Fire Department for over 22 years, and each year she averages over 100 hours in training and over 200 hours in call response. Early in her tenure, she saw the need for firefighter hydration and nutrition on long incidents and in warm environments. She was part of the team that started Rehab 11, which provided hydration and initial vital signs and symptom monitoring on major emergency calls. Soon Caviness discovered she could provide more help and trained to assist on emergency incidents beyond rehab and advanced to support lieutenant. Her skills include exterior firefighting, extrication, traffic control and assistance to the incident commander on high-acuity incidents.

“Over the years, she has become a highly respected and invaluable member of the firefighting and public safety community,” Kingston wrote in his nominator form. “With an educational background in public health, her passion for the health and safety of first responders and the public runs deep.”

Caviness founded the Annual Advice 5K Turkey Trot in 1996 and has served as its race director since its inception. Funds raised in the early years of the race were donated to a wide range of nonprofits on the Outer Banks, and in 2013, a permanent endowment was established with the Outer Banks Community Foundation (OBCF) with the purpose of supporting and improving the public health of the Outer Banks.

“For the 25th anniversary race she set the significant fundraising goal of $25,000 for the endowment. Through her hard work and determination that goal was exceeded and $33,000 was raised,” wrote Kingston. “To date, the Advice 5K Turkey Trot has raised and contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Outer Banks community. Nancy’s outstanding leadership, management and organizational skills provide the basis for each successful race event. On average, she spends over 500 hours a year, approximately 10 hours a week, on race planning.”

Kingston also noted in his nomination form that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Caviness had to make changes to the 2021 event in order to ensure participant and volunteer health and safety, which added many additional hours to the preparation process. “The extra hours were taken on with grace and selflessness,” he wrote.

The nonprofit organizations and health initiatives that the endowment has assisted through the Community Foundation’s grants programs over the years include Outer Banks Hotline, the Community Care Clinic of Dare, Children and Youth Partnership for Dare County, NC MedAssist, Food For Thought Outer Banks, and the Outer Banks Family YMCA.

In addition to raising funds, Caviness also served on the Community Foundation’s board from 2017 to 2022. During her final term as board member, she served as Scholarship Committee Chair, a leadership role that involved dozens of hours and the management of volunteer committees whose purpose was to select scholarship recipients from all area schools.

Lorelei Costa Morrow, former executive director of the OBCF, is complimentary of the thoughtfulness and care with which Caviness took in setting up the endowment. She wanted a fund that would continue growing even if the race no longer takes place, and that would continue to benefit the community for generations to come. According to Morrow, “She would read hundreds of scholarship applications. She was always mindful of students who would not necessarily have had other funding opportunities for school. She wanted to make sure those students that might be overlooked had a chance.”

In addition to her volunteer service to the Duck Volunteer Fire Department and the Annual Advice 5K Turkey Trot, Caviness has also served the Outer Banks community in multiple capacities since relocating to the area in 1995, as she formerly served on the Dare County Tourism Board and as the Town of Duck’s liaison to the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

“Nancy has and continues to serve both the Town of Duck and the Outer Banks community as a dedicated and caring individual,” Kingston stated in his nomination form. “Her selflessness is reflected in all that she does. Her community service roots run deep, and she is a true champion of this community.”

2021 Annual Report is Now Online

The 2021 Annual Report can be found in its entirety here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maureen Welch and her granddaughter Elyot Lowdermilk celebrate a sunset on Run Hill for our cover, as does Katy Spore’s artistic rendition of our Southern Shores flat top cottage, for our 40th anniversary.

Donor-Advised Fund Establishers Gift $250,000 to Waves Edge Village School in Corolla

Water’s Edge Village School in Corolla (WEVS) and the Outer Banks Community Foundation (OBCF) are proud to announce that Corolla residents Wayne and Betty Evans pledged $250,000 to help WEVS (a K-8 charter school) build an additional schoolhouse adjacent its current location in the historic village. The tuition-free school, founded in 2012 and guided by a mission to incorporate whole child development with an emphasis on project-based, hand-on learning, has grown from 15 to 43 students. The new building will accommodate current need and future growth by providing an additional three classrooms, a community room, a resource room, and a teacher’s office.

WEVS publicly launched its capital campaign on Tuesday, April 12 during a celebration at the historic 1890s schoolhouse. The campaign’s goal is to raise $1.35M. Betty Evans said, “It’s motivational and inspirational to do something good for a child. Years ago we spent a lot of time at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. There was a plaque next to the elevator that said something like, ‘It doesn’t matter how big your house is or what kind of car you drive, what will matter is if you made a difference in the life of a child.’ And I think this school can make a difference in the lives of many children, so let’s build this school!”

With the momentum generated by the Evans’ pledge from their donor-advised fund (held here at Outer Banks Community Foundation), along with a $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation’s Community Enrichment grant program, the school hopes to inspire community support for the project. Community engagement is particularly necessary because local and state governments may not contribute to the campaign due to the school’s charter status. Wayne Evans said, “This is what we can do for Corolla. One hundred years ago there were people who did this same thing. And I hope 100 years from now that building still is still working for the community.” The new classrooms will expand the school’s campus – younger students will still have classes in the old schoolhouse.

Contributions to the capital campaign can be made on the school’s website or by mailing payments to PO Box 215, Corolla NC 27927. Please notify board president Meghan Agresto with any questions about the WEVS capital campaign.

Emily Fredricks Memorial Fund for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Established

Emily Fredricks, flanked by her brothers Jack (l) and Michael (r), at her graduation from Johnson and Wales University in 2014. Photo courtesy of Richard and Laura Fredricks.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is pleased to announce a new, local resource to support organizations and initiatives that address bicycle and pedestrian safety. The Emily Fredricks Memorial Fund for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety has been established by Emily’s parents, Richard and Laura Fredricks of East Brunswick, NJ. Grants will be awarded annually from the fund to support local initiatives for making the Outer Banks safe for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Emily Fredricks was a creative, joyful young woman, a talented baker and artist, and the sunshine of her parents’ lives. She was working as head pastry chef at Le Cheri in downtown Philadelphia when her life was tragically cut short as she biked to work in late November 2017. Her bereaved parents established the Emily Fredricks Foundation the following year, as a way to turn their grief into action, and to find solutions so fewer families would have to endure similar, tragic losses. The Fredricks vacation regularly on the Outer Banks; indeed, the family spent time here just a few short weeks before Emily’s death. A chance meeting in Duck, and the Fredricks’ awareness of the unique challenges faced by cyclists and pedestrians here, led to the creation of this new, local fund.

“We are thrilled that the Fredricks have created a fund dedicated to keeping walkers and bikers safe from harm on our roads, residents and visitors alike,” said Community Foundation President and CEO Chris Sawin. “This is such an important issue on the Outer Banks. We invite everyone who has an interest in the Fredricks’ generous initiative to reach out to donate or learn more.”

According to watchformeNC.org, a state advocacy initiative website, more than 3,000 pedestrians and 850 bicyclists are hit in North Carolina each year, making our state one of the least safe in the US for walking and bicycling. Nationally, the number of annual traffic deaths is skyrocketing—Vision Zero Network reports a 24% increase in the rate of roadway fatalities between 2019 and 2020.

“Our goal is to honor Emily’s memory in every way that we can. We miss her so,” said Laura Fredricks. “Emily’s life was taken from her tragically and traumatically, and her death was preventable. In January of 2022 there was finally a national recognition of the epidemic of traffic violence, and a pledge for zero traffic deaths. While we applaud this momentum, we know there will always be a need for improved infrastructure and education surrounding vulnerable road users. It is too late for our daughter; our advocacy work is for the living. We welcome the opportunity to give back to the community where our family has made so many wonderful memories.”

Like most other Community Foundation funds, the Emily Fredricks Memorial Fund for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety is endowed, meaning the fund will be a perpetual source of support for charities addressing bicycle and pedestrian safety issues on the Outer Banks.

Anyone may contribute to the Emily Fredricks Memorial Fund for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety by sending a check to the Community Foundation with the fund name in the memo line, or by making a contribution online at obcf.org/donate-now, and selecting the fund from the searchable funds list.

 

2020 and 2021 COVID Rapid Response Grants Impacts

Mustang Outreach Program tutor Lindsey with student participant London

Two years ago, the world was shocked to learn about COVID-19, a new, frightening, and rapidly spreading disease. The entire country was in lockdown. In Dare County, bridges were closed, cutting off the local community from the outside world. The silence on our roads and in our schools and other public places was deafening and surreal.

What many thought would be a couple of months of sacrifice turned out to be a prolonged period of uncertainty, unemployment, and hardship. Perhaps worst of all, our kids were stuck at home without the benefit of team sports, dance classes, school clubs or formal, in-person education.

In response to the crisis, Outer Banks Community Foundation immediately reached out to local nonprofits to offer grant support, wherever they saw need. Now, two years after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, it is possible to look back at how the Community Foundation’s extraordinary grantmaking to nonprofits helped keep thousands of Outer Banks residents from missing meals, education opportunities, social connections, and more.

In all, the Community Foundation completed eight rounds of Rapid Response grants of over $350,000. These grant awards had both an immediate and a long-term impact for 21 nonprofits and the families they serve.

One of the first challenges of the lock down was providing students with online access for remote learning. Dare County Schools identified nearly 200 students who lacked internet at home and/or stable housing, and requested funding through Dare Education Foundation (DEF) to purchase Wi-Fi hotspots and service for these households. A March 2020 Community Foundation grant to DEF paid for 69 Wi-Fi hotspots, with service for three months; a second grant, in September 2020, provided for an additional 50 hotspots, and data plans for 180 hotspot devices, extending access for all identified families. “Our ability to provide mobile hotspots to students during the pandemic was essential for virtual learning to be fully effective,” said Holly King, Dare County Schools Director of Technology Services. “We are grateful for the support from our community partners that allowed us to make this possible.”

Students on Ocracoke also were in desperate need for connectivity. The lockdown struck only six months past Dorian’s catastrophic landfall, and the majority of island homes and businesses were still in disrepair and disarray. Many Ocracoke students did not have internet service at home. A Community Foundation grant provided for 25 Wi-Fi hotspots. “During the time when we couldn’t work face to face, the hotspots filled an important gap for our students,” said Ocracoke School guidance counselor Mary McKnight.

Supply chain problems and mounting unemployment created food insecurity for many families. One of several grants to address this was a $25,000 collaborative buying grant initiated by Community Foundation Treasurer Pat Regan, a retired food industry executive, and Beach Food Pantry. A tractor-trailer’s worth of food was purchased through Food Bank of the Albemarle and brought to Beach Food Pantry, where it was divided up for use by pantries throughout the Outer Banks.

Food outreach programs to the elderly saw a dramatic increase in requests for services. Home-delivered meals in Dare County increased by more than 40%. Meal exchanges were contactless to protect this vulnerable population; the downside was that socialization for this marginalized and isolated group was severely curtailed. Community Foundation COVID Rapid-Response grants to Albemarle Development Corporation and Hatteras Island Meals bolstered both home-delivery programs.

When schools and businesses closed, Outer Banks parents, grandparents, and guardians scrambled to find appropriate ways to keep kids occupied and up-to-date with their studies. Grants to Interfaith Community Outreach were awarded for financial assistance to struggling families to pay for tutoring and help parents who had to stay home from work to be with their children. Mustang Outreach Program pivoted from its music instruction program to offering in-person tutoring, transforming their space with an influx of new teachers, new student clients, and plexiglass cubicles. Their rigorous safety protocols, which included distancing, masking, and cleaning, were successful—no one in the program contracted COVID-19. “We were able to reach kids when they really needed online help with their school work,” said Mustang Outreach Music Director Ruth Wyand.

“I think it’s safe to say that none of us imagined a disaster like the coronavirus pandemic, not in our wildest dreams,” said Community Foundation CEO Chris Sawin. “Thankfully, the Rapid Response Grants program established after Hurricane Dorian allowed us to respond immediately, in ways that allowed nonprofits to address the needs of Outer Banks families quickly. The many funds established here over the years contributed to these grants, and we are very grateful to the philanthropy and foresight of donors for creating a means to help our community when needs are great.”

Mustang Outreach Program Spring Concert

The Mustang Outreach Program’s Annual Spring Concert, featuring student bands The Tuesdays, The Wednesdays, and The Runaway Turtles, will be held at The Roadside Bar & Grill in Duck on Sunday, April 10 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Local musicians The Conch Shells and Anchor Blazer also will perform.

“Come on out and celebrate that spring is here with some great live music, food, friends, and fun,” said Acting President of the Mustang Outreach Program Shelli Gates. “Our talented students have been working really hard with our Music Director Ruth Wyand and Assistant Music Director Amanda Williams. We are excited for you all to see and hear them perform.”

Admission to the event is free, but donations are requested, as the Spring Concert is a fundraiser. There will also be a 50/50 raffle at the event. All donations will go toward the organization’s programs and classes.

For more information about the Mustang Outreach Program, please visit MustangOutreachOBX.org.

The Mustang Outreach Program is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to encourage and cultivate creativity through music with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.