As we enter our fifth year of operation, NOC’s resolution for 2013f is to continue assisting families in need in Hilton Head Island and Greater Bluffton to achieve the American Dream. We remain steadfast in our belief that poverty is best combated through education, health services, and work force development, which together hold the power to transform opportunities into attainable possibilities.
While much work remains to be done, NOC has many success stories to share.
In our first year of operation, Laura came to the NOC after school tutoring classes. She was struggling with both reading and math skills, and was performing well below grade level. Dedicated NOC tutors worked with Laura, encouraging her and providing support, including Internet access, that was not available at home. NOC did not give up on Laura and she began to make progress. Laura’s teachers saw the change in her performance and at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, Laura (and three other students from NOC’s programs) was moved into the Beaufort County Gifted and Talented Program. This year Laura is entering Middle School, a successful and confident student with a great future ahead of her.
NOC is making a difference in young lives.
One key to NOC’s success is the involvement of dedicated principals, teachers, and volunteers who give their time and skills to NOC’s education programs. Why? Because they believe that the future of our community, our state, and our country depends on all children being educated and equipped with the skills required to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Another key to NOC’s success is the support of the local business community that has generously given materials, labor, and advice to assist NOC in the renovation and equipping of its Program Centers located within the neighborhoods that NOC serves. Why? Because these business leaders recognize that the health of our local economy depends on an educated labor force.
Yet another key to NOC’s success is the commitment of local health care providers who bring wellness clinics, pre-natal classes, and eye and dental exams into the neighborhoods that NOC serves. Why? Because they believe that lack of money or lack of transportation should not be obstacles to peoples’ access to basic health care.
Educated and healthy neighborhoods add value to the local community and all our lives. Each year we rely on the generosity of others to address a variety of needs: funding for after school and summer learning programs; compensation for teachers; support for health programs. NOC creates bottom-up solutions and assists some 10,000 people right here in our own community, but we need help.
You can be a part of the solution.
Help us fight poverty by making a tax deductible donation to NOC.
Benefactor $501 and above
Please mail your Tax Deductible Contribution, payable to NOC, to:
Neighborhood Outreach Connection
P.O. Box 23588
Hilton Head Island, SC 29925