Staying Connected: “It’s the Neighborly Thing to Do”
Staying Connected is a non-for-profit 501(3)(c) organization whose volunteers, all Sun City Hilton Head residents, provide assistance to their neighbors within the community’s gates. Commonly referred to as a “Village”, Staying Connected is a vehicle for neighbors to help neighbors remain in their homes as long as it is safe to do so.
Our Mission: “We are committed to enhance Sun City Hilton Head residents’ ability to remain engaged within our community, to ensure they have access to information, support, and services which provide them with a lifestyle consistent with the vision of an active adult community.” The mission is supported by dedicated volunteers who provide help to qualified members including transportation to medical appointments and grocery shopping, home companionship visits, caregiver relief visits, minor home maintenance and daily reassuring calls.
Our Resource Hub is the center of the organization’s operations. It is centrally located in the Yemassee Craft Center and is available to all Sun City residents Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Residents who are facing life’s challenges can call or visit the Hub where volunteers are ready to help them understand what LowCountry agencies, support groups and service providers are available to assist them. The Hub provides information sheets, brochures, and other aids to help residents navigate through life’s challenges.
Our Success: Staying Connected continues to make a huge difference in the lives of its members and volunteers. Today, we support 375 households and nearly 500 Sun City residents through the dedication of more than 350 resident volunteers. Our volunteers drive nearly 2.6 times around the earth and post nearly 18,000 hours helping their neighbors each year. Volunteers provide nearly 3,000 rides, 1,000 home visits, 500 small maintenance tasks and make nearly 6,000 daily reassuring calls annually. Member feedback makes it all worthwhile: “Your services are an answer to my prayers. Many, many thanks to your wonderful caring group”; “The home visits are very important to me because I live alone; and the visitors are company.” And volunteers continue to say “I can’t tell you how much volunteering has changed my life; I get so much more from the members I help than I give to them. I’m proud, and thankful to contribute my time to help my neighbors!”
How can you help? If you are a Sun City resident, you can visit the Hub and explore the many opportunities to make a difference by becoming a Staying Connected volunteer. If you would like to offer financial support, corporate, club and individual donations are gratefully accepted. You can donate online by clicking the Donate button, or by sending a check to Staying Connected, P.O. Box 1281, Bluffton, SC 29910. If you would like to learn more about Staying Connected, please call our Resource Hub at 843-705-2259.