Good Friends of Georgetown County is an organization of women who seek to improve the quality of life of people in our community who face a temporary financial crisis that threatens basic human needs.
Many in our community are living paycheck-to-paycheck. One unforeseen medical expense, car repair or financial hiccup could forever negatively impact the future of these individuals and their families. Good Friends of Georgetown County seeks to be good friends to our neighbors who are struggling through a financially stressful situation.
– Anne Mountford
Chairperson, Good Friends of Georgetown County
We exceeded our goal of $58,000
Our goal for this year is $65,000
A group of local women found commonality in their desire to establish a financial safety net for their working neighbors who live paycheck-to-paycheck. Their fundamental goal was to positively impact the lives of people in Georgetown County who are financially disadvantaged, do not qualify for social service programs and face a temporary financial crisis that threatens basic human needs.
Good Friends of Georgetown County is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of women with different cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Our mission is to help neighbors-in-need when shelter, utilities, medical expenses, transportation or other basic necessities are in jeopardy.
Good Friends of Georgetown County has raised over $650,000 and helped more than 6,000 people by hosting just one, one hour holiday luncheon each December. The luncheon is a celebration of friendship and a chance for guests to give generously and joyously. 100% of donations are distributed back to Georgetown County residents who find themselves in a financially stressful situation and qualify for a one-time, urgent need gift.
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We help residents of Georgetown County who are facing a desperate financial situation that threatens basic human needs – shelter, utilities, medical expenses, transportation, etc. The Georgetown County Department of Social Services screens all applicants for Good Friends based on each applicant’s unique situation to ensure that funds are distributed fairly and appropriately. Recipients generally do not qualify for any other social service programs. Funds are never given to the recipient; rather they are paid directly to satisfy the need of each recipient. All recipients must be residents of Georgetown County. 100% of all donations go to helping our neighbors-in-need.
Recipient examples include:
An Older Woman
who was heating her mobile home with her oven and was able to get an appropriate, safe space heater.
who was able to get a new tire for his car so he can drive to a job that supports his family.
who were out of work at local restaurants during the flooding of 2018, but were able to pay their rent and avoid eviction.
Georgetown County organizations and institutions, such as churches, schools, Helping Hands, Smith Clinic, etc. refer their clients to the Georgetown County Department of Social Services to apply for financial assistance from Good Friends of Georgetown County.
Those requesting consideration should apply at the Georgetown County Department of Social Services at 330 Dozier Street in Georgetown, SC and ask for “Good Friends Funds."
The Good Friends Annual Holiday Luncheon is our organization’s one and only fundraiser. Our success depends upon your attendance and generosity. Join us to celebrate the season of giving and the spirit of Good Friends. This year’s luncheon will be on Thursday, December 12 from 12-1 at the DeBordieu Clubhouse in Georgetown, SC. Seats are limited and this event is a sell-out every year.
Individual seat reservations are available for purchase using the “Luncheon Tickets” button below. If you purchase online, your seat will be reserved using the name you provide. Table reservations have sold-out for this year's luncheon.
Donations are collected on the day of the luncheon but are also accepted throughout year. Donate online or mail your contribution to:
Good Friends of Georgetown County
PO Box 667
Pawleys Island, SC 29585
For more information, email us at [email protected]
Administrative and operating functions are managed by the Board of Directors.
All donations to Good Friends of Georgetown County are tax deductible.
Marthena Grate Morant