“I care.”  Two simple words tenderheartedly shown to our Lowcountry neighbors in need can be life-changing. Tragedy and devasting circumstances may strike unexpectantly. Without assistance, some families living could face eviction, shortage of food, or out-of-reach home repairs. Nonprofit organizations such as Deep-Well and Bluffton Self Help are at the heart of Beaufort County as they positively impact residents in need with more than temporary assistance; they give hope and guidance for a better future!  Cargo Van Loaded with Food

Deep Well

Charlotte Heinrich steadfastly met our community’s need for clean water in 1971 by digging deeper wells to avoid polluted drinking water from shallow wells and recognized the necessity to assist the community with life’s essentials. Officially chartered in 1973, the nonprofit Deep Well has not missed a beat in serving others in over 50 years! Keeping people safe, healthy, and in their homes are Deep Well’s primary goals. The generous heart of the Lowcountry residents, organizations, and businesses enables Deep Well volunteers to graciously help and assist hundreds of people each month through critical home repairs, food, and emergency financial aid programs for water, electricity, or rent/mortgage.    

Before & After

Circles is Deep Well’s newest outreach program to overcome poverty by teaching self-sustainably. “By forming intentional friendships across socio-economic lines, Circles builds healthier and more vibrant communities,” stated Deep Well’s Executive Director, Sandy Gills. 

Food DriveJust as essential salt mixes in our ocean waters to preserve, purify, and sustain life, Deep Well is like a pillar of salt on our island, sprinkling heartfelt healing, brightening smiles, and adding necessary stock for repairs. Through every season of life, Deep Well has reached out a hand to pull struggling residents from a wave of despair and set them on solid ground. Deep Well’s 50 years of lifesaving impact will be celebrated on March 28, 2023, at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.

For additional Deep Well information: 

80 Capital Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 


 volunteer@deepwellproject.org  circles@deepwellproject.org  www.deepwellproject.org/donate

Bluffton Self Help

One valuable life at a time is meaningfully changed and given purpose and self-worth through neighbors helpers neighbors in this dedicated community-funded charity. Since 1987, Bluffton Self Help has fed thousands of our Lowcountry neighbors nourishing meals for better health and taught essential skills that initiate a change toward a better life. Their mission of “Helping People to Help Themselves” offers emergency help with food, medicine, housing, and clothes. 

Help is followed with education, resources, and support, as they are the self-help building blocks on a foundation of empowering individual values. Completing Bluffton Self Help classes in Citizenship, Adult Basic Education, GED preparation, or English (as a 2nd language) rewards participants with career-building skills and confidence. Client advocates personally connect with individuals in need to support their personal goals of becoming productive community members. Bluffton Self Help is a vital element of our thriving environment. 

For additional Bluffton Self Help information: 

39 Sheridan Park Circle, Bluffton, SC 

(843) 757-8000


The people who donate, volunteer, educate, and change by sharing our abundance of blessings and improving lives keep the Lowcountry’s heart beating strong!

Contributed by Janice Magnin

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