Ravenel Associates is dedicated to giving back to the community through a variety of initiatives designed to make a meaningful and lasting impact on the communities we serve. From helping to rebuild lives after natural disasters to fostering a company culture of active collective engagement and volunteerism, we encourage our employees to give back. Through evolving initiatives, we support dozens of community-based nonprofits annually to help revitalize and strengthen the Lowcountry and surrounding areas.
Ravenel Associates Commitment to Community:
Lowcountry Food Bank
The Lowcountry Food Bank serves the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina and aims to distribute more than 24 million pounds of food each year. The Lowcountry Food Bank is a clearinghouse for donated food products that are distributed to a network of nearly 300 member feeding agencies including soup kitchens, homeless shelters and emergency food pantries. (website link)
Toys for Tots
The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future. (website link)
Trident United Way Day of Caring
For over 15 years in the Lowcountry, Trident United Way’s Day of Caring brings together hundreds of nonprofit agencies and schools with thousands of volunteers all on one day to improve our tri-county community. The Trident United Way mobilizes people and their expertise to work together using a common agenda and shared measurement to help solve complex problems. (website link)
Pet Helpers’ is an Adoption Center and Spay/Neuter Clinic that serves communities across the Lowcountry. Their mission is to end the euthanasia of all adoptable cats and dogs by keeping all animals until adopted; providing low cost spay/neuter surgeries; offering humane education programs; pursuing animal-cruelty prosecution; and initiating animal-welfare legislation. (website link)
Charleston Animal Society
Since its founding, the mission has always stayed the same: The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. In 1874, Charleston Animal Society became the first animal organization in South Carolina and one of the first in the Nation and has never turned local animals away. (website link)
Kiawah Cares is a community outreach program coordinated by the Kiawah Island Community Association. The initiative began in 2010 as a coordinated way to create community partnerships, to give back to the community and to help improve the overall quality of life of the nearest neighbors on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands. (website link)
Gibbes Museum of Art
As an inspiring space that engages and enriches the community and connects visitors, residents, neighbors, and families, the Gibbes celebrates the power of art – to inspire our imaginations, revel in our experiences, and nourish our souls. The Gibbes Museum of Art uses donations to preserve and advance the visual arts and art education in the Charleston region and beyond through their collection, exhibitions, and programs. (website link)
Veterans Network is TV and Radio media for America's military veterans with a mission is to provide our nation's heroes with video programming that focuses on veteran’s news, VA benefit information, legislation reports, and resource information for employment, education, health care, veterans' stories, and most importantly a media Network that veterans can call their own. (website link)
Edisto Hurricane Matthew Relief (2016)
In October 2016 Hurricane Matthew did a number on Edisto Island which flooded numerous areas, downed several trees, wiped out homes and severely damaged others. The Ravenel Associates team collected donations and supplies to help those affected by the storm.
In 2017 RA Employee Chase Crawford traveled to Nicaragua for a mission trip with a group of eighteen students and leaders from the Charleston area. The team collaborated with a local church in the city of Matagalpa to reach the areas where help was needed most. One thing that made this trip unique was the accommodations; the team was divided up amongst ‘host homes’ with local families, which truly immersed each of them in the Nicaraguan culture. The team was able to impact the lives of many, and the trip itself had a huge impact on everyone who went. Chase hopes to be fortunate enough to take many more trips in the future!
Sea Island Habitat for Humanity
Sea Island Habitat for Humanity, the third-oldest Habitat for Humanity affiliate in the world, is an independent, nonprofit, ecumenical, Christian housing ministry that has served its community as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International since 1978 and has provided housing solutions for over 320 local families.